Sask. farmers remain hopeful about relief from federal carbon tax despite PM’s comments

Saskatchewan farmers remain hopeful Ottawa will provide some relief from the carbon tax on fuels used to dry their crops.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau deflected a question about providing relief to farmers this week by saying a price on pollution cuts pollution and puts money back into people’s pockets.

APAS vice president Ian Boxall says the PM may not have seen this week’s APAS study which found farmers will lose eight to 12 percent of their income to the carbon tax.

The APAS study found the carbon tax costs farmers $8,000 $10,000 a year.

Within two years, the rising tax will cost 12 percent or $13,000 to $17,000

Boxall says farmers answered the government call for details on the cost of the carbon tax on farmers, including grain drying and other items.

Boxall says farmers have made investments in their farming operations to reduce their carbon footprint and higher costs will make future investments in carbon reduction almost impossible.

He remains hopeful the federal government will provide relief on the carbon tax.

Boxall says APAS officials hope to meet with senior federal officials in Ottawa later this month to push for carbon tax relief.


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