Statement by Official Opposition Agriculture Critic Trent Wotherspoon on Reference Margin Limit victory for producers

The statement reads as follow:

Saskatchewan New Democrats are pleased that the Sask. Party government has finally agreed to one half of what we have called for along with producers from across Saskatchewan to fix AgriStability. Removing the Reference Margin Limit will come as a relief to many farm families and provide much needed certainty, particularly livestock producers that have been hard hit.

While this is a positive development, we know that Saskatchewan producers are united in calling on the Sask. Party government to finish the job and repair AgriStability which was damaged by the 2013 cuts.

The Sask. Party government needs to listen to Saskatchewan producers and step up and support increased AgriStability payment levels to 80%, cost shared 60/40 by the federal and provincial governments.

These changes have the federal government’s support, but the Sask. Party government is blocking these changes from becoming a reality.

While we celebrate a victory on removing the Reference Margin Limit, the job is not done until the Sask. Party stops blocking these important changes to fix AgriStability. 

Saskatchewan producers and farm families deserve better than further delays and inaction on this front.”