P.E.I. Farmers Give Away Potatoes In Ottawa To Raise Awareness About Trade Ban



Arturo Chang | CBC News

Prince Edward Island farmers were in Ottawa Wednesday giving away free bags of potatoes to raise awareness of the ban on fresh potato exports to the U.S.

A tractor-trailer full of P.E.I. potatoes was parked on Parliament Hill as people in Ottawa were able to get one of 6,000 free bags of spuds from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET. The giveaway was organized in part by the P.E.I. Potato Board. 

“It’s our biggest economic generator, and when the potato industry hurts in Prince Edward Island, everybody hurts,” Premier Dennis King said.

“We want to come up, keep it top of mind up here in Ottawa and demonstrate again to our politicians in Ottawa just how important this is.”

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