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MPP Fullerton hosts Ontario Agriculture Minister at roundtable in West Carleton

CARP — Merrilee Fullerton, MPP for Kanata-Carleton, yesterday hosted Hon. Lisa Thompson, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs at a roundtable to discuss local agricultural issues. The meeting was held at the Carp fairgrounds and included representatives from the Carp Agricultural Society, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Ottawa Beef Farmers as well as Christa Lowry, the mayor of Mississippi Mills.

This has been a good opportunity for our farm families and local agricultural representatives in West Carleton to speak directly with the minister of agriculture,” commented MPP Fullerton. “The rising costs of living and doing business is of great concern as is land use and property issues. Like throughout our province, farm families are dealing with mental health and wellness – something our government is concerned about and, locally, we are addressing with investments like the one announced yesterday in the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre.”

MPP Fullerton added, “I was pleased that Minister Thompson has heard directly from us, and I will be following up with her and her ministry staff on the priorities for the Eastern Ontario region.”

Minister Lisa Thompson thanked local representatives for the open and frank discussion. The Minister touched on a range of provincial initiatives the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is now implementing to support farmers and strengthen the province’s agri-food sector. The Minister also shared details of the announcement to expand Ontario’s food processing capacity she made earlier in the day in North Gower. The strategic agri-food process fund is a $25 million investment to expand capacity across the agri-food sector and increase Ontario’s competitiveness.

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“It was encouraging to see the provincial government taking interest in agriculture and agri-food production in Eastern Ontario!  I hope that the 3 years $25 million rollout that Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Thompson has worked so hard to procure leads to some interest from private groups in creating some commercial sized meat production plants in Eastern and Central Ontario. Lastly, I would like to say that I sat in awe listening to four strong women speak yesterday. Minister Thompson, MPP Fullerton, Mayor Lowry, and Jenn Doelman make me believe that the future of agriculture and politics in Ontario are in good hands”

Joey Wilson
West Carleton Farmer &
President of Ottawa Beef Farmers



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