Liberals Vote No to Business Risk Management Program for Farmers
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(June 3, 2010) Liberal MPPs defeated a resolution in the Ontario Legislature today that would have pushed the McGuinty government into implementing the business risk management program that Ontario farmers have been asking for. The resolution was tabled by Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson in reply to farmers in his constituency and Ontario’s 57,000 farm families who have been seeking government assistance.
“Ontario farmers across many commodity groups are suffering during this
economic downturn,” Wilson said in his remarks in the Legislature.
“While governments have bailed out autos and banks, there is no
infrastructure program or any other form of additional relief for
In a recent letter to MPPs, the Ontario Agricultural Sustainability Coalition (OASC) said, “The resolution coming before the Legislature is about food security and the ability to feed ourselves while sustaining a healthy economy and environment. The importance of a home grown food supply cannot be overstated!” They also wrote, “At risk are not just Ontario’s farmers and the 80,000 jobs they provide, but also the many jobs across the province in processing and further processing of Ontario’s food products. This number is estimated to exceed 600,000 jobs.”
If accepted by the Liberals, Wilson’s resolution would have ensured that Ontario farmers had a business risk management program in place for the 2009 production year, which is currently being marketed. Instead, Liberal MPPs used their majority to defeat the motion 23 to 16.
Wilson called it “disgraceful” that neither the Minister of Agriculture nor the Parliamentary Assistant even bothered to vote or join the debate. “The resolution was neither hostile nor contentious. It was a simple, yet important effort to encourage the government to validate its support for Ontario farmers and today they let them down,” said Wilson.
The following is the recorded vote.
Those in favour:
Hardeman, Ernie Kormos, Peter
O'Toole, John Prue, Michael
Cansfield, Donna H.
Flynn, Kevin Daniel
Murray, Glen R.
Wynne, Kathleen O.