Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Randy Hillier

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.

UPDATE
The National Post gives the Liberal smear campaign the mockery it deserves.



UPDATE II
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.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

your hatred for kinsella is so intense you would even partner with a racist like hillier

how does your family put up with your obsession?

Ottawa Watch said...

I agree with the National Post that this is a smokescrean to hide Liberal wrong-doing..
I have no evidence whatever that Hillier is a racist, and it is libelous for you to suggest it unless you can back up the claim.
Kinsella is doing the hating. I am sticking up for rural people and their right to be heard.

Anonymous said...

kinsella represents the largest farm organizations in ontario, you idiot, and has for months

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 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.

KevinB said...

"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"

Um, WTF? According to Scotiabank's latest commodities report, "The Agricultural Index strengthened in March, as higher wheat, barley and cattle prices .. offset weaker prices in canola and hogs." The index itself is at a new high for the year.

I used to do tax returns for farmers, so I know how tough the little guy has it, and I know how much hard physical labour they do. But let's not make up facts to make a point.

Ottawa Watch said...

Wow. Things got a bit better in March. Wow.
Give me some stats on real income growth/decline in the past twenty years. And stack it up against the increase in farm costs: fuel, taxes, etc. Then we'll talk.

Anonymous said...

If Kinsella is representing the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, then his reaction seems pretty well expected.
Hillier has had nothing but scorn for the OFA and I think that they are really worried about him.
Lots of discontent in rural Ontario over the hamfisted actions of the McGuinty government. Health inspectors acting look goons at church bake sales and dinners because the food wasn't prepared in a $100,000 kitchen is just one example.
The ban on rural severances is another.
Will likely cost him his majority.

Ottawa Watch said...

Makes sense. I think Kinsella means that his lobbying for the biofuel people makes him a representatives of farmers. I've never seen the OFA on his list of lobbying clients.
This has really backfired on Kinsella. He is too damn dumb to realize the Ontario Liberals need a swath of rural seats in southwestern and central Ontario to hold their majority. Farmers also have a lot of sympathizers in major cities. Millions of Ontarians are just one or two generations off the farm and still have relatives who are farmers. Plus they read the news about the lousy deal farmers are getting.
Kinsella has always had a tin ear for politics.

michael said...

gee, you seem to attract a lot of anonym-asses to your blog.
Never met Kinsella but I've read his blog and his columns and am hard-pressed to think of anyone so full of his own hoity-toity opinion of himself...except perhaps for a certain former mayor of a certain mid-Ontario township.

Ottawa Watch said...

Tiny Tony???