Motion that Bill 20, Climate Leadership Implementation Act, be amended in schedule 1 as follows.
(a) Section 4(1) is amended by adding the following after clause (c):
(c.1) fuel used in connection with the forestry industry or commercial tree nursery industry in the circumstances set out in the regulations, and
(b) Section 79(1) is amended by adding the following after clause (b):
(b.1) prescribing, for the purposes of section 4(1)(c.1), the circumstances in which fuel is used in connection with the forestry industry or commercial tree nursery industry.
This is a relatively straightforward amendment. It looks to provide a little extra bit of support for those in our forestry industry and commercial tree nursery industry. This amendment would mean fuel use in the forestry industry and commercial tree nursery industry would be exempt from paying a carbon tax under section 4(1), and the circumstances would be prescribed in the regulations. The regulations would have the power to outline what, exactly, could be exempt.
Just as importantly, commercial tree nurseries have a vital impact on our province. It is also the industry that leads the planting of seedlings for oil sands reclamation.