Kevin Soren­son Re­ports

The Drumheller Mail - - Sports - Kevin Soren­son M.P. Bat­tle River-Crow­foot Con­stituency

The agricultur­e in­dus­try is tak­ing hit af­ter hit by China’s re­lent­less re­tal­i­a­tion and the Trudeau Lib­er­als’ in­com­pe­tent han­dling of this dev­ast­ing sit­u­a­tion. The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment has now banned the im­ports of all Cana­dian meat, once again cit­ing food safety con­cerns. In the last year, Canada ex­ported al­most $373 mil­lion worth of pork, beef and veal to China. Cana­dian farm­ers pro­duce some of the high­est qual­ity meat in the world and any as­ser­tion by the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment to the con­trary is both false and base­less.

Canada has al­ready lost Chi­nese mar­ket ac­cess for canola and soy. To date, Prime Min­is­ter Trudeau has failed to take de­ci­sive ac­tion and stand up to the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment. At the time of writ­ing this col­umn, the Prime Min­is­ter was head­ing to the G20. Hope­fully, he seized that op­por­tu­nity to per­son­ally raise this is­sue with Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and de­mand that he re­moves these non-tar­iff trade bar­ri­ers.

Al­berta farm­ers were hit with the Not­ley Gov­ern­ment’s carbon tax on Jan­uary 1st, 2017 which drove up a myr­iad of farm in­put costs, such as fer­til­izer, pes­ti­cide and grain trans­porta­tion. For­tu­nately, on April 1st, 2019, newly elected Pre­mier Ja­son Kenney in­tro­duced the Carbon Tax Re­peal Act. In the wake of that an­nounce­ment, Fed­eral En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter, Catherine McKenna, said the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment was work­ing as quickly as pos­si­ble to im­pose the fed­eral tax on Al­berta in­stead. The fed­eral carbon tax came into effect on April 1st, 2019 in Man­i­toba, On­tario, New Brunswick and Saskatchew­an in the ab­sence of a provin­cially im­posed tax.

The Agri­cul­tural Pro­duc­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Saskatchew­an es­ti­mated the carbon tax will cost the provinces’ 20,000 grain pro­duc­ers about $60 mil­lion this year and dou­ble this

amount by 2022. The es­ti­mate is based on costs for: propane or nat­u­ral gas for dry­ing grain; rail­way trans­porta­tion to move grain from de­liv­ery centres to export ports; truck­ing trans­porta­tion to move grain from farm to grain el­e­va­tor lo­ca­tions; de­liv­ery and heating of farm build­ings; and elec­tri­cal in­creases for farm op­er­a­tion.

Con­ser­va­tive Leader, An­drew Scheer, has vowed to re­peal the fed­eral carbon tax which he char­ac­ter­izes as a rev­enue plan, not an en­vi­ron­ment plan. Cana­dian fam­i­lies and small businesses will pay 92% of the carbon tax, while big pol­luters are only on the hook for 8%. If the Lib­er­als are re-elected on Oc­to­ber 21st, the carbon tax will go up. The Par­lia­men­tary Bud­get Of­fi­cer re­cently re­vealed that the carbon tax would have to in­crease five-fold for Canada to reach its Paris tar­gets. This would mean a litre of gas would in­crease by twenty-three cents and it would cost the av­er­age Cana­dian fam­ily more than $1,000 a year.

In place of the Lib­eral’s rev­enue plan, a Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment will in­tro­duce “A Real Plan to Pro­tect Our En­vi­ron­ment” based on three guid­ing principles: 1. In­tro­duc­ing green tech­nol­ogy, not taxes is the best way to lower Canada’s emis­sions; 2. Work­ing with farm­ers, hunters and an­glers, Indige­nous peoples, provinces and ter­ri­to­ries is the best way to pro­mote a cleaner and greener nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment to pro­tect our air, land, wa­ter and wildlife; and 3. Canada tak­ing a lead­er­ship role is nec­es­sary to fight climate change glob­ally.

To learn more about our plan, you can visit: ARealPlan. ca.

If you have any ques­tions or con­cerns re­gard­ing this or pre­vi­ous col­umns you may write me at 4945-50th Street, Cam­rose, Al­berta, T4V 1P9, call 780-608-4600, toll-free 1-800-665-4358, fax 780-6084603 or e-mail Kevin.Soren­[email protected]

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