Category: Canadian Agriculture Policy

CFA calls federal tax announcement a “step in the right direction”

By: RealAgriculture News Team

October 16, 2017

The federal government’s announcement that it will reduce the small business tax rate over the next two years and cancel plans for new restrictions...Read more »

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Liberals drop plan to restrict lifetime capital gains exemptions

By: RealAgriculture News Team

October 16, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Small Business and Tourism Minister Bardish Chagger took a quick trip to...Read more »

U.S. dairy request a ‘non-starter,’ says ag minister

By: Kelvin Heppner

October 16, 2017

A G7 ag minister family photo —
Canadian Ag Minister Lawrence MacAulay (6th from left) between his counterparts from the U.S. and Italy following this weekend’s G7 ag meeting in Italy.

American requests for changes to Canada’s supply management system for dairy and poultry are a “non-starter,” said Canada’s agriculture...Read more »

U.S. tables dairy proposal in NAFTA talks

By: RealAgriculture News Team

October 13, 2017

The U.S. introduced its much-anticipated proposal regarding dairy during NAFTA negotiations on Friday, although it did not contain an explicit...Read more »

Four scenarios if Trump tries to pull out of NAFTA

By: Kelvin Heppner

October 13, 2017

President Trump signing an executive order for “Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America” on April 25th, 2017. USDA photo by Preston Keres.

The tone surrounding the negotiations to update NAFTA has taken a gloomy turn, especially for agriculture, with a growing consensus that there’s a...Read more »

From the show ring to the tax file

By: Bernard Tobin

October 12, 2017

What does the show ring at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin and Liberal tax proposals have in common? Depending on the day and the country,...Read more »

Energy East pipeline cancellation an opportunity lost for rural Canada

By: Shaun Haney

October 12, 2017

A pipeline worker inspects a pipeline (source: CEPA).

Last week TransCanada Corp announced its withdrawal from the 1.1 million barrel per day Energy East pipeline project in Canada. The cancellation of...Read more »

Seeing safety as the ‘sustainability imperative’

By: RealAgriculture News Team

October 10, 2017

Gord Winkel, facilitator for Alberta’s AgCoalition on farm safety.

Gord Winkel’s occupational history revolves largely around Alberta’s oil sands, having managed operations for Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil and...Read more »

U.S. expected to come out swinging in round four of NAFTA talks

By: Shaun Haney

October 7, 2017

The first three rounds of the three city touring NAFTA talks have seen many handshakes, a few trials balloons and agreement on predictable texts....Read more »

Ottawa launches consultations on TPP deal with remaining members

By: Kelvin Heppner

October 2, 2017

Global Affairs’ headquarters in Ottawa.

After months of very little public activity on the Trans-Pacific Partnership file, the Canadian government says it wants to know what Canadians think...Read more »

A young farmer’s letter to Bill Morneau

By: Guest Author

October 2, 2017

(photo courtesy Stewart Skinner)

Editor’s note: This letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau was submitted to RealAgriculture by Stewart Skinner, a young pig farmer from Listowel,...Read more »

MacAulay downplays impact of proposed tax changes

By: Kelvin Heppner

September 29, 2017

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay continues to downplay the potential impact of the Liberals’ proposed tax changes, despite widespread...Read more »

Questions linger about U.S. commitment to completing new NAFTA deal

By: Kelvin Heppner

September 28, 2017

Mexico’s Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, and U.S. Trade Secretary Robert Lighthizer making their closing statements after round three of NAFTA talks in Ottawa.

Negotiators are trying to ignore the politics and noise surrounding their attempt to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, but the big...Read more »

Progress made on agriculture text in 3rd round of NAFTA talks

By: Kelvin Heppner

September 26, 2017

Negotiators have made some progress on agriculture-related topics during the third round of NAFTA negotiations in Ottawa this week. A full day of...Read more »

No mention of dairy yet in NAFTA talks

By: Kelvin Heppner

September 26, 2017

Dairy and supply management have yet to be formally discussed in the renegotiation of NAFTA, with the third round of talks set to wrap up on...Read more »