Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

February 26, 2009 17:01 ET

Government of Canada Responds to Saskatchewan Livestock Program

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2009) - The following is a statement from Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz regarding the Government of Saskatchewan's recent livestock announcement.

"This Government has delivered more than $1 billion to Saskatchewan producers over the last two years.

"The Government of Saskatchewan raised this scheme at the federal-provincial meeting last month - every other province soundly rejected it. This kind of program cannot go forward without support from provincial governments.

"Other provinces rejected this scheme for good reason. Federal funding for this type of program would likely result in retaliation from our trading partners. The livestock industry has worked hard to open international markets and that hard work would be completely undone. Producers from Saskatchewan and across Canada could lose more money as markets slam shut than they would get from this kind of handout.

"The Government of Canada is working hard for struggling livestock producers by making sure they have the cash flow they need to weather the current economic storms and by opening marketing opportunities around the world."

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary