The candidates: in their own words

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The Review asked the six candidates in the federal Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale riding how their government would support programs and initiatives to help Canadian farmers compete? Here's what they had to say...

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Ben Cowie, Independent

Sustainability is the key to our success as a country, as we move into a century that will be burdened with rising pollution levels and climate change. I believe organic farming is the next major step toward better agriculture. Farmers in our riding should be encouraged to adopt organic and no till practices. The costs for converting to an organic operation should be initially subsidized by the government, while concurrently developing an education program to encourage consumers to eat more organic foods. Consumers will enjoy the health benefits of organic foods and our farmers will benefit by elimination of fertilizer and pesticide costs. Sit down in front of your computer tonight and do some reading on the benefits of eating organic and you'll be convinced to make the switch too!

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Gordon Guyatt , NDP

Agriculture demonstrates the problems with the corporate world that is the darling of both Conservative and Liberal parties. In 2004, 75 Agri-Biz Corporations - many of them near-monopoly giants - made record or near record profits while Canadian farmers struggled.

All the wealth in the food system is being siphoned off by a few very large players.

The situation could get worse with threats to Canada's system of market boards. The Liberals have dithered about taking a strong line on maintaining marketing boards at World Trade Organization negotiations. The NDP would never negotiate away this made-in-Canada solution that provides equity in the market place.

The NDP supports farmers in their battles with monopolistic companies that are making big profits while family farms face increasing financial pressure.

In areas where it is necessary, the NDP would establish regulatory boards that would give farmers tools to fight back against the large corporations.

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Jamil Ghaddar, Marxist-Leninist

Family farms face a huge struggle to exist, let alone compete.

Urban expansion, farmland loss, GMOs and seed sharing are all issues where the farmers have not been empowered to decide how to build an agricultural industry that is sustainable, environmentally friendly and locally owned for the benefit of society.

I encourage everyone to check the website of the National Farmers Union (www.nfu.ca), an organized collective of Canadian farmers fighting on all these issues.

The needs of farmers must be met. The only guarantee for our rights is that we ourselves decide.

Put agricultural and rural communities at the forefront of deciding their own affairs!

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David Januczkowski, Green Party

A healthy farming sector is one of the core objectives of green economics since farmers feed our cities.

The Green Party will work to ensure that supply management systems provide stable domestic markets, viable farm incomes and easier market access for specialty and organic producers, yet permit continued unregulated production by smaller and mixed family farms that sell to their local markets.

We would shift government supported research away from biotechnology and energy intensive farming towards more sustainable methodologies and organic food production.

The Green Party would adapt food safety and other regulations and work with provincial governments to provide area exemptions with locally adopted regulations to: support small and medium size farmers and food processors, build and strengthen local food economies and increase Canada's ability to become self sufficient in food production.

We would reform the regulatory environment to offset corporate concentration, eliminate international dumping and allow seed saving.

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Russ Powers, Liberal

The Liberal Party of Canada has been working hard to create new opportunities for agricultural producers, including:

supporting innovation through science and research

striving to level the playing field for Canadians at the World Trade Organization

ensuring that farmers benefit from new opportunities and

continuing to provide business risk management tools such as Production Insurance.

In November, our government announced $755 million in assistance for grain and oilseed producers. This was in addition to the $1-billion program we announced in the Farm Income Payment Program. Federal-provincial programs were $4.9 billion in 2004 and are expected to top $5 billion for 2005.

Farmers today help preserve the environment, protect our natural resources and create jobs. That is why the Liberal Party of Canada is taking action to continually modernize our agricultural sector, to build a future for our rural communities and to protect our consumers.

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David Sweet, Conservative

During this campaign and the last one, I've had the privilege of speaking with many producers and growers in our riding. Our local farmers help make Canada's food supply the envy of the world. During this holiday time, we enjoy the goodness of their bounty.

Yet, our farmers are concerned about the future of their farms.

The Liberals have failed to defend our farmers and have simply reacted from crisis to crisis. Grain farmers in Ontario are facing an unprecedented crisis because of unfair trading practices.

The farmers of the ADFW riding have quality, efficient operations. They can compete globally provided they have a level playing field. A Conservative government will work towards eliminating harmful trade barriers to provide that equal opportunity.

A Conservative government will also support supply management and its goal to deliver high quality products to consumers for a fair price, with a reasonable return to the producer.

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Review readers are invited to suggest questions for the "In Their Own Words" feature, which will run weekly until the federal election on January 23.

To have your question considered, please forward it to editor@flamboroughreview.com or fax it to 905-689-3110. Please include complete contact information, including your name, telephone number and address.

