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VIDEO: Wilson delivers Christmas Tree Day statement

(November 23, 2015) Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson delivered a Member's Statement in the Ontario Legislature this afternoon, urging all MPPs to observe Ontario's first Christmas Tree Day on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Wilson also called on MPPs and people across the province to mark the day and purchase a real tree to help support the economy.

"The $12-million industry involves 647 tree farms producing over a million Christmas trees each year. This industry employs thousands of people in the agriculture, transportation and retail sectors," Wilson said in the Legislature.

In June, Wilson's Private Member's Bill – The Christmas Tree Day Act – received Royal Assent, making Christmas Tree Day the first Saturday in December each year.

While a key part of our agricultural sector, Wilson said the Christmas Tree Farmers of Ontario state the crop also plays an important environmental role by providing a stable refuge and feeding area for wildlife.

"In closing, I'd like to thank Mr. Fred Somerville of Somerville Nurseries and Mrs. Shirley Brennan of the Christmas Tree Farmers of Ontario for the work they do, and for the assistance they provided to me so that Christmas Tree Day could become a reality," Wilson said.

To hear Wilson's full remarks in the House, see the clip.


For more information call:
Michael Gennings
Office of Jim Wilson, MPP for Simcoe-Grey

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