November 20, 2015

Alberta NDP want to "make it illegal for a 10 year old to earn money picking eggs for their grandma"

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator
 

The Alberta NDP has proposed new legislation that amounts to a socialist attack on the family farm and the rural way of life.

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The legislation requires farms, regardless of size to meet mandatory occupational health and safety requirements including inspections. This law mandates worker's compensation board (WCB) coverage to all workers, paid or unpaid. Farms now will have to adhere to child labor laws and meet laws regarding overtime and hours of work requirements. Then there's the NDP's favorite part: the new law will also allow for the unionization of farm workers, paid or unpaid.

That might all seem good for city folks. Everyone wants a safer workplace, farmers included. But this is bad legislation that doesn’t understand the farm way of life.

Farmers won't be able to teach their kids or grandchildren about farming and hard work. The extension of child labor laws to family farms makes it illegal for a 10 year old to earn money picking eggs for their grandma. Those are the best moments of a farm kid's life. And those are being taken away by urban leftist meddlers.

There are so many reason this law is bad for farmers yet the NDP is pushing ahead with it at breakneck speed. Why? Here's the real reason I think the NDP are doing this: the unions. This grows the unions and that’s really who the NDP govern for, isn't it?

Allowing farm workers to unionize grows the NDP union base by a potential 60000 workers over 40 thousand farms and ranches across Alberta. And there's more.

How many extra unionized government employees will be needed to handle at least 40,000 WCB files? What about all the occupational health and safety inspectors? The government will need to hire many more to pop in on those 40,000 farms. The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees must be rubbing their greedy hands together right now.

Landowning peasants in Stalin's Russia were called Kulaks. They were painted as greedy for resisting forced collectivization of their farms. In Alberta, we are all Kulaks now.

 

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commented 2015-12-17 22:32:26 -0500
Sorry, but I just don’t find this attack on the government credible.
commented 2015-11-26 07:06:53 -0500
This piece of “journalism” must have been written before any other information on Bill 6 was available. How could you ignore the distinction between operating a farm and private family activities? The proposed legislation does and so does the literature released on the GoA website. The whole article is a distortion. C-
commented 2015-11-24 14:41:00 -0500
Seems like too many myopic views here. Are we talking about safety of farm children or just something else to complain about the NDP government? Anyone done any research on the statistics of fatal accidents re farm children in North America?
commented 2015-11-23 09:31:20 -0500
Marc Spencer – commented
“What about Hutterite colonies??? They are the worst for child labour.”

So now helping with the family chores is child labour? You people are go beyond the pale of mental illness!
commented 2015-11-23 08:39:36 -0500
ssocialist idiot running the chicken coop. the premier is a dangerous fool.
commented 2015-11-23 02:19:04 -0500
Jim alseth who cares what actual farmers think eh? And this is how Stalin got started.
commented 2015-11-22 22:08:52 -0500
Corey: Thank you for your comment. You are absolutely right. Farming is hard work & instills good work ethics for the kids. What they learn from helping out is priceless. Stack up a kid who grows up on a farm against a city kid & the kid from the farm will run circles around the city kid.
commented 2015-11-22 22:00:13 -0500
Running a farm takes a lot of know how, something that’s been passed on from generation to generation & farming has become high tech in some instances & many of the younger generation have agriculture degrees. It’s insulting to say that some may have higher aspirations in life than running a farm. The farmers I know or have known not only know how to plant crops, but can also fix just about anything & that knowledge has come from the grandparents & fathers, something that cannot be learnt from going to university. Thank God for the farmers who grow our food & those who did not aspire to become a lawyer or dentist, etc, but went to trade school to learn about plumbing, welding, how to wire a building & so on. I have great respect for these people & Notley should be ashamed of herself.
commented 2015-11-22 21:33:48 -0500
Hey Michael Mann. Why don’t you ask fame kids their thoughts instead of speaking for them. And speaking for their parents. Chores installs work ethic getting up at 5 in the morning to feed the cows or horses and moving bails of hay. Or staying up late to harvest because the crop has to come off for the grain bins to store and sell before frost and also seeding and spraying in the spring. Last time I checked how a farmer raised his kids is none of your concerns. So don’t make comments abt farming families and their kids and how they raise them. Farm kids have strong work ethics and are also very smart and most go into vet school be issue they are raised around farm animals Being a vet is a pretty good gig and they get that hands on knowledge from working the farm and doing chores and castrating
Cows and dealing with broken legs on cows and horses throwing shoes. So maybe don’t speak for others. You sound useless by your comments. I’m pretty sure you don’t know what hard work is if your talking down farming Those kids are the ones that are helping put food on your table without farmers we would be you a socialist useless person. Get the picture is it starting to sink in. Or maybe go watch that girl in the states that said rich people and hard working people should pay 90% taxes so useless people like her and you can have a free ride for being a waste in this earth.
commented 2015-11-22 21:17:55 -0500
Kelvin,

