Another Hit to Manitoba's Hog Industry - Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba

Plant closure and lost jobs could have been avoided: Pedersen

The NDP’s policies have been negatively affecting Manitoba’s hog industry for years, and we are seeing a ripple effect in our province. Today, the public discovered that the Maple Leaf Foods plant on Panet Road in Winnipeg will close on December 31, 2014.

“High taxation and over-regulation have caused Manitoba to lose its competitive edge in the hog industry,” said Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Critic Blaine Pedersen.

This past spring, a shortage of hogs forced Maple Leaf to reduce working hours at its plant in Brandon because it wasn’t able to run at full production. The bottom lines of more than 2,200 workers took a hit as a result.

“Well-paying and permanent jobs are being cut in Manitoba because of NDP policies,” added Pedersen.

The NDP refuses to implement the reforms needed to save Manitoba’s hog industry. As a result, jobs related to the industry continue to be put in jeopardy.