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Liberals nix summer meetings on import issues…

(subscription)3 at the request of Conservative MP Randy Hoback, a demand that was backed by fellow Conservatives Gerry Ritz and Dave Van Kesteren and...

Lack of ag group consultation on transportation baffling

- The ...Western Producer (subscription)The rail transportation review that includes movement of western Canadian grain took a sharp turn last week. The federal government...

Churchill port hit by new grain realities

(subscription)Saskatchewan MP and former Conservative federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said the OmniTrax decision is unfortunate but not completely unexpected. With capacity added to...

Runaround on Port of Churchill closure strange…

(subscription)Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay's office deferred the matter to Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains' office, whose portfolio includes Western Economic Diversification. Meanwhile ... The Liberals...

Ag, transportation ministers remain unknowns

- The Western ProducerWestern Producer (subscription)It's hard to figure out Transport Minister Marc Garneau. On the other hand, there doesn't seem to be much...

Transportation stakeholders not wooed by consultation promise ...

(subscription)The Liberals promised to be a more transparent and accountable government. They promised public consultations on major policy decisions — consultations ...and more »...

New faces at ag ministers meeting may bring…

(subscription)... Liberals took office in October. The meeting is hosted by Alberta Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier, who will serve as co-chair with rookie federal...

Liberal trade policy will require rethink…

(subscription)That task now falls to International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, who must redesign the Canadian government's approach to trade. In a statement June 24,...

Proposal would reduce cost when family buys…

(subscription)The Canadian Federation of Agriculture is lauding a federal private member's bill that would make farm transfers within families easier. Quebec NDP MP Guy...

Ag minister takes heat over GM issue

(subscription)The Conservative agriculture critic says the federal minister has overstepped by asking the agriculture committee to study genetically modified animals. “It's unbelievable,” said Chris...

Proposed bill aims to amend animal cruelty laws

(subscription)I am not looking at the cat and dog or shark finning matters,” Conservative MP Robert Sopuck of Manitoba told the House of Commons...

GM food labelling: legislation needed to avoid…

(subscription)NDP health critic Don Davies stressed consumers have a right to know about what's in their food. He said GM food and ingredient have...

Diafiltered milk confusion heats up

(subscription)“Diafiltered milk is not used in the United States to make cheese,” said Quebec Conservative MP Jacques Gourde at a committee meeting. “It was...

Sask. gov't lays out plan for province

(subscription)In question period in Ottawa, agriculture critic Chris Warkentin asked agriculture minister Lawrence MacAulay if he would extend the provisions immediately. “People are starting...

From the Archives: Liberal MP urges three prairie pools to amalgamate

(subscription)The first proposal from within the new Conservative government to loosen the Canadian Wheat Board's marketing monopoly was expected to come from the chair...

Consultation is good, but decisions are part of…

(subscription)Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay have said they plan to extend the legislation by one year. That extension requires that...

TPP trade consultations draw wide-ranging…

(subscription)So far, says Conservative committee member and former agriculture minister Gerry Ritz, the presentations from various organizations have been as expected. “The usual suspects...

Former NDP MP joins Green Party as eastern ag…

(subscription)Former NDP MP Jean Rousseau, who lost his seat to Liberal Cabinet Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, has jumped ship and joined the fold of the...

Agriculture committee at odds over issue to…

(subscription)The Liberals argue that a study on the pending Growing Forward 3 would give the government a chance to hear from stakeholders before the...

Ottawa examines trade deal impacts

(subscription)Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay says the government recognizes the importance of compensation for sectors affected by trade deals, but an announcement would be...

Author of flawed paper backtracks on freight calculations

(subscription)Former Conservative agriculture minister Gerry Ritz also questioned the paper's findings, saying the numbers presented were wrong. “The problem with the whole thesis that...

Freight rate study favouring CWB draws fire

(subscription)Former Conservative agriculture minister Gerry Ritz also questioned the paper's findings, saying the numbers presented were wrong. “The problem with the whole thesis that...

Be willing to open your mind to new ideas

(subscription)There is only a remote possibility that the Progressive Conservative, Liberal or Green par-ties will elect a single member. Still, it's interesting to ...

CANADA BUDGET 2016: Who got what?

National Post (subscription)The Liberals have allocated $41.5 million in cash starting in 2016-2017 to modernize and repair select Agriculture Canada and CFIA research stations in...

MP asks ag committee to undertake food cost study

(subscription)Rising food costs, particularly for fruits and vegetables, prompted Quebec NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau last week to ask for a study about the...

Lack of experience among ag committee worrisome

(subscription)Shipley and Ruth Ellen Brosseau, the NDP ag critic, will be tasked with providing continuity between this committee and the last, as the only...

