Tag: Justin Trudeau

When the Prime Minister Visits Your Farm…

Todd Lewis found himself at the end of the driveway on his family’s farm near Gray, Sask., this week watching a motorcade pull up. Among the people climbing out of the vehicles parked along the gravel road was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — a rare visit to a farm by a sitting prime minister. Accompanying him were Agriculture… Read more »

Trump vs Canada: Get Your Tickets for this Epic Main Event!

Since the election of Donald Trump, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been under threat. Initially, the harsh words of walls, import tariffs, and immigration reform were directed squarely at Mexico. That all changed this week when president Trump “laid down the law” in an effort to make Canada quiver insecurely in its… Read more »

Trudeau Playing the Trade File Perfectly at this Point

It was a great week for Canada in terms of trade on several fronts. You can say many negative things about Prime Minister Trudeau, but you cannot take away his government’s effort to extend Harper’s commitment to trade. There is much discussion and renegotiation to still happen, but the week of February 13th was very good for… Read more »

Trudeau Freudian Slips Referring to Premier Brad Wall and “His Farmers”

Christmas is supposed to be over and done with but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provided his western Canadian based critics with a big gift — bow and all — over the weekend. In a TV interview Trudeau was trying to communicate the flexibility that Saskatchewan will have under his carbon tax plan and he blew… Read more »

Why Trump Needs Trudeau

With the election of Donald Trump this week, Canadians have reacted with comments falling into predictable camps. Like all people in society, Trudeau and Trump both have strengths and weaknesses and our view of their characteristics can follow party lines. Liberals brag that Canada has a “decent,” compassionate leader that believes in climate change, equality, immigration,… Read more »

Saskatchewan Premier Calls out Prime Minister on “Disrespectful” Carbon Tax Announcement

Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blindsided not just provincial environment ministers but also premiers (and perhaps Canadians) by announcing a national carbon tax scheme that must be implemented by 2018. Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall released an emotionally-charged statement yesterday outlining how detrimental the carbon tax platform will be to Saskatchewan’s economy and the cost to individual… Read more »

Trudeau Celebrates Canola Deal By Tweeting What Appears To Be Mustard — Does It Matter?

It’s probably an honest mistake, but there’s some irony in having the Prime Minister of Canada — the home of canola — send out a tweet celebrating good news about canola with what appears to be a photo of mustard. 95 percent of Canadians — including the person in the PMO who looks after Justin… Read more »

Ag Minister Optimistic Canola Dispute Can Be Resolved as Trudeau Heads to China

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be raising the subject of Canadian canola imports during his trip to China this week, according to the federal agriculture minister. Exports to Canada’s largest canola seed customer are facing an uncertain future, as China plans to implement tighter import restrictions on September 1st. The 1 percent dockage standard would increase costs for… Read more »

It’s Official — Meet Prime Minister Trudeau’s New Ministers of Agriculture and Agri-Food and International Trade

The Swearing-In Ceremony is underway at Rideau Hall, and Justin Trudeau is officially the Prime Minister of Canada. As the swearing-in of the cabinet continues, here are some facts on our new Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, and Minister of International Trade, Chrystia Freeland. Minister MacAulay | Minister Freeland |Other Notable Ministers | Ministers on… Read more »

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 »