The outcome of this industry crisis is not yet known, writes columnist Gordon Stock. “What I do know is that there continues to be a full court press to enable the travel of workers into Canada to secure a supply of fresh produce for the grocery shelves this coming season.” 

L-R:  Bill George, chair, OFVGA; Dave Epp, MP Chatham-Kent-Leamington; Gordon Stock, senior policy advisor and government relations, OFVGA

In an age where it is easy for anyone and everyone to influence government through social media, having a single voice, even if representing thousands of fruit and vegetable farmers, is still only a single voice. Gordon Stock points out that government needs to demonstrate that it has heard from all sides. 

With the federal election approaching on or before October 21, the horticultural industry is highlighting several issues. Provincially, one of the issues in focus is safe movement of machinery on roadways.

Provincial issues such as the future of the Ontario Food Terminal continue to simmer over the summeragainst the backdrop of a fall federal election reports Gordon Stock.

L-R:  Charles Stevens, Caleigh Irwin, MP Wayne Easter, Bill George, Gordon Stock.

The last official horticultural lobbying event before the federal election was held on May 7 in Ottawa. Besides a food policy for Canada, crop protection and financial protection for growers, other files are in play.