Cuts leave farmers vulnerable

MP Dan Albas likes to say that he and the Conservative Party support our farmers. The facts say otherwise.

Dear Editor:

MP Dan Albas likes to say that he and the Conservative Party support our farmers. The facts say otherwise.

This month, a new Conservative federal-provincial agricultural agreement goes into effect setting the course for farming in Canada for the next five years, marking an unprecedented attack on programs designed to help farmers manage their risk — backstops necessary in tough times.

Among the shocking cuts to the business risk management (BRM) suite are cuts to AgriInvest, which helps cover income declines and provides funds to mitigate risks and invest in the farm, slashing its funding by 33 per cent.

More surprisingly, they also take a huge chunk out of AgriStability, which helps cover declines in producers’ average income from previous years, hacking off as much as $411 million a year, for a total cut of more than $2 billion over the five-year program.

With these cuts, the Conservatives are leaving producers more vulnerable when bad times hit – and doing so despite clearly hearing from farmers how valuable these programs are.

Instead of cutting red tape – they cut all the reasonable assistance farmers rely on in times of need.

These cuts to BRM come on the heels of short-sighted plans to eliminate the Agroforestry Development Centre in Indian Head and the PFRA’s Community Pasture program—which both provide essential public services for producers that don’t have viable private business models—as well as reckless cuts to food inspection, which leaves the door open to another XL Foods-like crisis.

The next time you hear Mr. Albas boast about his support for farmers, you might want to ask him about that record!

 

Frank Valeriote, MP

Liberal Party

Agriculture Critic

Ottawa

 

Just Posted

Long awaited Kelowna murder trial is scheduled to begin Monday

Stephen Pirko is charged in the killing of Christopher Ausman in 2014

Petition urges limits on retail cannabis stores in Summerland

Ban on downtown stores, increased regulations in other areas proposed

Penticton physician and family reflect passion for medicine with hospital gift

Dr. Paul Cobbin and family donate to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s campaign

Penticton gallery searching for young budding artists

A Penticton gallery is putting a call out for young artists for their next exhibition

Balcomo Lodge was built in 1906

Home on Rutherford Avenue in Summerland was owned by former reeve

VIDEO: Large dust devil swirls through downtown Chase

Residents look on as column climbs about 90 feet into the air

Check out this tax break

LETTER: Okanagan resident finds a trick to not paying taxes in Canada

Second dump site of Dungeness crab discovered in northern B.C.

DFO confident new site related to larger April 2 dump

Spot the danger before you play

LETTER: War Amps sends Playsafe message

Garden wine tasting event offers flash sale for Mother’s Day

Better Earth Wine, Cider & Spirits Tasting and Garden Party will be held May 11

Okanagan College bring hot bats to beat Dinos

The Coyotes now top the league

Northern B.C. high school student reaches 100,000 followers on YouTube

Voice actor, animator, Jericho Fortune has more than 30-million views on his channel GTAGAMER222

University mourns student who died in B.C. canoeing accident

Andrew Milner, 19, was in his second year with the University of Calgary’s basketball program

Most Read