Anti-Western sentiment and cronyism is alive and well in the Federal Agriculture Ministry. Some things really do never change.
Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay's new Chief of Staff is Mary Jean McFall.
Who is Mary Jean McFall? She's a failed liberal candidate getting a soft landing into a comfy government job. This is nothing new. This is the Liberal way. Marlo Raynolds got the same reward.
But there is more. McFall's family has a direct connection to Canada's largest egg producer, Burnbrae farms. It's reported that the family owns $140 million worth of egg quota. Her family may benefit from the Liberal Government's decisions about supply management. And supply management is a huge issue in the Agriculture Sector. There was a compensation package announced for supply managed sectors like dairy, eggs and poultry as part of Canada's trans pacific partnership agreement.
Imagine if Stephen Harper had appointed someone like Russ Girling, the CEO of TransCanada Pipelines, to be the Chief of Staff to the Natural Resources Minister? The Liberal outcry would be deafening. Apparently, conflicts of interest are different when Liberals do it. But there is even more coming out of the Agriculture file.
There is only one member of parliament from the entire prairie region on the House of Commons Agriculture committee. It's Conservative Chris Warkentin from the Alberta riding of Grande Prairie-Mackenzie. That’s it. The region that produces more canola than anywhere else in the world, the breadbasket of the nation, gets one MP to represent them on the House of Commons Agriculture Committee.
To compare, on the Fisheries and Oceans committee, seven out of ten members are from maritime regions. But that's the way it should be. Maritime issues like Fisheries need maritime representation. It's glaringly obvious that the Liberals feel like Prairie issues need Eastern problem solving. Same old Liberals.
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