The candidates: in their own words

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The Review asked the six candidates in the federal Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale riding how their government would support programs and initiatives to help Canadian farmers compete? Here's what they had to say...

* * *

Ben Cowie, Independent

Sustainability is the key to our success as a country, as we move into a century that will be burdened with rising pollution levels and climate change. I believe organic farming is the next major step toward better agriculture. Farmers in our riding should be encouraged to adopt organic and no till practices. The costs for converting to an organic operation should be initially subsidized by the government, while concurrently developing an education program to encourage consumers to eat more organic foods. Consumers will enjoy the health benefits of organic foods and our farmers will benefit by elimination of fertilizer and pesticide costs. Sit down in front of your computer tonight and do some reading on the benefits of eating organic and you'll be convinced to make the switch too!

* * *

Gordon Guyatt , NDP

Agriculture demonstrates the problems with the corporate world that is the darling of both Conservative and Liberal parties. In 2004, 75 Agri-Biz Corporations - many of them near-monopoly giants - made record or near record profits while Canadian farmers struggled.

All the wealth in the food system is being siphoned off by a few very large players.

The situation could get worse with threats to Canada's system of market boards. The Liberals have dithered about taking a strong line on maintaining marketing boards at World Trade Organization negotiations. The NDP would never negotiate away this made-in-Canada solution that provides equity in the market place.

The NDP supports farmers in their battles with monopolistic companies that are making big profits while family farms face increasing financial pressure.

In areas where it is necessary, the NDP would establish regulatory boards that would give farmers tools to fight back against the large corporations.

* * *

Jamil Ghaddar, Marxist-Leninist

Family farms face a huge struggle to exist, let alone compete.

Urban expansion, farmland loss, GMOs and seed sharing are all issues where the farmers have not been empowered to decide how to build an agricultural industry that is sustainable, environmentally friendly and locally owned for the benefit of society.

I encourage everyone to check the website of the National Farmers Union (www.nfu.ca), an organized collective of Canadian farmers fighting on all these issues.

The needs of farmers must be met. The only guarantee for our rights is that we ourselves decide.

Put agricultural and rural communities at the forefront of deciding their own affairs!

* * *

David Januczkowski, Green Party

A healthy farming sector is one of the core objectives of green economics since farmers feed our cities.

The Green Party will work to ensure that supply management systems provide stable domestic markets, viable farm incomes and easier market access for specialty and organic producers, yet permit continued unregulated production by smaller and mixed family farms that sell to their local markets.

We would shift government supported research away from biotechnology and energy intensive farming towards more sustainable methodologies and organic food production.

The Green Party would adapt food safety and other regulations and work with provincial governments to provide area exemptions with locally adopted regulations to: support small and medium size farmers and food processors, build and strengthen local food economies and increase Canada's ability to become self sufficient in food production.

We would reform the regulatory environment to offset corporate concentration, eliminate international dumping and allow seed saving.

* * *

Russ Powers, Liberal

The Liberal Party of Canada has been working hard to create new opportunities for agricultural producers, including:

supporting innovation through science and research

striving to level the playing field for Canadians at the World Trade Organization

ensuring that farmers benefit from new opportunities and

continuing to provide business risk management tools such as Production Insurance.

In November, our government announced $755 million in assistance for grain and oilseed producers. This was in addition to the $1-billion program we announced in the Farm Income Payment Program. Federal-provincial programs were $4.9 billion in 2004 and are expected to top $5 billion for 2005.

Farmers today help preserve the environment, protect our natural resources and create jobs. That is why the Liberal Party of Canada is taking action to continually modernize our agricultural sector, to build a future for our rural communities and to protect our consumers.

* * *

David Sweet, Conservative

During this campaign and the last one, I've had the privilege of speaking with many producers and growers in our riding. Our local farmers help make Canada's food supply the envy of the world. During this holiday time, we enjoy the goodness of their bounty.

Yet, our farmers are concerned about the future of their farms.

The Liberals have failed to defend our farmers and have simply reacted from crisis to crisis. Grain farmers in Ontario are facing an unprecedented crisis because of unfair trading practices.

The farmers of the ADFW riding have quality, efficient operations. They can compete globally provided they have a level playing field. A Conservative government will work towards eliminating harmful trade barriers to provide that equal opportunity.

A Conservative government will also support supply management and its goal to deliver high quality products to consumers for a fair price, with a reasonable return to the producer.

* * *

Review readers are invited to suggest questions for the "In Their Own Words" feature, which will run weekly until the federal election on January 23.

To have your question considered, please forward it to editor@flamboroughreview.com or fax it to 905-689-3110. Please include complete contact information, including your name, telephone number and address.

