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8,000 postcards opposing pesticide ban given to premier

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A coalition opposed to a proposed cosmetic weed control ban in Manitoba delivered 8,000 postcards supporting its position to the government this morning.

David Hinton, representing Landscape Manitoba, said Manitobans want the choice to use federally approved products on their green spaces.

"The response we received from this (postcard) campaign has been outstanding," he said.

About a dozen reps from the Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers and several local lawn-care firms took part in the protest.

They carted three plastic tubs of the postcards first to Premier Greg Selinger’s office and then up to the third floor of the Manitoba Legislative Building to Conservation Minister Gord Mackintosh’s office.

The postcards came from residents in Winnipeg and Brandon.

Mackintosh said he would announce details of a cosmetic weed control ban in a matter of weeks.

He would not say whether it would be a limited or total ban nor would he list what types of properties might be affected.

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