Ontario PC ag critic to meet with Essex farmers
Dave Brister, the PC's candidate in the riding of Essex, will also attend meeting
The provincial Progressive Conservative deputy agriculture critic, Randy Pettapiece, will be in Essex county on Tuesday.
Pettapiece will participate in an agriculture roundtable discussion at a family farm on the 9th Concession of Essex at 2 p.m.
Dave Brister, the PC's candidate in the riding of Essex, will also attend.
Brister said several issues will be discussed, including wind turbines, better promotion of Ontario grown foods and the horse racing industry.
"I am in full support of the local horsemen's group that is pushing for a new track. I think those stranded funds that are associated with racing, those should be allocated toward that [track] and I'm going to fight for that," Brister said. "No. 1, the horse racing issue is a key issue from our perspective. We think the current government should cancel their plans to scrap the Slots at Racetracks program."
Brister also said local municipalities deserve more of a say in the decision of where turbine installations happen within their communities. He also said the feed-in-tariff program has to be abolished.
The riding of Essex is now held by NDP MPP Taras Natyshak, who has also been lobbying for those in the horse racing industry.