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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks to the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in 2018.

Opinion: Federal Liberals making good on throne promises

So far the feds are ready to put money where their mouth is

The governing minority Liberals are making good on recent promises made to those living in rural communities. They are building on commitments to enhance rural broadband access, pay compensation for supply-managed industries impacted by trade deals and look to agriculture to be an economic driver in the fight against climate change from the throne speech

VIDEO: Lawrence MacAulay sworn in

Manitoba Co-operator reporter Shannon VanRaes was on-hand in Ottawa as Canada’s new agriculture minister made his first public remarks on Parliament Hill. Lawrence MacAulay has represented Prince Edward Island in the House of Commons since 1988 was also a cabinet minister under Jean Chretien. He said his first order of business will be to meet


New Liberal government has lots on its ag ‘to do’ list

Manitoba Co-operator – Grain transportation and trade top of the new Liberal government’s agricultural agenda, says veteran Saskatchewan MP and former agriculture minister Ralph Goodale. Other priorities include determining if farm aid programs are adequate, investing in infrastructure to protect soil and water and refocusing the government’s role in scientific research. The Canadian Wheat Board

Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Editorial: Knocking on new doors in Ottawa

Aside from the difference in political stripe, the new federal government means quite a change for western farmers. You may or may not have agreed with their policies, but at least the Conservatives had plenty of MPs who knew how to run a swather, sort cattle or fill out an AgriStability form. There are some

A dairy farmer walks with his cow during during a protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement in front of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada September 29, 2015.

Federal candidates debate supply management as TPP talks continue

Opposition candidates repeatedly asked Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz why supply management is on the table

Representatives from Canada’s main parties met Wednesday to discuss agricultural policy ranging from risk management to transportation and rural infrastructure ahead of the Canadian federal election. But the hot button issue of the debate was supply management. As the debate was unfolding at the Château Laurier in Ottawa, leaders from the 12 Pacific Rim countries


An aerial view of the town of Birtle, Man.

Canadian mayors launch vision for stronger hometowns

Mayors and councillors are calling for national debate on municipal issues

Mayors and municipal leaders, working with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), have unveiled a pre-election vision laying out the pressing needs of Canadian communities they want the next government to make a priority. Strengthening Canada’s Hometowns — A Roadmap for Strong Cities and Communities lays out a plan that would guide federal government in

Canadian Provinces Push Ottawa To Block Potash Bid

PotashCorp’s home province was ratcheting up pressure on the Canadian government to block BHP Billiton’s hostile approach as the Nov. 3 deadline for a decision drew near. Saskatchewan, where fertilizer producer PotashCorp is based, wanted Ottawa to reject the Anglo-American mining giant’s $39-billion offer, the largest takeover bid of 2010. It says a deal would

Liberals Step Up Gun Registry Pressure – for Sep. 16, 2010

With the Commons heading toward a Sept. 22 shootout over Conservative plans to scrap the long-gun registry, the Liberals are stepping up the pressure to reform it instead. Liberal MP Frank Valeriote of Guelph, one of the party’s leading MPs on the Commons agriculture committee, didn’t mince words objecting to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s unbending


Liberals Propose National Food Policy

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff has served up a five-point National Food Policy with entrees for both consumers and farmers on the menu. Speaking on a farm just north of Toronto in late April, Ignatieff said a Liberal government would work toward making more homegrown food available, while pulling the farm sector back from the financial

CWB vote may be farmers’ most democratic option

Since the CWB is a creature of the Liberal party, in Stephen Harper’s world, it must be destroyed. It has nothing to do with freedom of choice. With a stronger minority Stephen Harper promised in his victory speech to carry out his commitments. One of those is the destruction of the Canadian Wheat Board. He