NDP on proposed changes to Agricultural Land Reserve

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For 40 years, B.C.'s Agricultural Land Reserve has protected some of the province's most fertile farmland and a fair bit of the rest as well.

Now the B.C. Liberals have proposed some big changes - like relaxing the rules for development of protected farmland in the Interior and the North; and making it easier for farmers to use land that is not suitable for agriculture for other purpose.

But the government seems to have sown a fair bit of opposition to the proposed changes and so the Minister has suggested he will re-think some of the changes.

For the opposition's take Daybreak reached Nicholas Simons.

He is the NDP Agriculture Critic and Powell River/Sunshine Coast MLA.

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