Mr. Speaker, I am delighted to see my colleague here tonight in the House and to be able to discuss this topic with him. He is someone I respect. I believe he is a fine representative for his area, and he speaks well in the House.
From my point of view, in a sense there is a carrot-or-stick approach. In Alberta, we find over 50 years of innovation in the oil sands. There were incredible things done between the 1960s and now with respect to innovation. It was done as a positive, not as a negative.
I believe that people in the agriculture sector have done incredibly positive things for the environment. They really believe in the environment, because without farmland, there is no business. They really believe in the environment and working with it, but with a positive approach, not a negative one.
This piece is really negative for farms. It is double taxation. It makes it very hard for them to increase when they are doing more innovation. They are doing it for the environment.
This is tough. This is hard. This is why the carbon tax is very regressive.