Kings-Hants MP Kody Blois at an announcement in East Hants in Sept. 2020. (Healey photo)

KINGS-HANTS: Liberal Party of Canada delegates passed a resolution Saturday April 10 that will help position Canada as an agricultural and agri-food superpower.

The policy resolution, put forward by Kings-Hants MP Kody Blois, received support from 94% of voting delegates during the plenary session and was one of the top 15 selected by Liberal delegates in the prioritization vote.

Canada as an Agricultural and Agri-Food Superpower calls on the Government of Canada to create a suite of policies that support farmers and agri-food processors to increase Canada’s competitiveness as part of the COVID-19 economic recovery.

“As Rural Caucus Chair and Member of Parliament for Kings—Hants, one of Atlantic Canada’s agricultural heartlands, it was important to me that supporting Canada’s agricultural sector was part of our party’s national policy discussion,” said Kody Blois, MP for Kings-Hants. “I believe this policy resolution will help create jobs and drive rural economic growth, while supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy.”

The policies will focus on investments to support regional agri-food capacity, extend growing seasons and increase exports, while supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy.

It highlights the importance of the Government of Canada working with industry stakeholders, provinces, territories and Indigenous communities to position Canada as an agriculture superpower.

To help Canadian manufacturers remain globally competitive, the policy also recommendsbolstering investment in research and innovation.