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Letters: Crown land changes ‘abhorrent’

My husband and I moved to the Ste. Rose area from Alberta in May of 2019. We have been caught up in the Crown land modernization fiasco.

The fact that there was a Conservative government in the province, along with reasonable land prices, made it an attractive place for us to grow our cattle business.

Changes made have us seriously questioning our decision.

The government’s stated goals to increase the cow herd and help young producers are not addressed by these changes, and in fact are harmed by them.

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Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen’s comments regarding the Crown land sale in Dauphin are inaccurate at best. The people with the most money got the leases. That’s it.

Auctions for abandoned leases are a good idea. The idea of auctioning Crown land that is part of an operational ranch after 15 years, or upon the sale of the ranch, is abhorrent.

Damage done to the industry will be irreparable. Viable ranches will be lost. Older ranchers wanting to move on will be crippled in their retirement. Young ranchers will not be able to afford the good leases.

The Manitoba government must reconsider the changes to unit transfer. Make all leases renewable for 15-year terms, whether legacy or new.

Increased costs will be borne upon our backs but these other changes will destroy relationships and communities.

Shelley Dyck
Ste. Rose du Lac

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