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emphasize that consumers are
buying the best they can get when
they buy B.C. products.
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we’re eating B.C. products, we’re
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Cantelon conceded that a lot of
produce comes from, but said more
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He said he’s a good listener and is
industry—with the replanting and
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the new methods being used, and
with the growth in production
capacity.
Val Roddick’s agriculture planning
Cantelon was a member of MLA
committee which toured the
province during the past few years,
and concluded with an agriculture
plan that was unveiled in February
last year.
premier appointed him, he hauled
He said that immediately after the
out that plan to have a look at it.
and Lake Country grower Don
Cantelon has a sales background,
Claridge commented that a salesman
for agriculture would be a good
thing. He suggested we should see
B.C. apples in places like airports
instead of Washington State fruit.
me too. For example, hospitals
Cantelon agreed, saying, “It irks
should have fresh B.C. products.”
Country grower Penny Gambell,
Responding to a comment by Lake
Cantelon said he realizes that
replanting is an investment
opportunity.
to look at whether it’s still needed.
However, he said later he will have
makes the lowest investment in
To Gambell’s assertion that B.C.
agriculture of any province in
Canada, and her comment that
putting money into agriculture is a
good way to build the economy,
Cantelon responded, “Agriculture is
a core, prime generator of new
wealth. No other industry can claim
that.”
out that farmers can’t pick up and
Oliver grower Allan Patton pointed
move their businesses. “We’re here
to stay. We’re generally optimistic,
so we’re spending money all the
time. It’s important the minister
realizes the value of agriculture.”
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