Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Politicians to debate farm carbon tax

Huron-Bruce Conservative MP Ben Lobb wants the federal government to eliminate the carbon tax farmers pay for natural gas and propane.

He has tabled a private members’ bill, C-234, to amend the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act when it comes to qualifying farm fuel, arguing that the tax should not apply to food.

“Because of that principle, we’d love to have a bill to get rid of carbon tax for everybody at this time that would deal with your home heating bills and a number of different things,” said Lobb. “But we wouldn’t have the support of the house. On this topic we do.”

The carbon tax will reach $170/tonne by 2030. 

Grain Farmers of Ontario has said the carbon tax will add $46 per acre in drying costs.