(Manotick)- Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod was in Manotick today at SUNTECH Greenhouses with owner Bob Mitchell to highlight the challenges the Ontario Liberal Government’s energy policy have placed on local agri-food producers. SUNTECH is best known for greenhouse tomatoes which are regularly referred to as the “little miracles from Manotick” .
“Between the Liberals’ Green Energy Act and their Cap and Trade scheme, Ontario is now taxing food production and making it unaffordable for our agri-food producers to grow food and for consumers to purchase Ontario produce”, said MacLeod who has been representing parts of rural Ottawa for 11 years.
Bob Mitchell agreed, “Compare my product to the exact same product selling on shelves from Mexico. You will see my tomatoes and cucumbers are at least 30% more expensive thanks to the Liberals’ energy policy that make it tougher for me to compete.”READ FULL RELEASE
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WHEREAS, household electricity bills have sky-rocketed by 56% and electricity rates have tripled as a result of the Liberal government’s mismanagement of the energy sector;
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