From a Release
WOODSTOCK – Ernie Hardeman, PC Candidate for Oxford and Critic for Agriculture and Food, said he is disappointed that the OFA has cancelled their proposed debate and challenged the agriculture leads from the other parties to join him for an agriculture debate.
“In the Million Jobs Plan and our white paper we laid out a vision for strengthening agriculture, food processing and rural Ontario which includes cutting red-tape and implementing a jobs plan for rural communities,” said Hardeman. “I think it is important that as the agriculture representatives for our parties that we present our plans for the future and how that fits in with what we have done.”
In the 2007 election the Ontario Federation of Agriculture held a debate which included both Hardeman and then Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Carol Mitchell.
“Having an agriculture debate will give people an opportunity to ask both about our plans for the future and about our records. This is particularly important given the concern many had about the Premier’s decision to serve as part-time Minister of Agriculture and Food,” said Hardeman. “I think it’s important that people can ask about the decisions she made balancing the two jobs, such as leaving the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Agriculture Ministers conference a day early to campaign in a by-election.”
Several weeks ago the PC Party communicated to the Ontario Federation of Agriculture that Ernie Hardeman would be available for a debate with the Minister of Agriculture and Food.
“Before they vote I think people should have an opportunity to ask questions about whether decisions, such as not proclaiming key sections of the Local Food Act, were deliberate or a reflection of the fact that Minister Wynne didn’t have time to do the job properly,” said Hardeman. “I was pleased that these agriculture and food organizations proposed a debate and I hope my fellow critic and the Minister of Agriculture and Food will agree to participate in a debate.”