Opposition urges compromise on potato disinfection cuts

CHARLOTTETOWN –  The Official Opposition is urging the MacLauchlan government to find a compromise to its planned cut of potato disinfection services.

“Our potato industry is a huge part of our economy, generating millions in economic activity and contributing to thousands of jobs,” said Opposition Leader Jamie Fox. “That’s why we have concerns about these cuts which will weaken our system of food safety. Concerns shared by the potato industry and elected officials both provincial and federal,” said Opposition Leader Jamie Fox.

Fox pressed Agriculture Minister Alan MacIsaac on whether the minor cost savings and loss of 25 jobs outweighs the potential risk posed by plant health outbreaks which in the past have even factored in border closures which affect trade and exports. Especially considering that there was little to no consultation within government or industry before making these changes.

“We think that there’s a chance to reach an acceptable compromise here that all parties can live with. That’s why we have tabled a motion urging government to put this decision on hold temporarily, go back and work collaboratively with the industry to develop a solution that maintains and enhances plant health safety and nurtures economic growth,” said Fox.              

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