The Minister of Agriculture for Canada is doing little for Agriculture. It’s clear that he is not someone with influence in the Trudeau cabinet. Health Canada has moved on several agriculture issues and Minister MacAulay is nowhere to be found. Issues such as the proposed ban on the neonicotinoid soil and seed treatments, and proposed changes to animal transport, have been dumped out on the Ag community without proper consultation or science and MacAulay is missing in action.
Liberal political spin and special interest groups are taking precedence over any kind of scientific decisions and these are setting terrible precedents for the future.
As well, the Finance Minister is moving to take away the tax deferral on grain cheques, which is a financial management tool that producers have used for decades. Again, this was done without notice, without consultation and apparently without the Ag Minster playing any role in the decision. And, since then, he has been silent.
Producers need better leadership on this file and unfortunately we aren’t going to get it from this Minister.
David Anderson, MP