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Ontario calls on feds to exempt food production from the Carbon Tax

Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) wants the federal Liberal government to institute a grain drying exemption to the carbon tax.

Starting Monday, April 1 the price of the carbon tax was set at $80 a tonne, up from $65 last year and $50 the year before that.

Even though farmers have no viable alternatives to dry grain and must use current technology to ensure that wet grain is dried, the federal government continues to burden farmers with this increasing tax, according to GFO chair Jeff Harrison.

“It is simple: don’t tax food production. Farmers are rightfully concerned that they are being penalized for drying their grain when they have no alternatives, and Canadians are rightly confused about why the government is adding costs to food production when there are lineups at food banks across the country,” Harrison said.

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