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File photo of Manitoba NDP leader Wab Kinew speaking to reporters on June 30, 2020.

NDP leaders team up to push AgriStability changes

Provincial conservatives have delayed and acted in half-measures, says NDP leader Kinew

Prairie NDP leaders banded together to call on their provincial governments to stop wasting time and agree to the full suite of AgriStability changes the federal government has offered. They’ve seen Prairie conservative premiers “delay, delay, delay,” said Wab Kinew, leader of Manitoba’s opposition New Democratic Party. When they’ve acted “it was only a half

File photo of Ontario cropland from the air. (IMNATURE/iStock/Getty Images)

Federal NDP introduces soil health bill

Proposal calls for a National Soil Health Advocate

The federal New Democrats propose to set up a plan they say could help build up Canadian agriculture from the ground down. The NDP’s agriculture critic, British Columbia MP Alistair MacGregor, on Monday introduced a private member’s bill in the Commons to create a national soil health strategy for Canada. The strategy as proposed in


Trent Wotherspoon, shown here speaking in Regina in 2012, is the provincial NDP’s new critic for agriculture and Saskatchewan Crop Insurance. (TrentWotherspoon.com)

Saskatchewan gets new ag critic, returning ag minister

David Marit, Trent Wotherspoon to handle farm file

Saskatchewan’s New Democrats will have a new critic to debate the incumbent minister over the agriculture file. Provincial opposition leader Ryan Meili on Tuesday announced Trent Wotherspoon, the MLA for Regina Rosemont since 2007, as the NDP’s critic for agriculture as well as finance, SaskTel, Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. (SCIC) and the province’s Crown Investments

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Saskatchewan agriculture minister cruises to election win

NDP's ag critic trailing, with mail-in votes still to come

Another incumbent agriculture minister easily held his seat as Saskatchewan’s governing Saskatchewan Party scored another decisive majority in Monday’s provincial election. David Marit, MLA for the southwestern riding of Wood River since 2016, held his seat by a spread of 5,177 votes over the New Democrats’ challenger, teacher Roger Morgan, with 459 mail-in ballots remaining

Lana Popham. (B.C. NDP via Flickr, license at Creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

B.C. ag minister, critic expected to win re-election

NDP projected to form majority government

British Columbia’s incumbent agriculture minister and opposition ag critic both appear set to head back to the provincial legislature as the New Democrats are projected to end three years of tentative minority governing. John Horgan’s NDP, which in 2017 overturned a minority Liberal government with the help of the Green Party, was projected Saturday evening


Wab Kinew at a recent press event.

NDP, province spar on data quality after grain dryer carbon tax exemption nixed

Should the province have gathered better data before fighting for a federal exemption on carbon tax for grain dryers?

Manitoba’s official Opposition says the province should have fought harder to get a carbon tax exemption for grain dryers, following last year’s “harvest from hell.” NDP Leader Wab Kinew has argued that the province failed to collect adequate data on carbon tax cost accrued by farmers, after saying it would do so in January. “The

File photo of Manitoba NDP leader Wab Kinew speaking to reporters on June 30, 2020.

NDP criticizes ‘ballpark’ figures on carbon tax cost of grain-drying

The official opposition is arguing that the province should have gathered better data before fighting for grain dryers to be exempted from carbon tax

Manitoba’s official Opposition says the province should have done more to quantify farm carbon tax cost before entering the ring with the federal government. Why it matters: Farmers in Manitoba say the carbon tax took a significant financial chunk out of their wallets given the surge in grain drying last fall — and farm groups

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CERB plan, U.S. border closure both extended

Ottawa | Reuters — Canada will extend by eight weeks federal income support for those who lost their jobs amid the COVID-19 outbreak, and the border with the United States will remain closed to non-essential travel, the prime minister said on Tuesday. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), which delivers $500 per week to those


John Barlow, shown here in 2015, is the federal Conservatives’ new lead shadow cabinet minister for agriculture and agri-food. (Johnbarlowmp.ca)

Federal Tories’ former associate ag critic takes lead chair

Andrew Scheer’s federal Conservatives will have a familiar face in the agriculture critic’s chair when the House of Commons reconvenes next month. Scheer on Friday named John Barlow, the MP for the southwestern Alberta riding of Foothills, as the lead opposition critic for agriculture and agri-food. Barlow replaces Quebec MP Luc Berthold, who takes up

KAP’s Bill Campbell says there’s a need to ensure rural infrastructure is part of any value-added strategy.

Election 2019: Parties promise infrastructure spending

ELECTION KAP says rural infrastructure must be renewed to allow for value-added production

Both Brian Pallister and Wab Kinew have promised renewed investment in infrastructure if elected. What remains to be seen is how this will address the rural infrastructure needs Keystone Agricultural Producers called a key election issue. “The $350-million-a-year provincial spending (on) infrastructure does not come close to dealing with the $11-billion infrastructure deficit our province