CALGARY, AB: With the release of the Fall Economic Statement 2020, agriculture and specifically grain farmers were expecting to be at least acknowledged as leading the economic recovery from COVID-19. “Grain farmers have met with Ottawa officials on numerous occasions and our voices have consistently fallen on deaf ears. Agriculture is a major economic driver […]
One of President Trump’s first actions as US President was to pull out of the TransPacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed free trade agreement between 12 Pacific Rim countries that would have comprised around 40% of the world’s GDP and had the potential to reduce and eliminate tariffs on some 18,000 agricultural and manufactured products.
China Brief | Edition 052: Free trade pilot in Beijing, China’s corn shortage and barley, COVID-19 vaccine, farm receipts, Spotlight feature
China is a huge trade market and one that cannot be ignored. Unfortunately, China is not a fair-trading partner. Because their market is so large, and politically-driven, they have become a bully in the trade world – punishing those who disagree with them.
For many of you reading, this race will determine who leads your favoured party into the next election, whenever that may be. The frontrunners, Erin O’Toole and Peter MacKay, recently listed ending the carbon tax as their No. 1 priority for agriculture in a survey from the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association. That isn’t a […]
CALGARY, AB: As we enter the half-way point of 2020, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers are relieved to support the implementation of the long awaited USMCA. Twenty-twenty has been a challenging year for many people, farmers and businesses, but agriculture can be the cornerstone of a rebuilt economy. “Neighbours trading with neighbours, that’s what the […]
Last week, Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau turned down a request for a carbon tax rebate on grain drying, calling the amount insignificant. Western Canadian Wheat Growers President Gunter Jochum disagrees, and wants her replaced.
The federal Liberals are significantly downplaying the financial hit of the carbon tax on farmers, the Conservative agriculture critic argued Wednesday. John Barlow, who represents a southern Alberta riding, said he’s seen bills from farmers who have had to pay an extra $2,000 per month because of the tax, despite estimates from Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude […]
The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association remains dedicated to the values of free trade, open markets, and the entrepreneurial spirit that opened up the Canadian prairie decades ago. Unfortunately, our federal government has forgotten the important role that agriculture plays in our food security.
The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association (WCWGA) is expressing a number of frustrations with the federal government. President Gunter Jochum says a big concern is the carbon tax.