The Conservative Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Agri-Food and Food Security, John Barlow, says what Budget 2022 announced was a lot of the spending that was outlined in the 2030 emissions reduction plan.
"Which reinforces a lot of what the parliamentary budget officer already confirmed. That rising carbon tax to $107 a tonne won't reduce emissions, but it's going to have a very detrimental impact on the agriculture sector. That's gonna be exasperating, what we're already seeing in terms of increased costs and inputs and inflation, it just seems like a nonsensical time to be increasing taxes on Canadian farmers."
Barlow says what was good to see was some compensation finally put out for some promises that have been made in the past.
"The Prince Edward Island potato ban, supply managed sectors, see some sort of solution, or at least a temporary solution. For the temporary foreign worker problem, emergency strategy there to address what has been a very acute labour crisis. But, you know, announcing these things, the Liberals have been very good at announcing things, but very bad at actually following through and implementing some of these programs."
He says while they are certainly glad to see that it's on the radar now, it's a matter of keeping up the pressure to ensure they follow through and actually implement some of these policies to address some of the problems that we've been facing.
Barlow notes we didn't see any tax relief on the carbon tax.
"You know, certainly with the conflict in Europe, certainly concerns over a looming food crisis, much higher input costs, we we're hoping to see some relief there. "
He adds, we didn't see a follow through on implementation of Bill C 208 that received royal assent - a Conservative private member's bill that was designed to remove tax barriers for intergenerational transfers to help with succession planning.
"I find that to be very frustrating that they continue to ignore the will of the House of Commons."
Barlow says the overall impact it this is a high spending, high tax budget with the Liberals adding another $53 billion to the already growing debt.