I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the many youth who have showed incredible commitment to our communities.
In 2018, our youth raised well over $35,000 along with their parents and other community donors for two great causes, the first being Seven Oaks Performing Arts Theatre at Garden City Collegiate. As the critic for Sports, Culture and Heritage, I recognize how performing arts can enrich the learning process of students, and allow them to showcase their talents in a creative manner. So, I applaud all acts to preserve and enhance the arts within our schools and communities.
The other funds raised were directed towards the Baba Nanak Scholarship. This scholarship ensures students irrespective of their race, gender, ethnicity or religion have assistance in pursuing a master’s of human rights at the University of Manitoba. Another fundraiser dinner and dance will be held on Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. at the Punjabi Cultural Centre.
In regard to admirable contributions, as the critic for Agriculture and Resource Development, I cannot forget the hard work and dedication of Manitoban farmers.
Agriculture and agri-processing is a major source for economic growth and employment in Manitoba. Sadly, this past year has met Manitoba farmers with many challenges.
Twelve rural municipalities, in the Interlake and Parklands regions — declared a state of agricultural emergency after drought left farmers with a severe shortage of feeds. Farmers were prevented from producing enough hay to feed their cattle. The costs to transport hay for livestock or drill additional wells for water added up, and some producers had to look at selling their livestock.
Rather than focus on plans to help Manitoban farmers, this government has chosen to implement changes to Agricultural Crown Lands regulations which will cost farmers more in these hard times.
On Nov. 5, I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) and Crown Land Leaseholders at the Beef Producers district meeting at Ste. Rose du Lac.
Thanks Brent Benson, Shelly Dyck, Tom Teichroeb and other producers in the hall for sharing their concerns about the industry issues and recent Crown Land Leasing regulation changes. Thanks MBP staff Carson Callum, Mary Jane Orr and Maureen Cousins for your input during the event.
This government has failed to give proper support to the farmers. Manitoban farmers deserve to have their needs met without additional barriers. I am proud to be an advocate for our farmers.
Should you have any concerns, please reach out to me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 204-415-7621. Our constituency office is located at 995 McPhillips St.