Betty Hinton, MP Masthead
Member of Parliament for Kamloops Thompson Cariboo
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2, 2003

KAMLOOPS: Two weeks ago MP Betty Hinton (Kamloops Thompson and Highland Valleys) put out a plea for feed for ranchers in the area where forest fires have cleared their traditional grazing land. Hinton's fellow Canadian Alliance caucus members have come through with help for this region's ranching community.

"The need for cattle feed is desperate due to the fire. The fire destroyed the forest, leaving black toothpicks standing in six inches of ash," Hinton told her associates.

The call for help spread through Alberta faster than B.C.'s wildfires. Ranchers in the riding of C.A. MP Myron Thompson have responded and are sending a load of feed our way, said Hinton.

"These generous ranchers are not only sending the hay and straw, after harvest, they are paying the freight," said Hinton, who has arranged with local ranchers Ed Salle and Ian Mitchell to distribute the feed to those most in need.

Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce parking lot, local residents can show their support for the ranching community by signing their name on a large cattle truck being pulled across the country to Ottawa to bring awareness to the fact the border is still largely closed to Canadian beef. Mr. Salle and Mr. Mitchell will be on hand, as well as Mrs. Hinton, to talk to people about the situation the regional ranchers find themselves in following the forest fires.

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Contact:
Betty Hinton, MP-851-4991
Chamber of Commerce, 372-7722
Ed Salle, 672-5148


 

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