2021 FEDERAL ELECTION

Questionnaire Results

With the call of the federal election, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers asked each of the registered parties six questions that we thought would be of interest to our members and specifically prairie grain farmers.

On August 20, 2021 the following questions were sent to each party. As of September 14, 2021, we heard back from 4 parties. Should other parties submit their answers, we will update the survey.

1. As the next federal government, what would your top priorities be for farmers and the agriculture industry across the prairies?

Conservative Party of Canada

Canadian wheat is known worldwide for its quality and consistency. It is through the hard work of Canadian wheat growers that Canada has earned its nickname as the “Bread Basket of the World.” Canadian wheat growers are among the most diligent, talented, and innovative people in the world. Conservatives will always stand with our farmers and support our agricultural sector.

For the past six years, Western farmers have been subject to a government that has not had their best interests in mind. Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government have systematically attacked our Western industries. Conservatives have fought to ensure that the interests of Canadian wheat growers are represented in Parliament. Most notably, we prevented the Liberals’ unfair tax treatment of family farms passed down to a family member and we advocated for more access to markets for agricultural products.

We are pleased to share key components of Canada’s Recovery Plan, our plan to get the economy back on track, in answer to your questions.

 

Canada’s farmers not only feed our cities but also supply good food to the world. With the global population growing and getting richer, the need for trusted food sources will only get larger. We have an opportunity to boost exports and jobs in the agricultural sector if we get this right. COVID-19 has also demonstrated the vital importance of a strong agricultural industry to maintain our supply chains and ensure the food security of Canadians.

New Democratic Party

Agriculture is a vital sector of our economy, and it’s time for a government that’s actually working on the side of Canadian farmers, producers, and farm families. New Democrats have a plan for a Canadian Food Strategy that will take a whole-of-government approach to address regional needs and priorities by investing in our agricultural communities, supporting young and new farmers, and taking steps to ensure that rural livelihoods are good and sustainable.

We’ll work to connect Canadians to farmers with initiatives like local food hubs, community-supported agriculture, and networks to increase the amount of food that is sold, processed, and consumed in local and regional markets.

We will also work with farmers and food producers to develop a National Food Policy, making our food systems stronger across the country – including food labelling and traceability, so that Canadians can be confident in what they’re purchasing. Part of this policy will include a food waste strategy to reduce the huge amounts of food that currently go to waste.

Christian Heritage Party of Canada

The CHP would develop a national food strategy. There is no more important task for our nation than food production.

Marijuana Party

Stop the current systems supervised by the Bank of Canada to follow the directives of the Bank of International Settlements. Stop enabling the banksters to more and more rob everyone else, which symbolic frauds are enforced by governments, which includes robbing farmers.

2. International trade is a key factor for prairie farmers. What is your party’s position on free and competitive markets, including the elimination of export subsidies, the reduction of trade-distorting domestic support and reducing tariffs and non-tariff barriers that inhibit foreign market access?

Conservative Party of Canada

Conservatives strongly believe in the importance of free trade and competitive markets. We need to ensure that our wheat farmers have every opportunity to get their product to markets. We also believe the federal government should open pathways with allies to allow this to happen.

It’s clear that there is work to be done and more consultation is needed from our farmers in international negotiations. We will ensure that farming families are engaged in any trade negotiations or programs impacting their sector and that the Minister of Agriculture is at the table for those negotiations. We will also commit to opening new markets for our grain and oilseed producers in our free trade negotiations.

New Democratic Party

For too long, Liberals and Conservatives have made cuts that put markets at risk. The Liberals said they’d fight for our producers, farmers, ranchers and the industry during the election, but as soon as they got to Ottawa they signed deals that hurt the industry and made things more expensive for Canadians.

New Democrats know that trade deals must be fair to everyday Canadians because they are key to our economic success. We support fair trade that broadens opportunity in all areas of the country, while protecting our industries and upholding labour standards, environmental protections, and human rights. We will always defend Canadian workers, protect supply management, and stand up against unfair tariffs.

