Statement by Premier Dennis King on Federal Supports Announced for the PEI Agriculture Industry
Hon. Dennis King, Premier of Prince Edward Island issued the following statement after Minister Bibeau announced federal supports for Prince Edward Island’s agriculture industry:
“I want to thank Minister Bibeau and our PEI Members of Parliament for their announcement this morning offering initial support for Prince Edward Island’s agriculture industry. These supports will be critical in diverting world-class potatoes to food banks, food aid groups, and those who can use them instead of destroying these perfectly good, nutritious potatoes. These types of creative solutions are exactly what we need to do in the interim to move our excess potatoes until the U.S. market is reopened.
While we await further details on how the $28 Million dollar fund will be administered, its eligibility criteria, and other details I am also reassured to hear from Minister Bibeau that this is a top priority for her government and all levels of the Federal government from Prime Minister Trudeau down are doing everything they can to reassure their American counterparts that our potatoes are safe to be shipped across the American border and around the world.
This is a complex issue that needs to be resolved as soon as possible. We need to immediately focus on ensuring CFIA collects the necessary soil samples and they are processed without further delay and focus on reassuring the U.S.A. that our management plan is the gold standard for mitigating the risks that the USA has identified.
Our government is committed to working with all partners to get to a resolution as quickly as possible.”
Office of the Premier