Parliament Passes Conservative Bill Exempting Farmers from Carbon Tax

Ottawa, ON – The House of Commons has passed Bill C-206, an Act to amend the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (qualifying farming fuel).

This legislation, introduced by Conservative MP Philip Lawrence and co-seconded by MP Ted Falk, will exempt farmers from paying the Liberal carbon tax on natural gas and propane used for farming operations.

“This is great news for farmers and all of us who enjoy the great products they produce,” said Falk. “Our farmers face so much uncertainty from weather conditions to global trade disputes. They don’t need the Liberal carbon tax adding to their burden.”

Conservative, Bloc Québécois, NDP, and Green MPs voted to pass the bill, while Liberals voted against it. The final vote was 181 in favour, 150 opposed.

“The Liberals voted against saving our agriculture sector $250 million over the next four years – money that would stay in our communities and support local jobs and small businesses,” said Falk. “It was great to see other opposition parties step up to get this bill passed.”

Bill C-206 now goes before the Senate for consideration.