Hog producers will be hit hard by rising carbon taxes

Alberta Pork is calling on the federal government for a carbon tax exemption


Paul Cowley, Red Deer Advocate (Canada)

Feb. 15, 2021


Lilly Pork owner Rod Weenink spends about $4,000 a month heating his barns in the winter and about a quarter of that cost is from carbon taxes.


With those taxes expect to increase five-fold over the next decade, the Lacombe-area farmer is not sure how he and other pork producers will be able to stay in business without significant rebates or other government help.


“When it comes to the carbon tax and our heating, I have no idea what we’re going to do,” he said. “It’s at the point where it could definitely cripple a hog farm, there’s no doubt about it.


“It is not a minor expense. And the way it’s quoted now it could be a massive, crippling expense that could drive people out of the business — there’s no two ways about it.”


Alberta Pork and other provincial and federal agriculture groups have...