GORMLEY - FARMER'S CARBON TAX SURVEY - FEBRUARY 25
According to new survey data from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), 82% of farmers say the federal carbon tax is negatively impacting their business (94% of farmers in the field crop sector, 93% in the livestock sector. On average, farmers estimate they will pay almost $14,000 in federal carbon taxes in the first year it applies to them (April 1st, 2019 to March 31st, 2020). The CFIB is urging the federal government to exempt natural gas, propane and aviation fuel used for farming activities such as drying grain, heating barns or spraying fields from the federal carbon tax, including those farm expenses from 2019. Marilyn Braun-Pollon, CFIB vice-president, Western Canada and Agri-business joins Gormley to talk about the key findings from the survey and what they're asking of the federal government.