Wynne Announces Rural Commitments
Published: December 9, 2012 12:46 pm ET
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Ontario Liberal Leadership candidate Kathleen Wynne recently announced her Rural Ontario plan - including the horse racing industry - while speaking with the Holland Marsh Growers’ Association in Bond Head.
“Sometimes, we Ontario Liberals are accused of not taking rural, agricultural and small town issues seriously. I am going to change that,” said Wynne. “To demonstrate my personal commitment to rural and small town Ontario and to make sure that a government I lead gets it right, as Leader and Premier I will appoint myself the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for at least one year.”
Joined by 2011 York-Simcoe Ontario Liberal candidate Gloria Reszler, Wynne announced specific commitments for rural Ontario:
Regional and Community Transportation – Develop a regional and community transportation strategy to support improvement of transportation between and within rural and northern communities. This includes building on record McGuinty Liberal infrastructure investments.
Ontario Local Food Act – Continue Ted McMeekin’s good work by re-introducing an Ontario Local Food Act and working with farmers to bring more Ontario food to the table.
A Fair Deal for Municipalities – Work with ROMA (Rural Ontario Municipalities Association) to review the fact that some small municipalities, because of their size, are carrying too much of the burden of provincially mandated programs.
Sustainable Horse Racing Industry – Ensure a sustainable Ontario Horse Racing industry in keeping with the model proposed by the Horse Racing Transition Panel.
Green Energy is Community Energy – Work with local communities on developing community-based alternative energy plans, and engage actively to ensure we get it right. Ensure increased municipal autonomy and local control on the siting of green energy infrastructure.
Premier and Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs – Building on Premier Dalton McGuinty’s successful model after he appointed himself Minister of Research and Innovation, Wynne will serve as the Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs for at least one year.
“Kathleen understands the issues facing Ontario’s rural residents and farmers. She is committed to addressing those needs,” said Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale MPP Ted McMeekin. “This is the right plan for rural Ontario and I look forward to working with Kathleen to implement it.”
“Kathleen Wynne has demonstrated leadership, energy, and an ability to bring people together and find real, positive solutions to move Ontario forward,” said Gloria Reszler. “Kathleen can and will win back rural Ontario ridings in the next election.”
“I will empower our cities and towns, and our rural and northern regions. We need to move forward with a balanced approach celebrating all that rural Ontario can contribute to our shared prosperity,” said Wynne. “Working together with community and municipal leadership we can secure a prosperous future for our rural and agricultural communities in Ontario.”