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Farmers prefer provincial carbon tax to Ottawa’s

Farmers prefer provincial carbon tax to Ottawa’s

The provincial government rejects the federal government’s offer to reconsider its plan

Many Manitoba farm groups prefer Manitoba’s scrapped carbon tax to Ottawa’s. Manitoba’s plan, which Premier Brian Pallister withdrew Oct. 4, would have exempted not only fuels burned in farm equipment, but in grain dryers and livestock barns. The federal plan for Manitoba announced Oct. 23 only exempts farm equipment fuel and 80 per cent of

The Manitoba Conservative government of Brian Pallister isn't interested in returning to the carbon tax plan he scrapped earlier this month.

Manitoba rejects Ottawa’s offer to reconsider its carbon tax

The Premier’s office says the federal government can’t be trusted on this issue

The Manitoba government has rejected Ottawa’s offer to reconsider letting Manitoba’s carbon tax stand, rather than imposing the federal plan. That’s sure to disappoint Manitoba farm groups who say they prefer Manitoba’s plan over Ottawa’s. But the Manitoba government doesn’t trust the federal government on this issue. “The Liberals are talking out of both sides


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the majority of Manitobans will receive more in carbon tax rebates than they will pay in carbon taxes .

Carbon tax rebates prominent part of federal plan announced Oct. 23

KAP wants grain drying and barn heating fuels exempted

Most Manitobans will get more money in carbon tax rebates than they’ll pay after the federal government’s carbon tax of $20 a tonne starts in April 2019, Prime Minister Trudeau announced Oct. 23. Farm fuel will be exempted from the controversial tax designed to encourage Canadians to emit less carbon in the fight against climate

Premier Brian Pallister and Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires unveiled the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan Oct. 27, 2017 at Oak Hammock Marsh. The plan included a flat $25-a-tonne carbon tax and programs to cut carbon emissions. Last week Pallister announced since Ottawa is going to impose its carbon tax on Manitoba, the province won’t implement its tax. However, the green plan programs will still go ahead, he said.

Manitoba scraps carbon tax in anticipation Ottawa will impose its own

But Premier Pallister wants Ottawa’s carbon tax to include the same exemptions for farmers as Manitoba’s

The Manitoba government won’t launch its Made-in-Manitoba carbon tax because Ottawa is imposing its own, but Manitoba is going ahead with the carbon reduction programs in its Climate and Green Plan. The province also says when the federal government starts taxing carbon here the same exemptions for farmers set out under Manitoba’s cancelled tax should

Premier Brian Pallister announces up to $9.5 million in TIF support for Hylife Ltd. in Neepawa Sept. 14.

Province promises up to $9.5 million in tax rebates for Hylife expansion

Hylife Ltd. will recoup some of the new tax generated from its recent expansions

Hylife Ltd. has joined the companies expecting to get a financial boost from their own tax revenue. The province announced Sept. 14 that the pork giant will join the companies and projects singled out for TIF, or tax increment financing. Governments most commonly turn to TIF to jump-start economic development and private sector investment by


KAP president Dan Mazier is pleased fuels used to heat and cool livestock buildings, greenhouses and dry grain are exempt from the province’s $25 a tonne carbon tax.

KAP welcomes further carbon tax exemptions

Fuels used to heat and cool livestock buildings, greenhouses or to dry or store crops will be exempt

The Manitoba government’s carbon tax exemption on marked farm fuels used in farm equipment and trucks, has been extended to include heating and cooling farm buildings and drying crops. “A farm building for fuel and carbon tax purposes is a building where you either keep or raise livestock for sale or a building where you

Beef Producers sees carbon policy as a win, but still has some worries

Beef Producers sees carbon policy as a win, but still has some worries

Manitoba Beef Producers saw some of its priorities reflected in the province’s proposed carbon plan, but say input prices are still a concern

Manitoba Beef Producers has checked exemptions for on-farm emissions and farm fuel off its carbon policy wish list, but it’s not done yet. MBP general manager Brian Lemon says there’s still plenty of advocacy work to be done on the details on the plan. Read more: Manitoba carbon plan targets lower rates Read more: Mazier defends

Manitoba’s ‘climate and green’ plan good policy, smart politics

It's often easier and safer to oppose something than to come up with a plan and implement it

The “Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan” is smart politics, but more importantly could be good policy. That latter hinges on the plan to cut carbon emissions by up to 2.6 million tonnes by 2022 working. But there’s a possibility it might not be implemented, or at least not fully. The federal government says Manitoba’s flat


KAP president Dan Mazier says the farm organization got much of what it wanted from the “Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan,” including a carbon tax exemption on “marked” farm fuel.

Mazier defends KAP’s approach on ‘made-in-Manitoba’ carbon tax

He says the position was developed democratically and KAP got much of what it wanted to reduce the negative impact on farmers

A year after the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) opted to participate as the provincial government developed “A Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan,” some KAP members are asking why the farm organization doesn’t oppose a carbon tax. “I find this entire carbon tax thing to be a complete fiasco and I view our prime minister (Justin

Purple fuel is exempt from Manitoba’s $25-a-tonne carbon plan that starts next year, but the province hasn’t decided if the exemption will apply to barn heating or grain dryer fuels. Premier Brian Pallister rolled out his Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan at Oak Hammock Marsh Oct. 27.

Purple farm fuels exempted from Manitoba carbon tax

The government is emphasizing the newly released ‘Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan’ is much more than just a carbon tax and is seeking citizen feedback

Purple fuel won’t be subject to Manitoba’s proposed carbon tax, but that exemption may not be extended to heating for barns, greenhouses and grain dryers. The plan calls for Manitoba to bring in a flat $25-a-tonne carbon tax coming next year, rather than the federal government’s $10-a-tonne levy that would rise over time to $50