The Canadian government may have seen some change after the election, but to producer organizations like the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), it doesn’t change the fact that they need to be at the table, working with whomever else is there.
“I think it’s about what was expected, and as the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, we work with all parties,” says Fawn Jackson, senior manager for government and international relations for the CCA. “We congratulate the Liberals and all other MPs who will be headed to Ottawa and we look forward to working with them.”
Members of Parliament Marie-Claude Bibeau, Luc Berthold, and Alistair MacGregor were all re-elected, and the CCA will continue to work closely with them, Jackson says they will look to the new faces too, to improve understanding of the Canadian beef industry.
One of the major promotional events for the Canadian beef industry is what the CCA calls “Fall Fly-in,” where beef producers meet with MPs, and ag and trade committee representatives in Ottawa.
“It’s a continual dialogue, and we work on the issues that are important to beef producers, and that are also of course important to our members of parliament, because the Canadian beef industry is a big driver in the Canadian economy.”
When it comes to major issues for cattle producers now, Jackson says trade and labour are top of mind, pointing to CUSMA/USMCA, trade with China, and access into Europe.
Hear RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney in discussion with Fawn Jackson of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, discussing the recent election of a minority government, top issues in the Canadian beef industry, and how CCA will respond to enquiries around climate change and the environment.