Tag: Ron Bonnett

CFA calls federal tax announcement a “step in the right direction”

The federal government’s announcement that it will reduce the small business tax rate over the next two years and cancel plans for new restrictions to lifetime capital gains exemptions is “a positive sign,” according to the president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Small Business and… Read more »

More questions than answers heading into NAFTA round three

As the NAFTA negotiations enter the third round of talks in Ottawa, the agriculture community in all three countries is nervous. We have heard “do no harm” so many times from famers and ranchers in all three countries that you’d think it should have penetrated into the minds of the negotiating teams. The White House… Read more »

CFA lobbies for more time and changes to government tax proposal

Members of Parliament are back at their seats for the fall sitting of Parliament, and tensions are high, with the Conservatives and NDP questioning the Liberals’ proposed tax changes announced in July. Farm groups and farmers have also been vocal in criticizing the government’s plan. “I don’t think the government realized the opposition that would… Read more »

Will a National Food Policy Be Realistic for Commercial-Scale Farming?

Canada is moving towards a national food policy, so says the marching orders handed down to federal agriculture minister Lawrence MacAulay in mandate letters set out last fall. Prime Minister Trudeau has tasked MacAulay to “develop a food policy that promotes healthy living and safe food by putting more healthy, high-quality food, produced by Canadian ranchers… Read more »

Private Member’s Bill Aims to Ease Tax Burden on Family Farm Transfers

A private member’s bill tabled in the House of Commons last week aims to reduce the tax burden of intergenerational transfers of farms that are incorporated. “My bill would end a blatantly unfair situation that puts business people, farmers, and fishing vessel operators at a disadvantage when they want to pass their business on to… Read more »

TWORA — FarmTech, Acreage Expectations and Building Trust — Jan 28

It’s the week of FarmTech in Edmonton. We head to the Northlands to hear some highlights from Debra Murphy, as well as to KAP’s meeting in Winnipeg for a panel of farm leaders from the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and prairie general farm groups discussing the need to “maintain social license” — here’s this week’s… Read more »

TWORA — Old Cattle Barns, Autonomous Tractors and Outstanding Farmers — Nov 26

Agribition, Alberta’s proposed farm labour rules, a new atmosphere in Ottawa, a driverless tractor and another farm tragedy — here’s this week’s Canadian ag news wrap-up from Regina: Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

“Different Mood” in Ottawa Benefits Agriculture, says CFA President

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture is hoping the arrival of new federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay will mark a change in the impact farmers have on public policy. MacAulay’s been on the job for less than a month, but so far Ron Bonnett likes what he sees. The CFA president received a call from the… Read more »

TWORA — A Liberal Majority, “Antibiotic-Free” Subs & New Rules on Who Can Buy SK Farmland — Oct 22

Do big changes in Ottawa mean big changes for Canadian agriculture? Ron Bonnett, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture joins host Kelvin Heppner on this week’s TWORA podcast to discuss the result of Monday’s federal election and what it means for the farm community. New rules have been announced on who can buy farmland… Read more »

Privy Council Clarifies Election Rules Allowing Canada to Continue in TPP Negotiations

The Privy Council Office has clarified the rules regarding the conduct of government officials, including ministers, during an election. The details are of particular interest for farm groups because they allow Trade Minister Ed Fast and Canadian negotiators to continue participating in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Trade ministers and lead negotiators from the 12 participating countries… Read more »

Capital Gains Exemption Tops List of Ag-Related Pieces in Federal Budget — Gerry Ritz on what’s in it for farmers

Farmers and fishing businesses will save a projected $50 million in taxes over the next five years thanks to another increase to the Lifetime Capital Gains exemption announced in the federal budget this week. The exemption, which helps farmers reduce their tax burden when transferring ownership of farm assets, has been raised to $1 million for next year,… Read more »

Ron Bonnett – The Difficulty in Adopting a National Food Strategy

Adopting a national food strategy is no small task. The development of that strategy involves a number of complex issues that have to be identified by importance and then integrated together into a sustainable strategy supported by government policy and a diverse demographic. Simple, huh? There’s a reason it’s taken so long. With all that… Read more »