The Official Opposition says that the current Liberal government’s approach to the agriculture industry isn’t going to get us where we need to be on the international stage, and farmers are feeling the pinch. John Barlow, Alberta MP and ag critic with the Conservative Party of Canada, brought that message to attendees at the Northern… Read More

The Senate’s amendments to Bill C-234 in December could result in farmers paying $910 million more in carbon tax, according to updated analysis by the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO). After several weeks of contentious debate, a narrow majority of Senators voted to limit the proposed carbon tax exemption for natural gas and propane used on… Read More

The agricultural industry is immensely frustrated with the challenges Bill C-234 has faced in the senate, and for good reason. As I have watched the shenanigans in the senate the past month, I have been searching for a word that describes the vibe of the situation as the supposed “independent” senators have allegedly taken marching… Read More

Senators intent on blocking Bill C-234 re-introduced an already-defeated amendment hours after a separate amendment was voted down on Tuesday. It’s the latest move by senators aligned with the Liberal government to obstruct the private member’s bill that would remove the federal carbon levy from natural gas and propane used on farms. First, Senator Lucie… Read More

Update, Nov. 20: A delegation of leaders from Ontario farm organizations say they are heading to Ottawa to show support for the passage of C-234. The group includes representatives from Beef Farmers of Ontario, Mushrooms Canada, Ontario Broiler Chicken Hatching Egg Producers Association, Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, Ontario Pork,… Read More

Shenanigans in the Senate on Thursday have created a new cloud of uncertainty surrounding Bill C-234, the embattled private member’s bill that would remove the federal carbon tax from natural gas and propane used on farms for an eight-year period. Farm groups and farmers celebrated the Senate’s rejection of an amended version of the bill… Read More

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and his staff are looking for ways to reduce the federal agriculture budget by three per cent, in line with what’s been asked of other federal departments. That’s one of the pieces of information gleaned from a one-on-one interview with Minister MacAulay, recorded Thursday, Nov. 9. MacAulay says he never dreamed… Read More

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