by David Meyer, The Wellington Advertiser
GUELPH– The divisions between cities and rural Ontario is now visible for all to see – and folks from the countryside foresee a real battle coming. County councillors have called for a public meeting that asks all county residents, plus anyone else from rural Ontario, to discuss what they see as a war against them by urban areas and led by the provincial Liberal government of Dalton McGuinty.
That meeting is set for May 29 at 7pm at Aboyne Hall. The issue was raised at the county’s economic development committee meeting on April 26, but there was plenty of chatter prior to the meeting about why the provincial government is seemingly oblivious to the havoc it is causing in rural areas. The county’s new economic development committee offered a recommendation that council “support the County of Wellington in setting up a meeting with interested parties regarding the horse racing industry to discuss options and make suggestions to bring forward to the province of Ontario.”
But Warden Chris White was clear he hopes to hear from all rural constituents about their grievances for such things as wind turbines, the farm tax system, the cost of source water protection and other issues that seem to have rural people suffering in favour of the cities, under the aegis of the provincial government. The Liberals lost four cabinet ministers in the last election, mainly from rural areas, and also lost its majority government. Read article