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Ottawa, ON – Liberal Agriculture critic Mark Eyking stated that a Liberal government would defend Canadian fruit and vegetable producers by resolving the entirely avoidable dispute with the United States over its Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA).
Canadian fruit & vegetable growers used to enjoy special access to PACA, a low-cost dispute resolution system for perishable goods, which ensured prompt payment for exports to American customers. However, their access was revoked a year ago after the Conservatives failed to create a comparable system in the Canadian market.
“The Conservatives neglected over 27,000 producers in our fresh fruit and vegetable industry. Their inaction put our Canadian producers of fresh fruits and vegetables at risk of non-payment for sales to the US, even though a single instance of non-payment could be enough to force one of our many small producers out of business,” said Eyking. “It is unacceptable that, despite months of warnings, the government dragged its heels and still has not resolved this dispute.”
In consultation with industry leaders, including the Canadian Horticultural Council & the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA), a Liberal government would create a comparable mechanism in Canada and work with the United States to reinstate the access that our fruit and vegetable exporters had under PACA. This will ensure payment for Canadian horticulture producers from companies who become insolvent or are slow to pay their bills, at no cost to taxpayers. Resolving this dispute is crucial for the sector, whose trade in fresh produce with the US is worth over a billion dollars a year.
“When farmers work hard to grow products, process them and send them to a customer, they expect to be paid. Liberals will support our producers and grow the sector by restoring access to PACA.”
Hon. Mark Eyking, P.C., M.P.
June 10th 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Ottawa, ON) Member of Parliament for Sydney-Victoria, Mark Eyking, made a statement in the House of Commons today recognizing the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life that was held at Victoria Park in Sydney on June 6th.
“Mr. Speaker I rise today to recognize the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life that was held in my riding over the weekend. This was the 13th year it has been held in Cape Breton.
Relay for Life brings Canadians together from across this great country to join in the fight against cancer.
It’s an opportunity for communities to celebrate survivors and remember loved ones lost to the disease, all while raising funds.
The relay is the largest cancer fundraiser in Canada with more than 500 communities taking part each year.
In Sydney Saturday night I participated with 350 participants, 100 volunteers and 95 survivors all helping to raise $60,000.
Throughout Cape Breton over the last week there were four fundraisers raising $170,000.
It was great to be joined Saturday night by former MLA Gordie Gosse, who has been courageously battling cancer over the past year.
Congratulations to the volunteers and all those who came out to show their support.
I invite everyone to visit the site cancer.ca to find a relay happening in their area and join the fight against this illness which affects all of us.” Eyking stated
Hon. Mark Eyking, MP
May 25th, 2015
For Immediate Release
(Ottawa, ON) Member of Parliament for Sydney-Victoria, Mark Eyking questioned the Conservative Government on the lack of infrastructure spending in the CBRM and Victoria County.
“Mr. Speaker, spring has arrived in Cape Breton and in many communities across Canada. This is when our construction season normally is getting into high gear, but this conservative government stalled infrastructure spending last year, and it looks like this year will be a repeat.
This past weekend I was speaking with councillors from across my riding and they are concerned that another year is going to be lost.
Is this Conservative government willing to commit to the CBRM Capital plan and other municipalities to get the job done and get our people back to work?” Eyking asked
“Infrastructure projects in the CBRM and Victoria County have been on hold for years, where is this governments commitment to fund the infrastructure projects in Cape Breton, we need to see a commitment to fix our crumbling infrastructure and get our people back to work.” Eyking said after his question.
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