Haliburton’s MPP is aiming to modernize agriculture and food across Ontario and locally in Haliburton County.

Laurie Scott, the MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, met with the Randy Pettapiece, the Parliamentary Assistant for Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, for a round table discussion about agriculture and its impact on the area.

Scott says the round table talk was to discuss the Ontario government “reducing red tape and the regulatory burden for farmers,” Scott explained that “today was a great opportunity to hear from producers and agri-businesses first-hand about how we can make their lives easier and boost our local economy,” said MPP Scott. “We received great feedback and I hope to see some of these examples of red tape tackled in the near future.”

Pettapiece echoed the sentiments of the MPP saying the government “knows that costly red tape and too many regulations are squeezing businesses in every sector, and driving jobs and investment out of Ontario,” adding “Reducing that burden is one of our government’s key priorities.”

Scott’s office says the province has already made changes to the farming industry, saying Ontario has modernized the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program to help farmers get compensated when they lose livestock to predation.

Other changes the government has sought after is a proposed change to the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, which if approved would ” allow for the Farm Business Registration Program to be modernized, through electronic delivery and a simplified registration process, making it easier and more cost-effective. This would help farmers save time and reduce paperwork.”