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CFA hosts agriculture leaders’ debate Sept 9


September 7, 2021
By Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Pre-pandemic, Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector employed 2.3 million Canadians; that’s one-in-eight jobs, making it the second largest employer in the country.

The importance of the future of the sector will be debated this Thursday with the Canadian Federation of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Leaders Debate. Sponsored exclusively by Food, Health & Consumer Products of Canada, it brings together the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, as well as the Agriculture Critics from each national party, to debate questions that focus on the priority issues for Canadian farmers.

Contributing over $140 billion in GDP each year, the sector is a critical component of the national economy. As an essential service, agriculture could be a powerful economic engine for Canada’s recovery and provide solutions to the fight against climate change.

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CFA members and Agri-Food stakeholders across Canada “look forward to hearing each party’s respective position on agricultural policy,” states the press release.

CFA’s 2021 National Agriculture Leaders’ Debate Participants:

  • NDP – MP Alistair MacGregor, Critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food
  • CPC – MP Dave Epp
  • BQ – MP Yves Perron, Critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food
  • LPC – The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

CFA says they will not be providing the debate questions to media or the debate participants in advance.


CFA is the country’s largest national general farm organization. Founded in 1935, CFA works on behalf of Canada’s farmers to ensure the continued development of a vibrant agriculture and agri-food industry in Canada. Members include provincial general farm organizations as well as national and inter-provincial commodity organizations. Through its membership, CFA represents over 200,000 Canadian farm families.