December 03, 2015

Notley’s NDP fail to gauge turnout for Bill 6 info session but want to tell farmers how to farm?

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator

The Rebel was at the Rally against bill 6 in Red Deer on Tuesday.

The rally was held prior to the information session about the NDP’s bad farm safety legislation. The session was held to provide farmers with information about the new law that would force them to provide WCB coverage and adhere to OHS regulations and labour laws on their farms.

The farmers and ranchers I spoke to are concerned and opposed to this legislation and are upset that they weren't included in the talks that led to the drafting of this bill.

The room government officials rented for the information session was too small, holding 500 people, so another couple hundred farmers were left standing outside, waiting to be heard. Yes, bureaucrats that can't plan enough chairs for a meetings want to tell farmers how to farm.

And it didn't get any better from there.

The minister sent outside to talk to the farmers was Danielle Larivee. She's the Minister of Municipal Affairs. That's right. They sent the minister in charge of cities and towns to talk to the rural farmers about Bill 6. But that’s exactly how this government does things. First it was environmentalists lecturing the oil patch, now it's urbanites lecturing rural people.

The overwhelming sentiment among those gathered Tuesday was that farmers and ranchers feel like they aren't being heard.

They're planning more rotating rallies until they're listened to. Their message is: Kill Bill 6.

I wonder though, if these farmers and ranchers and their families at these rallies and information sessions were nurses and other public sector union employees, would this NDP government be so quick to push through such a law on them?

I don’t think so. 

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commented 2015-12-04 15:35:35 -0500
Notley made only one mistake on this bill, and that was the timing. If she had any clue at all she would have proposed this legislation during the planting or harvesting season. There would have been a lot less people at any rally because they all would have been working to pay her new taxes. She is truly as smart as mud. (Sorry mud)
commented 2015-12-04 13:55:29 -0500
Peter I can think of one but I’m gonna need some help
commented 2015-12-04 10:38:05 -0500
Paul McGregor asked, “These dippers are nuts! I know they got a majority but is there some way to mutiny and toss these idiots out on their posteriors?”

Well, there is that recall legislation bill that was (or is going to be) introduced by the WildRose. But we know that will not pass even though Notley supported that type of legislation when she was in opposition, she won’t now. But other than that, I cannot think of any other method for getting these jerks out of office.
commented 2015-12-04 10:34:22 -0500
Elton Braun said, “There’s a lot more farm and ranch employees than farmers and ranchers. By the next election Notley will be counting on lots of votes from the newly formed Alberta Farm Workers Union.”

Yes, you are probably correct that is likely Notley’s goal, to get the votes of the farm and ranch employees, but in four years, will there actually be as many farms and ranches except the larger ones? Her goal may not see fruition.
commented 2015-12-04 09:48:43 -0500
PAUL SMITH unlike city women , ranch and farm women are not helpless and most of them can and do run the day to day operations because the husband has to keep a second job to keep things running. Now with all the NDP bullshit taxes coming more women will step up to the plate to help make ends meet, GET USED TO IT
commented 2015-12-04 09:09:44 -0500
Farming is the only industry that buys their supplies retail and sell the produce wholesale. The huge profits are made by the corporations in the cities after they pay the farmers a starvation wage. The NDPigs (at least they have some connection to farming) live in the cities and think because they can sing Old McDonald that they know all about farming. The NDP elitists don’t stir in their bed while farmers are working 24 hrs to try to get crops harvested before a storm comes, or worry about hailstorms or drought ruining a crop. Alberta is just starting to realize their mistake in voting NDP.
commented 2015-12-03 23:55:31 -0500
These dippers are nuts! I know they got a majority but is there some way to mutiny and toss these idiots out on their posteriors? First its higher taxes then carbon tax!! Dirty pool. Shut down what ever is trying to hang on in our precious old industry now you want to unionize farms??? Someone gas got to sniff out the legislature! My goodness they must be testing out the medical marajuana before they make it legal!! Surely their must be some old law somewhere no? Their going to create a feudal system before their tenior is up!! Alas im afraid we wont make it another 3 and a half years.
commented 2015-12-03 23:52:04 -0500
There’s a lot more farm and ranch employees than farmers and ranchers. By the next election Notley will be counting on lots of votes from the newly formed Alberta Farm Workers Union.
commented 2015-12-03 22:56:55 -0500
All the city dwelling socialists have suddenly become experts on what happens on farms LMAO. I grew up in a small town with lots of farm boys, when city boys came to bush parties and thought they were tough because they were from the mean streets of the city, they got their asses handed to them quite readily.
commented 2015-12-03 21:48:50 -0500
Where have all the Lougheeds gone, long time pa aa assing?? Where have all the Lougheeds gah-ah-awn … long time ago??? This woman is evil with cute impish smile complete with nod of self approval, and only secondly applauded by deluded child disciples!
commented 2015-12-03 21:38:08 -0500
This bil has nothing to do with wcb or safety it is a way to undermine landowner rights and appropriate property for cursed windmills.continue to protest push for recall. This is a desperate stand for all of us who do not belong to some government union. Do not let them divide us or promises of amendments,there is no fairness here no concern for the populace only to drive home their agenda
commented 2015-12-03 21:33:25 -0500
I give these farmers and ranchers all the credit in the world. All Albertans especially lefty, spoiled city folks should also be at these rallies supporting the people who put food on your tables. With this insane bill 6, food will go up expedentially. Come on city takers, get out there and support these farmers and ranchers. Make these RALLIES TRIPLE in size. Too bad the oil and gas and coal guys didn’t put up such a fuss when nutley took their jobs away, damn near 100,000 energy job lost and Not one protest. Shameful. WE CANNOT LET THIS WITCH CONTROL OUR LIVES WITHOUT A FIGHT.
commented 2015-12-03 21:16:43 -0500
Comrade Notley has vowed to push through the bill, regardless the obvious disapproval by those people she was elected to serve. Go ahead, Comrade, keep digging that hole.
commented 2015-12-03 20:50:47 -0500
Yes, I do.

