Bill 6 isn't on the chopping block just yet according to Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Minister, Devin Dreeshen.

The United Conservative Party campaigned they'd repeal the Bill if elected and introduce their own farm safety legislation called the Farm Freedom and Safety Act.

Leading up to the election, the Party said the new Act will require employers to maintain workplace insurance for farm workers, but allow them to choose whether to purchase insurance from the market or Workers Compensation Board (WCB).

It will also exempt small farms from employment legislation and ensure basic safety standards according to the Party's election platform.

Dreeshen says before any of this happens, they'll talk to farmers.

"As soon as seeding is over, and farmers have more time to actually be consulted, the hope is that we can actually do that very shortly, and ultimately introduce something later this year."

He says the NDP Government's big mistake was not working with the ag sector when rolling out farm safety legislation, which left the government doing years of damage control.

He says, the fact over one million Albertans voted UCP gives them a clear mandate to go out and consult with farmers on how best to proceed with Bill 6.


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