Industry eager for TPP deal; NDP wants impact…

(subscription)“Will the Liberals commit to completing a thorough impact assessment and then making the study public?” Mulcair asked in question period Feb. 3. With...

Chief of staff appointment raises conflict issues

(subscription)Alberta Conservative MP Chris Warkentin is calling on the federal agriculture minister and his chief of staff to appear before the House of Commons'...

New agriculture committee has one Prairie member

(subscription)There was some expectation that one of the handful of farmers in the Liberal caucus, including former agriculture critic Mark Eyking, a former produce...

Ag minister's chief of staff appointment raises…

(subscription)Still, both Conservative agriculture critic Chris Warkentin, whose own extended family grows grain east of Grande Prairie, Alta., and NDP agriculture critic Ruth Ellen...

Researcher's push for wise use of insecticides has familiar ring

(subscription)Diane Finley, the federal Conservative party's agriculture critic, was explaining during an election debate how her party could oppose the Canadian Wheat Board mon-opoly...

Is 2016 the year Canada will develop a national…

(subscription)The speculation stems from specific instructions agriculture minister Lawrence MacAulay received from prime minister Justin Trudeau in November. In his mandate letter, Trudeau asked...

Opposition attacks over ag omission in throne…

The Globe and Mail (subscription)Conservative agriculture critic Chris Warkentin went as far as calling the speech “a betrayal for Canadian farm families.” “Canadians were promised...

Ag critics will be watching the next throne…

(subscription)After a five-month hiatus, parliamentarians will take their seats in the House of Commons Dec. 3. Ottawa, quiet recently without the hustle of bustle...

Ag minister has full plate but must heed farmers…

(subscription)New federal agriculture minister Lawrence MacAulay of Prince Edward Island will apply a much different political agenda in a much changed agricultural landscape compared...

Who in Liberal party will become next agriculture…

(subscription)Current agriculture critic Mark Eyking is likely to be named as a regional minister. Goodale, Eyking and Easter re-peatedly took the lead on agriculture...

Parties reveal ag platforms

(subscription)Conservative candidate and agriculture minister Gerry Ritz said the sector is naturally included in initiatives designed to boost the economy, trade and infrastructure, and...

Candidates vie for rural Manitoba votes

(subscription)RIVERS, Man. — It was the midway point of the federal election campaign, and Robert Sopuck had already travelled 9,000 kilometres in his riding.

Prince Albert candidates square off

(subscription)On the “blue” side, Randy Hoback has his track record after seven years in Parliament and strong riding history to rely on. This is,...

NDP sets sights on Sask. ridings

(subscription)Conservative Ray Boughen won by less than three percent over NDP candidate Noah Evanchuk in Palliser in 2011. This time, redrawn boundaries put the...

How the West was won

(subscription)Conservative MP Garry Breitkreuz received 63 to 68 percent of the votes in the riding, winning elections in 2004, 2006 and 2008 without a...

Agricultural issues remain on Goodale's radar

(subscription)For the first time in his long political career, Ralph Goodale is not courting rural voters. The redrawn riding ... “I miss it in...

Candidates debate ag issues — finally

(subscription)The panelists will be Conservative Gerry Ritz (who served as the agriculture minister), the NDP's Malcolm Allen (who was the agriculture critic), Liberal Mark...

Mulcair supports supply management in Lethbridge stop

(subscription) (subscription)Mulcair was also critical of the Conservative government's handling of grain transportation in the 2011-12 crop year, when farmers were unable to ship...

Voters deserve answers on supply management

(subscription)When the latest round of TPP talks broke down recently, there were reports that the Conservative government had put supply management on the negotiating...

Farmers seek clarity over NDP stance on GMO labelling

(subscription)A member of Rankin's campaign team said mandatory GMO labelling is part of the NDP's policy book. However, Malcolm Allen, NDP candidate in Niagara...

Agriculture, rural issues ignored in political…

(subscription)That was all, despite the fact that the federal Conservatives cut risk management programming significantly under Growing Forward 2, a move farm groups have...

Supply management, TPP deal possible election…

(subscription)Maxime Bernier, the minister of state for agriculture, was recently greeted at his campaign office by more than 1,000 dairy farmers demanding supply management...

Hotel owners angry over TFWP changes

(subscription)“My wife and I personally met with Jason Kenney when he was in St. Paul (for a meeting on the TFWP),” Jones said. “He...

Ratcheting up the rhetoric can prove harmful to…

(subscription)In a recent teleconference with reporters, federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz linked ongoing issues with food tampering with “food terrorists.” “It does cost a...