Wheat Growers survey Manitoba political parties on public policy and the grain sector

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Wheat Growers survey Manitoba political parties on public policy and the grain sector   

WINNIPEG, MB—(April 19, 2016):  Today, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association released the results of their survey on public policy and the grain sector, as submitted to each of the four major political parties in Manitoba in March. 

“We sent a survey to each political party, asking them five important questions to grain farmers in Manitoba,” said Graeme Manness, Manitoba VP of the Wheat Growers and grain farmer at Domain, Manitoba.  “These are significant issues for all growers and their pocketbooks here on the farm, and the larger ag sector as well.”      

The five questions submitted by the Wheat Growers to each party were:

•           What is your party’s position on open markets in the grain sector, where many players compete vigorously for farmers’ business, including in farm inputs and farm products?

•           What is your party’s position on free and competitive markets in international trade, including the elimination of export subsidies, reduction of trade-distorting domestic support, and reducing tariffs and non-tariff barriers that inhibit market access?

•           What is your party’s position on a commercial and efficient grain transportation system, recognizing the need for government regulation to foster greater service, competition, and accountability in the rail sector? 

•           What is your party’s position on the development of agricultural innovations that make farmers more profitable and sustainable, with a science-based regulatory approval process for the introduction of new technologies, including the adoption of genetically modified crops?

•           What is your party’s position on a carbon pricing system in Manitoba, including on a credit and debit system that acknowledges the significant carbon reductions being achieved by prairie grain growers?

The responses from the political parties to each question are posted at wheatgrowers.ca and can be found here: 

NDP

PC Party

Green Party

Liberal Party (no response)

With millions of tonnes of crop production and billions of dollars in grain and agri-food exports, Manitoba is a major exporter of ag products in Canada.

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About the Wheat Growers

Founded in 1970, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is a voluntary farmer-run advocacy organization dedicated to developing policy solutions that strengthen the profitability and sustainability of farming, and the agricultural industry as a whole.  For more information, please visit:  wheatgrowers.ca        

For more information, please contact:

Robin Speer, Executive Director

+1 (587) 998-4741 – M

rspeer@wheatgrowers.ca

 

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