RE: Maple Leaf and the shortage of pigs — Why doesn’t the NDP government address the main source of pollution in the lakes?
When the moratorium on new hog barns was announced, they held hearings around Manitoba to speak for or against the ban.
I spoke to the board in Killarney representing the RM of Morton. I did some research on pollution in the Red River and the biggest polluter by far (up to 70 per cent at times) was the City of Winnipeg.
In the fall of 2011, Winnipeg was caught putting millions of litres of improperly treated sewage into the river. In a meeting I had with Stan Struthers, I asked if the government was going to fine the city, and he replied “our lawyers are looking in to it.”
I also made the point that it was not fair to spend taxpayers money advertising on the radio about how the government is cleaning up the lakes by regulating the hog barns when they are not the real culprits.
The hog farmers have rules for spreading manure that are among the strictest in the world and that is a good thing.
In business, you either go forward or back — there is no standing still. If the moratorium stays on indefinitely, the hog industry in Manitoba will die.