About 40 to 50 stakeholders showed up at the Big Rack Cow Palace for a Farm Freedom & Safety Act engagement session on Thursday, August 8th. Devin Dreeshen - Alberta's Minister of Agriculture & Forestry - enjoyed seeing neighbours from Kneehill County and Red Deer County come out for the consultation in Olds.
Bill 6 - the former NDP government's farm safety legislation - will be repealed and replaced this fall.
Devin Dreeshen - Alberta's Mininister of Agriculture & Forestry - says the United Conservatives are collecting input this summer from farmers, ranchers, workers and other stakeholders on how to improve workplace legislation for the agriculture sector in the province.
According to Dreeshen the feedback gathered from consultation sessions - like the one in Olds at the Big Rack Cow Palace on Thursday, August 8th - will help the UCP create the Farm Freedom & Safety Act.
Dreeshen says the United Conservatives have now completed about half of their consultation schedule.
Charlie Christie is a beef producer and mixed grain farmer from Trochu who knows it is important for Alberta to have some form of farm safety legislation.
Christie discusses why he wanted to attend the engagement session in Olds.
He has some concerns with the Occupational Health & Safety code.
Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills MLA Nathan Cooper says it is very important to communicate to producers and farmers that their input is valuable - and it is valuable at the right time.
He talks about some of this summer's upcoming events in his riding.
Cooper is enjoying his new role as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.
The Farm Freedom & Safety Act consultation tour continues for the province's Ag Minister with a stop in the Vermilion-St.Paul area on Friday, August 9th.
An on-line survey is also available to fill out before August 31st by visiting the alberta.ca website.