Pc Party Commits To Ontario Food And Agriculture
March 8th, 2013 by Community Office
ST THOMAS – While the Wynne government continues to prove that the old McGuinty style policies fail to create jobs, the PC Party remains committed to a comprehensive jobs plan that will put Ontario back on track said Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek today.
Yurek made the comments in advance of the launch of the PC Party’s twelfth Paths to Prosperity policy paper on agriculture. A key proposal is for a regional, self-financing food terminal where smaller grocery chains, restaurants, convenience stores, and garden centres would have access to wholesale produce.
“The food terminal in Toronto has been wildly successful,” noted Yurek, “With the incredible potential of this province’s $40 billion food processing industry, now is the time to create a regional food hub that would enhance distribution of fresh Ontario food and stimulate job creation.”
Job creation continues to be the PC Party’s number one priority. Today’s jobs report from StatsCan once again affirmed the failure of the Wynne-McGuinty approach. The unemployment rate remained stagnant province wide but spiked from 8.5% to 9.1% in the London and St. Thomas region.
“Wynne continues to put forward these Toronto-centric ideas that views farming as a relic of the 20th century. That approach simply doesn’t work for rural Ontario.
“The PC Party, on the other hand, understands that our Ontario food processing industry rivals that of the auto sector in terms of importance to our overall economy. We are committed to realizing the full potential of this industry.”
Yurek committed to ensuring that economic benefits from the proposed regional terminal will flow to the hard-hit riding of Elgin-Middlesex-London.