Poll: If you could tell the government to focus on two areas, what would they be?

Lobbying is one way to shape public policy. Lobbying is also a long-game — where building relationships, meeting, and continuing dialogue all play a role in whose issue of the day gets put on the front burner.

A government has to decide its priorities across industries, based on its own goals and ideals, and also what it hears from Canadians. Governments then act through announcement of new programs or changes in regulations.

Right now, some in agriculture are somewhat perplexed that with all that is happening in the world and the industry that a Private Member’s Bill “protecting” supply management was up for (and passed) second reading in the House last week.

Let’s set aside for a moment that the bill is largely symbolic, as any future trade agreements can set aside this bill in its own legislation, and simply ask the question — is this really where the House and the government should be focusing its time?

We’ve collected a few of the top policy issues of the day and want your opinion. Of the list below, which two issues do you want the government to prioritize?

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