Agriculture minister weighs in on latest federal budget

Agriculture minister weighs in on latest federal budget
Compton-Stanstead MP and Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie Claude Bibeau with Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and Sherbrooke MP Élisabeth Brière from September, 2019 when Freeland came to speak to local women at the Old Lennox Golf and Ski Club. (Photo : Record Archives)

By Michael Boriero
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The federal government presented its first budget in more than two years last week, putting an emphasis on economic recovery, job creation, clean energy and reducing childcare costs.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister and Compton-Stanstead MP, Marie-Claude Bibeau, told The Record that the government is investing a lot of money into the agriculture sector, helping farmers make a smooth transition into more sustainable agriculture.
“I want to acknowledge that farmers are always trying to do better because the land is the most precious thing they have, but with climate change, and they are the first to witness the impact of climate change, we have to do more,” said Bibeau.
Canada has already invested $185 million in the Agriculture Climate Solutions Program and $165 million in the Agriculture Clean Technology Program. But the government added a new investment of $200 million over two years to help launch on-farm climate action.

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