LOCAL FARMING: ANNE MINH-THU QUACH DISAPPOINTED WITH LACK OF VISION DISPLAYED BY CONSERVATIVES
May 15th, 2014 - 3:52pm
SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD — NDP MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Beauharnois - Salaberry) is disappointed with the lack of vision displayed by Conservatives Wednesday night as the opposed her bill C-539 which sought to promote local procurement.
"Eating locally translates to growing our local economy”, explained Ms. Quach. By promoting local farmers and our local agriculture, the environment benefits as we reduce the carbon footprint which is often a result of transportation of food at long distances. We should not have to explain this to Stephen Harper. "
In presenting the bill, Ms. Quach called for the creation of a national strategy on local foods. "The United States and many countries from the European Union have adopted similar national strategies in regards to purchasing local foods!” Explained Ms. Quach. The opposition presented by conservatives demonstrates the lack of leadership and political will on their part and the end result exasperated Ms. Quach.
" Conservatives rejected my bill without considering the advantages and benefits that it would offer local farmers, artisans and the economy as a whole. This is further evidence that they have abandoned our regions. I want to thank all those who supported my bill, most notably CLD du Haut-Saint-Laurent, the CLD Beauharnois-Salaberry, the CRÉ Vallée-du-Haut-Saint Lawrence, as well as the Chamber of commerce and Industry Beauharnois-Salaberry. The letters of support and the signing of petitions to support bil C-539 were very much appreciated and although disappointed with the outcome, I will continue to advocate for local food, local farmers and for our local economy! "