Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay thinks that a provincial exemption on farm fuel is enough for farmers to survive the carbon tax.
Kevin Heppner, with Real Agriculture did a good job pressing MacAulay on his government's carbon tax, while detailing the effect it will have on farmers who rely heavily on staying competitive in a global export market.
The Saskatchewan government estimates the carbon tax will cost small farms around $10,000 per year and larger, but still often family run operations, upwards of $100,000 per year. With CETA falling apart, beef commodity prices plummeting, and an early snowfall devastating the harvest on the prairies, farmers are already struggling to get by.
Watch my video to see MacAulay insist that carbon taxes are the way of the future in a low carbon world.
Neither US presidential candidate, our largest trading partner, is campaigning on a carbon tax. Ultra-progressive France, where the Paris treaty that led to Canada’s carbon tax was born last year, is backing away from carbon taxation. Australia has repealed its carbon tax altogether.
The world is moving away from carbon taxes for the same reasons Canada should. The human cost is just too high.
What kind of Agriculture Minister thinks farmers should earn less and work harder than they already do? A Liberal one parroting the party line.