Christian Heritage Party of Canada

Unless bound by contracts, treaties and trade agreements which they have voluntarily signed, all nations have the right to restrict imports or to apply tariffs which may have the effect of restricting imports.

For the purpose of mutual growth and cooperative enterprise, allied nations, particularly nations sharing a border, should seek to avoid unnecessary tariffs and trade restrictions between them.

Marijuana Party

Free and competitive markets do not exist. Realistic rigging of the markets is imperative in light of other market rigging.

3. Will your party support the reporting of daily / weekly grain and oilseed export sales?

Conservative Party of Canada

A Conservative government would be open to more reporting and transparency of data. We would be happy to engage with the Canadian Wheat Growers Association on this issue.

New Democratic Party

New Democrats believe in evidence-based policies and transparency. We will work with farmers and producers to better understand the efficacity of daily/weekly grain and oilseed export sales reporting.

Christian Heritage Party of Canada

What are the benefits and detriments of daily reports.

Marijuana Party

No.

4. Moving grain and oilseeds to market is vital for the entire food supply chain. Farmers depend on a modern transportation infrastructure to move seed and fertilizer as well as the export of grain. What is your party’s position on the grain transportation system and the ability to maintain an accountable and efficient system considering possible future overcrowding on the rail system? How will your party support rural infrastructure investment?

Conservative Party of Canada

For six years, the Liberal government has promised to build infrastructure and failed to deliver. This oversight has left federal infrastructure dollars sitting idle when they could have been creating jobs and fortifying our economy.

A Conservative government will scrap the failed Canada Infrastructure Bank. We will commit the unused money sitting in reserve to infrastructure projects that can strengthen our economy. We will reprioritize the Investing in Canada Plan towards infrastructure projects that would have the maximum benefit for our economic recovery. Specifically, this will target projects that strengthen transit and trade. We will also reduce bureaucratic red tape in the application process, so money can get out the door faster where it’s needed, including to projects that support important supply chains.

Conservative recognize the importance of infrastructure projects in creating jobs and spurring a strong recovery. After a summer of intense drought for Western farmers, strategic projects like the Lake Diefenbaker Irrigation Project will be critical for the success of Canadian wheat growers and our agricultural sector as a whole. A Conservative government will commit to the Lake Diefenbaker Irrigation Project to support the growth of diverse, high-value crops and improve climate resiliency.

Farmers also need to be able to count on existing rail infrastructure. Last year’s rail blockades demonstrated the importance – and vulnerability – of the infrastructure that ties our country together. We will pass a Critical Infrastructure Protection Act to prevent protestors from blocking key infrastructure. Peaceful protest is a fundamental right in Canada, but respect for the rule of law means that illegal blockades that shut down critical infrastructure, threaten access to vital supplies, or endanger lives cannot be tolerated.

New Democratic Party

An NDP government would ensure that rail transportation helps move products to market quickly and affordably. We would also invest in farm communities by supporting regional economic development agencies and providing economic support for rural areas to invest in job creation and community development. There must be fair access to federal infrastructure and transit funds for rural communities, and we are prepared to help farmers prepare for and deal with the inevitable effects of climate change in the coming years. Further, we will work with the provinces to ensure long-term, predictable funding for rural infrastructure to help municipalities plan ahead.

Christian Heritage Party of Canada

We would sit down with farmers and other affected parties to develop a national food strategy.

Marijuana Party

Pathetic, and about to get worse … Rural infrastructure is most likely to be degraded by the domination of the political processes by the cities, same as it ever has been throughout the history of Globalized Neolithic Civilization.

5. The current regulatory process for the approval of agricultural innovations that make farmers more profitable and sustainable is slow and burdensome. What will your party do to expedite a science-based regulatory approval process for the introduction of new technologies, including the adoption of genetically modified crops?

Conservative Party of Canada

Every year it gets harder to build and grow a business and create jobs because the government puts more and more barriers in the way. It is important to regularly review regulations to eliminate any that are not serving the public interest.

