This Week in Ontario — A Beef Boost, Local Food and a Popular Premier

Opinion

If you judge a politician’s strategy by where they choose their photo ops, Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne has her sights firmly set on rural Ontario. Typically the domain of the Progressive Conservatives, Wynne appointing herself ag minister after winning the premiership was a very strategic move in winning the hearts and votes of rural Ontario.

In the last week alone, Wynne has launched a local food initiative and rolled out a cool $10 million for the beef sector. While there’s a new agriculture tire recycling fee fiasco waiting just around the corner, the premier spent the week shaking hands with poultry and egg producers and the beef sector, trumpeting the value of local food.

RealAgriculture.com’s Ontario correspondent, Bernard Tobin, and editor, Lyndsey Smith, sat down to talk about what Wynne has been up to, how farmers could make the most of this new attention and even surmise what an election result would look like if one were called soon.

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