On Monday, November 23, 2020 Philip Lawrence, Conservative Member of Parliament for Northumberland – Peterborough South and Shadow Minister for National Revenue, released
the following statement in response to his Private Members Bill, Bill C-206, An Act to amend the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (qualifying farming fuel);
“Today I rose in the House of Commons to debate my Private Members Bill which, if passed, will exempt qualifying farmers from paying the Liberals Carbon Tax on gasoline, diesel fuel,
propane and natural gas, saving them tens of thousands of dollars a year on necessary farming procedures.
“Canadian farmers are increasingly at a disadvantage in the global marketplace and, as international price-takers, additional costs like the carbon tax cannot be passed onto their buyers. We know that Grain Farmers need to dry their grain, and that livestock farmers need to heat their barns. The Liberals want to punish our farmers for completing these essential operations, yet there are currently no replacements for these necessary farming fuels available to them.
“We know that our Farmers want to be involved in finding a solution to climate change, and that they have the capacity to do so. They are innovative and have already adopted many techniques and new technologies that reduce their environmental and ecological impact, including no till farming, plant biotechnology, crop rotations and precision agriculture. If our farmers had more money to invest in sustainable farming; if they weren’t weighted down by the burden of the Carbon Tax but were instead given incentives to innovate, imagine what they could do.
“I will always stand up for our hardworking farmers, who are the backbone of our communities and the engine of our economy and was thrilled to debate Bill C-206 in the House of
Today MP Lawrence stood in the House of Commons to talk about his Private Members Bill,
Bill C-206, https://www.facebook.com/philiplawrenceMP/videos/709606693323440.