"Amendments to the Farm Land Security Act have left out a very important piece for Saskatchewan farm and ranch families", said PC Leader Rick Swenson.
Swenson adds, "Amendments to the Act were forced by Saskatchewan citizens because of the Sask Party government's cavalier attitude toward one of our greatest resources - our agricultural land. The Assiniboia Land Co-CPPIB deal highlighted this necessity for rule changes and more due diligence by the Farm Land Security Board."
The large resource extraction exemption of 60,000 acres given to the Chinese company Yancoal for its proposed potash mine between Earl Grey and Southey should have been a warning to the government that resource extraction exemptions can have the same destructive consequences for communities and farm families as the CPPIB deal.
The Farm Land Security Board should be obligated to investigate and communicate with affected communities and land owners before government ministries ask for exemptions for resource extraction companies to move in and start acquiring agricultural land that may be far beyond their immediate needs.
Swenson says, "This issue has been raised with the government on a number of occasions by various groups. They have not listened. The PC Party demands further amendments to the Farm Land Security Act to address this concern."
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