Alberta government announces consultation process that is fraught with problems
The Alberta Government announced their consultation process for Bill 6 – theEnhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act, which will involve six Technical Working Groups (TWGs), each with only 12 members.
CFIB says Bill 6 consultation is fraught with problems:
- Big city focus: Meetings are only planned in Calgary and Edmonton.
- Timing of meetings stink for farmers: Meetings are scheduled from March to August – right in the middle of farmers’ busiest time of year!
- It is highly selective with limited seats: There are only 12 seats for each group.
- The application process is onerous: Stakeholders have to fill out a 6 page form to apply to be considered for one of the 12 seats at one of the tables.
- It is inflexible: If a TWG member misses one meeting, they may be kicked off the Working Group.
What WE are doing:
- CFIB continues to fight Bill 6. We are telling the Alberta Government that Bill 6 is unworkable for Alberta framers.
- We’ve urged the government to go back to the drawing board to figure out a better process to genuinely listen and respond to Alberta farmers’ serious concerns about Bill 6.
- CFIB is applying to sit on the Working Groups to ensure your voice is heard.
What YOU can do:
- Apply to be a member on a Working Group. Deadline to apply is Friday, February 26th. Please send your application to [email protected] by February 26th.
- Email your concerns about the consultation process and/or Bill 6 to your MLA, the Minister of Labour (Hon. Christina Gray) and the Minister of Agriculture (Hon. Oneil Carlier): [email protected][email protected]
- Sign our Bill 6 Action Alert.
There is still time to be heard! CFIB won’t back down when it comes to fighting for the family farm.
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