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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Huron-Bruce MPP Wants Province To Support Farmers

Huron-Bruce | by Peter Jackson  

Tory MPP Lisa Thompson says province needs to stand up to Ottawa's proposed tax code changes.

A question in the Legislature by Huron-Bruce Progressive Conservative MPP Lisa Thompson on proposed federal tax reform for small business, quickly became a heated exchange with Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal.

Thompson asked Premier Wynne to explain why she has not met with federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, to oppose the planned tax overhaul.

Thompson claims the tax change will hurt farmers and small rural businesses.

She told the House that the Liberal Premier of Nova Scotia has already been to Ottawa, to protest the small business tax plan.

Morneau has also spoken with the Premiers of Manitoba and British Columbia on the issue.

Thompson challenged Wynne to follow the other premiers' lead in speaking up against the federal proposal.

Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal quickly defended his government's record of promoting the province's $37 billion farm and agri-food industry that employs 700 thousand Ontarians.

Leal told MPPs that he's been in contact with his federal counterpart Lawrence MacAulay on succession issues surrounding family farms in Ontario.

He then accused the Opposition of doing nothing, when the Liberals introduced a cost-shared risk-management program.

The risk-management plan was valued at $100 million dollars, with the province's 40 per-cent share of the cost to be matched by Ottawa.

Thompson's question was based on remarks made by Premier Wynne, during the opening of last week's International Plowing Match near Walton.

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