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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Thompson Says Provincial Budget Will Benefit Farmers and Business

Huron-Bruce | by Fadi Didi  

The Huron-Bruce Tory MPP also weighs in on alcohol and long-term care proposals

The MPP for Huron-Bruce says the Progressive Conservative's first budget will be good for farmers and businesses along the Lake Huron shoreline.

Lisa Thompson points to changes in agricultural red tape as the province's way to help the province's greatest producers.

Thompson says the PCs will put great focus on improving services for food processors, agribusinesses, and farmers.

She says administrative costs for farmers are also expected to fall during the Tory's current reign, along with changes to risk management programs.

The Huron-Bruce MPP says proposed changes in alcohol legislation were prompted by businesses in the riding.

Among the suggested changes will be allowing establishments to begin serving alcohol at 9:00 a.m., introducing tailgating permits, and allowing municipalities to allow consumption in public spaces, like parks or beaches.

Thompson indicates golf courses in the two counties hoped to sell beer earlier in the day, to accommodate golfers tasked with shift work.

Healthcare and hospice are also areas Thompson says will continue to receive provincial funding.

Although the province plans to add 15 thousand long-term beds, Thompson could not confirm if any were coming to Huron and Bruce counties.

Dental care will also be proposed for low-income seniors, at a cost of $90 million to the province.

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