CALGARY, AB (November 5, 2015) – The Barley Council of Canada (BCC) congratulates Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his new cabinet ministers who were officially sworn in yesterday in Ottawa.
“On behalf of BCC, I would like to congratulate the newly elected government and look forward to working closely to advance the interests of everyone in the agri-food value chain,” said BCC chairman Brian Otto.
Lawrence MacAulay was appointed federal minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and will be P.E.I.’s representative in the federal cabinet.
“Our board is eager to develop strong relationships with Minister MacAulay along with the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport and the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade,” said Otto. “Given the challenges faced by growers, handlers and industry—we plan to continue working closely with the federal government to create an efficient, predictable and reliable rail transportation system.”
The BCC will also be advocating that the government recognize the merits for agriculture of the newly negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and will encourage them to support and seek ratification.
“For the barley industry and our members, the TPP is a big deal and one that we need,” said Otto. “We remain optimistic that this new government will support this trade agreement—enabling Canadian exporters the ability to continue to grow and remain competitive in the global economy.”
The council looks forward to working with the federal government to ensure continued growth and economic prosperity for the entire barley value chain.
“Agriculture is a dynamic, challenging and innovative industry and with every challenge we see great and exciting opportunities,” said Otto. “The future remains bright for Canadian agriculture,” said Otto.
The Barley Council of Canada (BCC) is Canada’s voice for barley. The BCC board includes members from all provincial barley and producer commissions, malting and brewing sector, feed and livestock industry, select grain handling companies and the barley research and seed community.
For more information, please contact:
Manager, Communications and Stakeholder Relations
Barley Council of Canada
p: (403) 219-6263