Thursday, 29 December 2016 05:10

Alberta becoming a leader when it comes to farm safety

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Wildrose MLA Dave Schneider asks the Alberta government to “tell us what this government is doing to ensure companies in agri-food and agribusiness can operate successfully in Alberta and compete with other jurisdictions.”


One year ago, this government took a huge step “to ensure companies in agri-food and agribusiness can operate successfully in Alberta and compete with other jurisdictions” by enacting Bill 6 the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act, bringing Alberta’s agriculture industry from the very back of the pack in regards to labour standards to the forefront.
Alberta is already a leader in farm animal care legislation, food safety standards and now environmental regulations and labour standards. These are the four essential elements of sustainable sourcing that our customers are demanding.
The Wildrose continues to be confused about the need for Bill 6. This government has been able to understand the available data including the previous governments report prepared for Alberta Agriculture and Forestry March 2015 Sustainability Indicators, Tools and Reporting Systems for Agri-Food Products, to determine the necessity to reform Alberta’s archaic labour legislation. This will bring Alberta’s agribusiness in line with stated requirements of our major world-wide customers.
As indicated in the above mentioned report, international major buyers of Alberta agri-products have put in place, timeframes for meeting their standards going forward.
I do agree with MLA Schneider that there is risk with the NDP’s ideological policies. There is indeed inherent risk in being leaders rather than followers, but I believe Albertans would prefer be out front rather than laggards following along behind. I am looking forward to the view as leaders and I say to our Premier “lead on.”
Eric Musekamp, Farmworkers Union of Alberta, Bow Island,Alta.

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