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A Liberal Majority — How Will It Impact Your Farm?

The federal political landscape in Canada looks very different following the election on Monday, with Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada winning a clear majority. After nine and a half years of Conservative government, Canadian farm groups and farmers will have to adjust to Liberal policies and approaches to agriculture (the Canadian Federation… Read more »

An Open Letter to Three Candidates in My Riding

  Editor’s note: Andrew Campbell, who farms in southern Ontario, served as the moderator for the Canadian Federation of Agriculture’s national ag leaders debate on Wednesday. A summary of the debate can be found on our live blog. An open letter to three federal election candidates in my riding: Mr. Bev Shipley (Conservative incumbent) Mr…. Read more »

The National Agriculture Leaders Debate — Live Blog

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture is hosting an agriculture debate, today, in Ottawa. Follow along on Twitter: #AgDebate, #Elxn42Ag. In attendance: Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Hon.Gerry Ritz Malcolm Allen, NDP Agriculture Critic Mark Eyking, Liberal Agriculture Critic Andrew West, Green Party candidate for Kanata-Carleton Yves Lessard, Bloc Québécois candidate for Beloeil-Chambly Moderator: Andrew Campbell, farmer,… Read more »

Will Running in 2015 be Gerry Ritz’s Biggest Political Regret?

Since the day that the federal election was announced, I have wondered what the future will hold for Gerry Ritz. Now don’t get me wrong Mr. Ritz is going to easily win his riding as there are reports he hasn’t even had to open up a campaign office for his riding. With his seat secure, how could… Read more »

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Should Provincial Leaders Endorse Federal Candidates?

It’s the longest federal election campaign in recent history: an eleven week journey that could very well be captured on daytime television as a drama series. And why not? Its very announcement gave the country reason to debate! Most campaigns run their course in four to five weeks, with voters itching to get to the… Read more »

Adding Ag to the Election Conversation: 10 Questions to Ask Your Federal Candidates

Now that we’re several weeks into the federal election campaign, it’s clear the words “agriculture” and “farming” have been left out of the main messages repeated by most candidates. It’s disappointing, but given the precedent set in politics over the last few decades, it’s not at all surprising. Rather than preaching to the choir at the coffee shop… Read more »