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Now more than ever, government needs to reassure farmers their voices are being heard on climate change

By ISG Senator Diane Griffin      

I welcome new Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau to her new role and encourage her to share any information that can help farmers prepare for the implementation of carbon pricing.

Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. Sen. Diane Griffin says she hopes Ms. Bibeau will share any information that can help farmers prepare for the implementation of carbon pricing. The Hill Times photograph Andrew Meade

On Thursday, Feb. 28, the Senate adopted “Feast or Famine: Impacts of Climate Change and carbon Pricing on Agriculture, Agri-food and Forestry,” a report of the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry. During my speech in the Senate Chamber prior to the adoption of the report, I referenced an article that ran on the front page of The Western Producer on Feb. 7. Entitled “Carbon tax estimates uncertain,” the piece details the results of an Access to Information request filed by the Producer regarding projected costs of carbon pricing for farmers. In particular, the Producer was hoping to get some clarity on how carbon pricing will impact the costs of fertilizer and rail transportation.

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