Parliament Hill writer hangs ‘closed’ sign on column

They say all good things must come to an end. Sadly, this column is one of them. After more than six years with iPolitics and five years of writing a column for The Western Producer, I am moving on to a new gig with Thomson Reuters in Ottawa as an economics reporter starting May 21. […] Read more

Canada caught in the middle of an international trade war

A global trade war between two of the world’s biggest economies shows no signs of slowing down and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has admitted Canada is caught in the middle. On May 13, Beijing announced it would impose new tariffs on US$60 billion worth of American goods, including a host of agricultural goods, effective June […] Read more


Controlling African swine fever becomes international effort

At a time of frosty diplomatic relations and continued trade disputes, the world’s top animal health experts, industry and governments are banding together to fight a deadly hog virus. More than 150 officials from some 15 countries descended on Ottawa at the end of April for a global forum on African swine fever. Their goal: […] Read more

Feds under increasing pressure to do something on canola

Canada’s canola conundrum with China dominated question period April 29 as Conservative members of Parliament demanded the Trudeau government do more to resolve the ongoing trade feud. As well, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, a Saskatchewan MP, told reporters the canola issue should be taken to the World Trade Organization. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should also […] Read more


U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s ratification chances get slimmer

The chances of the United States–Canada–Mexico Agreement being ratified before the next Canadian federal election have likely slumped after a new American commission report found the deal would have a moderate impact on the American economy . The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) released its highly anticipated analysis of the pending trade agreement on April […] Read more

Notre Dame fire highlights importance of national treasures

An iconic Paris landmark is burning as I write this. Angry orange flames are torching the historic walls of Notre Dame cathedral, and thick plumes of smoke are choking out the building’s history, one puff after another. Collective gasps of horror can be heard around the world as spectators watch the furious images — an […] Read more

Farmers need to translate their world into city language

From a young age, children are taught that words matter. They are repeatedly told that they should “use their words” and that the best stories are ones told in a language their audience (their parents, teachers, siblings, classmates) can understand. These same communication rules apply to the agriculture industry. For years, the sector has been […] Read more


Feds try to keep politics out of China-canola controversy

Politics were in full swing April 1 as Members of Parliament returned to the House of Commons for two full sitting weeks. The Ottawa bubble remains obsessed with the SNC Lavalin story after former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould tabled additional documents with the clerk of the House justice committee on March 29. That submission included […] Read more

Farmers caught in the middle of trade dispute with China

Despite ongoing technical conversations, finding a resolution to China’s decision to end all Canadian canola seed imports has been deemed not possible, at least in the short-term. Canola Council of Canada president Jim Everson said the industry had no choice but to try and find alternative markets. Those statements confirmed the industry’s worst fears after […] Read more