The candidates: in their own words

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The Review asked the six candidates in the federal Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale riding how their government would support programs and initiatives to help Canadian farmers compete? Here's what they had to say...

* * *

Ben Cowie, Independent

Sustainability is the key to our success as a country, as we move into a century that will be burdened with rising pollution levels and climate change. I believe organic farming is the next major step toward better agriculture. Farmers in our riding should be encouraged to adopt organic and no till practices. The costs for converting to an organic operation should be initially subsidized by the government, while concurrently developing an education program to encourage consumers to eat more organic foods. Consumers will enjoy the health benefits of organic foods and our farmers will benefit by elimination of fertilizer and pesticide costs. Sit down in front of your computer tonight and do some reading on the benefits of eating organic and you'll be convinced to make the switch too!

* * *

Gordon Guyatt , NDP

Agriculture demonstrates the problems with the corporate world that is the darling of both Conservative and Liberal parties. In 2004, 75 Agri-Biz Corporations - many of them near-monopoly giants - made record or near record profits while Canadian farmers struggled.

All the wealth in the food system is being siphoned off by a few very large players.

The situation could get worse with threats to Canada's system of market boards. The Liberals have dithered about taking a strong line on maintaining marketing boards at World Trade Organization negotiations. The NDP would never negotiate away this made-in-Canada solution that provides equity in the market place.

The NDP supports farmers in their battles with monopolistic companies that are making big profits while family farms face increasing financial pressure.

In areas where it is necessary, the NDP would establish regulatory boards that would give farmers tools to fight back against the large corporations.

* * *

Jamil Ghaddar, Marxist-Leninist

Family farms face a huge struggle to exist, let alone compete.

Urban expansion, farmland loss, GMOs and seed sharing are all issues where the farmers have not been empowered to decide how to build an agricultural industry that is sustainable, environmentally friendly and locally owned for the benefit of society.

I encourage everyone to check the website of the National Farmers Union (www.nfu.ca), an organized collective of Canadian farmers fighting on all these issues.

The needs of farmers must be met. The only guarantee for our rights is that we ourselves decide.

Put agricultural and rural communities at the forefront of deciding their own affairs!

* * *

David Januczkowski, Green Party

A healthy farming sector is one of the core objectives of green economics since farmers feed our cities.

The Green Party will work to ensure that supply management systems provide stable domestic markets, viable farm incomes and easier market access for specialty and organic producers, yet permit continued unregulated production by smaller and mixed family farms that sell to their local markets.

We would shift government supported research away from biotechnology and energy intensive farming towards more sustainable methodologies and organic food production.

The Green Party would adapt food safety and other regulations and work with provincial governments to provide area exemptions with locally adopted regulations to: support small and medium size farmers and food processors, build and strengthen local food economies and increase Canada's ability to become self sufficient in food production.

We would reform the regulatory environment to offset corporate concentration, eliminate international dumping and allow seed saving.

* * *

Russ Powers, Liberal

The Liberal Party of Canada has been working hard to create new opportunities for agricultural producers, including:

supporting innovation through science and research

striving to level the playing field for Canadians at the World Trade Organization

ensuring that farmers benefit from new opportunities and

continuing to provide business risk management tools such as Production Insurance.

In November, our government announced $755 million in assistance for grain and oilseed producers. This was in addition to the $1-billion program we announced in the Farm Income Payment Program. Federal-provincial programs were $4.9 billion in 2004 and are expected to top $5 billion for 2005.

Farmers today help preserve the environment, protect our natural resources and create jobs. That is why the Liberal Party of Canada is taking action to continually modernize our agricultural sector, to build a future for our rural communities and to protect our consumers.

* * *

David Sweet, Conservative

During this campaign and the last one, I've had the privilege of speaking with many producers and growers in our riding. Our local farmers help make Canada's food supply the envy of the world. During this holiday time, we enjoy the goodness of their bounty.

Yet, our farmers are concerned about the future of their farms.

The Liberals have failed to defend our farmers and have simply reacted from crisis to crisis. Grain farmers in Ontario are facing an unprecedented crisis because of unfair trading practices.

The farmers of the ADFW riding have quality, efficient operations. They can compete globally provided they have a level playing field. A Conservative government will work towards eliminating harmful trade barriers to provide that equal opportunity.

A Conservative government will also support supply management and its goal to deliver high quality products to consumers for a fair price, with a reasonable return to the producer.

* * *

Review readers are invited to suggest questions for the "In Their Own Words" feature, which will run weekly until the federal election on January 23.

To have your question considered, please forward it to editor@flamboroughreview.com or fax it to 905-689-3110. Please include complete contact information, including your name, telephone number and address.