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Comment: Is it worth voting Conservative again?

ELECTION | There are perils in being seen as a too-reliable voting bloc

Producers on the Prairies are expected to once again support the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC). Polling suggests the CPC vote share could be on the rise, and there is a chance the party sweeps all the seats in Saskatchewan again – this time with a higher share of the vote than in 2019. We’ve

Marie-Claude Bibeau, Dave Epp, Yves Perron and Alistair MacGregor laid out their parties’ positions in an agriculture leaders’ debate on Sept. 9, 2021. (Video screengrab from Canadian Federation of Agriculture via YouTube)

Federal support for farmers focus of ag leaders’ debate

AgriStability, carbon levy exemptions, supply management among topics

An agricultural debate ahead of the federal election gave representatives from political parties an opportunity to pitch their ideas to producers, resulting in debate over how best to support farmers. Thursday evening’s debate, hosted by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, had plenty of discussion about climate change and how best to support producers in a


Canada is already ahead of the curve in addressing climate change within agriculture, at least relative to large swaths of the global community.

Comment: Can Canada lead on ag at upcoming climate talks?

There’s a new push to address agriculture’s contribution to global pollution

A new, particularly stark warning about climate change shows Canadian agriculture could be a lighthouse to other nations trying to mitigate greenhouse gases. Word that global warming is “widespread, rapid, and intensifying” has likely spread across the country by now. Yet another report, this one from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),

Opinion: Co-operation breakdown

Drought-prompted AgriStability changes are not a sign of continued co-operation

A drought forced the federal and Saskatchewan government to reach an agreement on AgriStability – but is it a sign of what’s to come? Near the start of August, the two governments agreed to allow Saskatchewan producers early access to the 2021 payments they are entitled to. The two ministers of agriculture involved, Marie-Claude Bibeau

Opinion: UN summit shows climate change not going away

Opinion: UN summit shows climate change not going away

The direction isn’t clear, but the amount of discussion on agriculture and climate change says the policy winds will blow

Attendees of a recent UN event hint a heightened focus on agriculture and climate change is coming.  Held in Rome (and virtually), the United Nations Food System Pre-Summit acted as a precursor to the main event, taking place in September.  Simply put, the objective of attendees is to launch new strategies to help deliver on


‘Game-changing’ policy proposals released ahead of Food Systems Summit

International meeting by United Nations is set to take on big issues this fall

Ahead of the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit, a lengthy list of “game-changing” action items have been released by organizers, including proposals for integrating climate plans across nations and developing a “responsible meat” initiative. Taking place in September, many expect the summit to launch new strategies for achieving the international community’s 17 development goals. That

Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, shown here with Craig Riese (l) of Keystone Agricultural Producers and Manitoba Beef Producers president Tyler Fulton, speaks on July 22, 2021 at The Forks in Winnipeg. (Dave Bedard photo)

Tax deferrals, crop insurance changes en route against drought

Assessments underway for AgriRecovery, minister says

Updated — As the federal government looks to manage impacts of ongoing drought conditions in Canada’s West, producers in parts of five provinces can already expect to be eligible for the livestock tax deferral program. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced Thursday in Winnipeg that producers in drought-designated areas of southern Alberta, southeastern British Columbia, northwestern


Carbon tax relief for grain dryer fuels is slowly inching its way through Ottawa.

Farm fuel exemption hung up in Senate

If an election is called the private member’s bill will be effectively dead

A widely supported law intending to exempt grain-drying costs from federal carbon pricing might not get passed, despite gaining enough support from MPs. Canada’s Senate adjourned on June 29, and isn’t scheduled to return until Sept. 21. If an election is called in the interim, as many expect, legislation not passed by the Senate effectively dies. Conservative Party


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks to the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, 2018. If an election is called, the federal Liberals will look to turn its perceived support into a stronger mandate.

Opinion: As an election looms

It’s looking like a fall election is increasingly likely, but it will only come when the government triggers it

There’s a sense of excitement, and dread, in Ottawa as an election sits on the horizon.  We don’t know when an election is coming, but politicians and staffers are preparing to hit the campaign trail.   Here is what is clear now.   First, Parliament is scheduled to resume sitting Sept. 20. The minority Liberals survived the most recent session without

A mandatory code of conduct, either through regulations or law, outlining rights and obligations of all parties, is the request of the letter writers.

Dairy groups call for grocer oversight

New fees were imposed last year by major retailers, sparking controversy and concern

Canada’s dairy industry is asking for provinces to oversee a code of practice for grocery retailers. In a letter to federal ministers, leaders from dairy groups say the “best solution” to “arbitrary fees and deductions” would be through “the development of provincial codes that are legislated, mandatory and enforceable.” The country’s top grocery retailers drew fire from food suppliers in 2020 after