On Thursday afternoon, The NDP issued a statement that they would be exempting Hutterite farms from Bill 6.
Bill 6 is the new farm safety legislation that forces farmers to carry WCB coverage for their employees and adhere to Occupational Health and Safety Standards and labour laws.
The NDP never expected the pacifist and deeply religious Hutterite sect to fight for their futures. They are coming out to the rallies, standing shoulder to shoulder with other farming families to kill Bill 6. And Lori Sugurdson didn’t know what to do with the Hutterites. Are their communal living arrangements payment in kind? She didn't know when she went on a Calgary radio station this week.
So a day later, she exempted them, against their wishes.
The Hutterites don’t want special treatment. They're farmers and ranchers like everyone else. And they were very concerned about being singled out for special treatment. They want Bill 6 dead.
Gord Tait, a Hutterite Business advisor with MNP said “don’t point us out, don’t single us out, don’t use our name if you don’t use anybody else’s name." Tait went on to say “The colonies do not want a special exemption. The colonies are pushing the agenda that they are a great example of a family farm and they are part of agriculture and want to be treated by the rules of agriculture,”
Sorry, Minister Sigurdson and Minister Carlier. You can't divide farmers from their friends and neighbors based on religion. And if you think you can, you don’t know anything about rural Alberta.
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