CCA shares beef industry priorities for the 43rd Federal Election
With the 43rd Federal Election slated for Monday, October 21, 2019 the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has issued an election platform document outlining the issues and policies of importance to the Canadian beef sector. CCA positions on a variety of issues including trade, labour, research, regulatory burden and Business Risk Management (BRM) are included in the document.
Individual beef producers can continue to count on the CCA to work hard to represent them in Ottawa and to advocate on the issues and policies that are important to the Canadian beef sector. As an organization, the CCA does not take a position on any political party. The CCA will always work with whichever party forms the government of the day and for this reason, we are always focused on policy.
The CCA recognizes that the Liberal government has been well aligned with CCA policy in a number of areas, primarily on the trade negotiation front. Former Agriculture and International Trade Ministers, Lawrence MacAulay and François-Philippe Champagne, respectively, along with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, have often earned CCA’s praise for their trade successes and we have given it when it was deserved, just as we supported the positive policies of the Harper, Martin, Chretien and Mulroney governments before them. The CCA will follow the same practice of working with the new government to develop and implement policies and actions favourable to Canadian beef producers.
For example, when the Liberal Government was elected in 2015, there were nearly 150 brand new Members of Parliament, with most elected in urban/sub-urban ridings, and the rural representation concentrated east of Ottawa. The CCA worked to inform the Ministers and actively engaged broader Parliament on beef cattle producer issues. As most of rural B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Southern Ontario remained represented by Conservative MPs who know agriculture and beef issues well, the CCA worked to keep them in the loop on our positions and asked for their assistance when needed.
Members of Parliament (MPs) must represent all of their constituents. As such, MPs are typically aware of a wide variety of issues making it challenging to keep any one issue top-of-mind at all times. Producers can help create awareness about industry issues by getting to know their MP and meeting with them regularly. Taking the opportunity in these meetings to discuss industry issues and their impact on beef cattle producers, as well as offering CCA-sanctioned solutions, ensures that MPs know what action they can take to help the industry. It’s up to producers to keep reminding politicians, and Canada, what this industry means for today and the future.
The CCA offers the following tips for ‘talking to your MP’:
- Get to know your MP and ensure they know you by meeting with them regularly.
- Regular contact is a good way to keep your MP focused on issues important to you.
- Be specific when stating your needs, write down the important points to keep the conversation on track.
- Take the opportunity in these meetings to ensure that your MP knows what action they can take to help the industry.
- Momentum is a big part of achieving change in government policies. That momentum comes from one visit at a time.
- Update CCA's Ottawa staff on your interactions with MPs. This helps to increase the chances of building on that momentum to successfully influence federal policy.