Opposition launches farm survey

For Immediate Release

Aug. 2, 2012

Queen’s Park – Ontario’s Official Opposition, through Agriculture Critic and Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman, has released a survey to look at the steps government should take to support farmers across the province.

“We are committed to working with farmers,” said Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett. “This survey will identify the challenges affecting farmers from different parts of the province and in different sectors. We have to be sure rural Ontario is represented at Queen’s Park and that farmers concerns are dealt with.”

With the results of the survey, Hardeman and Barrett will continue to hold the government to account as well as develop policy proposals aimed at strengthening Ontario’s agriculture industry.

“I’ve heard a lot from farmers about their concerns that over-regulation is preventing the growth of their business,” said Hardeman. “To stay competitive against an ever-changing global economy, farmers must focus on growing top-quality food, not getting caught up in bureaucratic red tape. Through this survey, I hope to identify specific regulations that should be reviewed.”

The survey will give farmers the opportunity to articulate what they need to ensure their farm is competitive and sustainable.

Barrett is inviting farmers to participate in the survey and share their concerns and experiences. Those who wish to complete the online survey can do it by clicking here. If you would like a hard copy of the survey please call MPP Barrett’s office at: 519-428-0446, 905-765-8413 or 1-800-903-8629 or email at toby.barrett@pc.ola.org.

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For more information, contact MPP Toby Barrett