Category: Politics

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 »

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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 »

It’s been a rough fall for Trudeau and agriculture

By: Shaun Haney

December 18, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Justin Trudeau/

Even though rural Canada voted Conservative, I personally had some hope for the Trudeau government. For me it was a case of giving them the benefit...Read more »

Canadian farm groups and ethanol producers very positive about Clean Fuel standard

By: RealAgriculture News Team

December 15, 2017

The Canadian government has outlined its long-awaited Clean Fuel Standard (or CFS), which Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says will allow...Read more »

Talking election strategy with OFA’s Keith Currie

By: Bernard Tobin

November 22, 2017

For decades, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture has provided pointed advice to provincial politicians seeking to win power in the country’s most...Read more »

From taxation to trade, how is the Trudeau brand holding up?

By: RealAgriculture News Team

November 21, 2017

(Justin Trudeau/

With taxation troubles, trade missteps and realigning political forces across Canada’s political landscape, it appears Prime Minister Justin...Read more »

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 »

Ontario minimum wage hike ‘devastating’ to horticulture producers

By: RealAgriculture News Team

October 2, 2017

Photo: Debra Murphy, 2017

In May, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that the province would see three hikes in general minimum wage over 18 months. The first increase...Read more »

Canadian cattle industry receives over $4 million in federal investment

By: RealAgriculture News Team

September 15, 2017

Debra Murphy, 2016.

The Canadian cattle industry will receive a $4.4 million boost in federal investments. Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities and Member of...Read more »

Gerry Ritz announces he’s moving on from federal politics

By: RealAgriculture News Team

August 30, 2017

Gerry Ritz

Former agriculture minister Gerry Ritz is leaving federal politics. Ritz, 66, plans to announce he will step down as MP for Battlefords-Lloydminster...Read more »

MacAulay remains in place after Liberal cabinet shuffle

By: RealAgriculture News Team

August 28, 2017

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue in Toronto on June 5, 2017 (Photo: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced changes to the Ministry, Monday, with a federal cabinet shuffle that will see the Ministry of Indigenous and...Read more »