Manitoba Farmers spent last weekend in a standoff with Manitoba Hydro.
The crown corporation electricity company in the People’s Republic of Manitoba is building a massive transmission line across south eastern Manitoba. It’s called Bipole III.
The farmers say they aren’t able to meet with Manitoba Hydro and the company won’t respect the integrity of their land. Farmers want a biodiversity assurance. They are concerned that Manitoba Hydro isn’t cleaning their construction equipment between worksites and could spread pests, disease and invasive plants and weeds from farm to farm. After seeing a dirty auger being moved from one site to another by Manitoba Hydro workers, about 30 farmers staged peaceful protest February 28.
Manitoba PC MLA Blaine Pedersen is now claiming Manitoba Hydro and the NDP are using police state tactics to bully, intimidate and spy on landowners and farmers. He says the NDP hired a private security firm to harass landowners and have used a private investigator to take pictures of farmers and their vehicles.
This NDP attitude in Manitoba is the same one that we saw from the Alberta NDP ramming through Bill 6 without any real consultation with the very people it would affect the most: farmers and ranchers. That’s exactly what the NDP is doing with Bipole III by having zero consultation with farmers.
The NDP constantly tell us how we need to be more culturally sensitive. But in reality, they’re the ones who are insensitive to rural culture. They don’t respect the work and they don’t respect the deep connection farmers have with the land.
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