Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Greenhouse Vegetable and Flower Growers Get Carbon Tax Relief This Year: B.C. Gives Tax Break to Greenhouse Growers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Greenhouse Vegetable and Flower Growers Get Carbon Tax Relief This Year: B.C. Gives Tax Break to Greenhouse Growers

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DELTA, B.C. - British Columbia's greenhouse vegetable and flower growers will get $7.6 million in relief from the controversial carbon tax this year.

Agriculture Minister Don McRae says the province is providing the temporary funding to reduce the cost of natural gas and propane used by growers.

Greenhouse vegetable growers will get $6 million in grants while $1.6 million will be available to those who grow flowers and potted plants to offset competition from other jurisdictions.

The carbon tax relief is occurring while its impact on the B.C. economy is being reviewed by the province, as announced in February's budget.

The only tax of its kind in North America was introduced by the Liberals in 2007 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one-third by 2020.

The tax on fossil fuels will be increased one more time in July as scheduled before it's frozen during the review.

Peter Cummings, president of the B.C. Greenhouse Growers' Association, said the sector has spent about $6 million on carbon tax, giving its competitors a huge advantage.

"Our objection isn't to the carbon tax per se, it's the fact that we don't have a level playing field with the rest of the producers in North America and to some extent overseas as well and we're being undermined by this," he said.

"It's essentially forcing us to look elsewhere to build new greenhouses because it's just not a sustainable tax as long as others don't have the same kind of tax regime to deal with. …

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