B.C. agriculture minister waters down Bill 24
The provincial government has made changes to the Agricultural Land Commission, including allowing “value-added farming activities” on farmland that some critics fear could turn into industrial changes like this oil rig and an oil pump jack on a farm in rural North Dakota. (REUTERS)
B.C.’s Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick introduced amendments to the controversial Bill 24 following political and public pressure.
The bill will make changes to the Agricultural Land Commission and has been strongly opposed by the BC NDP, environmentalists and some farmers.
Letnick said the proposed legislation has been changed to “clearly define” criteria the commission must use for land-use decisions in certain parts of the province.
"While it is very difficult to reach complete consensus, I want to thank British Columbians for conveying their thoughts and vision to me,” said Letnick in a news release.
The bill was up for second reading in Victoria Tuesday.
Last week the B.C. Food Systems Network asked Letnick to delay passing the bill pending more public consultation.