Tory promotes PC Plan to 'Buy Ontario'

    PC plan will provide leadership by expanding, promoting purchase of
    Ontario products

    BRAMPTON, ON, June 16 /CNW/ - Progressive Conservative Party Leader John
Tory today said a PC Government would show real leadership by expanding and
promoting the purchase of Ontario-grown products throughout the province.
    "A PC Government would lead by example and push government run facilities
like schools, hospitals and government cafeterias to buy and serve
Ontario-grown products. With a level playing field and a fair chance, Ontario
farmers and their products can compete against the best in the world," said
Tory. "It's about time the Ontario government showed some real leadership by
creating fair opportunities and showing its support for the people who are the
anchor of our rural economy. If it's paid for with Ontario taxpayers money we
should be buying Ontario as often as we possibly can."
    Tory made the comments after attending the Brampton Farmers' Market and
purchasing a variety of Ontario grown products. The PC Party plan will invest
in strong communities, provide fairness for farmers and their families and
build for Ontario's future. A John Tory PC government will:

    -   Significantly increase the purchase of Ontario-grown products by
        public institutions such as hospitals and schools;
    -   Sharpen and expand the definition of 'grown in Ontario' through three
        specific initiatives which will:
        -  Update and expand the 'Buy Local' Foodland Ontario campaign to
           include meat;
        -  Encourage and assist in the establishment and promotion of Ontario
           sections in food stores; and
        -  Better promote the benefits of Ontario food to consumers.

    "Ontario farmers produce some of the best food in the world - our farming
families have built a reputation for production excellence around the world.
Our 'Buy Ontario' campaign will show real leadership by opening up a new
market to farmers and taking immediate steps to provide them with the support
they have not received from Dalton McGuinty or his government."
    Tory added, "We will lead by example and open up new markets for Ontario
farmers proving that government believes in the products and services our
farmers have to offer."
    "Ontario has a proud history of farmers who have been able to produce and
succeed. Under Dalton McGuinty's weak leadership this has not been the case -
our farmers are sinking further and further into financial ruin," said Tory.
"A PC government will live up to its responsibility to invest and support our
farmers. When it comes to building a better Ontario, leadership matters."

    Photo available upon request

For further information:

For further information: Michelle Pennell, (416) 325-9109

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