Set Targets for Use of Local Agriculture Product in Government Institutions
(September 15, 2014) Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson, Interim Opposition Party Leader, reaffirmed that the Ontario PCs continue to steadfastly stand up for rural Ontario by today calling for increased use of local food by public institutions.
"It's nice to see the Premier here at the 2014 International Plowing Match, and I encourage her to visit my riding and rural Ontario more often. But we need to see action," said Wilson. "Today is a perfect opportunity for the government to finally set targets for the use of locally produced food by public sector organizations"
The Local Food Act received all-Party support in the Legislature last November, but the portion establishing targets and goals to increase the purchase of local agriculture products by government bodies has not yet been proclaimed.
"Today, the Ontario PC Caucus and concerned residents and visitors who rely on agriculture for their livelihoods will be asking every government MPP they see to explain why they are dragging their feet," said Wilson. "A strong rural Ontario is vital to Ontario's economy and creating jobs. We can support our agriculture producers instantly with this simple measure that everyone agrees upon."
"The government has waited so long to move forward on the idea that they've wasted an entire year of the program as it's already September - the majority of farmers have already harvested," added Toby Barrett, Ontario PC Critic for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "What a shame. Why isn't this a priority? If I was in hospital, I'd feel better knowing my food came from the field, rather than packaged into a box half way around the globe."