Vol. 70/No. 5
February 6, 2006
Farmers in Ontario
Farmers in Ontario took advantage of the federal election campaign to raise demands for government aid to meet growing costs of production and deal with falling prices for their products. According to the biweekly Voice of the Farmer, on December 14 thousands of farmers near Ottawa and Belleville in eastern Ontario, and at Woodstock and Wallaceburg in southwestern Ontario, held tractorcades and farm rallies. As a result, Conservative leader Stephen Harper, Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin, New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton, and Green Party leader James Harris toured farm areas following the actions, promising some form of aid.
The Ontario Federation of Agriculture, the main farmers organization, has been organizing well-attended all-candidates meetings through January in rural areas. With its campaign and three candidates the Communist League has been distributing its platform to workers at plant gates and on picket lines that states: For government-funded affordable credit for working farmers. Support for the fight of farmers in Ontario and elsewhere for price supports to cover production costs. Stop farm foreclosures!
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