October 26, 2021: Ottawa, ON – On behalf of the Grain Growers of Canada (GGC), we would like to congratulate Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the appointment of the new Cabinet announced this morning. We are pleased to see that the Minister with whom we have worked most closely in the past several years – Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Marie-Claude Bibeau – will continue to serve the sector.
“It’s good news for our industry that several of the key ministers we have been working with will remain in place for this parliamentary session,” says GGC Board Chair Andre Harpe. “We will leverage our existing relationships with these strong leaders and federal allies to continue the important work we have been doing on behalf of our members.”
“This is a critical time for our industry, as we address ongoing issues that affect Canadian grain farmers as well as new issues stemming from the impact of this year’s drought,” says GGC Board 1st Vice Chair William Van Tassel. “We look forward to our ongoing engagement with Minister Bibeau and other key Ministers, like the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, to best position our industry to capitalize on its growth potential, and help drive Canada’s post-pandemic recovery.”
GGC is also looking forward to establishing relationships with new Ministers in key portfolios. “One of the major priorities for our federal government in the next session of parliament will establishing aggressive plans to meet Canada’s climate goals,” says GGC Board 2nd Vice Chair Brendan Phillips. “We look forward to working with Minister Guilbeault on engaging farmers as allies in realted initiatives.”
We represent one of Canada’s most important industries,” says GGC Executive Director Erin Gowriluk. “Having a strong partnership with the federal government is the only way our industry can reach its potential and continue to strengthen and enhance the lives of all Canadians.”
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Grain Growers of Canada provides a strong national voice for over 65,000 active and successful grain, oilseed and pulse producers through its 15 provincial, regional and national grower groups. Our mission and mandate are to pursue a policy environment that maximizes global competitiveness and to influence federal policy on behalf of independent Canadian grain farmers and their associations.