Reflecting on the Conservative convention, pulse trade, and food prices: a conversation with John Barlow

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The governing Liberals are coming off a rather tumultuous week where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s less than stellar visit to India ended with him stranded for an extra two days in the country.

Conversely, the Conservative Party is coming off of a well-attended and energetic convention held last week in Quebec City.

Both parties are set to square off Monday, as Parliament is set to begin sitting on September 18.

John Barlow, Member of Parliament for Foothills and Conservative shadow minister for agriculture, says he’s hoping to see policies and regulations based on sound science, consultation, and working for what’s best for Canadian agriculture.

Barlow says that issues such as front of package labeling, fertilizer tariffs and higher fertilizer costs, are all on the radar.

Food affordability and the rising cost of everything has been top of mind for Canadians this summer, Barlow says, and that same question of affordability is one farmers share. “Farmers can no longer absorb these higher input costs. And that starts with the carbon tax and the price of fuel… which hopefully we’ll be able to to address in the fall,” he says.

Also on the short list is pushing Bill C-234 through to exempt propane and natural gas used on farms from the carbon tax, though, he adds if the Conservative Party comes to power, that should no longer be an issue.

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