As Steve himself stated in an email to me, "Independent growers like myself control over half of the wine grape production in Nova Scotia and we are creating jobs in the rural areas. Many of us are expanding and investing in our businesses to help the local wineries meet the demands of a growing industry. Nova Scotian wines are being recognized as high quality and with global wine trends focused on crisp aromatic whites and sparkling we are perfectly placed to take on a larger role in our economy."
I am personally committed to helping this the grape-growers and the winery's prosper and expand. It is increasingly producing world-class grapes and wines and has also contributed to our tourism industry. As the M.P. I will work to continue to find research funds so as to grow the better (and more resilient) grape. I am also committed to helping local winery's find export markets and am very supportive of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, which is crucial not only to our grape-growers but our local agricultural industry as a whole.
Monday morning I was privileged to visit a precocious group of students at the New Booker School in Port Williams, who grilled me on my commitments and those of the party. I hope the adults in the riding are as well informed as these kids.