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

(November 28, 2017) Today in Question Period, Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson questioned the government again concerning the closure of the Ontario Tree Seed Plant in Angus.  


He began by quoting a copy of a letter sent to the Premier from Mr. Dave Harbec, Manager of Sommerville Seedlings in Everett. 


Perhaps you were not aware that, as we speak, the managers in charge of the Ontario Tree Seed Plant closure are only giving us, the stakeholders, one option—not all options as Minister McGarry has stated as recently as November 15. I would suggest that the minister is grossly misinformed by her staff. The only option we are given is to get ‘in line’ in hopes to get some of the seed that is left on the shelf,” read Wilson.  


Wilson continued to urge the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry to do what she has said she would do and work with industry experts by accepting the proposal put forward by the Ontario Tree Seed Coalition. 


Mr. Harbec and the Ontario Tree Seed Coalition are asking the government to accept the transition proposal they submitted to the minister on October 13. The proposal allows the ministry to walk away from the seed business but maintains their leadership role through the fiscal support of the province’s propagation and forest genetic experts,” said Wilson.


The second part of the question was asked by Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark who spoke about the impact of the closure on the Ferguson Forest Centre in Kemptville.






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