Farmers Deserve Better than McGuinty’s Bureaucracy

November 19, 2012

Ontario’s farmers will find it more difficult or outright impossible to do business in the Province beginning in 2013 unless a severe bureaucratic blunder is resolved swiftly. Under the Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act, 1993, every farm needs a Registration Number in order to operate. The three farming organizations that had the right to issue Farm Registration Numbers have been denied their accreditation earlier this year; two of the appeals, those of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and the Christian Farmers’ Federation of Ontario, have been denied, while the National Farmers’ Union Ontario Branch is awaiting a ruling.

Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell states: “Ontario farmers work very hard to produce top-quality food and cash crops. The Liberal party makes farming difficult through excessive regulation and unaffordable energy prices. Moreover, they end up tangled in their own web of red tape and are throwing the future of thousands of farming businesses into uncertainty. This is unfair to farmers who deserve a solid regulatory framework that they can be confident in. My colleague Ernie Hardeman, PC Agriculture critic and I will liaise with local farmers and the Ministry of Agriculture to work to find solutions to this situation.”

Since the Legislature is prorogued following Dalton McGuinty’s resignation as Leader, no amendments can be made to the Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act, 1993 until the Liberal government reconvenes the Legislative Assembly.