Category: Carbon tax

GFO says provincial government should refund farmers for added cap and trade costs

Grain Farmers of Ontario is asking the provincial government to issue refunds to farmers who paid into the provincial cap and trade program prior to the program being repealed by the current government. Representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers, GFO is supportive of Doug Ford’s provincial government cancelling the current cap and… Read more »

Canadians flip on their support for carbon tax: poll

With the announcement of the carbon tax program implemented in provinces without a nationally accredited carbon tax policy, people in two of the three prairie provinces have flipped their vote to support the federal government’s plan. According to a recent poll conducted by the Angus Reid Institute, the public’s perception in Alberta and Saskatchewan of… Read more »

Saskatchewan moves forward with its Prairie Resilience climate plan

Legislation to enable the Saskatchewan government’s climate strategy was introduced in the provincial legislature Tuesday. This will allow components of Prairie Resilience, the province’s climate strategy plan, to move forward. Bill 132, the Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases Amendment Act, implements the regulatory framework required to establish performance standards to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions,… Read more »

No praise: Farm groups don’t mince words on carbon tax policy

From the emails sent to RealAgriculture, so far farm groups have not been very supportive of the new federal carbon tax policy. The plan, released on Tuesday, indicates farmers will be exempt from the fuel tax which goes into effect April of next year. It calculates to about four cents more at the pump, and… Read more »

Federal carbon tax plan roll out: What will it cost your farm?

The Trudeau government announced its plan for a federal carbon tax policy on Tuesday. It’s a move many saw coming, but some are already criticizing for the lack of transparency from the start. To break it down, as part of the federal plan, those provinces who don’t have a plan up to the Liberal’s standards… Read more »

Premier Ford chats carbon tax with Premier Moe, Ford to also meet Alberta’s UCP leader

Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford began his western tour Thursday by visiting a kindred spirit, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe. Moe clearly indicated he’s glad to have Ford on his side on several issues, but particularly Saskatchewan’s long-standing opposition to the carbon tax. Ontario announced it is intervening in the Government of Saskatchewan’s reference challenging the federal… Read more »

Manitoba sticks to carbon plan, despite impending federal tax

It looks like the Manitoba government will join the fight to oppose the federal carbon tax plan by sticking with its own Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan that does not specifically put a price on carbon. Other provinces already moving ahead with their own plan include Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Ontario. In a news release, Manitoba… Read more »

No big changes expected on supply management at Conservative convention

Update: Citing the Conservative Party of Canada’s support for supply management as one of his reasons, Maxime Bernier announced on Thursday afternoon that he has left the party with the intention of starting a new federal conservative party. Delegates are arriving in Halifax for the Conservative Party of Canada’s policy convention where there will be… Read more »

When the federal environment minister visits your farm…

The federal environment minister made a rare and unpublicized visit to a grain farm in Manitoba on Thursday. Minister Catherine McKenna dropped in at Curtis McRae’s farm north of Winnipeg near St. Andrews on her way back from a funding announcement for Lake Winnipeg in Gimli. A film crew arrived about an hour before the… Read more »

Ontario joins Saskatchewan in legal case against federal carbon tax

Ontario’s new provincial government is officially joining Saskatchewan in challenging the federal government’s carbon tax in court. “We agreed today to join forces and use every single tool at our disposal to challenge the federal government’s authority to arbitrarily impose a carbon tax on the people of Ontario and Saskatchewan,” says a joint statement issued… Read more »

Premier Moe confident on legal and political fronts in fight against carbon tax

When it comes to opposing the federal carbon tax, the premier of Saskatchewan believes his government is not only on solid ground politically, but also in the courts. “I’m confident on both fronts. I truly am. I’ve never felt better about our stance with respect to the legal argument that we’ve put forward,” says Premier… Read more »

MacAulay tells Senate most farmers support federal carbon tax moves

Whether he meant to say it or not, the federal agriculture minister is drawing criticism for a comment he made to the Senate on Tuesday regarding how farmers view the federal carbon tax. Responding to a question from Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen about the impact of the carbon tax on farmers in New Brunswick, Lawrence… Read more »

Carbon tax fails to recognize farming’s worth

A funny thing happened on the way to carbon pricing in Canada. What looked like smooth sailing has run into some very turbulent waters. Farmers, for example, are raising serious questions about its practicality, effectiveness, fairness, and cost. One concern is the lack of clarity when discussing agriculture’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. Various agriculture… Read more »

Sask. producers applaud province for taking federal carbon tax to court

The issue: The Saskatchewan government filed a reference question in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal on Wednesday asking the court whether the federal carbon pricing legislation violates the Constitution. Farm groups, who have supported the Saskatchewan government’s opposition to the carbon tax, are welcoming the court challenge. Why does it matter? Saskatchewan is currently the… Read more »

Fuel for heating barns and drying grain to be exempt from Manitoba carbon tax

The Manitoba government has decided it will not apply a carbon tax to fuels used for heating or cooling barns and greenhouses or to run grain dryers — an exemption that was not announced when the Pallister government rolled out its carbon pricing plan last fall. The province originally said farm diesel and gasoline would… Read more »