I am not speculating at all – but thanks for your low information assumption about a couch and mind numbing video games.
commented 2015-11-22 21:11:39 -0500
What about Hutterite colonies??? They are the worst for child labour
commented 2015-11-22 18:44:28 -0500
Quit speculating Michael Mann, if you have no idea how a family farm runs then you have no valid opinion, you are as bad as the idiots that are implementing these laws. People with low information are dangerous. And like all Marxist you can’t keep you big mouth shut. Stick to the couch and your mind numbing video games and let the adults talk.
commented 2015-11-22 16:06:28 -0500
Peter,

I have nothing against farmers or children helping out the family, but it is pretty much the last thing that I would ever want to do and I am quite sure as every generation passes – the youth have other plans for what they want to do with their life when it comes to a career.

I didn’t need to work on a farm to learn about work ethic.
commented 2015-11-22 14:29:36 -0500
A people have a right to be governed in their best interests. When a government adheres to a dogma that damages and endangers the prosperity and the way of life of it citizens, then those citizens have the right to disenfranchise that government. If this is truly the case in Alberta, then the people of Alberta should get on with it.

“Consent of the governed, —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.” This is from the US Constitution. The fact that the NDP were recently elected in Alberta doesn’t mean the people can’t change the government before their prosperity and way of life is destroyed. In four years the damage could be too far gone to be undone.

Clearly the government of Alberta has been hijacked by social and environmental dogmatists from Toronto that now occupy virtually every senior post in Alberta’s government. The people must act or acquiesce to the ongoing destruction to society as they have known it.
commented 2015-11-22 14:14:10 -0500
They are trying to steal our kids loyalty! All for the collective, is what the NDP are for, so that everybody pays, and they churn out more little Marxists.
commented 2015-11-22 12:57:17 -0500
@ Michael Mann. I agree. Giving kids chores and responsibilities is so old school. They have the right to sit on a couch and play video games for the whole day. God (Notley) forbid that we raise a generation of people that have any type of work ethic. You’re right, I’m sure they aspire to be unionized civil servants working for the WCB.
commented 2015-11-22 11:55:19 -0500
Notley has no intentions of listening to anyone. Her mission is to destroy capitalism in AB, and to destroy the wealth of the average citizen, by causing them financial hardship, and taking away any control of their private lives. The NDP think they rule everything, including property rights. I think that she is going to tell farmers what they will be doing. That’s why she keeps labeling AB’s as those backward cousins, and she mocks us when she traveling. She has distanced herself from AB’s, who she considers dead weight, because she has been given her script by the UN.
commented 2015-11-22 09:30:58 -0500
Of course Alberta would not want a ten year-old to earn money. It would cut into the availability of their high level, highly overpaid, civil service union jobs. And they certainly don’t want a ten year-old showing them up – which wouldn’t be difficult!
commented 2015-11-22 07:02:49 -0500
Michael Mann your comment has nothing to do with the article, and further your statement regarding higher aspirations is offensive to farmers. I personally benefitted from spending my summers as a youth working on the farm learning how to work and learning what it is to be reponsible. While not a farmer I have gone on to professional life where the work ethic learned as a youth is always there in whatever I do. Perhaps your comment is nothing more than some lame attempt to support the ludicrous legislation being proposed.
commented 2015-11-22 03:35:38 -0500
Oops.. Let;s make it THE NOTLEY… Wouldn’t want our kids pitching to the wrong “face” eh?…
commented 2015-11-22 03:30:16 -0500
Hey, come on Alberta!… It’s not too late for some entrepreneur to make THE NOTELY catcher’s mitt in time for Christmas giving!… Feel free to use the name/idea, no copyright involved….
commented 2015-11-22 02:01:41 -0500
No, the NDP does not govern for unions. While they are more pro union than the other political parties, if enough people got off their asses and protested this decision it wouldn’t go through because ultimately, they are supposed to serve the people that elect them.

