NDP Roundtable with Agriculture

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair and MP for Windsor-West Brian Masse speak to farmers in McGregor.

Representatives from the agriculture industry in Essex County are looking to the government to help put them on a level playing field with the rest of the industry.

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair held a roundtable discussion with representatives from the business to discuss some key challenges in the region.

The President of the Essex County Federation of Agriculture Lyle Hall says border delays, regulatory burdens and high hydro costs create barriers for farmers. “Right now with us it’s the border issues. Transportation right now, the greenhouse vegetables going south, they seem to be having a little more inspection then the stuff coming up out of the states.”

Mulcair says the NDPs would support agriculture and help develop the production of raw materials in Canada.