The NDP are cutting funding to Agriculture and Forestry boards and commissions by $36M with the brunt of those cuts coming from dissolving dozens of Agriculture industry specific boards and commissions.
In total, 26 Agriculture agencies, boards and commissions are being amalgamated into a broad based 'super-board'.
Within those cancellations, the NDP have terminated the Farm Safety Advisory Council. By eliminating this we have further confirmation that the NDP were never concerned about safety of farm workers and families when they drafted Bill 6 with the advice of the Alberta Federation of Labour. They were concerned about handing over thousands of Alberta farms to their union pals.
The dissolution of these agricultural boards is far more than what the NDP is selling it as. They are selling this as a streamlining of the Ministry. It isn't. It's a purge. It's a purge of the Progressive Conservative and Wildrose loyalists who sit on those boards. Oneil Carlier reviewed the membership and didn't like what he saw.
This is payback, you pesky farmers. It's payback for fighting back when the NDP tried to control your farms. It’s payback for your rallies. It’s payback for your petitions. It's payback for all those tough questions you asked that the NDP couldn’t answer. Farmers did not comply, so the NDP are going to hurt farmers businesses.
This is a systematic dismantling of a network that was created to protect farmers, and now it's gone.
This is how spiteful the NPD are.