• If you are having problems logging in please use the Contact Us in the lower right hand corner of the forum page for assistance.

Liberals fighting Packers ?

Help Support Ranchers.net:

HAY MAKER

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 13, 2005
Messages
8,789
Reaction score
0
Location
Texas
Wed 22 Jun 2005

OTTAWA - With two U.S. food giants controlling over 80% of Canada’s beef market, the NDP says it’s time the federal government stood up to the packers. NDP Agriculture Critic Charlie Angus says that during the BSE crisis in Canada, Cargill Foods Limited and Tyson Foods have made record profits while Canadian farmers have seen their equity wiped out by low cattle prices. After two years, the packers have solidified their control over the beef industry on both sides of the U.S. / Canadian border. The result is bad news for producers.

“We are living through the worst agricultural crisis in memory, and all this government can do is to offer bandaid solutions to farm families. Meanwhile, Cargill and Tyson are making out like bandits. It’s time this government stood up for farm families and took on these agri-giants.”

Angus says the packer’s profits are obscene in times when many Canadian ranchers are facing record levels of debt. Last summer, Alberta’s Auditor General concluded that Cargill, Lakeside (Tyson) and XL Foods saw profit margins jump 281% over the previous year. This spring, packer margins remain at these all-time highs, while the beef prices paid to farmers are still very low.

Angus says the long-term crisis facing agriculture is not BSE, but potential predatory pricing and a virtual monopoly of Canadian cattle markets by the U.S. giants.

“Our farmers are living under a U.S. corporate cattle monopoly. And what do you do with monopolies? You break them up," said Angus. "It’s not good enough to talk about encouraging alternative slaughter capacity. We need to put some real teeth into government policy that will ensure that the producers are given a fair shake when they have to deal with Cargill and Tyson.”

Angus challenged the Agriculture Minister to set up a regulatory body that will ensure farmers are not exploited by the meat packers when they bring their cattle to market.
 

Big Muddy rancher

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 10, 2005
Messages
22,021
Reaction score
234
Location
Big Muddy valley
I can see you moving to Canada and becoming a Liberal or NDP. You would fit right in with that bunch Haymaker. Remember to bring you "BOYTOY" with you.
 

HAY MAKER

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 13, 2005
Messages
8,789
Reaction score
0
Location
Texas
Big Muddy rancher said:
I can see you moving to Canada and becoming a Liberal or NDP. You would fit right in with that bunch Haymaker. Remember to bring you "BOYTOY" with you.

You better get outside and start getting some work done boy,winter be along faster than you think ,and here you sit with nothing done as usual.......good luck
 

Big Muddy rancher

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 10, 2005
Messages
22,021
Reaction score
234
Location
Big Muddy valley
Just had some company leave and headed out the door to bale. Fairly heavy dew so have to let some come off before wrapping it up tight. Also baled to 11 PM last night. How late do you bale?
 

HAY MAKER

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 13, 2005
Messages
8,789
Reaction score
0
Location
Texas
Big Muddy rancher said:
Just had some company leave and headed out the door to bale. Fairly heavy dew so have to let some come off before wrapping it up tight. Also baled to 11 PM last night. How late do you bale?


I dont have to bale at dark,of course I dont sleep till noon either :wink: .......good luck
 

rkaiser

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 14, 2005
Messages
1,958
Reaction score
0
Location
Calgary Alberta
Are these comments by Angus Liberal, or reality.

Once again the branding of left wing, right wing to suit the needs of the brander.
 

redriver

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 9, 2005
Messages
194
Reaction score
0
Location
se mb
HAY MAKER said:
Wed 22 Jun 2005

Angus challenged the Agriculture Minister to set up a regulatory body that will ensure farmers are not exploited by the meat packers when they bring their cattle to market.

As if the bloody NDP would do anything different.
Why would the government regulate Tyson and Cargill? Ranchers can't afford the bribes that those two are paying.
 

adventureman

Active member
Joined
Jul 8, 2005
Messages
36
Reaction score
0
Location
Saskatchewan
Got forbid if the hippies (NDP) got into power. I hate what the Liberals are doing with our country, but the NDP sure as hell aint the ones to fix it. Anyways I think it is pretty funny that it took like what 10 years to approve the merger of some banks, and man the uproar it caused. All of the agribusinesses merge and form oligopolies, and no one makes a sound until it is too late. Thats how important the West and farmers are to those in Ontario. Are we getting ripped off by the packers, yes, but cattle aren't worth anything, only beef really has value. All the more reason to support the local slaughter plant initiatives whenever possible.
________
Daihatsu Pyzar specifications
 

Latest posts

Top