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VIDEO: Wilson questions government again over the Ontario Tree Seed Plant closure

(November 15, 2017) Today in the Ontario Legislature, Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson questioned the Wynne government for a second time over their decision to close the Ontario Tree Seed Plant in Angus. The decision was made without consultation within the community or with industry experts.

 

“…Those working in the industry urged the government to delay the closure for 3 to 5 years to allow them time to transition. Despite this advice, the Ministry is going ahead with their closure date in nine months’ time,” said Wilson. 

 

“Will the Minister commit to working with these growers and other experts to find a solution that won’t destroy yet another thriving industry in our province?” he continued.

 

The Minister wasn’t receptive to the concerns Wilson was raising. In fact, she read aloud the same response she gave a month ago when questioned on the issue.

 

Wilson went on to point out the repercussions and infeasibility of what the Ministry is proposing.

 

“The Minister is assuming that the private sector will immediately take over. That means, in nine months, the private sector has to build infrastructure, acquire an array of specialized equipment, hire and train technical staff to run the facility and all with a price tag of over $1 million,” said Wilson.

 

Growers in my riding tell me this isn’t possible… they are calling the Ministry’s plan both unreasonable and irresponsible,” he continued.

 

Wilson concluded by pointing out that the closure will cause irreparable harm across the province. He also asked the government to review the proposal submitted by the Ontario Tree Seed Coalition on October 13th.

 

Wilson would like to thank Fred Sommerville and Dave Harbec from Sommerville Nurseries for providing the background material for today’s question.

 

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