The October 21 federal election changed the electoral map in Canada with a minority Liberal government holding 157 seats – 13 seats short of a majority.
Cabinet member Marie-Claude Bibeau, the federal agriculture and agri-food minister won her Quebec riding of Compton-Stanstead. Former agriculture minister Lawrence MacAulay also won his Prince Edward Island riding of Cardigan. He is the longest-serving MP in PEI history. Conservative ag critic Luc Berthold also kept his Mégantic-L’Erable seat in Quebec. NDP ag critic Alistair MacGregor retained his Cowichan-Malahat-Langford seat in British Columbia.
These roles may change when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces his new cabinet on November 20. There’s plenty of work ahead as the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) points out in its congratulatory news release.
CPMA looks forward to working with the Liberal minority government and all Members of Parliament to raise awareness of the importance of our sector and to address the key priorities of Canada’s fresh fruit and vegetable industry, including:
- - Securing financial protection for produce sellers;
- - Ensuring access to labour;
- - Reducing the use of unnecessary and problematic plastics;
- - Developing an agriculture and agri-food data strategy;
- - Bolstering Canada’s crop protection toolbox;
- - Expanding access to export trade markets;
- - Supporting small businesses through the Small Business Deduction;
- - Harmonizing spring weight restrictions across the provinces; and
- - Implementing a whole-of-government National Food Policy, led by the Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council.
“CPMA will continue to advocate for our members’ interests and looks forward to meeting with parliamentarians at our 2020 Farm to Plate event in February, as well as our 2020 Fall Harvest event in November,” noted the release. The produce industry and supply chain has an economic impact of $17.4 billion in real GDP (2018).
Source: Canadian Produce Marketing Association October 23, 2019 news release