CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers anticipates working with all elected parties in the next federal government.
“The Wheat Growers thank all the political parties for their hard work. Now that the election semantics are over, we look forward to getting down to business on the high priority agriculture issues that impact all of us,” said Gunter Jochum, President.
It is inherent in a minority government to find common ground to move legislation forward. Grain farmers have many critical issues facing them that require the attention of all parties, most notably:
- International trade barriers have blocked trade with many countries. We look forward to working with all political parties to find viable solutions;
- Infrastructure barriers such as the Port of Vancouver logistics with rail, bridges, port and ship movement;
- The impact of a carbon tax on farmers and recognizing the modern agriculture methods that have been adopted such as carbon sequestering and low-till seeding.
“It is crucial that we quickly resolve these issues or Canada’s agriculture industry will suffer greatly,” stated Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel, SK Director.
The Wheat Growers stand ready to represent our member needs and work diligently on these issues. We await the appointments of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food as well as the agriculture critics and initiating ongoing relationships with all of them.
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.