Alberta Politics: China’s concerns about Canadian canola are legitimate, and we’re going to have to deal with them sooner or later

PHOTOS: A field of canola at its most colourful, photographed in early August near Morinville, Alberta. Below: Farmer Ken Larsen, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland and Harper-era agriculture minister Gerry Ritz. According to the Globe and Mail, or at least one of the five apparently like-minded individuals interviewed recently by the ...

Alberta Politics: Fate of Canadian Wheat Board a disturbing harbinger for Canada’s dairy, poultry and egg farmers

PHOTOS: Tractors in the streets of Ottawa on Tuesday, their drivers protesting the Harper Conservatives’ barely concealed plans to destroy the supply-management agricultural sector. (Grabbed from @amkfoote on Twitter.) Below: Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and CCPA economist Bruce Campbell. GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alberta With the farmer-owned Canadian Wheat Board gutted by legislation ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Cataclysmic Collapse of the Con Regime

Well I think we can safely say that Stephen Harper didn't have a very good weekend.First his plans for the total destruction of Justin Trudeau at the Liberal convention failed miserably… Greg Perry/Toronto StarWhen Justin managed to get away unscathed. Beep Beep.And his designated agent of personal destruction Pierre Poilievre was left looking like an ...

Alberta Diary: That ‘market freedom’? What a surprise, it’s wiping out farmers and enriching the 1%!

Prime Minister Stephen Harper takes a group of Canadians for a ride on his fully privatized model railroad. This doesn’t actually work in real life, though. Actual Canadian prime ministers may not appear exactly as illustrated, although, if I may say so, the number on the engine comes close to getting it right! Below: Canadian ...

The Canadian Progressive: NDP MP Niki Ashton: “New Canadian Wheat Board ad symbolizes the Conservative agenda”

Tell your friends to pull offensive CWB ad: Ashton calls on Ritz to act by Niki Ashton MP (Press Release) | Feb. 6, 2013: OTTAWA – Today in question period, MP Niki Ashton (Churchill) called on Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz to pull an offensive Canadian Wheat Board ad. The ad titled Still on the Fence?, is ...

Leftist Jab: Most Delusional Politician of 2012: Gerry Ritz

Ralph Wiggum would be a better Agriculture Minister than Gerry Ritz In 2008, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz was faced with a listeriosis crisis that killed 17 people. In a conference call with bureaucrats and scientists, he joked:  This is like a death by a thousand cuts. Or should I say cold cuts. Zinger! I’m sure ...

Accidental Deliberations: On abdications of duty

Shorter Gerry Ritz: If unscrupulous businesses want to fleece Canadian suckers consumers, far be it from we Conservatives to stand in their way.

Alberta Diary: Tweetergate? Meatergate? For heaven’s sake, stop her before she Tweets again!

Alberta’s Wildrose Opposition Leader Danielle Smith Tweeting “let them eat steaks” over the worldwide web. Injudicious Alberta politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The offending Tweet; the real Ms. Smith. Alberta Opposition Leader Memo to Self: Whatever was I thinking? Whoever does Wildrose Party Leader Danielle “Marie Antoinette” Smith’s Tweeting for her – ...

Accidental Deliberations: On continued control

I’d certainly be interested to see some evidence that Conservative MPs are doing anything more than dispensing party talking points. But while there may be some better examples available, the contents of Jason Warick’s report this morning look to me to fall far short. Let’s go point by point… – At last notice, Con MPs ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Blob That Ate Canada

Sometimes I can't believe what the Cons have done to Canada. It's like a low budget horror movie eh?A movie like Zombie Nightmare with Bela Lugosi Vic Toews. Where the zombies go after your brains, and your e-mails.Or Der Con Blob, where a gelatinous mass of alien slime invades a peaceful country, eats every shred ...

somecanuckchick dot com: When is an Agriculture minister ^NOT an Agriculture minister?

Silence is golden. A proverbial saying… With respect to the Harper government, specifically the Agriculture minister and the XL Foods recall, saying nothing is preferable to speaking. For those of you keeping track… It has been 1 week and 1 day since Gerry Ritz, the Minister of Agriculture, updated Canadians on anything pertaining to the ...

Impolitical: Mercer does the beef recall

And P.S. Gerry Ritz should be fired.

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – No, the aftershocks of an e. coli outbreak which has unfortunately given both Canadians and export markets reason for concern about the safety of some of our major food sources aren’t about to end simply because the Cons are again pretending everything’s fine. And the president of the ...

