If you are interested in learning more about how the federal parties in the 2015 election will address agricultural issues, start with this video, which outlines what took place on Sept. 30th. If you'd like to see the debate in its entirely, click here. Video: Bruce Sargent, FarmBoy Productions
Long-time Ottawa reporter and political analyst Alex Binkley provides his perspective on the debate. Video: Bruce Sargent, FarmBoy Productions
DAY OF THE DEBATE
NDP Media Scrum
Malcolm Allen, NDP agriculture critic, speaks with reporters after the debate about how current trade deals – such as CETA and the TPP – could negatively affect Canadian farmers and how his party would respond to concessions.
6 minutes 14 seconds
Conservative Media Scrum
Gerry Ritz, Conservative minister of agriculture, speaks with reporters after the debate about how his government isn’t concerned about the risk to supply management during TPP talks and how European markets could be a boon for Canadian farmers.
5 minutes 44 seconds
NDP Addresses Protestors
Malcolm Allen, NDP Agriculture critic, meets with protestors outside after the debate and talks about how his party will protect supply management and Canadian milk products.
3 minutes 31 seconds
AG LEADERS PLATFORMS
- Each candidate participating in the CFA debate was offered an opportunity to outline their party’s position on key agricultural issues. Here is how they responded.
Gerry Ritz is a Saskatchewan farmer who has served as Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food for eight years under the Harper government. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 1997.
1 minute 40 seconds
Malcolm Allen was first elected as MP for Welland in 2008. He has served as the Official Opposition critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food. He is also a lead member of the Public Accounts Committee and chairs the NDP’s Ontario caucus.
3 minutes 23 seconds
Mark Eyking is a vegetable farmer from Nova Scotia. He was first elected to Parliament in 2000. He was sworn into the Privy Council in 2003 and was given the responsibility of Agriculture and Agri Food. He currently serves as Liberal agriculture critic.
3 minutes 7 seconds
Andrew is a graduate of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law and the Attorney General Critic for the Green Party of Ontario. His law degree includes a specialization in environmental law with extensive training in resolving disputes.
2 minutes 39 seconds
Yves Lessard, of Saint-Basile-le-Grand, has been elected to the House of Commons representing the Bloc Québécois in 2004, 2006 and 2008. He has served as vice chair of the House of Commons committee for human resources and social development. He has acted as the BQ critic for development, social security and labour.
3 minutes 11 seconds
What plans does your party have to increase public investments in agricultural research in the short and long-term?
14 minutes 7 seconds
If elected, how will your party work towards ensuring Canadian farmers can address acute labour needs on a timely basis in the short-term?
15 minutes 15 seconds
If elected, what would your party do to address the lack of Canadians interested in agriculture as a career and support agriculture’s labour infrastructure over the long-term?
13 minutes 37 seconds
What approach would your government take to work with agricultural producers to promote biodiversity on working landscapes?
12 minutes 35 seconds
What will your party do to work with farmers to manage and share risk management in Canadian agriculture?
12 minutes 24 seconds
What role or support would your party provide to agricultural producers to help demonstrate continuous improvement in these areas that would contribute to agriculture’s social license?
12 minutes 5 seconds
What would your party do to ensure farmers reliant on export markets and those operating under supply management systems have the proper tools in place to thrive in the domestic and international markets?
12 minutes 55 seconds
Debate coverage - closing remarks
9 minutes 20 seconds