Wynne’s rural outreach efforts could unravel in face of budget challenges

WYNNE NEGLECTAdam Radwanski, The Globe and Mail
In a year-and-a-half as premier, Kathleen Wynne has probably spent as much time visiting Ontario’s rural regions and its smaller cities as Dalton McGuinty did in nearly a decade. She has backtracked on policies, such as an end to financial support for horse racing, that rankled those communities. Somewhat dubiously, she served as her own agriculture minister.

In short, Ms. Wynne has made an effort to demonstrate that her Ontario includes more than just Toronto, Ottawa and a few other urban centres, and to ensure the rest of the province doesn’t feel as neglected under her watch as it did under her predecessor’s. And yet as her government seeks to eliminate its $12.5-billion deficit in three years, there is reason to believe Ms. Wynne is on a collision course with the regions to which she has tried to reach out.

The biggest hint came last month in an interview with Treasury Board President Deb Matthews, the most powerful minister in Ms. Wynne’s cabinet and the one charged with leading the fight to get back to balance. “I think across government, we’re more and more moving to a population-based system,” Ms. Matthews said on the subject of “rationalizing” program spending. What she meant, it was fairly clear, was that to meet the needs of fast-growing communities without significantly increasing the overall envelope, it would be necessary to reduce or at least freeze spending in areas where stagnant or shrinking populations are currently overserved by comparison. Read article

22 thoughts on “Wynne’s rural outreach efforts could unravel in face of budget challenges

  1. From the above article:

    If the province adopts the new federal riding maps then 11 of the 15 new seats will be in the GTA. Result is less political clout for much of the rest of the province.

    Provincial affairs will be decided even more by voters in the GTA than they are at present.

    Should be taken into consideration with the future of IWTs in rural Ontario. The future situation doesn’t look too promising for rural Ontarians.

    • That’s weird – or maybe not,
      the OFA – a very powerful lobby group
      representing farmers in the GTA;
      and its ‘rural membership farmers’;
      – get wind turbines…..
      ……to supplement their income.

      An operation of winners and losers;
      a long term project!

      What’s the next step for farmers?

    • Future political decisions at QP will be in favour of urban voters.

      From now on farmers’ issues will be considered if they also happen to coincide with what urban voters want.

      Much of the political clout that the OFA had is gone anyway and even more so if the GTA gains more seats in the next four years.

      This shift in political power needs to be factored into any decisions that rural Ontarians make about IWT issues.

  2. It’s already upon us;
    Deb Matthews’ halo – comes out of the closet!

    Each according to his need……and,
    – bringing character to rural Ontario.

    ‘[excerpt] The biggest hint came last month in an interview with Treasury Board President Deb Matthews, the most powerful minister in Ms. Wynne’s cabinet and the one charged with leading the fight to get back to balance. “I think across government, we’re more and more moving to a population-based system,” Ms. Matthews said on the subject of “rationalizing” program spending. What she meant, it was fairly clear, was that to meet the needs of fast-growing communities without significantly increasing the overall envelope, it would be necessary to reduce or at least freeze spending in areas where stagnant or shrinking populations are currently overserved by comparison.’

    I thought Stephen Harper called it a ‘communist plan’.
    And, he did!

    Rural Ontario mayors [aka community organizers],
    and their power brokers
    believe none of this is true;
    it’s an open ended – commitment.

    p.s. It wasn’t intentional –
    Ontario voted for a community organizer – as premier.

    • Another way of saying this is that government money will be spent where the most votes are.

      Perhaps the most important issue is that political control of the province is in the hands of urban voters and can even be more so if new seats are added to the urban base.

      Decisions made about IWT issues in rural Ontario will have to take this information into account from now on.

      There will be no help from QP. Rural Ontarians are on their own now.

    • Who cares about the fine print;
      everything will be affordable.

      But, with arms raised – as she struggles – for the right words –
      you gotta admit – aside from the pain in her face,
      she’s a great motivational speaker!

      What policy are we talking about?

      Well anyways – no policy required.
      You can volunteer to make it happen.

      Isn’t she great?
      Like in any war – you need to advance.

      In principle – you have to hate humanity.

      4 more years!

