February 26th, 2020
MP MACGREGOR GETS WIN AT AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, BUSINESS RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS REVIEW ONTO AGENDA
OTTAWA – Today, NDP Agriculture and Agri-Food Critic, Alistair MacGregor (Cowichan-Malahat-Langford), was successful in having his motion adopted at the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, to perform a study of the Business Risk Management (BRM) suite of programs Canadian farmers can access for risk mitigation of issues beyond their control.
“Since the early 2000s, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has a suite of programs in place to help farmers mitigate risk and support farm business,” stated MacGregor. “But I have been hearing from many agricultural stakeholders that the BRMs are not keeping pace with the challenges faced by farmers in the 21st Century.”
As the lone-New Democrat Member on the committee, MacGregor managed to gain support for his motion, making the BRM review the first study undertaken by the Agriculture Committee in the new Parliament.
“Having just one NDP voice on the committee, it’s remarkable what we can achieve when we work together. There’s no doubt some of the programs are not meeting the needs of farmers. Hearing their first-hand account before the committee will inform our recommendations to the government for much-needed improvements.” -MP Alistair MacGregor
The study will last for six meetings, hearing from agricultural stakeholders from across Canada. It will get underway in Ottawa on Thursday, February 27, 2020.