Monday night the Liberals and prime minister Justin Trudeau were expected to hold on to a minority government, even if the results changed slightly at the end of counting. | Paul Yanko photo

Despite election, little changed in Ottawa landscape

(Story updated 7:50 MTN, 21/09/21) Little changed on the Canadian political landscape as polls closed across Canada Sept. 20. Votes were still being tallied at Western Producer deadlines Monday night, with some people still standing in line to cast ballots in Ontario and British Columbia. At that time the Liberals and prime minister Justin Trudeau […] Read more

Other than a couple of political shots at the Liberal agriculture minister, taken by Ontario Conservative agricultural critic Dave Epp, there wasn’t a lot of to-and-fro at the Canadian Federation of Agriculture-sponsored debate. | Screencap via YouTube/Canadian Federation of Agriculture

It was a very Canadian agricultural debate

Canada’s political agricultural leaders seem to get along very well, at least during public outings. Last week’s agricultural debate, held online, was no exception. They got along so well that it was hard to tell them apart. Other than a couple of political shots at the Liberal agriculture minister, taken by Ontario Conservative agricultural critic […] Read more

A relatively strong handling of the pandemic helped bolster Trudeau’s fortunes, leading to the current Liberal gamble that he had built enough political capital to once again reach majority status. | Reuters photo

Liberals’ once promising prospects appear to be dwindling

As another federal election winds down, it’s discouraging to see so many Canadians once again disgruntled with their options, but I can’t blame them. Leading into this election, the governing Liberals had spent much of the political capital they earned following their 2015 victory. Optimism over electoral reform and climate change action, for example, was […] Read more


WP news editor Bruce Dyck shares his thoughts on the election as we prepare to head to the polls. | Elections Canada photo

Musing about the election as race winds up

Election day is looming, and a few thoughts about the contenders have been forming in my head: Liberals — A party that focuses on fighting climate change, with the inevitable ambivalence toward fossil fuel, is never going to make many friends in Western Canada. While the Liberals can make a decent case for their actions […] Read more

The Sept. 9 debate, hosted by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, had plenty of discussion about climate change and how best to support producers in a changing environment. | Screencap via YouTube/Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Agriculture debate focuses on common themes

Election’21: Parties participating in last week’s debate often shared similar policies but with different approaches

Farmers listening to last week’s agricultural leaders’ debate will have heard familiar themes from all four political parties present. Representatives of the parties agreed on most issues discussed during the debate, but while the policies were similar, their approaches differed. On matters such as supply management and compensation and overhauling business risk management programs, incumbent […] Read more


Dan Mazier, who is hoping to be re-elected as a Conservative MP from Manitoba, looks forward to the House of Commons getting back to normal following COVID-19 restrictions. | Supplied photo

Rookie MP to continue focus on agriculture

Election ’21: Conservative Don Mazier from Manitoba says governments must re-examine the AgriRecovery program

Rookie MPs elected in the fall of 2019 barely got their parliamentary feet wet before COVID-19 struck. Dan Mazier, the Conservative representative for the Manitoba riding of Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa, is one of them. The former president of Keystone Agricultural Producers made the leap to federal politics two years ago and was able to speak in […] Read more

Political analysts keep an eye on a few Liberal candidates on the Prairies, and the NDP might be in trouble in one riding.

Few surprises expected in western Canadian races

Political analysts keep an eye on a few Liberal candidates on the Prairies, and the NDP might be in trouble in one riding


Liberal representation on the Prairies was reduced to four Manitoba members of Parliament two years ago and the chances of that changing are slim, political scientists expect. Alberta elected 33 Conservatives and one New Democrat in 2019, while Saskatchewan elected Conservatives in all 14 of its ridings and turfed its lone Liberal government representative, Ralph […] Read more

Alistair MacGregor and his family have a small farm near Victoria on which they produce pigs, chickens, fruit, nuts and berries. | Supplied photo

NDP agriculture critic runs again on Vancouver Island

Alistair MacGregor has been a tree planter, a constituency assistant and, since 2015, a New Democratic Party MP. Now running for the third time, he says his work on agricultural issues has been a highlight. He said he was “overjoyed” to be named the NDP agriculture critic in 2018 and sit on the House agriculture […] Read more


The federal government said last month before the election was called that it planned to review how the Pest Management Regulatory Agency reviews pesticide registrations, prompting concern from CropLife Canada that updating or amending the Pest Control Products Act should be done carefully. | File photo

Liberal campaign targets safer pesticide use

Election ’21: Party vows to strengthen Pest Control Products Act and align with world-leading reassessment approaches

The federal Liberals have about 190 commitments in their election platform. There’s a lot in there, from a commitment to end gun violence to a promise for safer indoor air. One of the commitments is about reducing the risks from pesticides. If re-elected, a Liberal government would: Strengthen the Pest Control Products Act to better […] Read more

The Sept. 9 debate, hosted by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, had plenty of discussion about climate change and how best to support producers in a changing environment. | Screencap via YouTube/Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Support for farmers focus of ag debate

An agricultural debate ahead of the federal election gave representatives from political parties an opportunity to pitch their ideas to producers, resulting in debate over how best to support farmers. The Sept. 9 debate, hosted by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, had plenty of discussion about climate change and how best to support producers in […] Read more