MPs contemplating sundown clause for potential carbon tax exemption for grain drying and barn heating – Agriculture

The House of Commons’ agriculture committee is reviewing Bill C-234, the personal member’s invoice that might exempt gasoline used for barn heating and grain drying from the federal authorities’s carbon tax.

The invoice acquired robust assist at second studying within the House of Commons again in May, with the Conservatives, NDP, Bloc, Greens, and one Liberal member of parliament voting in favour. “But it’s removed from a achieved deal,” notes Branden Leslie, supervisor, coverage and authorities relations with Grain Growers of Canada.

The ag committee is at the moment listening to from witnesses — together with Leslie and Grain Farmers of Ontario’s Brendan Byrne on Monday, making an allowance for various views on why there ought to be an exemption, particularly when there are not any scalable alternate options to propane or pure fuel for barn heating or grain drying.

MPs on the committee have additionally been discussing amending the invoice to incorporate a sundown clause, after which the exemption for farm fuels would expire or have to be renewed, if the federal government of the day selected to take action. MPs have referred to 5 and ten years, in addition to the 12 months 2030, of their examples for potential sundown clause timelines.

“We’re open to no matter it’ll take to get this invoice handed. So I feel this can be a price that farmers are more and more having to bear and it’s solely going to go up from right here,” Leslie says. That mentioned, he doesn’t need a sundown clause to be so quick that it doesn’t enable for developments in know-how and adoption of adjustments to raised put together for the tip of the clause, with the carbon value rising to $170/tonne carbon equal.

Leslie additionally needs to see higher big-picture emissions assessments in place for biomass or different power sources for drying and heating, to make sure that the total emissions of straw-based programs, for instance, are understood, accounting for the gathering, processing, and hauling of straw.

The timeline for finishing the evaluation of C-234 at committee stage is but to be decided, however Leslie says the NDP movement to have the ag committee examine grocery pricing, which was permitted by the House of Commons on Monday, features a caveat that Bill C-234 should clear the committee earlier than the meals value examine can start.

An identical invoice, Bill C-206, was handed by the House of Commons final summer time, however was not totally permitted by the Senate previous to Parliament being dissolved for the October 2021 election.

Branden Leslie of Grain Growers of Canada joined Kelvin Heppner on Tuesday’s version of RealAg Radio — hear right here:

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