Support shown for ALC mandate

Vernon wants the Agricultural Land Commission to remain above government interference.

Vernon wants the Agricultural Land Commission to remain above government interference.

Council will write the provincial government demanding that if a review of the ALC does proceed, that the agency continue to be independent when it comes to deciding the future of farm land.

“There is talk of making changes and I’m not comfortable with that. The ALC has worked well,” said Coun. Juliette Cunningham.

“They are talking about giving more control of ALC land in the north to the same ministry that deals with oil and gas. As we deal more and more with climate change, we need to be well positioned to grow our own food.”

However, opposition to the letter came from Councillors Mary-Jo O’Keefe and Bob Spiers.

“We do need to make changes to the Agricultural Land Reserve and if we allow them to do a study, hopefully they will make good recommendations,” said O’Keefe.

O’Keefe also pointed out that there is no concrete proof that the ALC may be adjusted.

“Something is leaked from the government and we don’t have any of the details and now is not the time to write a letter,” she said.