October 19, 2016

Lethbridge County piles $1.5M tax grab onto hard-hit Alberta beef farmers

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator
 

The county of Lethbridge, Alberta is taking a page from the NDP and Justin Trudeau by taxing the life out of an industry when it's already down.

But I'm not talking about oil and gas this time, I’m talking about agriculture - our beef producers.

The county of Lethbridge says they are experiencing a $3.5 million infrastructure shortfall so they are going to the feedlot operators in Lethbridge County, hat in hand, to tax them $3 per head of cattle to maintain the roads.

There are 500,000 head of cattle in Lethbridge County making this a huge tax grab.

Watch my video to see just how much these feedlot operators pay into infrastructure already, how much they contribute to the local economy and who the County should be hitting up for the extra cash.

Commodity prices are down and costs are up. Bill 6, the carbon tax, the minimum wage hike, and bad weather have all taken a bite out of the bottom line. There is no money left to hand over to Lethbridge to grow the government.

Cattle and money are portable. There are 2.6 million cattle in Montana, three cows for every one person in the state. I hear they’re pretty good at farming down there. And it’s nice and close, only an hour’s drive from Lethbridge to the Sweetgrass border crossing.

Those cattle in Lethbridge don't have to stay there, and they won't if these greedy governments, at all levels, don't keep their hands out of the pockets of our farmers. When the cows leave, they'll take 5,600 Alberta jobs and $1 billion in economic activity with them.

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commented 2016-10-19 18:49:45 -0400
This smells like Notley has her hand in this. I would bet on it!
commented 2016-10-19 15:48:57 -0400
JOHN LANDRY commented 4 hours ago
We better get the Bundy’s up here!

Unfortunately, the Bundys are all being held by ‘the government’, in prisons, as political prisoners pending their ‘trials’…put there, ultimately, by the same kind of ‘people’ as inhabits the ranks of those in Lethbridge who imposed this criminality and treason on their community…
commented 2016-10-19 13:55:03 -0400
Its true Lawrence, everyone should take a good look at what their municipal governments are wasting their money on. Municipal governments are the worst socialist agenda warriors ever. When they raise taxes or create another tax ‘to cover road repair’ you know its really to bankroll some useless idea without jeopardizing their own pockets and/or a way to punish certain users, with the effect of shutting them down. The corruption at the municipal level is often ignored or accepted.
commented 2016-10-19 12:46:06 -0400
it’s time the lefty nazis spend thrifts cut spending on their special useless feel good projects like we have to do when we over spend in our house holds .
commented 2016-10-19 11:44:14 -0400
We better get the Bundy’s up here!
commented 2016-10-19 11:37:06 -0400
Lethbridge isn’t much closer to the Montana border than Sask. but depending on how close the next feedlot is in Montana, Sask. or BC may not be first choices. I’m sure every penny counts, and I can’t blame them for taking it over the border if Notley’s Alberta, and specifically the municipality of Lethbridge forces them out this way. When will these politicians learn?
commented 2016-10-19 10:45:53 -0400
western feedlots ha already shut down 100 000 animals not being purchased. They stated the business climate in the province as the reason (NDP GOV). They talk about getting off reliance on oil and gas and move to kill yet another industry. WTF is the plan when they are shut down what then.
commented 2016-10-19 10:36:29 -0400
Saskatchewan would welcome them with open arms. That amount of money makes it easy to move.
commented 2016-10-19 10:21:47 -0400
Shiela, you are wrong on one point. The County did come “hat in hand”. They came cudgel in hand to make an offer the feedlots can’t refuse.