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e-4128 (Agriculture)

E-petition
Initiated by Tristin Bouwman from Surrey BC, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • Canada’s food security demands resilient supplies of affordable, sustainably produced fresh vegetables;
  • Western Canada relies heavily on imported vegetables trucked from California where droughts are becoming increasingly problematic;
  • Domestic production remains critical to limiting the impacts of extreme climate events, highway closures and supply chain problems;
  • Each year, Western Canada’s domestic fresh field vegetable supply is jumpstarted by a unique 120 hectare parcel of farmland and forest habitat in Surrey, British Columbia;
  • The parcel, owned by the federal government, produces Canada's first potatoes, carrots and cabbage each year, owing to its distinctive drainage capacity, immunity to flooding and special microclimate;
  • In 2022 alone, the parcel produced approximately 70% of British Columbia’s potatoe production from May through August 1;
  • Annually, the parcel produces approximately 50 million vegetable servings delivered across Western Canada through retailers, restaurants and food banks;
  • Without this early production, large domestic vegetable supplies could be delayed by weeks, potentially months;
  • Recently, the Surrey’s City Council recognized the food security value of the parcel, passing a unanimous motion to protect it; and
  • Nevertheless, this parcel is currently in the process of being sold by the federal government, risking its conversion to industrial use.
We, the undersigned, citizens or residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Reverse the Government of Canada’s decision to dispose of the parcel;
2. Include the farmland into British Columbia’s Agriculture Land Reserve;
3. Lease the farmland to a local farmer on a long-term basis; and
4. Place a covenant on the parcel preserving it for forest habitat and domestic vegetable production in perpetuity.
Open for signature
September 16, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
November 15, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - John Aldag
Cloverdale—Langley City
Liberal Caucus
British Columbia
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