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e-4133 (Agriculture)

Initiated by Alex Docherty from Elmwood, Prince Edward Island

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The Government of Canada has set a 30% reduction target to decrease emissions from the application of fertilizers by 2030. This self-imposed and arbitrary goal will impact Canada’s hard-working farm families and Canadians as whole significantly;
  • Canadian farmers’ crop yields are already under incredible strain as the price of inputs for agricultural production have increased sharply, especially the cost of fuel inflated by the lack of exemptions for farmers and producers from the Carbon Tax which has led to this year’s crop being one of the most expensive in Canadian history;
  • Food prices have already increased 10% as a direct result of record inflation, and any mandated restrictions on fertilizer use that could arise from how this emissions target would be implemented will only further increase the price of food in grocery stores, limit farmers crop yields, and will put farms across Canada out of business at a time when we are being relied on to help feed the world;
  • A study by MNP states the 30 per cent reduction in fertilizer target will cost our economy about $48 billion by 2030; and
  • Canadian farmers are already world leaders on environmental stewardship.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to listen to the voices of Canadian farmers and commit to never implementing policy that directly or indirectly leads to reducing the amounts of fertilizer available to Canada’s agriculture industry and work directly with impacted stakeholders to promote best practices for emissions reduction while forgoing an arbitrary reduction goal.
Open for signature
November 3, 2022, at 2:51 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
January 2, 2023, at 2:51 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - John Barlow
Conservative Caucus