Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Push to exempt propane and natural gas from carbon tax

The Canadian Propane Association is lobbying to have the federal government remove its carbon tax on natural gas and propane used by farmers.

The Parliamentary Budget Office estimates that would save farmers $235 million over five years.

Nathalie St-Pierre, president of the Canadian Propane Association, is calling on politicians to support a private member’s bill to grant the exemption.

“By exempting gas and diesel but not allowing the same exemption for propane, the law actually encourages the increased use of gas and diesel – this is environmental nonsense,” she said.

Farm groups, such as Grain Farmers of Ontario, have been lobbying for an exemption for natural gas and propane used to dry grains.