Press releases

2018

Feb 21, 2018
Letter of Solidarity  to Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement, Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST)   The National Farmers Union (NFU) of Canada expresses deep sadness over the murder of Márcio Matos (Marcinho), leader of the MST in the state of Bahia, Brazil, on January...
Feb 13, 2018
(February 13, 2018, Red Deer, AB) – On February 15, 2018 the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case, Orphan Well Association, et al. v. Grant Thornton Limited, et al., also known as the Redwater Appeal. The case involves the bankruptcy trustee of an oil company, Redwater Energy Corp. that...
Jan 10, 2018
  SASKATOON, SK:  The National Farmers Union (NFU) offers condolences to the family of Shiv Chopra, who passed away on January 7, 2018.  Many will remember him as the Health Canada whistleblower who was fired from his job for speaking out against the use of growth hormones to...

2017

Dec 21, 2017
(December 21, 2017, Courtenay, BC) -- The National Farmers Union (NFU) stands in solidarity with British Columbia fishing communities and the Save our BC Fisheries Campaign. We call on the Canadian government to make urgently needed reforms to Pacific fisheries management and licensing policy....
Dec 20, 2017
By Jan Slomp When BC’s new government was sworn in last spring many hoped for a renewed respect for Treaty Rights and First Nation communities. The promise to have the BC Utility Commission report on the construction plans of Site C was encouraging. When the report was issued in October,...
Dec 19, 2017
By Ian Robson   For over 100 years, the Port of Churchill on Hudson Bay was the gateway to northern Manitoba and communities in Nunavut Territory. Served by 820 kilometres of railway line from La Pas, Manitoba, it shipped western grain to European markets until the Port was stranded, then...
Dec 4, 2017
The National Farmers Union (NFU) is participating in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The campaign started on November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and continues until International Human Rights Day on December 10.   “We stand in...
Dec 1, 2017
(Parksville, BC – Dec. 1, 2017) – The approval process for Site C Dam is in its final stages in the context of the ambiguous conclusions of the British Columbia Utility Commission’s (BCUC) Site C Final Report and support expressed by construction and hydro labour unions for...
Nov 25, 2017
(Ottawa, November 25, 2017) - Coral Sproule was elected President of the National Farmers Union at the 48th Annual National Convention held in Ottawa November 23 to 25, 2017. Results of the national officers elections are as follows: Coral Sproule of Perth, ON, elected President Katie Ward of...
Nov 9, 2017
To the Editor After 5 years of the loss of the Canadian Wheat Board, farmers have turned back the clock 100 years. The farmers missed the boat by letting both the Saskatchewan Party and the federal Tories get rid of the CWB -- at what cost to them?   Commodity prices posted publicly are...
Oct 24, 2017
by Douglas Campbell   The National Farmers Union (NFU) is alarmed by the rate at which P.E.I. farmland is being transferred to large corporate interests. Islanders, especially those in rural communities, know that all around them, land is being transferred generally in non-transparent...
Oct 16, 2017
(Media release: Harare, 16th October 2017)  -- Today, on the International Day of Action for Peoples' Food Sovereignty and against Transnational corporations, La Via Campesina officially launches its new publication "Struggles of La Via Campesina for Agrarian Reform and the Defense of...
Oct 10, 2017
by Stewart Wells   In 2014, a longtime advocate for grain trade deregulation and a former researcher for the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association was quoted in the ag press as saying “I don’t remember one serious conversation about market power and the dangers it imposed....
Oct 5, 2017
(October 5, 2017 - Ottawa) – The federal government has mandated the Minister of Agriculture to “develop a food policy that promotes healthy living and safe food by putting more healthy, high-quality food, produced by Canadian ranchers and farmers, on the tables of families across the...
Sep 28, 2017
Since the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed more than two decades ago, our awareness of climate change has dramatically changed and our window of time for addressing it has shortened. NAFTA and other agreements that are part of the global trade regime have been used to...
Sep 28, 2017
Depuis la signature de l’Accord de libre-échange nord-américain (ALÉNA), il y a plus de deux décennies, notre prise de conscience des changements climatiques s’est considérablement développée et le temps disponible pour y remédier s’amenuise. L’ALÉNA et les autres accords...
Sep 22, 2017
by Jan Slomp, National Farmers Union President   The federal government is proposing changes to the Income Tax Act aimed at collecting revenue from corporations that are using certain measures as loopholes to shelter profits from being taxed at the same rate as other Canadians’ income....
Sep 21, 2017
(September 21, 2017 - Saskatoon) - Major portions of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) are coming into force today. “This is the wrong trade deal for Canadian and European citizens,” said Terry Boehm, Chair of the National Farmers Union (NFU)...
Sep 14, 2017
PDF Version Letter   OTTAWA (September 14, 2017) - Today a group of national organizations issued an open letter to the Canadian government championing the swift and uncompromising implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Climate Change and Clean Growth.    In the letter,...
Sep 12, 2017
(September 12, 2017 - Saskatoon) -  The National Farmers Union (NFU) supports and urges Members of Parliament to vote in favour of Bill C-262, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, which calls upon the Canadian government to fully adopt and...