Bill C-234 passes in what Huron-Bruce MP calls ‘historic vote’

Ben Lobb, Conservative Party of Canada candidate for Huron-Bruce in the 2021 Federal Election. (Submitted photo)

It was a historic vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday, according to the Member of Parliament for Huron-Bruce.

MPs voted 176-145 to pass Ben Lobb’s private member’s bill (Bill C-234), which would remove the carbon tax on farm fuel and heating in an amendment to the Greenhouse Gas Polluting Pricing Act.

“I think now that Canadians are seeing the bigger perspective of having a carbon tax on home heating bills and the price of fuel, they’re questioning whether the carbon tax is too punitive on their pocket books, especially in times of inflation.” said Lobb shortly after the vote passed, which will now see Bill C-234, An Act to amend the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, moved to the Senate. “I don’t think it’s ethical to charge farmers or Canadians carbon tax when they’re heating their home and there’s no other option out there.”

“I’m not trying to start a political fight, but we’re trying to help people out. It’s tough. I wish we could take the carbon tax off of everything.” Lobb added.

The bill would be a huge boost for farmers and ranchers under the current carbon tax system, extending an exemption from carbon pricing for on-farm use of propane and natural gas.

Bill C-234 was put together following a very tough harvest in 2019 on the prairies and in other parts of the country, when farmers had to use more energy than expected to deal with a wet grain harvest. Many farmers were exasperated by the Liberal government’s passing of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act in the fall of 2018 under Bill C-74.

“We go to the grocery store, and I feel we take food for granted.” said Lobb. “We have to realize that food is a sovereignty issue, and part of the fabric of our nation. We have to preserve it, and protect farmers, the sector, and farmer’s livelihoods.”

Lobb’s private member’s bill had opposition party support from the NDP, Bloc Québécois, and Green Party, which Lobb hopes leads to senators supporting the bill when it goes to the Senate at a later date.