Arnott: McGuinty government failing farmers

The Dalton McGuinty Liberal government is paying far too little attention to the crisis in agriculture, ac­cording to Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott.


“Not acting on the crisis in agriculture is, in fact, the Mc­Guinty government’s deliberate choice,” said Arnott in the Ontario Legislature last week. 

He made his comments during debate on a motion from his Pro­gressive Conservative col­league, MPP Jim Wilson, who is advocating a comprehensive Business Risk Management program for Ontario farmers.

In a June 1 letter to MPPs, the Ontario Agriculture Sus­tain­ability Coalition called the future of farming in Ontario “very bleak” without risk man­agement programming.

“Of course, the McGuinty government should have known the magnitude of the crisis facing farmers in Ontario,” said Arnott.

By a vote of 24 to 16, the Liberals used their majority to vote down Wilson’s risk man­agement motion.

The vast maj­ority of Liberals in attendance voted against it, while the premier wasn’t there and the Minister of Agriculture Carol Mitchell did not show up, either.