Quebec farmers “drowning in red tape” protest record low profits

by Quinn Patrick at

Farmers have gathered in Rimouski, Quebec to voice their concerns in the days leading up to the province’s next budget announcement. 

Several hundred farmers from Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie region travelled to Rimouski to participate in the demonstration by the Federation of the Union of Agricultural Producers (UPA) of Bas-Saint-Laurent.

Dozens of tractors and trailers joined together in a convoy to circle the street in front of the office of Minister Maïté Blanchette Vézina, who represents the Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine regions. 

Afterwards, the tractors moved to the offices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Quebec.

The demonstrators say they are particularly worried about what the future holds for the next generation of farmers.