By Jonathan Jenkins, Toronto Sun
ROSEVILLE, ONT. – Eat, drink and be Ontarian, Premier Dalton McGuinty said Tuesday.
“If every one of our families were to spend $10 more every week on Ontario foods, that would have a $2.4 billion impact on the economy and create 10,000 jobs,” McGuinty said, as he pressed the flesh at the International Plowing Match in Roseville, near Waterloo.
“So we’ve got a new bill that we will shortly be introducing, the Local Food Act.”
McGuinty promised to consult with the public, industry and opposition parties before introducing the bill, and said supporting Ontario farmers wouldn’t have to mean more spending for the cash-strapped province.
“We’re buying the food anyway right now, for example, in our public institutions,” he said. “It’s just a matter of ensuring that we’re using our purchasing power to support local agriculture.”
Opposition parties expressed cautious support for the proposal, but suggested McGuinty was merely throwing a bone to a rural community deeply unhappy with his government.
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