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December 14, 2022 Checking in with ABP

ABP speaks to Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

Alberta Beef Producers joined the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry to witness Bill C-235 – Building a Green Prairie Economy Act on Wednesday.

ABP Chair Dr. Melanie Wowk spoke to the committee Wednesday morning via Zoom.

“Our hope for this legislation, and we believe for it to be truly effective at achieving a green economy, is for it to not disadvantage beef producers,” said Wowk in her opening remarks.

“Therefore, we believe that further edits would strengthen the bill, such as, acknowledging and prioritizing prairie ecosystems and including provinces, and the agriculture industry in consultations, to ensure flexible implementation.”

Watch the meeting on Parlvu.

In October, ABP spoke on this Bill to the the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Industry and Technology.

“We were honoured to receive invitations to speak on Bill C-235, both with the House of Commons’ Standing Committee, and with the Senate Standing Committee,” said Brad Dubeau, General Manager of ABP.

“It’s incredibly important that any legislation around greening the prairie economy include beef producers in its consultations, and our Chair, Dr. Melanie Wowk, did an incredible job of sharing that message.”

After hearing from ABP, and other witnesses including the Canadian Cattle Association (CCA), the act was amended Nov. 21 to include the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food as well as the Minister of Industry in both development and reporting.

Editor’s Note: Bill C-235 passed in the third reading of the Senate and received royal assent, on December 15, 2022.

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