Western Canadian Wheat Growers Review Federal Political Parties Ag Policy

With the call of the federal election, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers asked each of the registered parties six questions that we thought would be of interest to our members and specifically prairie grain farmers.

On August 20, 2021, the following questions were sent to each party. As of September 14, 2021, we heard back from four parties. Should other parties submit their answers, we will update the survey.

The six 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. International trade is a key factor for prairie farmers. What is your party’s position on free and competitive markets, including the elimination of export subsidies, the reduction of trade-distorting domestic support and reducing tariffs and non-tariff barriers that inhibit foreign market access?
  3. Will your party support the reporting of daily / weekly grain and oilseed export sales?
  4. Moving grain and oilseeds to market is vital for the entire food supply chain. Farmers depend on a modern transportation infrastructure to move seed and fertilizer as well as the export of grain. What are 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. The current regulatory process for the approval of agricultural innovations that make farmers more profitable and sustainable is slow and burdensome. What will your party do to expedite a science-based regulatory approval process for the introduction of new technologies, including the adoption of genetically modified crops?
  6. The current government has called for a 30% reduction in fertilizer emissions. Currently, there is no plan of how to achieve this, without a 30% reduction in the use of fertilizer. What will your government do with this proposal?