A coalition has been formed to fight against the imposing of a federal carbon tax. The tax is set to start at $10 per tonne of carbon emissions in 2018, rising to $50 per tonne in 2022. Current estimates predict that the federal carbon tax will cost 11.63 cents per liter on gasoline and 13.69 cents per liter on diesel fuel in 2022.

The coalition includes the Western Canadian Wheat Growers (WCWG), The Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Canadian Federation of Independent Business, and AxeTheCarbonTax.ca. Their formation was announced on Thursday July 13th at the Manitoba Legislature, as they pressed Premier Brian Pallister to join Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall in aggressively opposing all carbon taxes. They also want the Manitoba government to deliver on it's campaign promise to hold a referendum on any major tax hikes.

In Saskatchewan, the provincial government is aggressively fighting the idea of a federally imposed Carbon Tax. Chairman of WCWG Jim Wickett says that "Premier Wall has vehemently opposed the carbon tax right from the get go, and we have supported him all along. He is one of the only Premiers who actually has a handle on where the Agricultural community is at."


Wickett is also a third generation farmer in the West Central Saskatchewan area. His farm is located South East of Rosetown and he has witnessed many changes over the years that help the environment. He says "Government and government officials are 25 years late to the party here. With Agriculture doing good things for the environment it's kind of a perverse policy to punish farmers and the Agriculture community that have been actually doing this work for 25 years or longer."

The Manitoba government is now realizing the damage of introducing carbon taxes, as it's now seeking a legal option on it's right to develop a "Made in Manitoba" plan. Each province that has not established an equivalent plan by the end of 2017 will have the federal carbon tax put in place. The Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change is Saskatchewan's challenge against the federal government's constitutional authority to impose a carbon tax on a select province.



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