Ritz Responds to Saskatchewan Programme

CANADA – Gerry Ritz has made a recent statement regarding the Government of Saskatchewan’s recent livestock announcement.
calendar icon 27 February 2009
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"This Government has delivered more than $1 billion to Saskatchewan producers over the last two years," said Agricultural Minister Gerry Ritz.

"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."

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