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A rally of 200 people at the legislature on Nov. 27 voicing their displeasure with Bill 6. A second demonstration three days later drew 1,000 people, prompting the NDP government to amend the bill.

The national cost of Alberta’s Bill 6

Farm outrage at the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act may have already backfired

Reading Time: 5 minutes As 2015 came to a close, Canadians watched Alberta farmers hold massive rallies against legislation intended to improve farm safety. They listened to farmers raging against the costs Bill 6 would impose on their operations, with farmers saying the legislation will destroy family farms. They heard farmers complain they hadn’t been consulted in the drafting […] Read more

NDP’s deputy ag critic moves to first chair

Reading Time: 2 minutes The federal New Democrats have promoted their deputy agriculture critic to the lead post in their new shadow cabinet. NDP leader Tom Mulcair on Thursday announced Ruth Ellen Brosseau, the MP for the central Quebec riding of Berthier–Maskinonge since 2011, as the party’s critic for agriculture and agri-food, replacing defeated Niagara-area MP Malcolm Allen. Brosseau, […] Read more


Most of farm file’s handlers to return to Commons

Reading Time: 4 minutes Most federal parliamentarians with experience in the agriculture and agri-food portfolio will be back in the House of Commons under a new majority Liberal government. As of Tuesday morning, prime minister-elect Justin Trudeau’s Liberals were elected or leading in 184 of 338 seats, for a decisive majority following Monday’s federal election. Stephen Harper’s Conservatives return […] Read more

NDP would not feel bound by Pacific trade deal

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ottawa | Reuters — Canada’s main opposition party said Friday that if it won an Oct. 19 election, it would not feel bound by the terms of a major Pacific trade deal the ruling Conservatives are negotiating in the United States. The New Democrats, currently trailing third in the polls, said in a letter to […] Read more


NDP wave pulls down Alta. Tories, ag minister

Reading Time: 2 minutes Alberta’s incumbent agriculture and rural development minister is among the casualties of the provincial New Democrats’ unprecedented majority in Tuesday’s election. Verlyn Olson, the MLA for Wetaskiwin-Camrose since 2008, the province’s ag and rural development minister since 2012, and its acting justice minister for about a week and a half, was downed by NDP candidate […] Read more

Opposition seeks Commons debate on CWB sale

Reading Time: 2 minutes The federal opposition New Democrats are asking for an emergency debate in the House of Commons on the pending sale of majority control in CWB, the former Canadian Wheat Board. Winnipeg Centre MP Pat Martin, the party’s critic for public works and government services, announced Friday he has written to Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer requesting […] Read more


Campaign season

With the federal election heating up, how nervous should Ontario’s dairy farmers and the West’s grain shippers start getting? By some accounts, quite nervous indeed

Reading Time: 6 minutes There was a time when farmers were front and centre in federal election campaigns. But no longer, it seems. With only about two per cent of the population involved in primary agriculture, it’s hard for this important industry to break through. “The reality is, the days of elections being won or lost on agriculture issues […] Read more

Canada's Minister of Agriculture, Gerry Ritz.

Canada’s top agriculture politicians on farm issues

Canada’s agriculture politicians say the coming campaign has plenty of grist for the mill, but none is expecting non-farmers to care much

Reading Time: 8 minutes Sometime between now and next fall, the federal election writ will be dropped and the 42nd Canadian federal election will be underway. Country Guide recently spoke to federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and the critics from the other two major parties about how they see agricultural issues playing out in the campaign. As you might […] Read more