Winnipeg, MB – Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) extends congratulations to the Manitoba New Democratic Party (NDP) for their victory in the 2023 provincial election and becoming Manitoba’s new government.
“On behalf of all Manitoba farmers, I want to congratulate the Manitoba NDP for winning the most seats in the provincial election and forming the next provincial government here in Manitoba,” said KAP President, Jill Verwey.
Verwey also noted the significance of NDP leader and Premier-elect, Wab Kinew, as the first First Nations person to be elected as Premier of Manitoba.
“I would also extend my sincere congratulations to Mr. Kinew not only for becoming Manitoba’s newest Premier, but for being the first First Nations person elected to this role,” said Verwey. “While there is always work to be done as we walk the path of reconciliation together, Mr. Kinew’s election should be seen by all Manitobans as monumental moment in our history.”
Verwey also thanked outgoing Premier Heather Stefanson and Minister of Agriculture, Derek Johnson, for their work in supporting agriculture during their time in their respective roles.
“I would like to personally thank former Premier Stefanson and Minister Johnson for the efforts they undertook to support Manitoba producers and the agricultural sector as a whole during their time in government, including the increased funding of $221 million available through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, increase of the Education Property Tax Rebate to 50%, and support of additional seats at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine for Manitoba students.”
KAP reiterated the priorities of Manitoba producers and the agricultural sector and outlined their commitment to working with the newly elected NDP government to best advance these priorities for the benefit of Manitoba’s entire economy.
“This election, our priorities were clear: Remove the Education Property Tax on Farmland, Pass Right-to-Repair Laws for Farm Machinery, Improve Manitoba’s Infrastructure Network, Address Labour Shortages, and Better Healthcare and Safety in Rural Areas,” said KAP General Manager, Brenna Mahoney. “We look forward to engaging with Premier-elect Kinew and his entire team in the coming weeks to continue our discussions on these and other key issues affecting Manitoba producers,” concluded Mahoney.
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