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Gov't Responds to Saskatchewan Programme

by 5m Editor
3 March 2009, at 7:20am

CANADA - Agriculture Minister, Gerry Ritz, makes a statement regarding the Government of Saskatchewan's recent livestock announcement.

Mr Ritz said the 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 programme cannot go forward without support from provincial governments," Mr Ritz said.

He also added that other provinces rejected the scheme for good reason. Federal funding for this type of program would likely result in retaliation from trading partners, he said. "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," Mr Ritz said.

"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," he said.