John Horgan’s strict ALR regulations lead to closure of beloved local eatery

PARKSVILLE (September 6, 2019) – The owners of the Rusted Rake Farm Eatery in Nanoose Bay announced this morning that they have been forced to shut their doors for good after the ALC denied their non-farm use application.

“I have had the opportunity to visit the Rusted Rake in the past and was greatly disappointed to hear today’s news,” says Delta South MLA and Agriculture Co-Critic Ian Paton. “It is an excellent little roadside eatery making use of their own farm produce and meat. They were told to build alcohol sales into the operation to meet ALR regulations. Now, with construction of their new brewery already underway, they have been turned down on their reconsideration application. The family is devastated.”

The closure of the Rusted Rake Farm Eatery is another example of agricultural businesses struggling under the rigid ALR regulations set out by the NDP government.

“Rather than simply closing down any business that doesn’t follow their strict rules to the letter, the ALC needs to take into account the unique context of applications and work with owners and farmers to reach a resolution that best serves the local community,” says Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell. “If the current government continues to stifle agricultural business, local farmers – and the British Columbians they serve – are going to be the ones paying the price.”

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