If you think this bill 6 is good for small and medium size businesses, then you really do not understand farm life or you are intentionally being disingenuous … but then I guess thousands of farmers are wrong and you are right.
commented 2015-12-03 20:02:35 -0500
Yes . Have you ever run a business?
commented 2015-12-03 19:37:36 -0500
Rae Fraser, have you ever lived on a farm or ranch?
commented 2015-12-03 19:08:58 -0500
I will probably get accused of vomiting - so what. Does Bill 6 expect farmers to do anything more or less that any other small business whose children always help out? Mine always helped me out and I always I wrote off their wages for tax purposes . Sometimes if it was a bad year – it was just a paper trail . ))) don’t tell the gov’t. I will tell you what gets me about this whole session of victim hood……… " I wonder though, if these farmers and ranchers and their families at these rallies and information sessions were nurses and other public sector union employees, would this NDP government be so quick to push through such a law on them?" Just answer ONE question JUST ONE—no kidding— “Are Farmers and Ranchers public sector employees ?” -— because if they NOT——
commented 2015-12-03 19:08:54 -0500
Notley and her crew only know how to steal. How can they teach ‘anyone’ how to farm.
commented 2015-12-03 19:03:04 -0500
Can’t plan enough chairs for a meeting. I don’t think that is quite correct. The ever cunning and duplicitous NDP have actually planned well with too few chairs in a fruitless attempt to minimize consultation. Also the idiotic apology referencing “bad communication” is a farce, it isn’t the communication its the bill stupid. Of course the NDP will never want to admit that.
commented 2015-12-03 19:00:04 -0500
Paul Smith, I am a city boy, but even I know that women on the farms do at least as much of the farming as men. I know this is difficult to believe, but in rural hickville Alberta women are equal to men and the men treat the women as equal. In fact most men could not make a go of the farm without the women. I know this is a hard concept for some leftie city folk to grasp.
commented 2015-12-03 18:59:27 -0500
The Alberta NDP are not at all unlike the Ontario Fiberals when it comes to having real distain for the rural communities and the hard working families on and off the farm. Why? Because they more often then not vote Conservative. Here in Ontario we have seen the result of not voting for Dalton/Kathleen. Thousands and thousands of wind turbines and power line corridors on some of the best farmland in Canada, while in the GTA they remove gas fired power plants and blow more that a billion hard earned tax dollars to buy a few ridings.
Most rural people seem to have considerably more common sense than many who reside in the urban centers. They more often vote for what is best for their province/country and not what government is going to sweeten their paycheque and benefits package.
Keep up the good fight rural Alberta take back your family farm rights!
commented 2015-12-03 18:39:45 -0500
Paul, if you understood anything about natural law, you would know that for every good man there is a good woman. Very good work Sheila. It makes Alberta proud that you have so much integrity. You got them beat.
These _________(insert your title) will never get out and work like you do.
commented 2015-12-03 17:55:19 -0500
You interview farmers, and they are all women?? What the fuck is with that?
commented 2015-12-03 17:03:15 -0500
If this were a protest by public sector employees they would have better quality, tax-payer funded signage.
commented 2015-12-03 17:02:32 -0500
Lefties are all interconnected… and they can work themselves into a frenzy over things that make sense only to them, and they are literally stunned, gobsmacked, when they are made aware that the general population does not agree with them.. a lefty overcome with cognitive dissonance is one of the funniest thinks that one can see. But, in order to point out their foolishness, it should be proposed that children cannot wash dishes or help with the vacuuming unless they are paid, unionized and covered by WCB… no walking the neighbour’s dog or helping to mow the lawn…. even better yet, no bringing children to climate change protests also unless they are ‘covered’, unionized and paid 15$ per hour.