Even then, the NDP has supported in the recent past anti-union legislation that would have cost both unions and the taxpayer an inordinate amount of money. This was bill c-377, and Trudeau has vowed to repeal it.

Not a Trudeau fanboy, either, btw…but that is one positive thing he is going to do.
commented 2015-11-22 00:48:41 -0500
There is nothing wrong with wanting to grow up to be something besides a pig farmer. But that does not explain or excuse what the NDP want.
commented 2015-11-22 00:47:17 -0500
This drives a further wedge into the heart of the family unit. Jesus established the mold for the first family unit. This is a direct attack our Christian values!
commented 2015-11-21 21:39:04 -0500
This is absolutely insane idea, helping out in the family is always a ‘positive’ for development of children. Builds confidence, independence, good social connections with parents and families; not to say good work ethics that serve you well in any career choice or if you want to carry on the farm business. Much better then kids turning to ‘drugs’ because they have no direction or guidance. I grew up in a small town,and my parents were small business owners, I often helped out at a young age. I also had a lovely aunt & uncle who had a full working farm. It was always an adventure to go there every now and then. Shame on the government to try to interfere.
commented 2015-11-21 21:10:21 -0500
Have you considered that maybe the children have higher aspirations than working or running a farm and are not waiting for their parents to die, so they can finally take it over?
commented 2015-11-21 19:38:26 -0500
I can already picture it. Some kid gets upset at their farmer parents, so they unionize. And when the parents try to put the foot down, the kid will take out the collective agreement, and threaten to grieve the parents to the union. Next, the union will drag the entire family into arbitration. When the kid wins the case, the unions will make the family pay for the lawyers on the side of the union.
commented 2015-11-21 14:34:44 -0500
One of the bigger and better influences in my life as a kid, was being sent down to my uncle’s mixed dairy/beef farm in Southern Ontario – to keep me out of trouble, I guess…
Hard work, fresh air, discipline, responsibility, danger around every corner, lots of dirt and good wholesome farm-food and a family full of good role models, made a huge difference in me.
It is not surprising the left – generally – attacks and deconstructs all the fundamental bases of our Western culture. Family, moral absolutes, independence…
The left is only concerned with tearing down everything – everything – because you can’t build your Brave New World until you have turned the old one into rubble…
I can’t wait for The People to rebel and push-back against these Marxist berserkers. I wonder which province the revolution will begin in? Maybe BC, probably Alberta…
It can’t come soon enough!
commented 2015-11-21 13:31:07 -0500
Very cunning. If a Gov’t seeks to create a culture of dependency it has to strike directly into the heart of the culture of independence. There is no better way than to strike at the the last bastion of that independence, the farm environment, and remove any possibility of farm youth to learn and incorporate into their person the skills and attitudes of work and the Independence derived therein from the rewards of that work. I am sure that this Gov’t is shamelessly riding on the back of the most sad and tragic farm related incident. One will find however this is misplaced as that accident occurred as a result of the young ladies at play and not at work. As always such incidents are expropriated according to the purpose at hand by totalitarian leftist progressive rulers.

So sad.
commented 2015-11-21 13:08:45 -0500
In the 80’s I worked for the Douglas Lake Ranch in BC, it was mandatory for them to cover their workers with workers comp. but all the wives and kids were not covered, why would you have to cover people that aren’t working? When working on ranches and grazing associations in Alberta we would carry our own insurance, and most times my employers would pay for it as they were glad that I had coverage. Workers comp. is a joke you can be covered better with private insurance companies.
Land grabbing by the government will be next and I pity the oh&s guy that tries getting on some farms and ranches.
Tell all the Hutterites to just speak german, they’ll have to find an interpreter lol