If Randy Hillier is such a bad candidate and such a troubling person to a certain blogger, why doesn't he do the brave thing and run against the guy instead of shooting libels and smears out over the Internet?
I don't know Hillier from Donald Duck, but he certainly has some people worried. He reminds me of the frustrated people from my old neck of the woods who, in the 1980s, started a farm "survival" movement. Some of them eventually went to jail for trying to thwart tax and mortgage sales of their neighbour's farms. Others became serious political contenders. They tapped a vein of farmer anger and got incredible support from hard-working people in rural Ontario. It seems the Ontario Liberals and their "strategists" have no time for these kind of people and their problems.
Rather than mock people like Hillier -- who have, for better or worse, tried to do something about the plight of farmers -- and call them "knuckle draggers" and "mouthbreathers", the lobbyists who moonlight as columnists/political advisers/bloggers should spend a moment to think about the plight of Ontario's farmers. Unlike those who are well-paid to try to kill stories on lottery scams and lobby for dump owners, Ontario's farmers have had some tough times in the wake of the collapse of the beef market and because of low prices for produce. They've seen their prices beaten down by factory beef and cattle farms, and have suffered from the European Union's undermining of crop prices.Their attempts to make an honest living have forced many of them to take jobs off the farm or to sell out to big farming corporations.
Ontario's farmers have missed out in the economic boom of the past twenty years. Some sensitivity to their concerns, rather than mockery, might be in order.
The National Post gives the Liberal smear campaign the mockery it deserves.
From the Comments:
Anonymous (of course ed.)said...
kinsella represents the largest farm organizations in ontario, you idiot, and has for months
5/09/2007 01:30:00 PM
Ottawa Watch said...
Nice to hear you have work.
The Ontario Liberals used to care about small farmers. Now their lying stooges and paid shills mock them. People fighting to protect the rural way of life -- even those who may be inarticulate and somewhat misguided -- deserve better than to be smeared by the lobbyist for Waste Management Inc and Liberal sleazes like George Smitherman.
Of course, it's always about Kinsella... in Kinsella's mind. But right now, we're heading into an election, and rather than deal with the legitimate concerns of farmers, the McGuinty government has sent out its ratty-assed merchants of smear. Sad, sad decline of a once-great party, one that had strong representation from farmers across the province. Sad. Hopefully, the word is spreading across Ontario that the Liberals don't want the votes and support of Ontario farmers.
But with Kinsella and Smitherman, it's all about winning. It's about having your guy in office at any cost, no matter who gets smeared and trashed along the way. When you're a lobbyist, that's what you're selling. When your guy is in, you get work from Waste Management Inc, the undertakers, Ticketmaster, and whatever other chumps come along. When your guy is out, you don't get the work.
Ontario deserves better. Certainly, rural Ontario deserves much better than to be trashed by the likes of Warren Kinsella and George Smitherman.