The FREE PRESS
ADVOCATE praises the
Rural Council of Ottawa-Carleton...
for being the first to
bring together the Ontario Federation
of Agriculture (OFA) and
the Lanark Landowners (LLA)
in the June 8th RALLY -- at
Ottawa's City Hall
EDITORIAL - from the, June, 2005...
(PRE-RALLY COVERAGE -June
combined force for change
Hats off to the Rural Council of
Ottawa-Carleton for achieving what everyone knew had to be done, but
were less sure how to do it.
The Rural Council's Rural Rally,
set to descend on Ottawa city hall as the paper went to press,
boasted a talented array of speakers to let the city know they are
an unhappy lot. And politicians know that while there may be fewer
rural voters, the country folk generally continue to turn out en
masse to cast their ballot while the city folk stay home.
In fact, there are optimists who
are now saying out loud that rural voters may well hold the balance
of power in upcoming elections, certainly at the municipal level and
And that is why it was with such
delight that in scanning the list of speakers for the June 8 rally,
we spied names from the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and the
Lanark Landowners Association on the same page.
Both groups can be a force to be
reckoned with. Individually, they have achieved much, on different
days and in different ways.
Imagine then, the potential force
that has been harnessed by this Rural Rally to remind city hall and
its urban majority that they cannot condemn Queen's Park's "one size
fits all" approach to city governments while adopting the same
ill-starred strategy with its taxpayers populating the far reaches
of what they proudly proclaim to be "the largest agricultural city
Just a week earlier, Wyatt Williams
and "Food Aid" showed what this city --any city-- can accomplish
when all players get to play. They raised more than $108,000 in one
day. The OFA and LLA are more likely to raise eyebrows. If that
doesn't work, they may raise a little hell.