Brockville – Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville – Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, today noted that his Agricultural Round Table takes place on April 26 at the Roebuck Community Center. The meeting runs from 6 to 8 pm.
It features MP John Barlow, Shadow Minister of Agriculture on the Official Opposition bench.
“Agriculture has been under attack by the current government in many subtle ways,” explains Brown. “From the new Canada Food Guide which eliminates recommendations for dairy products to not protecting the supply managed sectors in trade negotiations, the trend is worrisome,” he notes.
Barlow, an Alberta MP since 2014, was previously International Trade Critic.He was appointed the Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food in August 2016 and he also sits on the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food.
Brown notes that the Conservative party has always stood up for farmers and supply- management.
“We negotiated the European Free Trade Deal and included compensation for dairy producers in exchange for access for European cheeses,” explains Brown.
However, although the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership will be beneficial for other commodities in Canada, a $4.3-billion compensation package negotiated by our former Conservative government with Canadian farm groups before the trade agreement was announced, has been abandoned by the current government, he notes.
“Canada is a trading nation,” explains Brown, “but through all the trade deals advanced by the former government supply management was protected or compensated. The current government does not seem to have the same negotiating goals.”
The meeting on April 26 will give local farmers and agri-food producers an opportunity to express their views and advise both Brown and Barlow on how the government can help agriculture.
Pre-registration is not required but would be appreciated by phone at 613-498- 3096 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.