February 18, 2014
We must protect our family farms
A new study by Statistics Canada revealed that the Conservatives and Liberals are letting family farms die a slow death.
“Canada’s agricultural sector has undergone profound change in the last 20 years. The number of family farms has fallen sharply because they don’t have enough money to survive. It’s easy to understand why. The Conservatives’ and Liberals’ lack of commitment toward our rural farming communities will lead to the disappearance of our family farms,” said Agriculture critic Malcolm Allen (Welland).
Family farms have decreased by more than 20% according to the latest statistics. And less than a tenth of farms are operated by an owner under 40. The next generation of farmers is threatened as well as the security of the country’s food supply.
“We need to make sure our young farmers can succeed. Our rural economies are at stake. The Conservative government must protect our family farms before they disappear,” added deputy critic Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier – Maskinongé).