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National agriculture leaders will debate ahead of federal election


The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) will host a national agriculture leaders debate ahead of the 2019 federal election, on Sept. 24, 2019. The debate will be streamed online from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EDT on the CFA’s Facebook and Youtube channels.

Leaders from the four main federal parties will debate the challenging issues presently facing Canadian farmers and food-processors.

The debate will be attended by MP Alistair MacGregor representing the New Democratic Party (NDP), Kate Storey, candidate for Manitoba’s electoral district of Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa and representing the Green Party, MP Luc Berthold representing the Conservative Party of Canada (CP), and current Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau representing the Liberal Party.

The debate questions will be based off of CFA’s Producing Prosperity in Canada campaign and focus on issues of economic growth, food security and environmental stewardship in agriculture.

The CFA is an agriculture advocacy organization that represents over 200,000 Canadian farm families.

Canada’s Agriculture and Agri-Food sector employs 2.3 million Canadians, according to CFA, making it the second largest employer in the country. The sector contributes over $140B in GDP each year.