Canada’s Conservatives will:

  • Appoint a Minister Responsible for Red Tape Reduction tasked with introducing and passing at least one red tape reduction bill per year, eliminating unneeded or counterproductive red tape.
  • Create an Office of Regulatory Best Practice with business members who evaluate the costs of new regulation.
  • Form Industry Councils (e.g. biotech, retail, etc.) that will provide recommendations on world-leading regulation.
  • Improving cost-benefit analysis of regulatory proposals by requiring consultation with industry so that regulators understand the true impact and consider lower-impact alternatives to achieve the same result.
  • Fix the Impact Assessment process that is making it impossible to build major projects in Canada, based on the bipartisan Senate recommendations, and repeal Trudeau’s Tanker Ban.
  • Create a Fast Track Certification Process that provides a faster path to approval for products that have already been approved in comparable jurisdictions.

 

Canada’s Conservatives will also make Canada a great place to invest in innovative technologies. We will make Canada a low tax jurisdiction for innovation and new product development by introducing a “patent box” regime to cut the tax rate in half on income earned from patents on innovative products developed here.

Conservatives further recognize the importance of protecting more Canadian innovation with patents. We will cover up to $10,000 of the administrative and legal costs of each of the first five patents filed by any Canadian small or medium-sized business.

We know innovators looking for assistance from the Government of Canada are confronted with a long list of programs with complex requirements and extensive paperwork. Canada’s Conservatives will simplify these programs and reform them so that they benefit Canadian innovators.

On another front, 25 per cent of Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) funding goes to consultants rather than innovators. This important program is a badly broken administrative nightmare that fuels an ecosystem of consultants and advisory firms instead of focusing on research and development. We will streamline and accelerate the SR&ED program.

New Democratic Party

New Democrats know that Canadian farmers are among the most innovative in the world, but they can’t always do it alone. In government, New Democrats would make sure that farmers have the supports they need to continue to grow an innovate. We will invest in public agricultural research and data collection to ensure that Canadian agriculture is not only sustains the livelihoods of farmers, but also keeps us on the cutting edge of knowledge and innovation.

Christian Heritage Party of Canada

We would sit down with farmers and other affected parties to develop a national food strategy.

Marijuana Party

Attack the international patent systems. Recognize that Civilization based on being able to enforce frauds is manifesting runaway criminal insanities. While nothing is necessarily wrong with genetically modified crops, the actually existing systems of incentives would drive those potentials to be implemented in the most evil ways possible.

6. The current government has called for a 30% reduction in fertilizer emmisions. Currently there is no plan of how to achieve this, without a 30% reduction in the use of fertilizer. What will your government do with this proposal?

Conservative Party of Canada

The Liberal government believes that we can only reduce our emissions by “phasing out” entire industries and the jobs that provide a secure living for hundreds of thousands of Canadian families. Conservatives appreciate that we can’t build a greener future if Canadians don’t have jobs.

Conservatives will introduce a tax credit to rapidly accelerate the deployment of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage technology in the energy sector. We will also accelerate their deployment to important industries that have few alternatives to burning fossil fuels, like fertilizer and chemical production.

Canadian wheat growers deserve to have the full support of our government. The hard work and contributions of our farmers and agricultural producers have been taken for granted for far too long.

A Conservative government would welcome the opportunity to engage with the Canadian Wheat Growers Association to further discuss the priorities of both the association and your members.

New Democratic Party

New Democrats will be climate leaders, and we believe that to reach net-zero emissions we must set ambitious targets to save the planet. We are committed to working with partners to establish multi-year national and sectoral carbon budgets as a key guiding framework to develop Canada’s path to 2030 and beyond. We will work with farmers, their representatives, and industry to develop policies, programs, and incentives that will help farmers reach reduction targets in fertilizer emissions.

Christian Heritage Party of Canada

We would sit down with farmers and other affected parties to develop a national food strategy.

Marijuana Party

The proposal is based on nonsense. Currently there are no plans other than that during the 21st Century, the majority of human beings will be mass murdered in various ways.

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