March 01, 2016

Coincidence? Alberta NDP’s Bill 6 public consultations being held during farmers' busiest seasons

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

The NDP thought that their Bill 6 fiasco would blow over after they rammed it through the legislature on December 10th. 

Bill 6, the “Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act”, was the NDP’s farm unionization law that makes Occupational Health and Safety rules and Workers Compensation coverage mandatory on farms with paid workers across the province.

The law was passed just like Obama care. The NDP had to pass the law to show us what was in the law. Or in this case, they had to pass the law before they could write the regulations that would affect about 50,000 farms and ranches across Alberta.

To be able to give input for these new regulations, farmers can sign up to be part of something called a technical working group. Farmers have to fill out a form to be selected to give specific input about specific areas like OHS regulations, labour relations and employment standards.

Here’s the rub: The meetings are held during seeding, lambing and calving season, to start. Then haying season and harvest to finish. Isn’t that convenient? If a farmer misses a meeting, they're kicked off the technical working group. It says right on the form, “If you cannot make any of the meetings your membership will be revoked.”

The Wildrose party took note of this clause in the technical working group form and issued a statement saying it obstructs farmers from participating.

Agriculture Minister, ONeil Carlier, decided to show us how much he knows and tweeted,“Wildrose is wrong. Participants won’t be turned away for missing a meeting.” But, it’s there, in black and white, on the documents for the technical working group. If you cannot make any of the meetings, your membership will be revoked. You’d think the Agriculture Minister might find some time to read the documents he wants Alberta’s farmers to fill out.

Scheduling these meetings during the busiest farming time on the calendar is proof that the NDP are, at best, culturally insensitive to the rural way of life. At worst, this attendance rule is designed to discourage participation by farmers in meetings that will drastically affect their businesses.

If Bill 6 consultations don’t reflect farmers’ busy schedules then these consultations don’t reflect farmers at all.

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commented 2016-03-02 19:51:31 -0500
Zia Karl , good post, I think that is exactly what the plan is. What a disaster that would be if she gets away with it.
commented 2016-03-02 19:48:58 -0500
Lloyd, try this. Left click,hold, run across to highlight. When blue, right click, copy. then go to page you want to post in , right click and paste.
commented 2016-03-02 18:18:49 -0500
Thanks for the link Charleton G—don’t know how to do transfer of links yet.
And thanks for you people that find reaserched facts to bayonet the trolls that post out right lies on here.—I don’t know where to start to research.ii—I just know there lieing,or leaveing things out.
commented 2016-03-02 15:05:15 -0500
Notley doesn’t even have her own plan, she’s borrowed “the plan” from criminal Wynnie and the liberal party.
commented 2016-03-02 12:18:13 -0500
Apparently Albertans hate the NDP based on the most recent polls!
commented 2016-03-02 12:09:04 -0500
Governments NEVER improve anything they touch. Governments should only be responsible for national and regional defense – that’s the sole purpose of a government: safety of the people. We live in an era where Big Government believes it thinks better than we do. Politicians are losers; that’s why they are in government – big bucks for low brains. No matter how much input the populace gives here, Bill 6 will never be a benefit. Let the farmers and ranchers control themselves. Government, which should be held accountable in every way, must step aside and shut up. WCBs are a plague and government ‘safety rules’ are nothing but another money and power grab. Remember that at the next election. AND… labor union members should be denied the vote until they pass intelligence tests.
commented 2016-03-02 10:50:24 -0500
The NDP goal is to nationalize farming and ranching. Food is something everyone needs and its production must not be controlled by individuals or private corporations.

It is in everyone’s best interest for the government to run agriculture as
was done in the Soviet Union. Only government can ensure that everyone gets and equal share of food, that dietary needs are met and that the profits from its’ production are shared via government redistribution.

Of course in the Soviet Union, just before it collapsed, the store shelves were empty and everyone shared equally in nothing. God bless the NDP and their supporters who never learn from history and live in perpetual ignorance.
commented 2016-03-02 10:48:30 -0500
They are doing with the school policies as well. The minister of education has declared the ‘common folk’ are below him, and are not allowed to personally bring their grievances before him. No joke, you must have a mediators, mediators, mediators, mediator to speak to him. This is the process officially set up in district 76. And that mediator (three times removed) is not allowed to ask questions of his betters, and is only allowed to read a speech that is pre-aproved in writing before hand, so as to not offend the ‘elites’ sensibilities.


Originally posted this in the wrong story….sorry Lauren.
commented 2016-03-02 01:26:14 -0500
I am very certain about one thing …

Come the next election, there will be a very, very serious effort to gerrymander the ridings.

I already have it (on an excellent authority – an insider) that Notley is very seriously considering a major and seismic change in the distribution of rural and urban ridings. What this means is that the number of rural ridings will be decreased (through mergers) and the number of urban ridings will be increased. (by splitting ridings)

There has to be a redistribution of ridings in Alberta, because of major demographic shifts. This will be Notley’s opportunity to tilt the number of ridings in the NDP’s favor. Where there is an urban riding that has heavy support for the NDP, there will now be two ridings. Where there is a rural riding, because of population shifts, and the NDP happens to have little support, this riding will be merged into another rural riding.

