Election 2015


Poll question

What will attract your vote this election?


Updated October 20, 2015 – 1210 CST

Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau is greeted by supporters as he arrives to give his victory speech after Canada's federal election in Montreal, Quebec, October 19, 2015. | REUTERS photo

Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau is greeted by supporters as he arrives to give his victory speech after Canada’s federal election in Montreal, Quebec, October 19, 2015. | REUTERS photo

What a Liberal majority gov’t means for farmers

– Farm leaders say they don’t expect the Oct. 19 win by the Liberals and Justin Trudeau to change Canada’s commitment to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Will prairie voices be heard with Liberal government?

– So many questions. That’s what we’re left to think in the Prairies after Justin Trudeau’s Liberals swept to power on Monday night.

A quick election take-home: TPP survives

– As the dust settles from one of the most intense, surprising and caustic election campaigns in Canadian history, it’s hard to see what all the impacts for farmers will be. How will it handle agriculture issues? Who will it favour? Who will it ignore? Will it make agriculture a priority or ignore it? Will farmers like the new agriculture minister?

Liberal gov’t likely to bring few ag changes

– As the Liberal government under the guidance of Justin Trudeau prepares to take control in Ottawa, stakeholders in Canadian agriculture were left wondering what the power transfer will mean for the industry.

Liberal victory redraws political landscape

– It was a stunning victory. After nearly a decade in political office, prime minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives were relegated to opposition benches Monday night, unseated by Justin Trudeau and the Liberals who surged to a 184-seat majority.


Rural prairies stay mostly blue

– Canada’s political landscape changed dramatically this week but if the winds of change were gale-forced in other parts of the country, they were more like a soft autumn breeze on the Prairies.

Trade, risk management top list of issues for Ontario, prairie farmers

– GUELPH, Ont. — The issues facing farmers in southern Ontario during this election campaign aren’t so different from those in the West.

NDP ag critic had much to learn

– WELLAND, Ont. — Malcolm Allen was a little surprised when then-NDP leader Jack Layton asked him to be deputy agriculture critic after his election to Parliament in 2008.

Initiative aims to make food security election issue

– Everyone eats. Everyone thinks. But does everyone vote?
An initiative called Eat Think Vote, organized by Food Secure Canada, aims to make food an issue in this federal election and to have voters consider it when casting their ballots Oct 19.

Sask. premier warns against NDP win in federal election

– Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall waded into the federal election campaign today, saying it’s clear an NDP government wouldn’t be in the province’s best interests.


Parties reveal ag platforms

– With the exception of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and concern about the trade deal’s effect on supply management, agriculture has not made election campaign headlines.

Parties unveil platforms, including ag, as election winds up

– After two months on the campaign trail, Canada’s federal leaders are about to make their final vote pitches to Canadians — in a race that remains too close to call.

Ritz defends supply management stance at TTP talks

– Federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz said he isn’t surprised that there has been little outcry from supply managed farmers since the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal was announced.
“We did exactly what we said we would do, and they trust us to deliver that,” he said.

Ritz intends this to be his last race

– This federal election campaign is likely Gerry Ritz’s last.
“My wife had me 90 percent convinced not to run again,” he said of the current campaign where he is seeking his seventh term in Battlefords-Lloydminster.

Few expect big Liberal gains despite strong candidates

– CALGARY — Kent Hehr zips into a coffee shop in his wheelchair like the man on a mission that he is.
The Liberal candidate in Calgary Centre has been given the job of defeating Conservative incumbent Joan Crockatt and is one of several the party hopes will increase the western Liberal presence in Ottawa.

Opposition uses TPP deal as political fodder

– When the 12 country Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement was announced, it instantly became the dominant talking point on the federal election campaign trail.
The NDP has already said it might tear up the deal, while the Liberals are waiting for more details.

Trans-Pacific Partnership deal could tip election

– Rather than being an Achilles heel for the Conservatives, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement appears to be a positive for prime minister Stephen Harper as the country heads into the home stretch of a long election campaign.

Opposition on attack as Liberals capitalize on trade agreement

– The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal has been finalized in Atlanta after years of negotiations, delays and an all night bartering session.

Canada says Pacific trade deal offers limited access to dairy market

– OTTAWA, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Canada said on Monday that a major trade deal agreed by 12 Pacific nations would only allow limited access to protected Canadian domestic dairy and poultry markets, a politically sensitive issue ahead of the Oct. 19 election.

NDP sets sights on Sask. ridings

– The federal election is tightening up in Saskatchewan. The NDP is sitting just behind the Conservatives in the polls, although anti-Conservative sentiment is splitting the vote.

Candidates vie for rural Manitoba votes

– RIVERS, Man. — It was the midway point of the federal election campaign, and Robert Sopuck had already travelled 9,000 kilometres in his riding. The incumbent Conservative candidate is taking nothing for granted in his third campaign, and 55,000 sq. kilometres to cover means he has to stay on the road.

Prince Albert candidates square off

– PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — Randy Hoback can look across the street from his campaign office and see a row of orange signs. If Lon Borgerson does the same, he sees blue ones.

