With a federal election campaign underway, Cam Dahl, general manager of the Manitoba Pork Council, says now is the best time for individual producers to influence policy. He is encouraging everyone involved in agriculture to engage with all of their local candidates leading up to election day.
"Now is the time when politicians are really listening, and if we want them to take agriculture issues with them when they go back to Ottawa, then we need to talk to them," said Dahl. "We need to show them how important this industry to is our province and our country, and that means we need to engage. Of course, in between elections people like me and other associations talk to our elected officials on a regular basis, but now is the time they are engaged with voters and there is no time like an election where individual voices matter more."
Dahl suggests a few ways to connect with your local candidates and discuss the issues important to agriculture.
The first, is to engage with them when they come knocking on your front door. The second, is to attend your local all-candidates forums and make agriculture the main topic of questions coming from the floor.
Click here to read Dahl's entire op-ed on engaging with local candidates, and his recommendations on the important issues.Click here to see more...