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Federal research farm to reopen in Quebec

“In the case of the Frelighsburg farm, permanent jobs and a number of student jobs were eliminated, but most importantly, we lost 40 years of...

Layer hen rules fuelling scrutiny

The request relates to correspondence between former Conservative agriculture minister Gerry Ritz and his parliamentary secretary Pierre Lemieux. NFACC chair Ryder Lee says the organization...

Want to be a Canadian Grain Commission commissioner?

The Conservative government also advertised the commission positions and MacKay, Smolik and Hermanson went through a selection process that included someone from the Prime Minister's...

Three new PEDv cases confirmed on Manitoba farms

Larry Maguire, the Conservative member of parliament for Brandon-Souris has raised the issue in the House of Commons more than once, but said he did...

Ottawa seeks feedback ahead of Growing Forward sequel

“I will continue to consult with stakeholders from across the country as we work in partnership with provincial and territorial governments to develop the next...

Grain transport emergency provisions extended

Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay said in a joint statement the move will allow the government more time to consult stakeholders,...

Ottawa moves to extend expanded rail interswitching

Alberta MP Chris Warkentin, the agriculture critic for the opposition Conservatives, said Friday he supports an extension of C-30's provisions. However, he added, if the...

Milk substitutes could see crackdown at Canada-US border

Quebec Conservative MP Jacques Gourde, a parliamentary secretary for agriculture in the Harper government, said U.S. companies “are quite imaginative in inventing products to ship...

Government aware deadline for temporary rail measures drawing near

Edmonton NDP MP Linda Duncan said numerous Prairie groups are concerned about the loss of protections for grain farmers, which would impair their ability to...

Canada-Europe trade deal on track for scheduled implementation

A senior European Union politician says he's hopeful the Canada-Europe free trade agreement will come into effect on schedule, sometime in 2017. Bernd Lange, chair...

Liberals pressed on PACA pledge for produce growers

“It is unacceptable that, despite months of warnings, the government dragged its heels and still has not resolved this dispute,” Nova Scotia MP Mark Eyking...

Farmers pay but have no say

Interestingly, the CGC became a Special Operating Agency (SOA) in 1991 under the Mulroney Progressive Conservative government. It said the ... “I'm a firm believer...

Conservatives call on Liberals to move forward on TPP

Jacques Gourde, the Conservatives deputy agriculture critic, challenged Freeland to support a Conservative promise to compensate dairy and poultry farmers for economic losses the TPP...

Ritz, Raitt take new posts in Conservative caucus

Kellie Leitch, the former labour minister, is now the health critic while Manitoba's James Bezan is the national defence spokesman. Bev Shipley, chairman of the...

Peace MP named Conservatives' lead ag critic

Chris Warkentin, the Conservatives' MP for Peace River since 2006 and, as of last month, the MP for Grande Prairie-Mackenzie, was named Friday by interim...

No regrets: Gerry Ritz reflects on his time as agriculture minister

It's Oct. 20 — the day after the night before — and you'd never know Gerry Ritz's Conservative Party had lost the election or that...

Election 2015: Conservatives vulnerable in western heartland

Not since 1980 has a Canadian prime minister won four terms, as Prime Minister Stephen Harper is attempting. Robert Sopuck, a Conservative lawmaker who won...

Federal election gaining attention with farm groups

It will feature Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and the agriculture spokesmen Malcolm Allen of the NDP, Mark Eyking of the Liberals and Bruce Hyer, deputy...

Opposition MPs decry decision to not make CWB's 2012-13 annual report public

Farmers and taxpayers have a right to see CWB's financial statements Liberal MP Ralph Goodale and NDP Agriculture Critic Malcolm Allen said in separate interviews...

Will railways be fined $100000 a week instead of daily?

NDP Agriculture Critic Malcolm Allen said if the fines have been softened, it would be a betrayal of the opposition efforts to help the government...

Short-term aid, long-term solutions needed

Brandon-Souris Conservative MP Larry Maguire sees the Assiniboine Basin Commission as key. “I will be a strong ally in Ottawa to get this commission up...

Agriculture debate on Bill C-18 sours quickly

"Clearly there are many open questions on UPOV '91 for a lot of farmers, and legitimately so, as to why we're rushing headlong into this,"...

Raitt ignoring rail grain debacle, critics charge

“The time for talk is over,” NDP farm spokesman Malcolm Allen told CFA delegates. “It's time to bring out the big stick. If we have...