By Vanessa Culbert
MP Larry Miller wants to hear what residents have to say about Trans Pacific Partnership.
Bruce Grey Owen Sound MP Larry Miller is encouraging residents to
provide feedback on the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, and you now
have until June 30th to provide your input.
The free trade deal involves 12 countries and 800 million consumers for Canadian exporters.
MP Larry Miller says with one in five Canadian jobs directly linked to trade, Canada stands to benefit from the agreement, and he says farmers in Grey Bruce should get a big piece of the pie.
The Tory Member of the House of Commons feels agriculture will be the biggest beneficiary of the TPP deal.
Miller says with the amount of food production in Grey Bruce, farmers are already feeding a large part of the world but they can handle more.
The Standing Committee on International Trade is seeking feedback on the trade agreement before Canada signs on.
Originally you had until April 30th to provide a written submission of no more than 1,500 words.
However, MP Larry Miller says the deadline for submissions has now been extended to the end of June.
Hearings are taking place in Ottawa as well as across the country at the same time.
A final report from the Committee study will be presented to the House of Commons later this year.
For more information about making a submission you can go to the House of Commons web site:
About half a million dollars is going to the Canadian Celiac (SEE-LEE-ACK) Association.
Our federal government has announced the funding to help develop a voluntary certification standard for gluten-free grains.
It will include visual identification tools for grain millers.
There will also be good management practices for oat producers and a sampling and testing protocol for gluten-free certification on-farm and post-farm.
Approximately 1 in 133 Canadians suffer from celiac disease.