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Minister Bibeau Leaves Canada While Illegal Blockades Cripple Agriculture Sector

John Barlow, MP, Foothills

Ottawa, ON – John Barlow, Member of Parliament for Foothills and Conservative Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food, issued the following statement questioning why Canada’s Minister of Agriculture is out of the country while illegal blockades are crippling our agriculture sector:

“Illegal rail blockades have put Canada’s economy on its knees and yet instead of standing up for farmers and trying to resolve the crisis, the Minister of Agriculture thought it was a good idea to jet to Washington to dine with diplomats.

“We have almost 100 ships waiting at the Ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert to be loaded. A backup of 20,000 grain cars are costing farmers more than $300 million, and propane shortages are critical.

“Instead of talking about Canada’s agriculture outlook in Washington, the Agriculture Minister should be at home addressing the impact these illegal blockades are having on Canada’s farmers.”

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