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Update on meeting with Minister Popham

Ned Taylor for Saanich Council
Victoria, Canada

Sep 24, 2017 — Hi everyone,

Thank you so much for your support through this special time in our movement. It is not only appreciated, but needed, it shows that we are a strong force to be reckoned with.

Overall, the meeting went very well and showed me that BC will very likely be cage-free and be cage-free soon. However, the specifics behind that are uncertain, which does worry me a little.

When meeting with Minister Popham, she was joined by two senior staff and her Deputy Minister Wes Shoemaker. I started off our meeting by letting them all know what our petition is about, the momentum we’ve gained and that we want BC to be cage-free before the next election (2021). I continued by asking what her thoughts were on our proposal. Minister Popham, Deputy Minister Shoemaker, Ministry staff, and I discussed different opportunities for moving forward.

The possibility of BC being cage-free by 2025 was considered by the previous BC Liberal government, but never followed through on. One of Minister Popham’s senior staff mentioned “The Retail Council of Canada (a huge part of the egg industry) is already moving to be cage-free by 2025, but that’s still quite a lengthy timeline”. Minister Popham and I agreed, I added on to that by saying that with the industry already moving to be cage-free, it would make sense for the Government to move on that too. They all nodded.

That part of our meeting showed me that Minister Popham and her Ministry do want to move to be cage-free and would actually prefer an efficient timeline in doing so.

In conclusion of our meeting she mentioned that Premier Horgan wanted to join us but couldn’t due to his busy schedule. She also let me know that she wants to have a good working relationship with me and all of you advocating for a cage-free BC and that she will keep me in the loop on all of their work and progress on this issue. I’m extremely happy about that.

So with all this said, some of you may be asking “But when is BC going to be cage-free?”, well unfortunately that’s still unknown. And I don’t blame Minister Popham or her team for not having specifics on that, they’ve only been in power for 9 - 10 weeks. The fact that they’ve already met with us is huge.

We seem to finally have a government that wants to go cage-free, and that’s something we haven’t had provincially or federally for decades. It’s now up to us to work with them on that, and hold them to account when necessary.

I’m really looking forward to the months to come. Slowly but surely, we’re making progress.

Stay in touch, there’s going to be more to do soon.

Ned Taylor

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