Last week, the Alberta government announced the introduction of Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranchers Workers Act. Farmers have engaged in a hefty amount of debate on the new legislation. As the Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour states in the interview below, “this is a complex bill.”
Whether it is mandatory WCB or implementation of OH&S or the new restrictions on children operating equipment, farmers and ranchers are making sure their opinions are heard. Social media has been alive the past week with #bill6 commentary. The Alberta government planned town halls started Thursday in Grand Prairie and emotions and passion were running very high.
Shaun Haney was able to interview the Alberta Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour, Lori Sigurdson about Bill 6 and what the NDP governments intentions are with the bill. Minister Sigurdson stepped out of question period to grant RealAgriculture the interview which we greatly appreciate. We attempted to ask as many of the questions as we could that our readers submitted via twitter. We hope that we can have her back for another interview to ask more of your questions soon. Lets keep the discussion going and make sure we understand the legislation as we provide feedback.
Clearly there is a lot of work still to be done. We encourage the RealAgriculture community to attend the town halls, call your MLA and complete the government survey to ensure agriculture participates in the discussion. Please remember to be respectful and provide constructive feedback to ensure our industry adds to the discussion to shape the regulations on Bill 6 going forward.