Aug. 18, 2000
FREDERICTON (CNB) -- Serious consideration will be given to the recommendations currently being drafted by the New Brunswick Agricultural Coalition regarding the future of government programs and services offered to farmers, Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Paul Robichaud said today.
"There have been some misleading and incorrect reports that I am not willing to consider changes to the original plan to modify some of our programs and services, but be assured government is acting in good faith with the coalition during this consultation process," Robichaud said. "I am waiting for their report next month before any decisions are made."
Robichaud said he views the consultation process as a unique opportunity for the farmers of New Brunswick to work with government to build a new Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture.
"It is the responsibility of government to deliver essential services and programs in the most efficient and cost-effective way, and that is what I plan to do," he said.
MEDIA CONTACT: John White, director of communications, Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, 506-453-5451.