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Bill Walker MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
Queen's Park

Bill Walker MPP

Media Release:

For Immediate Release
April 26, 2018

MPP Walker disappointed Minister won’t expedite farmers’ compensation

QUEEN’S PARK – In today’s Question Period, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker pushed the Minister of Agriculture to commit to expediting compensation to farmers facing big livestock losses.

“The minister has a year’s worth of evidence and complaints from farmers about problems that need to be fixed with the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation that he put into place,” Walker said. “I’m disappointed the Minister is holding this up and today he missed his opportunity to commit to getting down to the hard work and fixing this mess.”

Walker said he has personally witnessed and written the Minister about the damage that predators have done to farmers like Wayne Caughill in his riding of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.

“You have heard from respected farm groups, municipalities and individuals who wrote and spoke to you, urging you to fix this mess. Why are you holding up farmers’ compensation?” he challenged in Question Period this morning.

One in five claims for predation kills is rejected by ministry staff.

“The program is a mess because it requires farmers like Mr. Caughill to produce evidence that’s already been eaten by a predator. It’s also problematic that they are not doing ground work, and when farmers call the hotline for help, they’re sometimes hung up on,” explained Walker.

“We pressed the Minister for answers on this same question just last Christmas. Five months later, he would only commit to ‘looking’ at the program. Farmers want to know why the government is holding this up.”

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