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Country 105

Agriculture Report

Ontario gets new Ag Minister

By Kevin Bernard

Kathleen Wynne hands the portfolio to Jeff Leal.



    Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has handed over the agriculture portfolio to Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal.

    Wynne unveiled her new cabinet yesterday (Tuesday).

    The Liberal leader was both premier and agriculture minister when she took over from Dalton McGuinty in February 2013.

    She was re-elected when Ontario went to the polls earlier this month.



    The British Columbia government says medical marijuana companies won't be able to take advantage of a property tax break that was designed for agriculture.

    Mayors in B-C have been raising concerns that marijuana growing operations could set up on expensive industrial land and then ask to be taxed as farmland.

    The classification could dramatically reduce those companies' property taxes, in some cases by tens of thousands of dollars.

    The province says it plans to exempt medical marijuana operations from the agricultural tax designation beginning in the 2015 tax year.


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