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View Alistair MacGregor Profile
NDP (BC)
Thank you so much, Chair.
Thank you to our witnesses for contributing to our discussion on Bill C-206 today.
I'll start with the Canadian Horticultural Council. Mr. Coristine, you mentioned a few things. You were going over the existing Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, and you did correctly mention that the existing definition section on “eligible farming activity” goes through a few definitions there. However, when it comes down to “eligible farming machinery”, it specifically excludes “property that is used for the purpose of providing heating or cooling to a building or similar structure”.
We've already been informed that Bill C-206 is pretty narrow, and it may be beyond our ability to expand it. If C-206, as it's currently written, is not going to apply to greenhouses.... I'm worried we're using this as a proxy for a larger conversation about the carbon tax, but I really want to focus on C-206. If the bill passes, can you tell the committee, as it's currently written, by just changing the “qualifying farming fuel” definition, are there any tangible benefits that will apply to your industry?
View Alistair MacGregor Profile
NDP (BC)
I have a follow-up question. You mentioned budget 2021. On page 174 it mentions Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario farmers who use natural gas and propane in their operations. It's estimated that in those four provinces, farmers would receive approximately “$100 million in the first year”.
Do you have an analysis of what your industry might achieve as a rebate from that measure?
View Alistair MacGregor Profile
NDP (BC)
For sure. Thank you for that clarification.
Ms. Ward, thank you for being here on behalf of the National Farmers Union. It's always great to hear your point of view and to hear about the efforts being made in the agricultural community to really be one of our greatest tools against climate change.
I note that the NFU supports, broadly speaking, a rebate on the costs of drying fuels. The NFU has done a lot of research on the farm crisis and just the amount of debt load that farmers are carrying these days. Can you briefly tell us what that resulted from? You mentioned the high cost of inputs being really commonplace among modern farming operations these days.
View Alistair MacGregor Profile
NDP (BC)
View Alistair MacGregor Profile
NDP (BC)
Thank you so much, Mr. Chair.
Ms. Ward, in my two and a half minutes I'm going to ask you two questions and then give you the remainder of the time to answer.
First of all, in the existing act, we already have gasoline and diesel fuel that are exempt. They are “qualifying farming fuels”. Do you have any thoughts on those two fuels because, of course, they are used quite a bit in farming activities and it seems to me that Bill C-206 is just following that precedent and then allowing natural gas and propane.
Second of all, if you can also.... I think it's important. We keep on talking about the cost of the carbon tax, and I think you just briefly answered this, but can you also just illustrate what the costs are if we don't address climate change, because I have heard at this committee in the three years that I've been sitting at it that farmers are on the front lines of climate change. Can you just give us a sense of what the economic costs of doing nothing in tackling climate change are going to be for farmers?
View Alistair MacGregor Profile
NDP (BC)
Thank you so much, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to our witnesses.
Mr. Ammeter, maybe I'll start with you.
Diesel is used for some grain-drying operations, is it not? I'm trying to get a sense of just how many farmers might be using diesel at the moment to dry their grain.
View Alistair MacGregor Profile
NDP (BC)
Yes, I was wondering about that because I was doing a search, and I'm a complete layperson when it comes to understanding the dynamics of grain drying. There is a company that I did find called Triple Green Products. Here on their website they say they have a BioDryAir, which they think is superior because propane and natural gas both contain water vapour when you burn them, so you can actually be putting more water vapour into the grain. Their system does run on biomass.
Can you give me a sense of, when you're harvesting your canola and you've separated it—and I'm sure it's probably corn farmers who get the most residue because we all know cornstalks in relation to canola—how much crop residue you are left with at the end of the harvest?
View Alistair MacGregor Profile
NDP (BC)
I can believe it. I can see the size of the silos that you have to thrust that heat through. You need a massive amount of heat coming out of that.
Maybe I'll rephrase the question. If there were a system that had proven technology, was very efficient in operating on biomass and became commercially successful—because I don't know how well this company is doing—would there be an added burden to farmers in collecting that residue while you're harvesting? Is it easy for you now to collect the residue and put it one location? You would then have it in a viable form to be used as a fuel.
View Alistair MacGregor Profile
NDP (BC)
The other thing, too, is that you're going to be losing all of that carbon on your fields, which of course serves a very important purpose for the next year's crop.
View Alistair MacGregor Profile
NDP (BC)
Thank you, Chair.
Mr. Ammeter, we've referred to the harvest from hell and we know that, with our farmers being on the front lines of climate change, there will be an increase in extreme weather events. If you look at the last several decades, and when farmers have had to start engaging their grain dryers, has the trend been more and more use of grain dryers over time? Do you expect that trend to continue going into the future?
I'm just trying to put this in the context of whether you're having to engage your grain dryers sooner than you'd like for longer than you would like. I'm just trying to extrapolate what the cost will be if we continue with this trend.
View Alistair MacGregor Profile
NDP (BC)
It would trigger our business risk management program, which would end up costing the government even more in the long run as well.
View Alistair MacGregor Profile
NDP (BC)
View Alistair MacGregor Profile
NDP (BC)
Thank you so much, Madam Chair. I'm happy to be here on behalf of Mr. Green today.
I'm going to focus on the Canada Revenue Agency.
In paragraph 7.50 of the report, the audit noted that for fiscal year 2019-20 the agency had 273 full-time equivalent employees for the enforcement of GST/HST delinquent filer compliance. The salary expenditures were $27.7 million, but those employees had a fiscal impact of about $3.2 billion during that year. That's sort of an investment with a return of more than 100 to one. The fiscal impact included the federal tax, provincial tax, interest, and penalties collected. The recommendation was that “given the good return on investment”, the agency was encouraged to do more work. It was basically that the CRA should strengthen its efforts towards tax compliance on GST/HST, and so on.
My question is regarding the 273 full-time equivalents for the enforcement of GST/HST filer compliance. Does this represent an increase, decrease, or pretty much status quo compared to fiscal years preceding that?
View Alistair MacGregor Profile
NDP (BC)
Thank you for that clarification.
Mr. Hamilton, I guess you partly answered my follow-up question, but with regard to the determination of what an adequate level of staffing is to ensure proper compliance, can you illustrate a little bit more some of the thoughts that go into making that determination?
View Alistair MacGregor Profile
NDP (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Hamilton.
I want to get in one last question. I have just under a minute here.
In the CRA's response to the Auditor General, you said:
Actions in response to this recommendation will include a review of workload selection and prioritization criteria, examination of the level and allocation of program resources, identification of potential legislative changes and increased outreach to increase compliance regarding GST/HST filing.
The action plan will be completed by September 2023.
Why will it take you more than two years to complete this review?
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