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Letter to the editor: PEI premier ducking farmers, NFU says


The National Farmers Union (NFU), one of P.E.I.’s major farm organizations, is sending this letter to Island newspapers in the hope of achieving a meeting with Premier Wade MacLauchlan. This has not been possible through regular avenues of communication.

Since the early spring, the NFU has tried, at least six times, to set up a meeting by going through the various channels in the Premier’s Office; only to get the reply “No. You must meet with the minister.” This goes against the premier’s own words that “his door is open to all.”

The NFU is seeking to discuss issues at the forefront of the Island’s number one industry – agriculture. Of particular importance is the land ownership issue: our land – our soil is the source of the food we produce making its ownership and stewardship a concern not only to farm families, but to all Islanders; currently and in generations to come. The government owes Islanders transparency and accountability when it comes to our land.

The premier has stated that his objective is to make P.E.I. a food island and a major player in agriculture. It would appear reasonable to assume that the premier would hope to achieve this goal by engaging with, working with, and listening to all players in the sector.

Thus, the NFU respectfully requests a meeting with Premier MacLauchlan, and should he so desire, jointly with Minister Mitchell.  We sincerely look forward to a positive reply.

Douglas Campbell,

District Director, National Farmers Union

Since the early spring, the NFU has tried, at least six times, to set up a meeting by going through the various channels in the Premier’s Office; only to get the reply “No. You must meet with the minister.” This goes against the premier’s own words that “his door is open to all.”

The NFU is seeking to discuss issues at the forefront of the Island’s number one industry – agriculture. Of particular importance is the land ownership issue: our land – our soil is the source of the food we produce making its ownership and stewardship a concern not only to farm families, but to all Islanders; currently and in generations to come. The government owes Islanders transparency and accountability when it comes to our land.

The premier has stated that his objective is to make P.E.I. a food island and a major player in agriculture. It would appear reasonable to assume that the premier would hope to achieve this goal by engaging with, working with, and listening to all players in the sector.

Thus, the NFU respectfully requests a meeting with Premier MacLauchlan, and should he so desire, jointly with Minister Mitchell.  We sincerely look forward to a positive reply.

Douglas Campbell,

District Director, National Farmers Union

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