Recently, Brian Pallister and the Progressive Conservatives once again turned their backs on the Manitoba agriculture industry.
On Aug. 28, the PCs called Growing Forward 2 (GF2), the next federal-provincial-territorial agreement on agriculture, “non-essential.” First they demanded the province cut $550 million indiscriminately across the board, and now they think that a partnership between the governments of Canada and Manitoba is not worth investing in.
I want Manitoba farmers to know that my NDP colleagues and I disagree with the Tories’ vision of cuts.
We heard clearly from farmers that they want government to invest in their future by maintaining important business risk management programs, such as AgriInsurance, as well as innovation, research and on-farm infrastructure. That is what GF2 does.
GF2 will support Manitoba’s farmers in finding new markets for their product and will help Manitoba food processors bring their innovative food products to grocery store shelves locally, nationally and internationally.
It will also affirm farmers and conservation districts in their continued efforts to protect the environment.
I support GF2 and I am disappointed Brian Pallister’s PCs still prioritize short-sighted cuts over the services Manitoba farmers and food processors count on.
NDP MLA for Interlake
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 9, 2013