Understanding Our Past and Present: Designing Our Future
Canada’s Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Governments are now negotiating the next agricultural policy framework, recently launching consultations with stakeholders in the agri-food sector. However, many involved in the current process may not be aware of the history and context that has led to the current approach and the benefits of a strong FPT accord on agriculture and agri-food.
CAPI commissioned Douglas Hedley to write this Perspective report to chart the history that set the stage for the current consultations and offer his views on why a renewed FPT agreement is needed now more than ever. With a distinguished career at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, including serving as Assistant Deputy Minister for Farm Financial Programs from 2001 to 2004, he was at the table during many difficult negotiations that led to the first Agricultural Policy Framework.