He says the ALC will not be moved into the Agriculture Ministry, adding it was based on an old document, which was apparently leaked to the newspaper. Bennett says the government will only consider “minor” changes to the commission’s existing relationship with the oil and gas commission, which already has some authority to make decisions about projects on the land reserve.
NDP Leader Adrian Dix says it’s clear the Liberals are attempting to undermine the independence of the land commission, which was created by the New Democrats in the 1970s to appease private interests. Dix says the province would look very different if the Agricultural Land Reserve hadn’t protected the province’s farmland from development.
The commission oversees the 4.7 million hectares of land throughout the province set aside for agricultural production.
The full Globe and Mail article can be read here.