March 21, 2019 - Ontario's government is standing up for farmers and fighting the
imposition of a job-killing federal carbon tax on the agricultural sector, which
would increase the cost of food on tables across Ontario. Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London,
stands with Premier Doug Ford, Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and
Rural Affairs, and Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
in supporting the sector.
"A carbon tax will have particularly negative effects on Ontario's agricultural
sector, which is a key driver of our provincial economy," said MPP Jeff Yurek. "Farmers
like those in Elgin-Middlesex-London are environmental stewards by nature, and should
be recognized for their important contributions rather than punished with an added
expense to their operations."
"Ontario's farmers and agribusiness leaders have told us that a carbon tax will
increase the cost of doing business, from heating fuels to transportation costs
of shipping products to market. This not only hurts their businesses, but also negatively
affects our economy," said Hardeman. "When costs go up, consumers often pay the
price, and less money goes into the pockets of farmers and workers. That's why I
am standing up for our farmers and agribusinesses — to protect the sector, our economy
and Ontario jobs."
Stakeholders across the agri-food sector have raised concerns that the federal carbon
tax will further reduce the competitiveness of Ontario's agribusinesses in the global
marketplace. Many are also concerned about its economic impact and potential job
losses as a result of increased costs, and feel that the federal carbon tax will
not help the environment or reduce emissions.
"Our Environment Plan meets emissions targets without imposing a carbon tax on farmers
or families, and serves as proof that you can both oppose a carbon tax and continue
to do more to fight climate change, you don't have to choose," concluded Phillips.
"Ontario deserves a healthy environment and a healthy economy."
The Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan considers our province's specific priorities,
challenges and opportunities, and commits to reducing our emissions to 30 per cent
below 2005 levels by 2030, a target that aligns with the federal government's Paris
commitments, without imposing a carbon tax on students, patients, families and seniors.
Through the efforts of individuals and industry, Ontario is already most of the
way to this target, with the province's emissions down 22 per cent since 2005.
This event is part of a series of conversations underway across the province. Premier
Ford and his ministers are travelling across Ontario to talk with families, small
business owners and communities about how the federal carbon tax will make life
more unaffordable, while putting the province's economy at risk. The Ontario government
is committed to cutting red tape to help Ontario's economy grow. Fighting the federal
carbon tax is an important step to keeping Ontario open for business and open for