Yesterday I attended a Calgary Chamber of Commerce luncheon. This was not just any ordinary lunch because it was attended by the Calgary ag-business community and they were all there to listen to the Federal Minister of Agriculture, Gerry Ritz. Mr. Ritz spoke to the group about why he feels so strongly regarding the coming changes to wheat marketing in Western Canada.
He was very clear in his conviction that Western Canadian farmers need to enjoy the same opportunities as their Ontario and Quebec peers in having the freedom to market their own wheat.
Mr. Ritz also mentioned that, “the sky is not falling, the sky is the limit for Western Canadian farmers.”
RealAgriculture.com was able to get 3 minutes with Mr. Ritz in the hallway after his speech. I asked him three questions:
- Why does he feel so strongly about the single desk issue?
- What is his opinon of the CWB steam roller campaign?
- With the recent announcement at Rahr Malting and AGT, does he expect infrastructure spending to increase with this change?
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