Opposition Agriculture and Food Committee to host meeting in Cranbrook


For Immediate Release
June 6, 2016

Opposition agriculture and food committee to host meeting in Cranbrook

VICTORIA The Opposition Standing Committee for Agriculture and Food is hosting a meeting in Cranbrook on June 14 from 9 to 12 p.m. to give local stakeholders an opportunity to discuss ideas about agriculture, food and food security with elected officials of the B.C. Legislature.
The Opposition Standing Committee for Agriculture and Food’s mandate is to examine, inquire into and make recommendations with respect to an agriculture and food policy for British Columbia.

The non-partisan opposition committee is made up of six MLAs: committee chair Lana Popham, co-chair Vicki Huntington, Robin Austin, Raj Chouhan, Katrine Conroy and Nicholas Simons.

In 2001, the B.C. Liberal government dismantled the Select Standing Committee for Agriculture,” said Popham. “Since then, there had been no official voice in the legislature for farmers and food stakeholders.

“Since its inception in 2014, the Opposition Standing Committee for Agriculture and Food has been able to renew a voice for farmers and food stakeholders in the legislature by being a resource for people to reach out to and by travelling the province to hear concerns and ideas that can be brought back to the legislature.”

Presenters will have approximately 10 minutes each to present ideas to the committee – and the committee will give those in attendance time to ask questions of the committee.

“Come present your ideas to the Opposition Standing Committee for Agriculture and Food so that we can bring your views, concerns, insights and inspiration into the B.C. Legislature and advocate on your behalf as we aim to strengthen agriculture and food practices in B.C.,” said Popham.


When: Tuesday, June 14, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Best Western Hotel, 1019 Cranbrook St. N., Cranbrook

Who: Members of the B.C. Legislative Assembly and the Opposition Standing Committee for Agriculture and Food: MLAs Lana Popham, Vicki Huntington, Robin Austin, Raj Chouhan, Katrine Conroy and Nicholas Simons.
           
More information is available at www.bcagcom.ca

To reserve a presentation slot, please contact Samuel Godfrey at Samuel.Godfrey@leg.bc.ca or (250) 479-4154


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