Parliamentary Committees

New agriculture committee announces public consultation


VICTORIA – The all-party Select Standing Committee on Agriculture, Fish and Food opened its public consultation, and announced locations for their public hearings. The consultation questions are set out in a discussion paper, which was referred to the committee on April 24, 2018.

The newly established select standing committee is responsible for examining matters concerning agriculture, fish and food in British Columbia, and its first inquiry will focus on local meat production and inspection in British Columbia.

“Committee members are eager to learn more about meat production and inspection practices in our province,” said Ronna-Rae Leonard, committee chair. “Today is B.C. Beef Day. Where our food comes from is very important and we want to hear input directly from British Columbians on how to make improvements to our current system.”

“The committee wants to hear from local farmers, producers, processors, restaurateurs, consumers, and other British Columbians,” added Jackie Tegart, deputy chair. “The information collected through this consultation will directly inform the committee’s recommendations.”

British Columbians are invited to participate in the consultation by presenting at a public hearing, making a written, audio or video submission, or completing an online survey. More information, including the discussion paper is available online:

Public hearing locations and dates are as follows:
Dawson Creek (June 4)
Prince George (June 5)
Terrace (June 5)
Haida Gwaii/Masset (June 6)
Powell River (June 7)
Abbotsford (June 8)
Saanich (June 11)
Courtenay (June 11)
Williams Lake (June 12)
Castlegar (June 12)
Kamloops (June 13)

The consultation will close on June 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. The committee will release a report summarizing its findings on or before Oct. 1, 2018.

The members of the committee are:

Ronna-Rae Leonard, MLA Courtenay-Comox (chair)
Jackie Tegart, MLA Fraser-Nicola (deputy chair)
Doug Routley, MLA Nanaimo-North Cowichan
Nicholas Simons, MLA Powell River-Sunshine Coast
Donna Barnett, MLA Cariboo-Chilcotin
Mike Morris, MLA Prince George-Mackenzie
Adam Olsen, MLA Saanich North and the Islands
Ian Paton, MLA Delta South
Rachna Singh, MLA Surrey-Green Timbers

For further information:
Jennifer Arril
Committee Clerk
Room 224 Parliament Buildings
Victoria BC V8V 1X4
T 250-356-2933
Toll Free in BC 1-877-428-8337
Fax: 250-356-8172