December 09, 2015

Alberta Bill 6 poll: Most say children SHOULD be allowed to work on family farms

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

The NDP’s farm unionization bill, Bill 6, would ban “child labour.” That’s what the NDP call a kid helping mom or dad milk the cows.

Why? Are the NDP crazy? No. They’re just a government by the unions, for the unions.

We did a poll on this central question — a poll paid for by you, through your crowdfunding. Thank you for that.

We asked this simple, central question:

"Do you think that the children of farmers should be prevented from working on the farm because of employment standard rules?”

We hired the polling firm Torch, who surveyed 452 randomly-selected Albertans, for a margin of error of plus or minus 4.6%, 19 times out of twenty.

And the poll found that 64% of Albertans oppose preventing children from working on farms. Only 12% of Albertans want to ban kids from working on farms. And that’s the heart of Bill 6.


For full details of this poll, you can visit And if you haven’t signed our petition against Bill 6 yet, you can do that there too.

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commented 2015-12-11 03:38:57 -0500
This is ridiculous. Too many children these days are becoming spoiled brats and expect everything to be handed to them. I think parents getting help from their children around the house or in the family business is a win-win for both parent and child. Chores have always been a great way to instill character and a sense of accomplishment in children and teenagers in some of their most formative years. Children are more than capable of contributing to the workload of the household when properly instructed by their parents.

When I was a boy, one of my chores was to take quartered blocks of wood and chop kindling for our wood stove. I would take my very own hatchet and be outside for hours then I would take all the kindling I chopped and pile it behind the wood stove. All I wanted in return was a “job well done”. Hearing the pride in my father’s voice filled me with my own pride and taught me the importance of pulling my own weight in life.
commented 2015-12-10 01:11:45 -0500
I tried to warn them that it would be a disaster and they said just give her a chance.
commented 2015-12-09 23:31:18 -0500
Thank you, Kelvin Grabowsky. Hopefully my suggestion helps, and a united continuous, concrete plan of action can be implemented by Alberta’s majority ASAP rather than just sitting around, waiting for the next election. Alberta will be toast by then.
commented 2015-12-09 22:08:45 -0500
Maurice, your ideas are on the way………. Thanks
commented 2015-12-09 21:49:43 -0500
Maurice Potvin, I will gladly forward your letter to Albertans against the NDP, Wildrose party and farmers against ndp.bill6 . Your ideas are excellent and very much appreciated.
There are so many groups trying to organize on Facebook we are scattered around and we are trying to get Wildrose party to organize into one manageable group. Anyone else that wants to join in the fight I would suggest that you contact the Wildrose party web site, if enough people do someone there will have to lead, follow or get off the pot. I’m in contact with one of the party back room guys and they are trying to get organized as we speak. Again thanks for your valuable input Maurice.
Ps. I’ve tried to get a hold of people at the rebel, to no avail
commented 2015-12-09 21:42:25 -0500
I wish all these progressive marxists would arm wrestle farm kids over this issue. The group who wins the most gets their way.
commented 2015-12-09 21:09:27 -0500
Maurice Potvin; valid comments all.
commented 2015-12-09 20:50:33 -0500
I’m starting to get a more than a little frustrated with all these Bill 6 stories and all the posted comments. It seems to me that everyone is more interested in complaining about Bill 6 and the NDP Government than in taking action to change things. I’m sure the farmers and ranchers who show up at these town meetings would be willing to take action, if there was clarity in precisely what concrete actions they could take. I posted several times what steps I think they could be taking right now; I even forwarded these actions in an email to Ezra Levant, and I got no response, either from Ezra or from those posting comments on the stories. Now I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, and maybe my idea is dumb. But someone is going to have to point out to me why it’s a dumb idea, and why won’t work. I’m kind ‘a slow that way. Here’s what I said….. AGAIN!:

“As someone from BC, I hope I’m not speaking out of turn. I think the town meetings and rallies are great, but here’s something else that may be worth trying. It may be Alberta’s best chance for change. Try and force the NDP caucus to turf Rachel Notley as their leader. Here’s how I would propose Albertans go about it: Sign up volunteers in every Riding that elected an NDP MLA to go out and knock on doors. Have the volunteers sign up as many people as possible to commit to protesting outside of the local NDP constituency Office on a continuous rotating basis, and keep up the protest until they get action. Let every NDP MLA know they will not be re-elected if they don’t kill Bill 6. That doesn’t mean completely shifting the protesting away from Alberta’s Parliament buildings, but those protests can be left to those from ridings that elected a Wild Rose or Conservative MLA. In the NDP Ridings, focus all protests, questions and anger towards the local MLA and their Office, and don’t let up. If enough pressure is applied, and they want to preserve their political career, it could possibly pressure a party-wide revolt and force Notley to resign. If enough NDP were afraid of losing the support of their constituents, they may even vote against the Bill, forcing the collapse of the NDP Government. I realize that the NDP has no chance of being re-elected, but I’ve found that most liberal Marxists are narcissistic and arrogant enough to believe that the rest of the world is marching in lock-step with them. In this instant that blind narcissism can work in Albertan’s favor, if they carry through with these local protests. It’s all a very slim shot, but if it could be organized, I think it’s worth a try. And you folks at the Rebel and those living in Alberta would have far more knowledge and resources to get such a coordinated province-wide protest off the ground than I would, stuck out here in BC as I am.”

That was the idea I proposed. If you don’t think it would work, let me know why you don’t think it would work. If there was something I could do about it myself, I would. But there’s really nothing I can do about it, being from BC. Since I live in BC, technically, I suppose, it’s none of my business, but I care about Alberta. So, how about it, folks? Will someone either consider the idea and look into the feasibility of butting it into action, or explain to me why it’s a dumb idea? If you think it’s dumb, that’s fine. I won’t be offended, I can take it…. really! How about it, Ezra? How about it, Sheila Gunn Reid? How about it fellow commentators? I’m going to keep posting this on every story about Bill 6 until I get some answers.
commented 2015-12-09 20:43:48 -0500
Why randomly select Albertans? While the randomly selected pool results are interesting, a simple poll of people who actually grew up on a farm – people who know and full well appreciate the value of the experience and work ethic they gained as a result, and who DEEPLY identify with their unique way of life – would assuredly find that 99.9% (gotta leave some room for margin of error!) oppose prevention of their kids helping out on the farm. Anyone unfamiliar with this way of life has little to no validity in their opinion, as they have no knowledge or experience to base an opinion upon period. Notley is trying to destroy an entire way of life and it’s people, which by her own standards as a politically correct socialist defines her as a “racist”?
commented 2015-12-09 18:43:51 -0500
Ezra, it is just a continuation of government’s encroachment into private business in the name of ‘we are here to help’. It has been going on for decades under every stripe of political party. The only difference is the NDP is more brutal about it.
Think about a student wanting to make some money by working a few hours. There are already severe restrictions on that. Never mind that they are learning skills and work ethics. There are dozens of examples of government encroachment in our lives which are over reaching by their scope.
commented 2015-12-09 17:27:55 -0500
The unions that run the sheep teachers got socialism in the school one kid at a time now they want the farm kids that were to tuff for the sheep teachers its Marxism on the march.
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