Supply management becomes hot potato among politicians

– Yet another round of Trans Pacific Partnership talks are underway, this time in Atlanta, Georgia, as chief negotiators and trade ministers attempt to nail down a final trade deal.

Alberta farmer creates gigantic election sign

– When Bill Tamminga saw a photo of an Ontario field bearing a political message, he decided to respond in kind.

Agricultural issues remain on Goodale’s radar

– For the first time in his long political career, Ralph Goodale is not courting rural voters.

Talk of ‘old stock Canadians’ lit up Twitter as debate unfolded

– Yelling at the television or radio used to be the only way viewers could interact with a broadcast. Today, there are lively social media threads for almost anything being broadcast and your comments will be seen immediately by many others.

Debate shows politicians not concerned about rural voters

– No one should be surprised that Canada’s federal political leaders failed to mention agriculture in an election debate Sept. 17 meant to focus on the national economy.

Conservatives confident new boundaries won’t change vote results

– The new electoral riding of Carlton Trail-Eagle Creek is gearing up to be an interesting race now that long-time Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott is not running. Kelly Block, Conservative MP for the old riding of Saskatoon–Rosetown–Biggar, is taking Vellacott’s place. Her former constituency, which encompassed parts of Carlton Trail-Eagle Creek, also included parts of the new Saskatoon West riding, where in the 2011 election she won by a narrow margin of slightly more than 500 votes.

NDP hopes to regain former stronghold

– Nial Kuyek is determined to regain Regina-Qu’Appelle for the NDP. However, he’ll have to defeat House of Commons speaker Andrew Scheer to do it.


Experts predict rural voters will remain loyal to the Conservative party this election. | William DeKay photo illustration

Experts predict rural voters will remain loyal to the Conservative party this election. | William DeKay photo illustration

How the West was won

– For most of the 1980s, the Progressive Conservative party didn’t have a prayer in the federal riding of Yorkton-Melville.

Animal welfare could become election hot button issue if new group gets its way

– Livestock production and animal welfare issues are moving into the federal election campaign.
Or they will, if a new group called Humane Voters Canada gains traction.

Ont. rural vote hard to measure

– Results from last year’s Ontario election illustrate an obvious trend when put on a map. Every seat in and around Toronto was Liberal red and nearly every seat in rural southern Ontario was Tory blue.

Green Party vows support for small scale farmers, ag research

– Seven weeks into the federal election campaign, one political party — the Green Party of Canada — has finally released details about what it plans to do for farmers, if elected.

Candidates debate ag issues — finally

– Those who have lamented the lack of discussion on agricultural issues during the federal election campaign will get their chance to see first-hand how the key figures in each party see the way ahead.

Mulcair supports supply management in Lethbridge stop

– A federal NDP government would protect Canada’s supply management system within any Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, says party leader Thomas Mulcair.

A tractor and disk artist gets political

– A farmer from east of Brantford, Ont., has found a way to raise the profile of agriculture in the federal election.
“The rye was off and I had worked up the field on the east side and thought, ‘let’s have some fun with this,’ ” John Langs said.

Getting the agriculture and agri-food vote

– Agriculture gets little attention in federal elections which is not surprising as less than two percent of Canadians are directly involved with farming.
That’s it, a couple of points.

If issues aren’t discussed during election, then when?

– This federal election, like many before it, has had scant discussion of agriculture despite it being responsible for seven percent of the country’s gross domestic product.
It has become a fact of life that most of us have come to accept. We might feel disrespected over the slight, but somebody figured out a long time ago that agricultural issues don’t move votes.

Ag keeps low profile in election campaign

– A month into the campaign heading toward the Oct. 19 federal vote and none of Canada’s main political parties has made any specific agricultural promises. The industry’s profile in any federal campaign is rarely high, even though it provides one in eight jobs and food processing tops Canada’s manufacturing sector, noted panelists discussing agriculture policy in Ottawa last week.

Foreign worker issue goes unnoticed by election candidates

– The shortage of labour in Canada’s agriculture and food processing sector is well documented. Meat packers, beekeepers, hog producers and large grain farms desperately need reliable and skilled employees.

Tweets offer chance to debate merits and drawbacks of supply management

– Recently, a Reuters wire service story became available to The Western Producer on how European dairy operators are struggling to remain profitable in a global market decline, just as the 30-year-old quota system that limited their output was dismantled, which is contributing to a global dairy oversupply.

Foreign worker issue goes unnoticed by election candidates

– The shortage of labour in Canada’s agriculture and food processing sector is well documented. Meat packers, beekeepers, hog producers and large grain farms desperately need reliable and skilled employees.
Yet it’s unlikely to come up during the federal election campaign, said Rod Scarlett, Canadian Honey Council executive director.

Farm leaders want more agriculture on campaign trail

– Three weeks into the 42nd federal election and Canada’s agricultural sector has yet to warrant any significant mention on the campaign trail.

Foodgrains bank wants candidates grilled on foreign aid

– Candidates and party leaders often focus on voters’ selfish interests, but the Canadian Foodgrains Bank hopes its supporters can also make them think about international aid.

