Despite President-elect Trump’s clear intention to remove the United States from the deal, Japan became the first country in the Trans-Pacific Partnership to ratify the 12 country trade agreement on Friday. The move is seen as being somewhat symbolic, since the TPP’s text requires U.S. participation. Trump has said he will pull America out of… Read More

A photo surfaced yesterday showing former federal trade minister Ed Fast and current federal minister of international trade Chrystia Freeland sharing a full-on hug in the House of Commons at Ottawa. Wait a minute…how can this be? Fast is a Conservative with the former ruling government. Freeland is with the still-shiny-new current Liberal government. Aren’t they supposed… Read More

Southwest Saskatchewan MP and farmer David Anderson has been tapped to look after the agriculture portfolio for the federal Conservatives. He replaced Peace River MP Chris Warkentin as the Official Opposition Critic for Agriculture in the new shadow cabinet announced by leader Rona Ambrose on Thursday. Anderson “has the energy and experience to ensure the… Read More

The federal government is “purposefully delaying” making a commitment that Canada will participate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, says the trade critic for the Official Opposition. Gerry Ritz, who was the agriculture minister when the terms of the TPP were finalized prior to the federal election last fall, says the Liberals appear intent on dragging out… Read More

Did you ever play a game of chicken as a kid? You know the game where you and a buddy ride your bikes full speed at each other and the first one to bail off the collision path is the chicken. Its truly a silly game that lacks true skills of intelligence or strategy but… Read More

Former agriculture minister Gerry Ritz is taking issue with the Canola Council of Canada’s recommendation that growers don’t use quinclorac herbicide on canola in 2016. “I’m baffled by this non-science-based targeting of this product,” he says in the interview below, responding to this Canola School episode published earlier this week. Citing concerns about quinclorac residues showing up… Read More

The Hon. Gerry Ritz served as Canada’s agriculture minister for eight years — from the summer of 2007 to the fall of 2015. Not everybody agreed with his politics or his personality, but there’s no question Ritz had a big impact on the direction of Canadian agriculture. From ending the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly to… Read More

Official Opposition leader Rona Ambrose unveiled the Conservatives’ shadow cabinet on Friday, assigning experienced MPs and former cabinet ministers to new critic roles. Former Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has been tapped to serve as International Trade critic, a natural fit following his work on building market access as ag minister. Ritz will closely follow the ongoing country-of-origin… Read More

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There seems to be some confusion regarding the intentions of the Conservative government at the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, particularly in regards to supply management. The entire dairy industry, the federal NDP, federal Liberals, and anyone that would never send a Christmas card to Stephen Harper feel that supply management is bound to be busted… Read More