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Aid refusal fuels flames of western alienation

Our History: November 1999

Farm income, or the lack of it, dominated our pages in the fall of 1999. The November 4 issue reported on angry comments from a group of western farmers who had visited Ottawa to ask for $1.3 billion in aid. They met with Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, Agriculture Minister Lyle Vanclief and other ministers, and

Editorial: Less water, more grass

A few hundred thousand here, a few million there. Manitoba’s PC government is rightly or wrongly getting plenty of attention for its trimming of the health-care and education systems. But it’s time for this government to start saving some real money. The Red River Basin Commission recently held meetings to mark the 20th anniversary of the


Education taxes to be looked at under review

A review of Manitoba’s education system could change 
how schools are funded, but details are scant

For years, farmers have called on the province to change how public schools are funded and to remove education tax from farmland. Now, it appears a funding overhaul could finally be on the table. After being questioned by NDP MLA Wab Kinew during a supply committee meeting last week, Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart

Lara Ellis (l to r), director of strategic initiatives with ALUS Canada, James Battershill, KAP general manager, Dan Mazier, KAP president.

The ALUS program may come back to life in Manitoba

The new government looks to follow through on its 
promise to implement the program province-wide

The provincial government says it supports a revived ecological goods and services program but it’s not certain who will foot the bill. “The government has made this a priority and the minister of agriculture and the minister of sustainable development have been mandated with creating a program based on the Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS)

KAP president Dan Mazier.

KAP has first meeting with Ag Minister Ralph Eichler

Manitoba’s general farm organization covered a number of issues, including 
education tax, in a meeting with the new Manitoba agriculture minister

School taxes, red tape, ALUS and Growing Forward 3 were topics of discussion during the first meeting between the province’s general farm organization and the newly minted provincial agriculture minister. The Keystone Agricultural Producers and Ralph Eichler sat down last week for the first time since the change in government this spring. “School taxes (on


Editorial: A voice for you

One of the greatest issues you face as a farmer in the coming years is going to be ensuring you have a voice in the public realm. Increasingly, there are people who have opinions about the way you farm and that’s not going to change. You can attempt to educate them about what you do

Manitoba ag minister unseated in Tory sweep

Manitoba’s incumbent agriculture minister was among the casualties in Tuesday’s provincial election as Brian Pallister’s Progressive Conservatives swept the New Democrats from office. Ron Kostyshyn lost his seat Tuesday to Tory candidate Rick Wowchuk, a schoolteacher from Swan River, by a spread of over 1,500 votes. Kostyshyn, a cow-calf producer from Ethelbert, Man., had been

No need to run for cover

Have we reached a "tipping point" on the issue of land drainage?

For farm writers who value their safety, there are usually two cardinal rules — don’t print anything bad about any breed of cattle, and don’t put good news on the front page (you get calls saying that we shouldn’t give the impression that farmers have lots of money). For Manitoba farm writers however, there is


KAP’s Former Leader Gets Political Nomination

It’s official. Keystone Agricultural Producers’ former president is now a political candidate. Ian Wishart was acclaimed as the Progressive Conservative candidate for the provincial Portage la Prairie riding at a Dec. 20 constituency meeting. About 45 people attended the nomination meeting held in a Portage la Prairie hotel. Wishart, 56, resigned as KAP president Oct.

Former KAP President To Run Provincially

As a farm leader, Ian Wishart lobbied politicians. Now he wants to be one himself. Wishart ended two weeks of rumour by saying he will seek the provincial Progressive Conservative nomination for his home riding of Portage la Prairie. He announced his decision to a hometown crowd of friends and neighbours at an Oct. 29