Federal farm politicians lining up for debate

UPDATED, Sept. 29 — Canada’s incumbent agriculture minister and three of his federal critics are so far confirmed for a pre-election debate on farming issues later this month.

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture, working with media partner (and operator of this website) Glacier FarmMedia, will host the national agriculture leaders’ debate on Sept. 30 in Ottawa.

Western Saskatchewan Conservative MP and incumbent minister Gerry Ritz is confirmed to attend, as are the New Democrats’ lead agriculture critic, Niagara-area MP Malcolm Allen; the Liberals’ agriculture critic, Nova Scotia MP Mark Eyking; Ottawa-area Green Party candidate Andrew West; and Monteregie-area Bloc Quebecois candidate Yves Lessard.

The debate, the CFA said, “will highlight issues facing Canadian farmers and give an opportunity for each party to outline its platform positions as they pertain to Canada’s farm and food future.”

Debate questions will come from Canadian farmers in pre-recorded video clips.

Farmers can pre-register at the CFA website, either to attend the event at Ottawa’s Fairmont Chateau Laurier from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, or to watch the live webcast.

Public affairs channel CPAC plans to televise the farm debate at a later date.

Video of the event will also be available across the Glacier FarmMedia online network after Sept. 30. — AGCanada.com Network


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