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.