Canada – Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers of Agriculture Readout of Meeting

Today, Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) Ministers of Agriculture met to discuss key areas of interest for Canada’s agriculture sector.

May 2, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Today, Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) Ministers of Agriculture met to discuss key areas of interest for Canada’s agriculture sector. The meeting was an important precursor in the lead up to the Annual Conference in July, and helped to progress Ministers’ ongoing work together to advance sustainable growth and competitiveness of Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector.

Areas discussed included progress on the Next Agricultural Policy Framework (NPF), the successor to the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, which expires on March 31, 2023. Ongoing exchanges will set the stage for the upcoming Multilateral Framework Agreement (MFA) signing, which will see the realization of the Guelph Statement.

This shared vision of FPT Ministers of Agriculture will position our agri-food producers, processors and others in the sector for continued success as world leaders in sustainable agriculture, and enable a globally competitive sector. The vision promotes sustainable growth in agriculture, both economically and environmentally, by creating the conditions for Canadian businesses to meet evolving challenges of the interconnected domestic and global marketplace. To further promote sustainability in agriculture, Ministers discussed the need for action on climate change, and opportunities for the sector to lower emissions while maintaining and enhancing sector competitiveness.

Ministers, who stand united with Ukraine, also spoke about their ongoing concerns around global food supplies, food security and the supply of essential inputs, including fertilizers. Ministers discussed how to help maximize Canada’s contribution to global food supply. They also recognized the multiple strains this is causing on the agricultural and agri-food system from producers to consumers, and agreed to work together to stabilize the supply chain wherever possible.

Ministers discussed industry progress on a code of conduct for the food retailers and suppliers. The purpose of the code of conduct is to ensure that conditions are in place in Canada for all supply chain partners to prosper. The Ministers thanked the industry committee for their recent report, recognized the significant work underway, and will invite representatives of the industry to present a concrete action plan to Ministers at the next Ministers’ meeting in July.

Given the unprecedented year for highly pathogenic Avian Influenza globally, Ministers remain aligned that there is an ongoing need to continue to work together to prevent further spread of the disease and minimize the impact on industry and trade.

The prevention of and preparedness for the threat posed by African swine fever (ASF) was also discussed. Governments agreed to continue to cooperate and collaborate in order to prevent the spread of ASF from entering Canada and agreed to advance readiness to respond and support the sector’s recovery in case of an ASF outbreak. 

Ministers will next meet in July, at their 2022 Annual Conference in Saskatoon Saskatchewan.

Prime Minister’s Interaction with the Indian Community in Germany


Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed and interacted with the Indian community in Germany at the Theatre am Potsdamer Platz, Berlin. More than 1600 members of the vibrant Indian community in Germany consisting of students, researchers and professionals participated in the event. Prime Minister noted their contribution to Germany’s economy and society and enthused them to contribute to India’s “Vocal for Local” initiative by promoting Indian products globally.




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Canada – Ministers Guilbeault, Bibeau and MP Briere to highlight measures in Budget 2022 to support clean air and a strong economy

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, will highlight funding under Budget 2022 to support clean air and strong economy, with a focus on helping Canadians transition to electric vehicles.

Sherbrooke, Quebec – April 10, 2022 – The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, will highlight funding under Budget 2022 to support clean air and strong economy, with a focus on helping Canadians transition to electric vehicles. Member of Parliament, Élisabeth Brière, and Blair McIntosh, President and Director General of Motrec, will also take part in the announcement.

Please note that there will be an opportunity for photos for media attending on-site.

Event: Media tour

Date: Monday, April 11, 2022

Time: 11:00 a.m. (EDT)

Location: Showroom

MOTREC INTERNATIONAL INC.

Sherbrooke Industrial Park

4685 Portland Boulevard

Sherbrooke QC  J1L 0J1

Canada

Media representatives are asked to register by contacting Media Relations at Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Note: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, attending media will be asked to wear masks while inside the facility. Safety glasses will also be available, as they must be worn when touring the facility.

Kaitlin Power

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

819-230-1557

Kaitlin.Power@ec.gc.ca

Media Relations

Environment and Climate Change Canada

819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll-free)

media@ec.gc.ca

Canada – Ministers of Veterans Affairs and National Defence commemorate Battle of Vimy Ridge

Ottawa, ON – In the early stages of the First World War, Germany captured Vimy Ridge in northern France and turned it into a strong defensive position.

