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First, They Attacked Energy. Now, They Attack Agriculture

Updated: Aug 30, 2022

Canada’s radical left has been focused on destroying Canada’s oil and gas industry for the last 7 years, but it is now clear they plan to use the same tactics to destroy Canadian agriculture. This was valuable foresight shared by former Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall nearly a decade ago which we are seeing play out today.


Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government recently released a policy framework that outlines significant reductions in ag-based emissions, which specifically includes a plan to see a 30% reduction in the use of nitrogen fertilizer. This would devastate Canadian agriculture and the livelihoods of many of my constituents.


I am proud to be the fifth generation to farm in Alberta’s Special Areas and we work hard to be stewards of the land to maintain it for the future, while also helping feed the world. Unfortunately, this is seen to be offensive to the eco-radicals who have the ear of the decisions makers in Ottawa. These decision makers have recently shared a vision for significant ag-based emission reductions that would hamper our nation’s ability to produce the crops and goods needed to feed ourselves and the world.


The Liberals have waffled back and forth on what their fertilizer reduction policy would entail. The current details are troubling, but also unclear and ill defined. In recent weeks, the Federal Minister of Agriculture, Marie-Claude Bibeau, said they would consult with producers and provinces but clearly expect those outcomes to fit with their expectations. That’s not consultations, that’s imposition. Thankfully a couple of days ago, the Minister finally backtracked and changed course by saying her policy would not require a mandated reduction in fertilizer use and further, claimed it was a simply a matter of being “misunderstood.”


Were the Liberals and this Minister misunderstood? No, they were not. They simply cannot be trusted when it comes to matters like this. The evidence of which is shown by the treatment of Canada’s the oil and gas sector. Against the will of the provinces, and in some cases, even breaking promises made during elections, Canada’s left has forged ahead with a devastating array of policies, including forcing the carbon tax on provinces, passing pipeline killing Bill C-69 & tanker ban Bill C-48, pursuing an emissions cap on energy development, and creating an environment that is downright hostile to natural resource investment & development. On fertilizer reductions, they may have claimed to have backed down, but the evidence and precedent suggests it won’t be for long.


To be clear, fertilizer reductions harms Canadian farmers, including many constituents, by forcing farmers to produce less, affecting the economics of being able to survive, and actually causing long term harm to the environment. And the so called “innovations” like crop rotation, soil testing, and variable rate application that the Minister brags about adopting, in many cases, have been implemented for decades. It is common, best practise that makes both economic and environmental sense for producers. And further innovations are always welcome, and as a farmer, I can assure our federal Ag Minister these innovations are best implemented by the experts in the field, not bureaucrats in Ottawa.


There is another issue: this puts global food security at risk at a time where food supply chains around the world are in serious trouble. From the illegal war in Ukraine, to drought, and supply chains that are stressed leading to higher prices and shortages, these events have all jeopardized food security. Canada’s farmers have and will ensure demand for food here at home and around the world is met. Food scarcity is already a humanitarian crisis, a health concern, and an economic issue; and ensuring Canadian farmers can do what they do best needs to be the priority.


Shutting down Canadian energy destabilized Europe and funded Russia’s war machine to attack Ukraine. Similarly, if Canada continues down this path against ag, we will see global food security put at risk and that, simply put… means people could starve. Canadian farmers deserve better, it’s time for a government that puts reality before fanciful activism. Conservatives get it, let’s let farmers farm… it’s what’s best for them, it’s what’s best for Canada, and it’s what’s best for the world.

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Membre inconnu
03 oct. 2022

Firstly. we swing voters, who are mainly centre right, are tired of being labeled lefties or radical left, etc. There is no radical left in Canada. Why would you create more division with such disinformation? How do you expect me to vote for your Party next time when you say such nonsense and further mislead our fellow Canucks? Regarding energy, we all know about the Climate Change crisis and what causes it. That's a no-brainer and Alberta should have seen the "writing on the wall" at least20 years ago and started re-investing into other green energy production to be prepared to replace their main income from Oil with things like Hydrogen production and other "clean energy" production. You need…

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Membre inconnu
25 août 2022

From the MD of Wainwright. This week I heard stories of federal employees for the left trespassing on Saskatchewan farmers properties to check nitrogen levels in dugouts. Stories also about a cricket factory in Ontario that will be used to create protein for a new kind of food quite like the already existing Beyond Meat. The left is clear on their own goal of eliminating cattle in the name of climate change. Clause Schwab the head of the World Economic Forum has clearly stated that he controls more than half of the Liberal government in Canada among many other nations and leaders. Agenda 2030 is a real thing and is not meant for anyones good but for empowering the unelecte…

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Membre inconnu
03 oct. 2022
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"the truly evil goals" belong to those who don't want change for the sake of the betterment of other people's lives. As a lifelong Conservative voter, I had to become a swing voter bc of that type of mentality. For those of us who" dig deep" into an issue, we understand the facts. So, we see that "the truly evil goals" belong with the Conservatives now. Even getting rid of O'Toole showed us how you can't even support a leader that is close to "the Centre of the political spectrum". For me, it showed just how "unbalanced" the Conservatives have become as they trend closer and closer to the far-right. Heck, you folks replaced O'Toole with a guy who supporte…

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teddybear369963
25 août 2022

Damien, your article is right on. This Trudeau Liberal government needs to crash. They are doing everything they can to destroy Canada.

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Membre inconnu
03 oct. 2022
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Explain exactly what you mean by saying "doing everything they can to destroy Canada"? As a swing voter, I see Trudeau doing the best of all of them. I just want to know why you think that way -ie: so I can see if the other side of this makes sense. So far, to sum it up in a few words, I've mainly heard people saying they don't like Human Rights and Freedoms that the mainstream society supports. Obviously, my statement captures a lot of other issues that threaten Canada, but I'm trying to keep this short.

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