CALGARY, AB: With the call of the federal election, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers asked each of the registered parties five questions that we thought would be of interest to our members and specifically prairie grain farmers.
On September 11, 2019 the following questions were sent to each party. As of October 14, 2019, we heard back from six parties. Should other parties submit their answers, we will update the survey.
The five policy questions are:
1. As the next federal government, what would your top priorities be for farmers and the agriculture industry across the prairies?
2. 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?
3. What is your party’s position on a carbon pricing system, including on a credit and debit system that acknowledges the significant carbon reductions being achieved by prairie grain growers through modern farming techniques and sequestering?
4. Farmers depend on road and rail infrastructure to bring in inputs (seed and fertilizer) and export 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?
5. 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?
All the responses may be found online here in an simple, accessible format they can be easily read on your desktop or mobile device.
About the Wheat Growers:
Founded in 1970, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is a voluntary farmer-run advocacy organization dedicated to developing public policy solutions that strengthen the profitability and sustainability of farming, and the agricultural industry as a whole. For more information, please visit wheatgrowers.ca.