Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux and MP Strahl Hold Pre-Budget Roundtable with Farmers in Chilliwack

Wed Jan 9, 2013 8:44pm EST

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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

January 9, 2013 - 08:44:33 PM

Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux and MP Strahl Hold Pre-Budget
Roundtable with Farmers in Chilliwack

CHILLIWACK, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 9, 2013) - Pierre Lemieux,
Parliamentary Secretary (PS) to the Minister of Agriculture, met with farmers
in the Chilliwack area today to get their input on agriculture policies and to
discuss ideas to generate future growth and economic prosperity. Member of
Parliament Mark Strahl (Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon) hosted the roundtable

"Our government is focused on policies that create jobs, economic growth, and
long-term prosperity for all Canadians," said PS Lemieux. "Meetings like this
allow our government to work directly with farmers to develop innovative
programs that will ensure agriculture remains a key driver of the Canadian

PS Lemieux highlighted the successful year it has been for the grain industry
with the open market for wheat and barley farmers coming into force August 1,
2012. The Canadian government introduced amendments to the Canada Grain Act,
which will streamline and modernize the operations of Canada's grain industry,
and announced the Fair Rail Freight Service Act, which will encourage railways
and shippers to work together toward a stronger rail freight supply chain and
a stronger economy.

In partnership with the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada
is working to approve and implement projects under the AgriFlexibility
Agreement to revitalize ranching in British Columbia and create long-term
benefits for the tree fruit industry. The recently announced Growing Forward 2
suite of programs will invest in strategic initiatives in innovation,
competitiveness, and market development to further strengthen the sector's
capacity and earnings potential from a growing marketplace for Canadian
agricultural products. Canadian families will also have a stronger food safety
system thanks to the passage of the Safe Food for Canadians Act. 

"Our government knows how important agriculture is to the economy,
particularly here in British Columbia," said MP Strahl. "We are listening to
farmers so our programs and priorities continue to meet their needs, today and
into the future." 

The Government will continue to invest in market development, market access,
research, science, and innovation to keep Canadian farmers efficient and
competitive, while providing predictable, stable, and bankable programs to
help farmers weather disasters.

This roundtable was part of ongoing pre-budget consultations with farmers and
agricultural stakeholders.

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

Jeff English
Press Secretary
The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz