Farm support is only in Dalton’s head

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By Jim Merriam, Barrie Examiner
Premier Dalton McGuinty told the legislature March 7, “Our single strongest group of supporters and champions for feed-in tariff in Ontario … is Ontario farmers.”

It seems a lot of farmers missed the memo. The feed-in tariff, by the way, is the part of the Dalton Gang’s green-energy plan, which is driving power prices through the roof.

On the subject of wind turbines, the most controversial segment of green energy, we have the following statement: “Escalating concerns about industrial wind turbines have prompted the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) to urge the province of Ontario to suspend further development until farm families and rural residents are assured that their interests are adequately protected.”

The OFA has 38,000 members.

In June 2010, the Ontario region of the National Farmers Union (NFU) said, “We believe the production of renewable energy must be under the control and ownership of farmers, rural communities and the broader public.

“The development of energy resources should not be left under the control of multinational corporations or private interests.”

Last month, the NFU fleshed out its position with this statement: “Rural communities must be able to set targets around the size, scale and ownership of projects and must have the option of refusing developments that do not benefit their communities … and communities must have assurance the benefits will remain in the community in the future.”

The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO) is more receptive to green energy.

However, the CFFO also wants it to strengthen, rather than destroy, rural communities ­— as the current system is doing: “The CFFO is supportive of the concept of community-based power projects by the community for the community.”

So farm support seems to be another figment of McGuinty’s imagination.

(He should have received that message after the last election.)

Meanwhile, back on the farm, much of rural Ontario continues to be up in arms.

A number of residents attended the legislature recently to support Huron-Bruce Progressive Conservative MPP Lisa Thompson’s bid for a moratorium on turbine construction.

The following are excerpts from a report by one participant, who was more saddened than angered by the experience.

“Lisa Thompson’s bill was asking for nothing more than a hold on turbines, so we can begin to protect the health of rural families and stop the money hemorrhage to foreign corporations. It’s a sensible request.

“We filled the gallery behind the PCs in support of the bill. What stand out for me are some comments. A PC asked if any NDP or Liberal members had turbines in their ridings. A Liberal hollered out about subways in rural Ontario. Try to find the logic in that one.

“Peter Tabuns, NDP, read from a script that could have come straight from McGuinty himself …”

The report goes on to say there was continuing denial that some people have real health problems because of turbines. It continues, “Liberals and NDP turned their backs on what is happening to us here again.

“Ten PCs were not even there to vote. We turned our backs to a Queen’s Park that has turned its back on rural Ontario. I was last to leave my section of the gallery. I heard someone from the floor yell, ‘You lost.’ I don’t know who said it. I don’t know who it was aimed at. I do know he can’t even begin to imagine the loss to so many out here.”

jmerriam@bmts.com

25 thoughts on “Farm support is only in Dalton’s head

  1. Great Article…McGuinty and the Ontario Vote-Monkey liberals are totally delusional…..Liberals will never see another seat in rural Ontario….

  2. McGoofy is a pathological liar.. He truly believes everything he says..This bozo is a bonafide nut bar, and should be removed from office, the sooner the better. He speaks like he’s insane..I think he has mental problems and should be getting help for it., IMHO.. I don’t know where he gets the balls to say the things he comes up with.. He is unaccountable to the people, and until someone takes him to task for his meanderings, nothing will change.. It will go on and on..

    • “Gone with the Wind” and “Germany’s Sunshine Daydream” both very interesting articles! Can it be that they refute much of the drivel ie; the “same old same old”, laid on those of us who were in the Gallery on March 8th, by the Liberal side of the House??

      Many other countries (Europe in particular) are abandoning large scale subsidized wind and solar installations while our Liberal/NDP coalition continues to blindly embrace technologies that don’t reduce global warming and do nothing to protect the environment for both man and animal… not to mention will be horrendously expensive to Ontario taxpayers for decades to come.

      How long will we allow the “Idiots” to manage the “asylum”?

      • The MPPs who favour renewable energy for Ontario do no thinking for themselves and just follow their party leaders orders like a lot of lemmings.

  3. Yeah – this makes a whole lot of sense – just mind cramping!
    Whatever happened to cheap affordable energy – that, grew our economy?
    It appears, we now have a new political party –
    ‘Farmers’ – leading the way to prosperity….
    but, for who?

    ‘[excerpt] The OFA has 38,000 members.

    In June 2010, the Ontario region of the National Farmers Union (NFU) said, “We believe the production of renewable energy must be under the control and ownership of farmers, rural communities and the broader public.

    “The development of energy resources should not be left under the control of multinational corporations or private interests.”’

    Prosperity for all – or, maybe not!!!!
    Not everyone in rural Ontario is a farmer – ya know!

    • Let’s see – the CFFO must have the answer.
      They call it – ‘the concept’ – whatever ‘vision’ seekers deem it to be.

      ‘[excerpt] The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO) is more receptive to green energy.

      However, the CFFO also wants it to strengthen, rather than destroy, rural communities ­— as the current system is doing: “The CFFO is supportive of the concept of community-based power projects by the community for the community.”’

      This is christian thinking?

  4. I am a retired farmer . I could have signed for a wind turbine destroyer but didn’t !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Feel betrayed by my neighbours who did sign .

    • The current resident/owner of the ‘family homestead’ is a close family member who recently signed a lease. His history of shrewd management makes it especially shocking that he fell for the carbetbaggers who used literature reviews and green propoganda.

      I feel my relative betrayed his family, his heritage, and his neighbourhood.

      I can only hope that we can put a stop to this insanity before the stupid thing actually gets built. I plan being there Apr 3.

  5. Canadian & Ontario population 2011
    http://www.citypopulation.de/Canada-Ontario.html
    Population of Ontario ~12.85 M & Canada ~ 33.5 M
    ~13/34 M = Ontario ~ 1/3 of the population of Canada.
    Over the last ~ 8 years Ontario with its 1/3 of the population has become a have- not province and this is a significant financial loss for both Ontario & Canada. Yet the present government pushes foreward with a renewabe energy agenda that it can’t afford.

  6. Ok,So how much are the dairy chicken and pig farmers NOW paying for hydro since 2005.
    I run a small tourist operation, from 2000 my hydro bill was $64 per month, now 2012 it is $ 178 per month…… we have not changed anything since the renovation, have high efficiency appliances and always run on off peek if possible.etc etc

    My usage of hydro has not gone up really , but the TAXES have,for no gain,just pain.

    Mcpainintheass should be returned to the hospital he was dragged out of as an orderly.

  7. Maybe Farmers should threaten to go on “Strike” or at least “threaten” that they can’r produce any more food for the hungry cities with Dalton’s high energy prices making it impossible to produce food any more…………..something has to get the attention of the city dwellers……………….THEY are the ones that keep voting this dick back in!

    • The Agenda,http://theagenda.tvo.org, program of Mar.16,2012 was “How Science and Technology Will Alter the Control of Politics”. Guests included Eliabeth May & John Duffy liberal strategist. Mr. Duffy refered, a couple of times, to rural people as people with pitchforks who don’t like new technology.

      • Just watched Grapes of Wrath and it kind of worries me that citizens can turn against their own. We all have stewardship of Ontario. Urban and rural. Telling people to leave their land, home, livelihood and give a devalued price for it does not seem like the Ontario anyone should uphold. Torture is not acceptable in Ontario.

      • Hey Barbara and Sick Turbine,

        What an interesting title:
        “How Science and Technology Will Alter the Control of Politics”
        Let’s hope they don’t get their way!

        It reminds me of a ‘reptilian’ mindset.
        Their brains out of whack – full of resentment towards humanity.

        Put simply, would you get into a pool – with a crocodile?

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