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Then-Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier speaks at the party's leadership convention in Toronto on May 26, 2017.

Editorial: A big boom

It’s been quite the week in Ottawa. Even in the midst of harvest it was impossible to ignore the very public departure of former leadership front-runner Maxime Bernier from the Conservative Party of Canada’s benches. He didn’t just burn the bridges as he left, he took the time to dynamite the piers as he went,

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


Bernier makes supply management an issue

Dairy farmers are taking out Conservative memberships to vote against him

The future of Canada’s supply management system for milk, eggs and poultry has been thrust onto the national political agenda like never before by leading candidate for the Conservative party leadership, Maxime Bernier. Bernier is calling for the abolition of the system after a new levy on dairy products builds up enough funds to reimburse

The U.S. continues to put pressure on Canada regarding supply management, particularly around the country’s dairy industry.

Ritz optimistic for TPP

Canada says it has put offers on the TPP table, while the U.S. continues to disagree

Canada’s agriculture minister says Canada won’t negotiate in public when it comes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the proposed wide-ranging free trade agreement among a group of Pacific Rim countries. Responding to questions at an unrelated event in Winnipeg last week, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz said Canada has put forward strong proposals regarding

Trans-Pacific Partnership talks worry dairy farmers

Foreign supplies want access to Canadian markets

Canada’s powerful dairy industry expressed concern June 26 that it could suffer if talks to create a Pacific trade treaty open up heavily protected Canadian markets to more foreign competition. Some of the 12 nations taking part in negotiations on a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) want Canada to start dismantling supply management, which protects dairy, egg


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

Selling wheat below $1.68 per bushel

Our History: March 1968

You could send a cheque or money order for $1.75 to reserve tickets for the Leroy Van Dyke performance at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair advertised in our March 20, 1968 issue. You could also pick up tickets at Eaton’s in Brandon. On our front page we reported that Trade Minister Jean-Luc Pepin had told

CWB 2012-13 annual report: notes

Looking for CWB’s 2012-13 annual report? You won’t find it. All that Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz tabled in Parliament in July were the notes to CWB’s financial statement, which the public is having trouble finding. The Manitoba Co-operator has received a number of requests for the notes submitted to the ag-minister by CWB and we’ve obtained a copy


Country-of-origin labelling appeal gaining U.S. support

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has one thing to say about country-of-origin labelling (COOL): “It’s not cool.” In the midst of an appeal to quash COOL in the United States, Ritz has been working to gain supporters in the U.S. in an effort to halt non-science-based trade practices that could have far-reaching implications for Canadian

White reappointed to CWB

Ian White has been reappointed president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) for a two-year term, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said last week. “Mr. White has shown exceptional leadership during a time of significant transition for the CWB. He has my full support and confidence in continuing to lead the CWB