Where is ag platform in election?

– Agriculture is a solid contributor to the national economy, accounting for nine percent of the gross domestic product, 2.4 million jobs and $26.5 billion in exports.
Clearly, agriculture is a national strength.

Clarification wanted on NDP’s GM labelling stance

– Polls on genetically modified foods typically produce two findings. One — most Canadians support labelling of GM foods. Two — a large percentage of people think genetically modified foods are unsafe.

Consumer demand will change what farmers grow

– Rachel Parent, a 15-year-old activist who lives in Ontario, has been campaigning for mandatory labelling of genetically modified foods since she was 11. She is the founder of Kids Right To Know, a non-profit organization that focuses on GM foods. Parent spoke to Western Producer reporter Robert Arnason Aug. 17 to discuss GMO labelling and the federal election.

Politicians eager to share their message – or debunk their opponents’

– Political parties need a strong social media presence because Canadians are in-creasingly getting information on these platforms.

Gloves are off between prime minister and premiers

– Multiple federal election campaign tours stopped off in Saskatchewan Aug. 13, with both prime minister Stephen Harper and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau bringing their campaign to the prairie province.

Government involvement in ag a thing of the past

– Government involvement in agriculture has receded dramatically in the past decade. Provincial governments have played a role, but the change has come mainly at the hands of the Stephen Harper Conservatives. A dramatically stronger farm economy has improved the palatability of the changes.

Harper discovers that power brings responsibility, blame

– Email transcripts from Nigel Wright, the prime minister’s former chief of staff, revealed at senator Mike Duffy’s fraud trial last week, gave Canadians stark insight into questionable actions by prominent members of the Prime Minister’s Office, including an attempted cover-up and tampering with a Senate audit report.

Supply management on the table at TPP

– Canadian negotiators offered concessions on the country’s supply management system during the recent round of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks in Hawaii, says an international trade lawyer.

Polls may sway NDP stance on GMOs

– Polls on genetically modified foods typically produce two findings.
One, most Canadians support labeling of GMO foods. Two, a large percentage of people think genetically modified foods are unsafe.

TPP negotiations and the game of poker

– There has been a lot of rhetoric lately from all political parties, pundits, publishers and people all across our country providing their opinion on whether Canada needs to stay at the table and successfully conclude a deal within the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.

Federal election presents prairie voter opportunities

– The federal election offers the prairie provinces an excellent opportunity to use their clout to a much higher degree than in previous campaigns.

The morning after the election; now what?

– It’s Oct. 20 and we awake to the knowledge that Tom Mulcair is the incoming prime minister. The nation is under NDP rule for the first time.
What can agriculture in Western Canada expect from the new government?

Agriculture, rural issues ignored in political leaders’ debate

– For two hours Aug. 6, Canada’s political leaders vied for Canadians’ votes, debating the economy, energy and environment, democratic reform and foreign policy.
Agriculture wasn’t mentioned.

Riding changes likely ‘a wash’, says pollster

– There are 30 more seats up for grabs in the federal election Oct. 19 and as Canadians watch the third week of electioneering, some don’t know the name of their new riding. Electors will have ample time to discover that information in the course of a 78-day campaign, the longest in modern Canadian history.

Canadian Federal Election 2015: ag platforms so far

– Winnipeg — Canadian politicians are making announcements and promises as the country approaches the Oct. 19 federal election, but so far there has been little focus on agricultural issues. Here is a look at some of the topics addressed by the major parties to date, with more platform announcements expected in weeks ahead.

Stay tuned to WP for election coverage on ag, rural issues

– When looking at the electoral map from the 2011 federal election, most agricultural and rural ridings outside of Quebec are a deep blue, which signifies strong Conservative support. So at first glance there appears little incentive for political parties to pay attention to rural ridings, especially in the West.

Plans for next Growing Forward programs underway

– CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Canadian agriculture ministers and farm leaders are turning their attention to what a new agricultural policy framework should contain.
It’s not yet clear how changes made to business risk management (BRM) programs for the 2013-18 Growing Forward 2 program have affected farmers.

Farmers want clarity on Mulcair’s GM labeling stance:

– The former NDP agriculture critic says the party does not have an official policy that supports mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods.

Mulcair needs to clarify GMO stance

– A Saskatchewan farmer says Tom Mulcair should be honest with producers, and all Canadians, when it comes to genetically modified foods.

Federal election calls for agriculture platforms:

– Prime minister Stephen Harper made it official this morning and kicked off the longest election campaign since the 1872. Canadian voters go the polls Oct. 19, which makes the campaign 78 days long. The last election campaign to come close was 74 days in 1926.

Supply management, TPP deal possible election issues

– The Ottawa federal election rumour mill is in full swing.

TPP fails on dairy, auto, drugs

– LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 31 (Reuters) – Pacific Rim trade ministers failed to clinch a deal on Friday to free up trade between a dozen nations after a dispute flared up over auto trade between Japan and North America, New Zealand dug in over dairy trade and no agreement was reached on monopoly periods for next-generation drugs.