National Newswatch

All that remains to be seen is whether voters care enough about this to defrock Trudeau

Sep 19 2019 — John Ivison — The reaction on the streets of Saint-Hyacinthe to Justin Trudeau’s recurring tendency of blacking up for his own amusement was subdued. It seems we do not expect much of our politicians, so we are rarely disappointed. There were expressions of exasperation about the mud-slinging that has characterized this campaign. By and large, though, an unscientific […]

Religion and politics: How Andrew Scheer might find his JFK moment

Sep 14 2019 — John Milloy — In a recent opinion piece, National Post columnist John Ivison encouraged Andrew Scheer to directly confront those trying to portray him as an ultra-conservative Catholic harbouring a secret agenda to ban abortion and curb LGBTQ rights. Ivison suggested Scheer adopt the strategy used by John F. Kennedy during the 1960 election campaign. Trying to reassure voters […]

Employment department plans to discuss changes to foreign workers program with farm groups

Sep 12 2019 — Alex Binkley — No specific proposals have been outlined yet.   Ottawa—The Employment Department says it’s planning to engage farm organizations and workers about key issues involving the hiring of foreign workers to fill vacant jobs in the agrifood sector. The announcement provided no details on how or when engagement would be held. Their focus would be on […]

Sanitary and phytosanitary barriers to U.S. agricultural exports to be investigated

Sep 10 2019 — Alex Binkley — U.S. looking for grounds to push for market openings.   Ottawa—Canadian trade observers should be keeping a close eye on a fact-finding investigation by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) looking for sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) barriers to U.S. agricultural exports. The investigation was requested by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer as part of the […]

Brexit’s Ultimate Casualty Looks to be Democracy Itself.

Sep 10 2019 — Glen Pearson — For political junkies, there’s been no time like it.  The embroiled happenings in Britain, America, and less frequently France, Germany and Russia have turned these days into a kind of madness that hasn’t been seen in decades.  The spectacle of democracy falling apart on countless screens in real time, hour upon hour, can bring one […]

DPAC says the federal government has reneged on promise of compensation for trade agreement impacts

Sep 9 2019 — Alex Binkley — Bibeau says the government is still working with the supply-managed sector.   Ottawa—Dairy processor groups across the country say the federal government has reneged on its promise to compensate their members for the economic harm that will result from the European and Pacific free trade deals and the new NAFTA when it is ratified. The […]

Government needs to address the financial plight of all farmers, AGgrowth Coalition says

Aug 28 2019 — Alex Binkley — Bibeau says the government is responding and more will be done.   Ottawa–Export-oriented farmers are facing significant market disruptions due to global trade disruptions and want the federal government to provide them with financial support as it plans to do for 11,000 Canadian dairy farmers, the AGgrowth Coalition says. The Coalition has been pushing for action for months […]

Instead of Making History, We’ve Become Entangled In it

Aug 27 2019 — Glen Pearson — The G7 in France, now concluded, held little in the way of significance. There was the odd surprise (Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s drop-in visit) and Justin Trudeau’s pledge of over half the group’s combined total to fight the Amazon forest fires, but ultimately the summit was about containing any damage instilled by the American […]

Sustainable agriculture is essential to feeding growing global population

Aug 21 2019 — Alex Binkley — Two CAPI conferences hear about lots of ideas that won’t be easy to implement.   Ottawa—Moving to sustainable agriculture practices receives plenty of platitudes but making them actually happen won’t be a simple endeavour, two conferences sponsored by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute have concluded. The conferences in Calgary and Guelph earlier this year heard […]