Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Federal-provincial ag. Ministers meet

Steve Crocker of Newfoundland and Labrador hosted a meeting of federal and provincial agriculture ministers this week, but other than that, there’s little that has been revealed about their discussions.

The communique issued at the end said only that they talked about a new deal on shared programs and funding and about the importance of free trade, both within Canada and with other nations.

There has been no indication from any of the recent meetings about what the sticking points are for a new cost-sharing suite of programs for “business risk management,” meaning price supports and subsidies.

There was also no word on the friction points on free inter-provincial trade. For example, they have been mum about ending the ban on trading chickens between Ontario and Quebec or allowing farmers to buy quotas from farmers in another province.