Payment protection program needed for producers, says NDP

NDP MP Tracey Ramsey (Essex) is calling on the Liberal government to introduce a payment protection program for Canadian fresh fruit and vegetable producers, in a motion tabled in Parliament.


“Canadian produce growers have been asking the government for a payment protection program for years,” said MP Ramsey. “Conservative inaction on this file has negatively impacted this important industry and I urge the Liberal government to resolve the issue by year end.”


Ramsey’s motion (M-49) calls on the government to introduce a payment protection for produce growers like the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) in the United States by September 30, 2016. It also calls on the government to negotiate with the United States to restore Canada’s privileged access under PACA by December 31, 2016.


“The Windsor Essex Chamber appreciates MP Tracey Ramsey’s leadership on getting PACA on the national agenda,” said Matt Marchand, President and CEO of the Windsor Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a top issue for agri-food exporters the Windsor-Essex region and is key for us to maintain our goal of doubling agri-food exports by 2020.”


“Ensuring that growers are paid for the product they grow is a fundamental requirement for sustainable communities. Currently our produce farmers do not have that protection in the marketplace and we look forward to having this issue addressed,” added George Gilvesy of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers.