Letters to the editor – November 14, 2019

PM should visit farm to see issues first-hand An open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Dear prime minister, On behalf of Manitoba farmers, I first want to congratulate you on your success and your party’s success in the most recent federal election. We look forward to working collaboratively with your government and the soon-to-be […] Read more

Letters to the editor – November 7, 2019

Alberta MLAs’ salaries should be reduced Re: “Better pay for MLAs would improve quality of candidates,” (WP, Oct. 24). It must be some sort of tradition that shortly after every provincial election MLA’s salaries make it to the top of the political radar screen. And voters start to wonder how much MLAs make, plus what […] Read more

Letters to the editor – October 17, 2019

Water system not enforced well enough Re: “Report puts a number on Sask. lake flooding,”(WP, Oct. 3). The occurrence of that flooding is disgusting. However, that has happened twice in the 1900s. First time was towards the end of the First World War into the early 1920s. The second time period was the late 1940s […] Read more

Letters to the editor – October 10, 2019

Telling it like it is on climate change Re: Climate action takes on religious undertones, column by Kevin Hursh (WP, Sept. 26). Many thanks for this article. What a breath of fresh air that is. You describe your perceptions in an excellent, forthright and compelling manner. I have just one point to make on this. […] Read more

Letters to the editor – October 3, 2019

Issues more important than Trudeau’s past Enough. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was part of a school production. It was 20 years ago. I don’t care what happened 20 years ago. I care about today. The political rhetoric that has happened over the last several weeks should not overshadow the issues that should be addressed in […] Read more

Letters to the editor – September 5, 2019

Australia, NZ suffered after dairy deregulation Re: Case made against marketing boards, (WP, Aug 8). Author Roslyn Kunin, lamented the existence of supply management, a model that matches domestic demand with domestic supply and which provides a living wage for farmers and a competitive price for consumers. Australia and New Zealand are cited as successful […] Read more

Letters to the editor – August 29, 2019

Ag system has problems Re: CBC interviewee’s suggestions would set agriculture back 50 years,” (WP, Aug. 15) Stuart Smyth makes an argument about Canadian agriculture that doesn’t misrepresent the numbers — just the reality. Smyth says we are producing big yields but doesn’t mention farmers’ profit margin is down, nor explain why there are so […] Read more

Letters to the editor – August 15, 2019

Trusted voices in Canada’s food system We read with great interest, Mike Raine’s piece in a recent edition of The Western Producer where he asked, “Who are the credible sources in agriculture?” What Raine highlighted, articulates the challenges Canada’s food system faces in the media when “minority-position, generally anti-science speakers” make themselves available to speak […] Read more

Letters to the editor – August 8, 2019

Be a good employer Sadly, some farmer are poor employers. A friend works on a dairy farm in Alberta and is given no extra pay for working on Christmas day, etc. He was not covered by insurance until Bill 6 came into effect. Now (Alberta Premier Jason) Kenney wants to repeal that and exempt farms […] Read more

Letters to the editor – June 13, 2019

We still don’t have responsible drainage Re: “Sask. farmers defend well planned agricultural drainage,” (WP, May 23). The rural municipalities and the Smith Creek Watershed Association proclaim that they take issue with “perplexed by environmental claims that we’re damaging the land.” Although agricultural drainage removes wetlands, it’s more than that. It is the redirecting of […] Read more