Category: Politics

Ontario morphs into Ford Nation— who might end up as ag minister?

By: Lyndsey Smith

June 8, 2018

It’s been a wild few months for Ontario’s provincial leaders. From the sudden resignation of the PC’s Patrick Brown in late January, to the...Read more »

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What could an NDP government bring Ontario farmers — a look back to 1995

By: Bernard Tobin

May 28, 2018

Ontario’s New Democratic Party with leader Bob Rae last governed the province from 1990-1995. Photo: Getty Images

As election day in Ontario draws near, the popularity of Andrea Horwath’s New Democratic Party is surging. What if the NDP were to win Ontario on...Read more »

Can Doug Ford make populism work in Ontario?

By: Bernard Tobin

May 19, 2018

Ontario’s provincial election is shaping up to be a two-horse race. Major polls this week show the Progressive Conservative party and Doug...Read more »

Paint the town…orange? What an NDP government could mean for rural Ontario

By: Lyndsey Smith

May 11, 2018

Andrea Horwath, leader of the Ontario NDP (Photo supplied)

Perhaps you saw it differently if you took in the televised Ontario leaders’ debate earlier this week, but from what I saw, Kathleen Wynne is done,...Read more »

C-49 taking the long route, headed back through the Senate

By: Kelvin Heppner

May 4, 2018

The grain industry will likely have to wait at least a few more weeks for passage of Bill C-49, the federal legislation containing new rules...Read more »

Sitting on the right side of the fence on a trade war with China

By: Shaun Haney

April 7, 2018

This week has been laced with trade threats, drama, and fear for agricultural commodity markets, all based on the possibility of a trade war between...Read more »

Urban Ontario gives its rural cousin a mixed review

By: Owen Roberts

March 31, 2018

Photo by Simon Carr (Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

Rural Ontario has long been seething at provincial Liberals for a list of problems it lays at their feet. Now, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture...Read more »

Alberta farm groups express support for pipeline expansion

By: Kelvin Heppner

March 16, 2018

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

Farm groups in Alberta are applauding the provincial government’s effort to advance oil pipelines, thereby taking pressure off the rail freight...Read more »

Making agriculture’s case in the Ontario election

By: RealAgriculture News Team

February 26, 2018

A coalition of Ontario lobby groups wants the next Ontario government to invest in rural communities. (L to R) Gerry Marshall, chair, Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus; Keith Currie, president, Ontario Federation of Agriculture; Robin Jones, chair, Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus; Rocco Rossi, president, Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is building support for its vision of Ontario agriculture and food and it’s banking on a new...Read more »

Mexico’s election adds more political risk to NAFTA

By: Kelvin Heppner

February 16, 2018

As if NAFTA negotiations weren’t complicated enough with trying to figure out what the U.S. administration wants, Mexico’s looming election is...Read more »

The crux of populist politics for agriculture

By: Shaun Haney

February 15, 2018

Greenhouse harvest is labour intensive and difficult to automate

Farmers and ranchers across Canada and the United States identify with a hard day’s work, family, and a life away from the hustle and bustle of the...Read more »

Scott Moe wins race to be Premier of Saskatchewan

By: RealAgriculture News Team

January 27, 2018

Scott Moe celebrates with Brad Wall (photo courtesy Sask Party)

Scott Moe has replaced Brad Wall as the leader of the Saskatchewan Party, becoming the Premier-designate of Saskatchewan. Moe received 8,075 votes...Read more »

All eyes on Canada in round 6 of NAFTA negotiations

By: Shaun Haney

January 22, 2018

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.

Round 6 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks are about to begin in Montreal, and interested parties will be gauging the mood of...Read more »

Wage hike costs Ontario hort growers $297 million over two years

By: Bernard Tobin

January 16, 2018

The Liberal government’s minimum wage hike will cost Ontario fruit and vegetable growers $297 million over the next two years. The impact on the...Read more »

The race is on — Jeff Leal talks ethanol, wages and election prospects

By: RealAgriculture News Team

December 21, 2017

Ontario Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs minister Jeff Leal Leal heads into the new year on a high note, having won industry-wide praise for pushing his government to increase the provincial ethanol mandate from 5 to 10 per cent of gasoline for 2020.

The Ontario Liberal government has had its share of challenges in 2017. For starters, Premier Kathleen Wynne’s approval rating sunk to the low...Read more »