MB Conservative Senator Says Liberals COVID-19 Response Falls Short For Agriculture

May 22, 2020

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Manitoba Conservative Senator Don Plett says the $252 million COVID-19 aid package announced for the agriculture sector earlier this month falls short of what is required.
 
The government’s announcement includes $125 million to help livestock producers faced with additional costs incurred by COVID-19.
 
"They are culling cattle and hogs as we speak because they cannot afford to raise them," said Plett. "This falls way short and the Trudeau government has clearly, as they have done with the oil industry, they are now doing with the livestock industry, and indeed all farming, thumbing their nose at Canadian farmers right across the country."
 
Plett says much of the announced assistance to agriculture was just a re-announcement of previous commitments.
 
He adds grain farmers were also left out of the announcement.
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