It’s been foreseen that there will be a decrease in rural ridings by as much as two or three, while urban ridings can be increased by four. (Or more)
commented 2016-03-02 00:57:53 -0500
Too bad the farmers could not afford to shut down for a year, see how the NDPIGS like it when there is less food.
commented 2016-03-02 00:57:08 -0500
Daniel O’Reilly the socialist useful idiots do not know the reality of what happens when people actually need WCB , it is usually a screw job , meanwhile the government takes in the bucks for a very deniable service.
commented 2016-03-02 00:42:27 -0500
Please farmers and ranchers, don’t participate in any of this ndp garbage like Darryl says, one cannot even give these stealing, evil government thugs a second look or listen. Don’t fill out any forms or anything you get from these destructive ndp jerks. There just has to be a way to get rid of them now.
commented 2016-03-01 23:39:51 -0500
Sheila – Great reporting! Keep it up.
Not 1 farmer should heed this!! …or partake in this bullshit. Let the battle begin without farmers’ input – would show how completely removed from reality these communist people are.
And there will be “battles” quite literally. FYIWCB has been available to farmers for years now – but the thought of unionizing farm workers – well let that battle begin as well. Farmers are the most capable of leading the “underground” economy which is already beginning to boom. If only 25% take part – the government will be reeling in legal battles that would stall most everything else.
Sheila – the NDPiggers have been busy this winter – coming up with more heinous plans!!
commented 2016-03-01 23:20:27 -0500
The NDP hate us and will do anything that is against the best interests of the people. They enjoy destroying what we’ve built in the west, and in Canada.
commented 2016-03-01 22:58:30 -0500
I am a rancher in Saskatchewan. To make a long story short, I helped and mentored kids off the street, Travis being one of them. Travis completely turned his life around and is now ranching with me. Travis got a part time job, seasonal and 2 days a week, at the local vet clinic prepping cattle for export. In December he got hurt on the job, though it was minor, next morning blood on the sheet, then infection set in. I phoned the Veterinarian and told him what happened. The Veterinarian consulted with his accountant, who said that Travis was covered under WC. The veterinarian made application to Workers’ compensation board. We received a letter from WCB denying benefits. Sole reason given was that it was me that talked to the Veterinarian and not Travis. The point being is that the Vet Clinic and myself are small businesses and totally unfamiliar with WCB, we have no human resources department to look after these things. I was considering getting WC for the farm but not if they are going to deny benefits over technicalities like this and neither should any farmer in Saskatchewan or Alberta. I also did not like Travis and me being treated like “Just Stupid Farmers who should have known the technical workings of WCB”. PS Looking forward to meeting Sheila on the Cruise.
commented 2016-03-01 21:41:25 -0500
Yeah, it’s coincidence but not really – no vast Dipper plot (need intellect for that) just typical Dipper drones who are totally ignorant about the business of farming. – They do better organizing office cubicle monkeys.
commented 2016-03-01 21:03:34 -0500
Typical Socialist Communist Scum Bag tricks.

I loved your T Shirt, or I should say that I loved the Message on it. I was trying to read the address at the bottom but it was only visible when you breathed in. I was wishing you would hold your breath for a second or two, alas you did not.
commented 2016-03-01 20:56:05 -0500
Wow, marxists scheduling meetings when people who are the most likely to oppose them are busy?
Leftoid student unions have been scheduling votes during exams for REAL disciplines for quite some time.
commented 2016-03-01 20:30:57 -0500
Love that big billboard in Montreal exposing Coderres anti jobs, anti pipeline, anti Western Canada, etc. Please get the same up for Notleys anti oil, anti people, etc.
commented 2016-03-01 20:06:47 -0500
The government will be getting a lot of non compliance regarding their fascist little plan to kill small farms.
commented 2016-03-01 19:55:41 -0500
It is standard practice for the left to pull stunts like this . I’d encourage all who haven’t done so already , to purchase a Wildrose membership. Let’s get Alberta back on track and prosperous again. Our traditional way of life is at stake here. Our Western way of life is at stake here. It’s time to show the NDP the door!
commented 2016-03-01 19:52:06 -0500
Wildrose/PC’s are going to merge and kick these low lifes out to the curb. They know there is a growing number of people in Alberta who want them gone. Desire for western separation is growing daily and is now spreading from BC to North Bay, maybe a little further south into Muskoka area. There is a growing number of residents of northern Ontario who have finally had enough of Wynne and Ontario. They are getting organized.
commented 2016-03-01 19:33:29 -0500
This NDP government is going to play dirty, and they don’t care how obvious it looks. Those applications to speak are ridiculous, as is the ‘convenient’ timing of the meetings. The NDP are enjoying this, and they are going to make farmers suffer, that much seems clear.
commented 2016-03-01 18:43:10 -0500
I suppose the Alberta NDP are like that big, stupid idiot screwed up on his first day on the job because he’s too much of a jackass to know any better. Most people forgive this jackass because they know he will get better and make fewer mistakes. In other words, he will learn his place and get along alright.

Notley’s gang, however, are terminally stupid. How many times do you have to fuck up to know that you’re still fucking up? Where the NDP is concerned, the number of times required will have to be infinite.
commented 2016-03-01 18:30:41 -0500
Still waiting for the first NDP to get shot dead in Alberta.

Have my Orville Redenbacher ready to go.
commented 2016-03-01 18:21:32 -0500
If farmers and ranchers wanted input into government policy regarding their industry, then they should have voted Non-Democratic Party. Oops, they did do so in four rural ridings, including the Energy Minister (aka The Invisible Woman), who sowed how much she cared by crying while voting to screw the farmers and ranchers. Note that she was elected by 40% plurality, mainly farmers who know you reap what you sow.