Food for thought

Part­ner­ship examines ways to make Is­land’s econ­omy grow

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

Two At­lantic Canada MPs met with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from P.E.I.’s Food Is­land Part­ner­ship (FIP) and lo­cal food in­dus­try stake­hold­ers in Char­lot­te­town Friday to dis­cuss the role that food plays in At­lantic Canada’s econ­omy.

They also dis­cussed how gov­ern­ments and in­dus­try can work to­gether to help the food in­dus­try grow to play more of a lead­ing role in eco­nomic growth for the re­gion.

“The At­lantic Growth Strat­egy is a blue­print for eco­nomic growth – it’s a col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach be­tween gov­ern­ments and in­dus­try, and since it was launched just over a year ago, we’ve al­ready started to see pos­i­tive re­sults,” said Scott Bri­son, pres­i­dent of the Trea­sury Board and MP for Kings-Hants in Nova Sco­tia, who at­tended the meet­ing with P.E.I. MP Wayne Easter

“I am pleased to meet and work with our food in­dus­try to ex­plore ways to help it grow our econ­omy and create good jobs for At­lantic Cana­di­ans.”

At­lantic Canada has a strong and di­verse food in­dus­try with deep his­tor­i­cal roots, and it has great po­ten­tial for growth. With the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments’ fo­cus on eco­nomic growth through the At­lantic Growth Strat­egy, and the find­ings of the Do­minic Bar­ton-led Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil on Eco­nomic Growth on the growth po­ten­tial of the agri-food sec­tor, the time is right to look at how the re­gion’s food in­dus­try can meet that po­ten­tial.

John Rowe, chair­man of the Food Is­land Part­ner­ship and pres­i­dent of Is­land Abbey Foods Ltd., says the part­ner­ship is well-po­si­tioned to help lead this un­prece­dented op­por­tu­nity for growth in the food in­dus­try.

“We look for­ward to work­ing with the fed­eral govern­ment and At­lantic prov­inces to en­sure that our re­gion’s qual­ity food prod­ucts have a brighter fu­ture than ever be­fore.”

All agreed there is tremen­dous po­ten­tial for At­lantic Cana­dian food prod­ucts in for­eign mar­kets. The Canada-Euro­pean Union Com­pre­hen­sive Eco­nomic and Trade Agree­ment (CETA) will re­move tar­iffs on these prod­ucts, and grow­ing economies in other parts of the world are creating more and more de­mand for qual­ity food prod­ucts.

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John Rowe, left, and Bryan Inglis are shown at a meet­ing in Char­lot­te­town Friday that fo­cused on the role food plays in At­lantic Canada’s econ­omy.

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