The Tories need to win urban ridings to have a chance of forming government, and around two-thirds of people who voted in the last election cast their ballot for a party that supported or promoted a price on pollution or carbon tax.
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Carbon tax not electable position for leadership candidates

Canadians can be forgiven for offering little more than passing shrugs at the ongoing Conservative Party of Canada leadership race. The ongoing pandemic, the governing Liberals’ handling of it, and the WE Charity scandal side dish are consuming our attention spans. At least for me, the political and cultural fractures in the United States just […] Read more

Peter MacKay, who is running for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, has pledged to reduce the “regulatory burden” on the agricultural industry.  |  REUTERS/Blair Gable photo

Tory leadership hopefuls target carbon tax

Candidates to replace Andrew Scheer respond to questions asked by the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association

Removing the carbon tax is the main priority for the two top Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidates, according to a recent survey. Peter MacKay and Erin O’Toole, considered the front-runners in a small field of leadership hopefuls, listed eliminating the environmental policy in response to a series of questions posed by the Western Canadian […] Read more

Feds commit more money to foreign workers

The $58.6 million in new funding is expected to focus on the health and safety of temporary foreign workers in Canada

The federal government has announced $58.6 million in new money to support temporary foreign workers in Canada’s agricultural sector. Spending is expected to focus on the health and safety of temporary foreign workers in Canada. Farmers will be eligible to access $35 million being administered through Agriculture Canada. Details of a new program are still […] Read more


Global response demanded for ASF

Two international organizations are calling for global action to stop the spread of African swine fever. In a joint news release, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) called on countries to join forces against the deadly pig disease. “Today, 51 countries are affected […] Read more

Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said money from the $50 million Surplus Food Rescue Program will start rolling out in early August. | file photo

Ag support to be spent soon: Bibeau

Money tabbed for the federal government’s surplus food buying program is expected to start rolling out in early August, according to the federal Agriculture Minister. “We’re almost ready, we’re looking at the final selection of the partners,” Marie-Claude Bibeau said during a July 24 interview. “We are really at the last stage. The organizations who […] Read more


The $58.6 million in new money from the federal government will be aimed at improving living quarters for temporary foreign workers. | file photo

Feds commit more money to foreign workers

The federal government is announcing $58.6 million in new money to support temporary foreign workers in Canada’s agricultural sector. Spending is expected to focus on the health and safety of temporary foreign workers in Canada. Farmers will be eligible to access $35 million being administrated through Agriculture Canada. Details of a new program are still […] Read more

A report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Food and Agriculture Organization found that the global food system will need to adapt to evolving diets and consumer advantages.  |  Reuters/Temilade Adelaja photo

COVID to have long-term effect on food system

A drop in disposable income in poorer countries and households is expected to lower demand over the next few years

Two international organizations expect COVID-19 to depress agriculture demand for years and weaken food security around the world. A joint report from Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization concluded the pandemic has brought about “unprecedented uncertainties in global food supply chains, with potential bottlenecks in labour markets, […] Read more

Ottawa appoints youth council members

Federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has named 25 young people to sit on her Canadian Agricultural Youth Council. Members of the council are expected to offer suggestions on government priorities and identify problems and solutions for Bibeau. “That was quite a challenge actually, because we received over 800 candidates,” Bibeau said about the selection process, […] Read more


Congratulations to agriculture for carrying on despite COVID

Groups across the agricultural industry should be proud of their ability to continue informing stakeholders throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It occurred to me this week how many different organizations have stepped forward and trudged along online, in the absence of being able to hold events in person. A few weeks into the pandemic, I was […] Read more

Top Conservative leadership hopefuls target carbon tax

Candidates commit to supporting agricultural innovation

Removing the carbon tax is the main priority for the two top Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidates, according to a recent survey. Peter MacKay and Erin O’Toole, considered the front-runners in a small field of leadership hopefuls, listed eliminating the environmental policy in response to a series of questions posed by the Western Canadian […] Read more