Press releases

2016

Mar 23, 2016
PDF Version   The following was sent to Transport Minister Marc Garneau on March 23, 2016:   The transportation of prairie grain by rail is a critical element in Canada’s economy. The consequences of its success or failure are measured in the billions of dollars annually. The costs...
Mar 17, 2016
The Federal Budget will be tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2016. The National Farmers Union (NFU) presented its recommendations to the House of Commons Finance Committee during its pre-budget consultation process. The NFU is calling for the budget to: Rebuild agriculture institutions through...
Mar 15, 2016
(March 15, 2016, Guelph, ON) - Emery Huszka of Florence, Ontario was chosen as the new National Farmers Union - Ontario President, NFU National Board member, and NFU Region 3 Coordinator at the Annual General Meeting held March 5 in Kingston, Ontario   As membership continues to grow, the NFU-...
Mar 14, 2016
March 14, 2016   The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada House of Commons Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6   Email: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca   Dear Prime Minister:   RE: Meeting Canada’s Paris Agreement commitments in tackling climate change and...
Mar 10, 2016
   The National Farmers Union has endorsed the LEAP Manifesto. “2016 is a Leap Year, when we add a day to our calendars to bring them into sync with the earth’s revolution around the sun. Because it’s easier to change our human systems than to change the laws of nature...
Mar 1, 2016
(March 1, 2016 - Saskatoon) - The statutory review of the Canada Transportation Act was tabled in Parliament on February 25, 2016. The eighteen-month review required by the Act was initiated in June 2014.   “The CTA Review was carried out by the previous government’s appointees,...
Feb 24, 2016
The National Farmers Union was saddened by news of Cathleen Kneen’s death on February 21, 2016. “Cathleen Kneen was a cherished friend of the NFU,” said Jan Slomp, NFU President. “Her leadership in the food movement was pivotal. She was like a rock, standing up for food...
Feb 9, 2016
(February 8, 2016 –Saskatoon) – The National Farmers Union (NFU) was one of several crop-related farm groups who met with federal Agriculture Minister MacAulay at a round-table meeting in Saskatoon today. The Minister’s consultation with stakeholders followed his announcement that...
Feb 5, 2016
(February 5, 2016, Winnipeg) - ‘’Sowing Seeds: A European Perspective’’ features Claudia Schievelbein of Germany and Guy Kastler of France. Both European farmers are affiliated with La Via Campesina (LVC), the world-wide farmers’ movement for dignity and social justice...
Feb 4, 2016
PDF version of the letter   February 4, 2016     The Right Hon. Justin Trudeau Prime Minister of Canada House of Commons Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6   Email:  justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca   Dear Prime Minister:   Re: Government should use Bank of Canada for financing...
Feb 4, 2016
(February 4, 2016 - Fredericton) - After meeting with Minister Horsman in October 2015, the National Farmers Union in NB is still awaiting a response regarding changes to farm vehicle registration in NB.   NB farmers pay the highest farm vehicle registration fees in the Maritimes. ...
Feb 4, 2016
Organisme de fermiers attend encore une réponse du gouvernement après cinq mois   (4 Fev. 2016 -Fredericton) - Après une rencontre avec le ministre Horsman en octobre 2015, l'Union nationale des fermiers au N.-B. attend encore une réponse concernant les changements à l'immatriculation...
Feb 4, 2016
Op Ed by Jan Slomp (published in the Western Producer, February 4, 2016) The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanism gives foreign corporations the right to sue our government if they believe their future profits will be reduced as a result of democratically...
Feb 1, 2016
(Deleau, MB, February 1, 2016 ) - The National Farmer Union (NFU) is working with the Manitoba government to develop new ways for the province’s farmers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, and to reduce the impacts of climate change on our farms. The NFU, along with other...
Jan 20, 2016
PDF version of the letter   January 20, 2016   The Honourable Ralph Goodale House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6   Email:  ralph.goodale@parl.gc.ca   Dear Minister Goodale,   Re:  Public Audit of Canadian Wheat Board’s Assets and their Disposition to G3...
Jan 14, 2016
(January 14, 2016, Denfield) The National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) would like to challenge the statement recently attributed to Dianne Saxe, Ontario’s new Environmental Commissioner (ECO), in which she called for an end to diesel fuel subsidies, including for farm fuel. Coloured...

2015

Dec 15, 2015
Fredericton (December 15, 2015) - The National Farmers Union in New Brunswick is calling on the Liberal government for transparency and accountability with regards to the forced leave and termination of the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Eilish Cleary. “The provincial government’s...
Dec 15, 2015
(Fredericton) - L'Union nationale des fermiers au Nouveau-Brunswick demande au gouvernement libéral de faire preuve de transparence et d'imputabilité en lien avec la démission forcée et le licenciement de la Dre. Eilish Cleary, Médecin-hygiéniste en chef. « L'examen des options...
Dec 4, 2015
(December 4, 2015) The Alberta government recently introduced Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act, which, if passed, will require farms with one or more paid employees to carry Workers Compensation insurance. The National Farmers Union supports Bill 6, which is currently...
Dec 4, 2015
Op Ed by Toby Malloy   I have the good fortune of living and working in a rural community and I have also had the privilege of working with individuals and families whose livelihoods depend on farming and ranching. In addition to this, I am proud to be a member of a multigenerational farming...