Will premiers weighing in on Bill C-234 help or hinder its path to law?


This week, it seemed the rest of Canada finally tuned in to what the heck happened in the Senate regarding Bill C-234, the private member’s bill that will exempt natural gas and propane used for grain drying and barn heating from the carbon tax.

First the leader of the Conservative party and official opposition, Pierre Poillievre, turned up the temperature on pushing the bill to be passed and went public calling for the resignation of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault if Bill C-234 passes.

Then, premiers from across Canada decided this wasn’t just a federal spat and wanted in on the action too. Soon, public letters from Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe, Alberta’s Danielle Smith, Ontario’s Doug Ford, and even Nova Scotia’s Tim Houston, were posted on social media, urging the federal government to stop with the Senate shenanigans and pass Bill C-234.

What seemed like a slam dunk — Bill C-234 is contentious, but has multi-party support — has now become a hotly contested political hot potato, and we want to know if you think the added pressure from premiers and leader opposition help or hinder the passage of the bill.

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