Manitoba Progressive Conservatives promise more help for farmers if re-elected

A new report is examining the mental health of Canada's agricultural producers. File / Global News

Manitoba Progressive Conservatives are promising to permanently cut in half rental fees for agricultural Crown lands as part of a series of farm-related election promises.

Derek Johnson, a cabinet minister seeking re-election in Interlake-Gimli, says producers have been under stress since the drought of 2021, and a cut that was put in place temporarily would be made permanent.

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The Tories are also promising triple funding for veterinary service districts, which maintain clinics across the province, if they win the Oct. 3 election.

Johnson says that would attract new veterinarians to rural Manitoba and improve services.

The Tories are also promising to double-fund the Winnipeg Humane Society for the One Health Program, which provides veterinary care in underserved rural areas.

Advance polls for the election open Sept. 23.

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