  3. The bond markets will determine how much can be spent by this provincial government.

    Nothing of substance been done about IWT heath and “noise” issues over the past eight years. How can anyone think that anything will be done now or in the near future?

    Installing the new radar system to suit the wind industry is proof enough that the federal government is also backing IWTs.

    Big Canadian banks, insurance companies, pension funds, developers and others must have gotten their way in Ottawa with the federal government about IWTs.

    • ‘[excerpt] Environment Canada is preparing to roll out new radar technology in order to combat wind farm clutter, which clouds weather forecasts, misleads meteorologists and can even block radar signals. Jim Young, who works at the agency’s national radar program, said new software will be incorporated into Canada’s radar system this fall in an effort to address the “contamination” caused by wind turbines.’

      Some pretty harsh words:
      1. combat wind farm clutter,
      2. in an effort to address the “contamination” caused by wind turbines

      And besides – pilots need certainty – before they make a decision
      to chart their flight.

  4. The bond markets will determine how much this present government can spend.

    Nothing of substance has been done about IWT health and “noise issues over the past eight years.

    Why would anyone think that anything will be done now or in the near future about these issues.

    Environment Canada would not be installing a new radar system for Canada unless they were pushed by the various money interests involved in IWTs.

    Rural Ontarians need to wake up and look at the whole picture about IWTs in Ontario. Things changed on June 12 of this year!

    • The bond markets could have been a reason Wynne was working with Heaps to get an alternative way to finance the new subway she promised.

      One way to get around the normal/regular bond market financing for municipal projects.
      Would provided a way around increased interest/borrowing costs for a project such as this one.

  5. “Nothing of substance has been done about IWT health and “noise issues over the past eight years.”

    Except for the MOE’s inhumane human experimentation:

    ‘[excerpt] In the meantime, over a 10-day period in July, the ministry captured its own sound data with Disheau’s help. During those times she considered the turbines to be noisiest, she pressed a button inside her home, triggering the recording process via the outdoor microphone, which was tethered to audio equipment in a locked box.

    Comparing the sound to that of a rumbling plane or jet, she got up at night when she couldn’t sleep to push the audio recording button located at the end of a long cord connected to the stuff outside. She also kept an accompanying log as part of the initiative.’

    “Why would anyone think that anything will be done now or in the near future about these issues?”

    You know, there is a federal election in the near future.
    I know that OWR friends will be eager to support or oppose candidates based on their IWT positions.

  6. INHUMANE is exactly how the Ontario government is mistreating the rural people of Ontario. It would be much less painful if you gave us all a sip of the deadly koolaide. Hell, just line us up and fire away. It would be a great relief for many.
    This is F**KING CRIMINAL, UNACCEPTABLE, WRONG..

  7. Energy BC

    It takes 1,200 2 MW wind turbines to replace 1,000 MW of coal or gas fired power.

    And the reason for this is due to the intermittency of wind which brings the 2 MW generating capacity closer to 0.6-0.8 MW of power generating capacity.

    Then if Ontario would have 6,000 2 MW IWTs this would replace 5,000 MW of coal or gas fired power.

    The 2 MW is known as name-plate capacity but in real life the power production is only 0.6-0.8 MW produced by a 2 MW turbine.

    Yet wind promoters continue to use this false information to promote IWTs.

    http://www.energybc.ca/profiles/wind.html

    Why not copy this information and show this to people?

    • Wasn’t the cancelled gas fired power plant in the GTA 1,000 MW?

      So maybe those people who objected to this plant would like to have 1,200 IWTs in its place instead?

      But, oh no just put the IWTs out in rural Ontario.

  8. Victims of Industrial Wind Energy Facilities

    CBC – Justin Trudeau’s Ottawa home broken into with family inside

    ‘[excerpt] Ottawa police and the RCMP are investigating after vandals broke into the home of Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau.
    […]
    While my family was sleeping somebody broke into our house while I was away in Winnipeg. Obviously we’re extremely troubled by this,” he said on Saturday.​

    “Everybody’s safe, but the idea of someone getting into the house while my family was sleeping, while I’m away working is very distressing, to say the least.”

    Nobody was hurt in the incident.

    Media reports also state nothing was stolen from the home.’

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