Rocky View 2020 (www.rockyview2020.com) is urging the Provincial Government to slow down its planned implementation of Bill 6, The Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act.
Rocky View County is a strong and vibrant community surrounding Calgary with a definite agriculture and rural focus and feel. For us who believe in Rocky View, sustainable agriculture is a key to our community and we care about it a lot. And for Rocky View 2020 this is certainly the case.
We have heard from several of our members and they are concerned at the speed with which the Province is moving on this legislation
“We have heard from several of our members and they are concerned at the speed with which the Province is moving on this legislation,” said Rocky View 2020 Executive Director Bruce McAllister. “Farmers and ranchers in Rocky View and throughout the Province work extremely hard to help feed the people of Alberta, and they would like to provide input on any changes that will impact their livelihood.
The farmers and ranchers we are hearing from say the Province hasn’t been clear on what it is proposing or how the changes will be implemented, much less measured or reported.
“This is going way too fast, and frankly I find it scary because we really don’t know what is in this bill,” says Rocky View County rancher and 2020 member Rob Matthews. “Are our kids able to help out without coverage? Can we help our neighbours when they need it? Will this force us to change how we approach busy periods like calving, haying, and harvest?”
Rocky View 2020 is encouraging the Province to consult with farmers and ranchers on this bill. We are aware that public consultations are planned, and we would like to see those carried out, and the voices of Agriculture producers heard, before this bill moves forward.