We're right in the middle of a debate as to whether a carbon tax is good for Canada. Canadian farmers, in fact the Grain Growers of Canada, have said they don't support a price on carbon because it increases the price. It means less money to help people in Africa, those who need help through mitigation and adaptation.
The Toronto Star reported the Canadian Federation of Agriculture saying the same thing.
As we increase the price to grow the grain in Canada, it means less money. So a carbon tax is actually hurting what you're trying to do. That is the point I want to make.
You've come here and you're looking to influence the improvements nationally, with policies that will contribute to ending global hunger, and I have an idea.
It is actually from Ted Falk, member of Parliament for the Winnipeg area. He introduced Bill C-239. He highlighted that, for a charitable donation of $400 to a political party, you get a tax deductible receipt for $300 back. It only costs you $100. If you give a $400 donation to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, you get a $88 tax credit back. His idea was that, as a national policy, if donations to NGOs like yours would get the same benefit as a political donation, that would mean people could give a lot more money and you would get a lot more money. It would have a huge impact. This would result in more money to you.
What do you think of that idea?