NDP disappointed by absence of Agriculture Minister at UPA Congress

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 2, 2015

NDP DISAPPOINTED BY ABSENCE OF AGRICULTURE MINISTER AT UPA CONGRESS

OTTAWA – New Democrats were disappointed to learn today that the federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay will not attend the meeting of the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA). The Minister was supposed to give a speech and answer members questions today, but cancelled due to time constraints.

“We understand that a Minister’s schedule at the beginning of their mandate can be very busy, especially when he’s dealing with things like the Transpacific Partnership and reciprocity of border standards,” said NDP Agriculture and Agri-Food critic Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier-Maskinongé). “But precisely because the TPP and reciprocity of standards are hot topics at the moment, meeting with members of the UPA should be a priority.”

The UPA represents more than 42,000 agricultural producers in Quebec. Their 91st General Congress is being held from December 1st to 3rd and hundreds of producers will be there.

“I hope the federal Agriculture Minister finds a way to meet with representatives of the UPA in the coming weeks because he said he would collaborate with stakeholders in the field before making decisions. I can’t help but find it unfortunate that he missed such an important opportunity to answer questions of UPA members,” said Brosseau.

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For more information, please contact:

Jonathan Gauvin, Legislative Assistant to the MP: 613-293-5245 or ruthellen.brosseau.a2@parl.gc.ca