Montreal Simon: Harperland and the Giant Slaughterhouse

The Con Meat Scandal has produced a lot of disturbing images. The sight of Gerry Ritz being hustled away by his handlers, after being unable to answer even a couple of questions from the media. All that ghastly shiny hamburger meat, staring out at us from every newspaper and TV set, and almost daring us to eat ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Canadians deserve answers about XL Foods beef, as company sticks its head in the sand and Alberta politicians give in to old populist ways.

TweetUntil its licence was temporarily suspended on September 27, more than one-third of Canadian beef was processed in the XL Foods plant in Brooks, Alberta. The plant processed 4000 cows a day and produces 3000 steaks each minute. The sheer size of this plant raises serious questions about the centralization of the packing industry in Canada and ...

350 or bust: 28 Hours Without Hydro: Thoughts On Thanks And Tainted Meat

Here in Canada it’s Thanksgiving Monday, when we Canucks consume turkey (or tofurkey, depending on preference), mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie a month earlier than our southern neighbours, although they also have a long weekend, thanks to Columbus Day. It’s a good thing the featured meat of this Canadian holiday isn’t roast beef, as across ...

Alberta Diary: XL Foods, Tories and a frightened, politicized inspection agency offer a textbook case of brand destruction

“If it ain’t Alberta, it ain’t beef!” Not any more, though, thanks to the efforts of Alberta politicians, companies and the federal food inspection agency. From left to right above: Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry “Cold Cuts” Ritz, Alberta Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson and Alberta Premier Alison Redford. Actual politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. ...

Montreal Simon: Gerry Ritz and the Cold Cut Cannon

Four years ago, during a Listeriosis epidemic that killed 22 Canadians, somebody created a video game called the Cold Cuts Cannon.Where you could fire cold cuts at little Gerry Ritz heads floating gently over Parliament Hill.Pop his balloon so to speak, for having had the crassness to joke about the deadly crisis during a meeting ...

Impolitical: Gerry Ritz should be fired – Part XIII

Agreed: “Mulcair demands Ritz resign over E. coli case.” Some of us have been calling for the firing of the Ritz since circa 2008, so we’re up to part 13 here on the blog. The listeriosis crisis, also occurring under Ritz’s watch and the Conservatives’ revision of meat inspection rules, should have brought, at the ...

Alberta Diary: If it’s Alberta, it ain’t goin’ across the border: time to connect the dots on XL Foods

“If it ain’t Alberta, it ain’t beef!” Alberta Beef Producers’ advertising models may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: I [HEART] [ALBERTA MAP] [BEETS]; Alberta Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson and Premier Alison Redford. Do you remember that brilliant advertising campaign, “If it ain’t Alberta, it ain’t beef”? Well, nowadays – as the continental recall of ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Alex Himelfarb nicely summarizes the price of austerity: Let me be clear that I share in the broad consensus that we must be fiscally prudent. But let’s pause on what fiscal prudence really means: It means spending wisely, reducing waste, collecting sufficient taxes to pay for the ...

Impolitical: Judge says Ritz breached Wheat Board Act

Marking the moment here with a bit of the media coverage and some highlights from the judgment. “Judge says Ritz breached wheat board act.” “Government broke the law when dismantling Wheat Board: Federal Court.“ You can read the decision of the Federal Court judge here. The order states: The Minister failed to comply with his ...

The Sixth Estate: Sixth Estate Announces Inaugural Weekly Flack Award for Worst Government Press Release

Government press releases have probably never been, shall we say, the go-to source for reasoned and well-informed commentary on the issues of the today. They are, rather, propaganda, pure and simple. But they have taken a definite turn for the worse under the Harper regime. This turn isn’t merely a decrease in critical commentary — ...

Accidental Deliberations: Too close to home

Yes, the threat of a slander suit probably had something to do with Gerry Ritz’ desperate retreat after attacking the Canadian Wheat Board. But more important is the significance of Ritz’ allegation based on what his own party has done: if one considers it theft to use quasi-public money for unapproved purposes and to promote ...

Impolitical: Ritz protests too much

“Tories slams Canadian Wheat Board legal challenge.” Methinks Ritz’s language is quite animated, not conveying the confidence of a majority government. Maybe they’re worried about the legal challenge. Or the public blow back that might be on its way. Good video at the link. Here is the main statutory provision the Wheat Board is honing ...