ST THOMAS– Last week, PC Agricultural Critic Ernie Hardeman launched a public survey focused on the food processing industry.  Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek has long-touted the promise of the food processing industry in ruralOntarioand gladly welcomed the news of the survey.

“I’ve made it no secret that I think the food and beverage processing industry holds great potential for this region,” said MPP Yurek, “After all, food processors are the largest purchaser ofOntario’s agricultural products.  The industry purchases 65% of all agricultural products produced in theUnited States.”

The PC Party intends to use the results of this survey in conjunction with an agricultural focused survey distributed in the summer to develop a holistic picture of agriculture inOntario.  These surveys will aid in the development of policy aimed at harvesting the full economic potential of our agricultural sector.

“The food processing industry employs over 120,000 people province wide and has a total economic impact of $39 billion,” noted Yurek, “It’s important for us to ensure that policy is put in place that allows the our agricultural and food processing sectors to thrive and excel.”

The PC Party is encouraging food and beverage processors as well as all Ontarioresidents to fill out the survey and provide feedback.  The survey can be found online at www.ErnieHardemanMPP.com/processors.  To request a hard-copy, people should get in touch with Ernie Hardeman’s office at 416-325-1239 or e-mail ernie.hardeman@pc.ola.org.

“As the second largest manufacturer inOntario, food processing has great potential to alleviate the jobs crisis here inOntario,” concluded Yurek.

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