Federal Leader to join MacGregor in Cobble Hill
Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is coming to Cobble Hill to share his thoughts and hear from local farmers about the supply-managed sectors.
Cowichan-Malahat-Langford NDP MP Alistair MacGregor is hosting a town hall meeting to discuss why it’s so important to protect local food producers and Canada’s supply-management system.
MacGregor is also the Federal Agriculture Critic and said this meeting will help debunk the myth that supply-managed farmers are rich.
“I’ve read about a narrative out there that sees supply-managed farmers as rich, well-off millionaires and, I think after people speak with the panelists, they’ll walk away with a much different perspective,” said MacGregor.
While MacGregor and Singh will provide their perspectives on the supply-managed sector, or egg, dairy, and chicken farming, local farmers will be able to ask representatives from the three areas questions and hear their views.
“We’re going to turn the floor over to representatives from the egg farmers of Canada, from the dairy farmers of Canada, and from the chicken farmers of Canada,” said MacGregor. “They’re all going to be local farmers who will talk about what their farm does and why the system is so important to them, then we will open it up to questions from the floor.”
The panelists who will speak at this event include BC Egg Farmers Director Jennifer Woike, the chair of the BC Chicken Marketing Board Robin Smith, and Chris Groendyke will be representing the dairy farming industry.
The meeting runs from 6 until 8 tonight at Cobble Hill Hall on Watson Avenue.