MP's are back in Ottawa as the fall session of the House of Commons gets underway.
Conservative Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Agri-Food, and Food Security, John Barlow spent time traveling the country speaking with farmers and producers talking about the issues that are important to them.
"What are some of the things they're concerned about? What's working? What's not? You know, despite being in different parts of the country, a lot of the concerns we're pretty unanimous from one end of Canada to the other."
He says the biggest issue he heard over and over from producers seemed to center around the cost of doing business.
"The impact of the increases in the carbon tax, and now the introduction of a second carbon tax have had on the traditional farm model. It's become more difficult or almost impossible to try to absorb those costs, while at the same time remaining economically viable. Certainly some frustration with trade issues, you know, red tape and regulations whether that's the E logs for transportation, issues with CFIA. There are certainly a number of things that I think we can focus on."
The Parliamentary Budget Office last week released a new costing report on Bill C-234.
That's the bill to amend the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act to exempt natural gas and propane for on-farm use from the federal carbon tax as it relates to specific areas of farming, such as grain drying, heating, or cooling of barns and greenhouses.
Barlow says they asked for a new report which basically outlined that farmers paid $50 million in carbon taxes just on natural gas and propane alone last year.
"But the more concerning number is the fact that farmers are going to be paying almost a billion dollars in carbon taxes by the year 2030. That puts the viability, the economic health of this industry very much in doubt, as farmers just simply cannot absorb those costs."
Another key issue for producers which also relates to the cost of doing business is trade concerns.
"You know, the prime minister had another disastrous trip to India, which is frustrating for our pea and pulse producers who are looking to regain trade access to that market. But also, Canada- UK and some beef and pork issues there. So we really need the Liberals to take these trade negotiations and discussions seriously, and thus far they have not."
Overall, Barlow says he sees some real opportunities for farmers and ranchers as the world needs what Canada produces.