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Scheer adds Barlow to shadow cabinet

John Barlow

John Barlow

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer tapped Foothills MP John Barlow for the party’s shadow cabinet.
Barlow is shadow minister of agriculture and agri-food for the Official Opposition.
“I am honoured to serve as shadow minister of agriculture and agri-food,” Barlow said in a news release. “As shadow minister of agriculture and agri-food with the Official Opposition I look forward to working closely with the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector and continue to build on the important relationships we have established with industry leaders across our great country.”
Barlow previously held the role as associate shadow minister of agriculture and agri-food as well as shadow minister of employment, workforce development and labour.
“As Conservatives, we believe it is fundamental to develop policies that work with our agriculture sector — not against it — to allow farmers, ranchers and processors to do what they do best, which is to innovate, prosper and continue being stewards of their land and water, animal care champions and providers of safe, sustainable and healthy food to Canadians and customers around the world,” Barlow said. “We know farm families are a critical pillar of the rural economy, proud conservationists, and work tirelessly to put the best quality food on our tables.”
Barlow said Canadian agriculture has “incredible” potential and needs advocates who will ensure farmers and agriculture businesses have the support and the tools they need to be successful.
The Foothills MP said under the Liberal government there are challenges facing the Canadian agriculture sector that need to be immediately addressed.
“The importance of good trade relationships for Canada’s agriculture sector cannot be understated,” Barlow said. “More than half of the agri-food products grown in Canada are exported, making Canada’s agricultural sector one of the most trade-dependent in the world.”
“This means not only is market access critical to ensure success for Canada’s farmers and producers, but also predictable and dependable transportation for agricultural products is essential as well.”
Barlow said he will continue to advocate for the removal of non-tariff trade barriers, reopen critical markets, reduce taxes, improve transportation infrastructure, and support farmers and producers who face mental health challenges.
“Additionally, I will be working closly with my colleagues as well as farmers, ranchers, food processors and industry leaders across Canada to identify both national and regional priorities for the sector.”

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