Response to Alberta's Bill 6

Currently the NDP provincial government has a survey posted on their website relating to Bill 6. I submitted it. Here is what I wrote. Please submit yours. …

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Response to Alberta's Bill 6
A letter to Taber Times by John Elias
Article Source: The Alberta NDP Government

Question 11a - Are there factors that need to be taken into consideration in applying employment standards to farming and ranching?

Farm families and neighbours need to be able to work together without fear of oppressive government tyranny. They need to be able to make a living in the rural financial climate that has tight margins and a competitive market and they need to be able to have happy and healthy homes without government workers or bureaucrats invading their home farm and trespassing into personal matters.

In urban communities there are currently assurances that governments will stay off of personal property and will not show up like the gestapo unannounced with guns, threats or intrusion. Yet, in different parts of Canada where governments have taken a highly legislative and punitive approach, rural citizens are invaded, and treated like criminals for doing as little as providing safe, clean and healthy whole milk to their friends and neighbours. This kind of intrusive behaviour is not the behaviour of a government of a free society, but rather a government of a police state. This should never happen in Canada. This is the heart of sharia law or of martial law, not the heart of a free and moral society.

The personal and private domain of families, the foremost and primary role of parents in relation to their children's upbringing and moral and intellectual education is regularly tromped on in Canada and all in the name of government "oversight" which is another word for micro-management or, to the receiver of such unending intrusion, oppression and nanny-state politics.

Governments need to work on making our country "strong and free" once again. Those who desire to make it closed, highly regulated and burdensome to communities, families and individuals act against our country and Canadian values and are enemies of free society not friends to it.

Question 11b. What assistance would be helpful to farmers and ranchers in applying employment standards to farming and ranching?

This NDP government seems determined to meddle in the life and livelihood of the strongest communities that exist in the province (rural farming communities). Farming is a fragile industry and culture and it is literally the life "bread" of our nation. Without small farms that care about animals and people rather than large commercial farmers that only care about profits, Canada's food supply and rural community would be drastically and negatively affected.

This survey is a prime example of the manipulative politics that exists in Canada today. Asking vague and leading questions with a simple rating system does not give you reliable answers that actually identify the true heart of the people you govern. The questions are too broad and can be interpreted too many ways depending on the motives and objectives of the reviewers of its results. Seeking feedback is good, but surveys like this rather than face to face public forums seem more like a cheap manipulation than a sincere desire to know the heart of the people you are planning to drastically affect with Bill 6 style governance.

Less government is better government. Fewer laws that are more clear, rather than many laws that give governments sweeping powers, prevent dangerous and irresponsible oversight of the people without accountability. We need smaller governments, lower tax burdens, more atonomy, and strong families, and moral communities in order to be a safe a prosperous nation. We hope the government will actually read these comments and truly have a mind of reason and a heart of compassion for their employers, the people. The future of democracy in Canada depends on it.

Question 14. Are there factors that need to be taken into consideration in developing special technical rules for health and safety on farms and ranches?

Best practices documents and community involvement are good, more and more legislation and nanny-state politics is an offence to a free and democratic society. Rural Albertans believe in strong families, strong communities and a strong ability to thrive, not merely survive and get by.

Question 15a. Please indicate the impact you feel collective bargaining would have on farm or ranch employees. (and 15b on farmers or ranchers with employees)

Unions are anti-Alberta and anti-small farm along with anti-community

Question 15c. Are there factors that need to be taken into consideration in terms of collective bargaining in this industry?

Alberta was made strong by personal responsibility and an entrepreneurial spirit. Unions stand in opposition to both of these economic and personal growth motivators.

Question 22. Do you have any final comments regarding proposed changes to Alberta's workplace legislation as it pertains to farms and ranches?

The Alberta government over recent years has gotten more and more heavy handed with spending, removing personal freedom, negatively affecting families, and stripping parental rights.

Now, with the draconian imposition of Bill 6, the government once again has ventured into the family and parental domain and is preparing to dramatically and negatively impact those individuals and groups with the glee that comes with unabated power, granted to this government via a protest vote, against the power hungry and head strong PCs. Albertans wanted change, but they didn't want oppression or nanny-state politics.

If the NDP wants to be anything more than a one term protest vote government, they had better smarten up and get a sense for what rural Alberta is and who rural Albertans are. We are about community, family, dedication and an entrepreneurial spirit. We live in the country because we believe in being self-sufficient and hard working. Be wise and do not attack our way of life.


Jim Blake

All glory goes to the living God, maker of the heavens and the earth, for He alone is worthy of all glory and honor and praise. I consider the sufferings of this age not worthy to be compared to what is to come for those who place their faith in the King of kings and persevere in faith, day by day, until the end.

For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

Psalm 103:11-18

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