Ottawa, ON – In the early stages of the First World War, Germany captured Vimy Ridge in northern France and turned it into a strong defensive position. With its complex system of tunnels and trenches, and a heavy arsenal of machine guns and artillery pieces, the Germans established a nearly impenetrable fortress that the Allies struggled to overtake. Hundreds of thousands of Allied troops would be killed or wounded in unsuccessful assaults on Vimy Ridge in 1914 and 1915.

By the spring of 1917, with Europe having been at war for more than two-and-a-half years and neither side gaining significant ground, a major attack was planned for April in the area around Arras, France.

It would fall to the Canadians to capture Vimy Ridge.

For the first time, all four divisions of the Canadian Corps would fight together as one formation. After spending all winter strengthening the lines, preparing for the assault and training rigorously, the first wave of between 15,000 and 20,000 Canadian soldiers attacked on the morning of 9 April 1917.

In the first phase of the assault, Canadian battalions suffered great numbers of casualties as they came up against fierce and deadly machine gun fire. But by noon of that first day, most of the heavily defended ridge was captured and by 12 April, the Allies commanded the heights overlooking the Douai Plain.

In remembering the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Canadians are encouraged to reflect on the heroism and sacrifices of those who fought so hard to help secure peace in Europe during the First World War.

Quotes


“Despite the enormous losses suffered by the Canadian Corps in the Battle of Vimy Ridge, they achieved a victory that still today is remembered as one of Canada’s most important military accomplishments. At a time of great instability in the world, we honour the memory of all those who fought and died at Vimy Ridge by pledging to do everything we can to preserve and protect the peace and freedom that their sacrifice helped to give us.”

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

“The bravery and sacrifice demonstrated by Canadian soldiers during the Battle of Vimy Ridge contributed to one of the most significant Allied victories of the First World War. The courageous actions of Canadians in uniform during the great conflicts of the first half of the 20th century, and those of Canadian Armed Forces members in more recent years, have helped ensure that peace and freedom remain pillars of Canadian society. Lest we forget.”

The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence

Associated links:

veterans.gc.ca/canadaremembers

Contacts:

Media Relations

Veterans Affairs Canada

613-992-7468

media@veterans.gc.ca

John Embury

Director of Communications

Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs

john.embury@veterans.gc.ca

Media Relations

Department of National Defence

Phone: 613-904-3333

mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca

Daniel Minden

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of National Defence

Phone: 613-996-3100

Daniel.Minden@forces.gc.ca

Canada – Ministers Champagne, Fitzgibbon and Julien to discuss electric vehicle battery ecosystem

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and Pierre Fitzgibbon, Quebec’s Minister of Economy and Innovation and Minister Responsible for Regional Economic Development, and Jonatan Julien, Quebec’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, will deliver remarks on establishing Canada and Quebec as world leaders in green vehicle manufacturing and take questions from media.

March 6, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and Pierre Fitzgibbon, Quebec’s Minister of Economy and Innovation and Minister Responsible for Regional Economic Development, and Jonatan Julien, Quebec’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, will deliver remarks on establishing Canada and Quebec as world leaders in green vehicle manufacturing and take questions from media.

Date: Monday, March 7, 2022

Time:   10:00 a.m. (ET)

Location:

Le Relais Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, GMC

9411 Papineau Avenue

Montréal, Quebec

Media participation on site
Media outlets wishing to attend the event must confirm their participation with ISED Media Relations at media@ised-isde.gc.ca by Monday, March 7, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. Media representatives are asked to arrive 30 minutes before the start of the event.

In accordance with public health guidelines, all guests will be required to sign in and provide their name and phone number for contact tracing. Guests will also be required to wear a mask at all times when indoors and in shared outdoor spaces.

Media participation by teleconference
Media outlets wishing to take part in the teleconference are asked to contact ISED Media Relations at media@ised-isde.gc.ca to receive the dial-in information.

The announcement will be live-streamed on the Canadian Innovation Facebook page.

Laurie Bouchard

Senior Manager, Communications

Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

laurie.bouchard@ised-isde.gc.ca

Media Relations

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

media@ised-isde.gc.ca

Mathieu St-Amand

Director of Communications

Office of the Minister of Economy and Innovation and Minister Responsible for Regional Economic Development

418-691-5650

Jean-Pierre D’Auteuil

Responsible for Media Relations

Communications Directorate

Ministry of Economy and Innovation

418-691-5698, extension 4868

418-559-0710 (cell)