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“Don’t Yell ‘Whoa’ In A Mud Hole”: Devine’s Aproach To Tough Times In Agriculture (1982-1991)
The opportunity to focus exclusively on one area of a government’s public policy provides a greater understanding of the government’s priorities, the context in which decisions were made, and the style of governing and leadership that existed. This paper is part of a larger series that analyzes several policy areas of the Progressive Conservative government led by Premier Grant Devine from 1982-1991. These papers will form a more holistic assessment of the Devine government’s legacy and provide lessons current policymakers can utilize.
Main objectives for this study have been to examine the policy approach of the Devine government towards agriculture, focusing largely on its attempts to diversify the industry; to connect the topic of agricultural diversification to the discourse on agricultural sustainability, analyze key industry trends, and identify impending challenges; and to highlight important take-aways to inform future policy analysis and policymaking.