Whether we’re talking about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s national carbon tax commitment, the signing of the Canada-EU trade deal, the canola agreement with China, or Canada’s primary trading partner electing Donald Trump, there was no shortage of agriculture-related news in Ottawa in 2016.

This year also marked the Liberals’ first full year in power, and Lawrence MacAulay’s first year as Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

Back home with family for the holidays, Minister MacAulay took some time to chat about the past year and his priorities for 2017, including:

  • His government’s carbon tax plan, and the impact it will have on farms.
  • New rail legislation, with reciprocal penalties for railways, coming in 2017.
  • What the Trump administration means for Canadian ag, including NAFTA.
  • Will Canada ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as Japan has recently done?
  • Plans to unveil the next ag policy framework in 2017 (which will replace Growing Forward 2).

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