Welcome to the Official Website of the
Opposition Standing Committee for Agriculture and Food
Many people are concerned with how the current provincial government is handling agriculture in British Columbia.
Faced with the reality that the government refuses to form an all-party agriculture committee, we have taken it upon ourselves to create the non-partisan Opposition Standing Committee on Agriculture and Food.
The Committee is comprised of six Members of the B.C. Legislative Assembly (MLAs). Five are Members of the Official Opposition and one is an Independent Member.
Our goal is to bring the values, ideas and concerns of farmers -- and other leaders in the food industry -- directly to the B.C. Legislature.
We have already held day-long meetings in Vancouver (UBCM), Chilliwack, Williams Lake and Courtenay. We’ve heard from a diverse cross-section of stakeholders, ranging from the Executive Director of the B.C. Agriculture Council, the Chair of the B.C. Dairy Farm Association, Municipal and Regional Councillors, policy experts and academics to small, medium and large-scale farmers, ranchers, producers and processors.
It is our intention to listen carefully to what people have to say about how agriculture can be strengthened in the province and to bring these views, insights and inspiration into the B.C. Legislature. To that end we completed and tabled a First Report in November 2015 and will be completing a Final Report in the Fall of 2016.
Lana Popham, MLA Saanich South & Committee Chair
Vicki Huntington, MLA Delta South & Committee Vice-Chair