The MNA representing Maurice-Richard and Liberal Critic for Agriculture, Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, Ms. Marie Montpetit, as well as the MNA representing Rouyn-Noranda-Témiscamingue and Québec Solidaire Critic for Territorial Development and Vitality, Ms. Émilise Lessard-Therrien, joined their voices this morning to reiterate the importance of strong recommendations in the pesticides to CAQ MNAs.
Following the hearings held by the Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries, Energy and Natural Ressources, these two opposition parties made recommendations of their own in an effort to positively impact the transition to sustainable agriculture. The 50 recommendations presented this morning are based on principles independence and transparency of the research of and advisory services, as well as the protection of biodiversity and farmers’ health. They state the importance of following up on the situation with the MAPAQ and the MELCC.
The parliamentary committee hearings, which took place last September, gave a great deal of hope to the entire population. 74 dissertations were submitted and over 36 groups provided testimony during the hearings. The committee even travelled to Europe and to agricultural lands to fully understand the impact of pesticides.
Farmers’ expectations are high, those of the population are too. In light of the testimony heard during the parliamentary hearings, the government has a responsibility to act. The solutions are on the table, they just need to be implemented. The CAQ needs to demonstrate that this file is a priority, both for the population’s health and for the competitiveness of our farmers. We need ambitious recommendations to ensure that we are headed in the right direction.
–Ms. Marie Montpetit, MNA representing Maurice-Richard and Liberal Critic for Agriculture, Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change.
CAPERN’s role isn’t agritourism, it is to have the political courage to make decisions and submit ambitious recommendations to help our farmers put an end to their dependence on the pesticide industry, which impacts our farmers, our environment and all of Quebec’s population.
–Émilise Lessard-Therrien, MNA representing Rouyn-Noranda-Témiscamingue and Québec Solidaire Critic for Territorial Development and Vitality.