Hold Your Judgement on Kathleen Wynne’s Agriculture Record: Stewart Skinner

Stewart Skinner, hog farmer & Liberal nominee

Stewart Skinner, hog farmer & Liberal nominee

After I wrote an editorial piece on Kathleen Wynne’s absence at the GFO meeting last week (click here for that), many people agreed with my take. In the true spirit of Realagriculture.com, some readers thought I was incorrect and called me out on it.

Long-time RealAgriculture follower Stewart Skinner contacted me and said, “Slow down, there, Mr. Haney. You’re not seeing the big picture.”

Never one to shy away from a good debate,  I talked to Stewart to get his thoughts on why he thinks Kathleen Wynne is working hard as Ontario’s agriculture minister, and is being effective for the long term success of Ontario agriculture. In the audio interview below, Stewart outlines why Wynne chose the ag portfolio, the state of food processing in the province, advocating for agriculture in urban circles and even comments on the closing of the University of Guelph’s eastern campuses.


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Shaun Haney

Shaun grew up on a family seed farm in Southern Alberta. Haney Farms produces, conditions and retails wheat, barley, canola and corn seed. Shaun Haney is the founder of RealAgriculture.com. @shaunhaney


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Philip Shaw

I enjoyed this interview. I tend to think Kathleen Wynne is good for ag because our views are the cabinet table for sure. When you are 1 of 24 at the table trying to get your view noticed, that’s hard. However, when the Premier has those views at the table, its going to happen. I don’t care for politics, been hardened through the years, I’m sure an election here in Ontario is on the way.

Ian Porteous

Good interview, But the replies were just Liberal propaganda, The Conservatives didnt drive the wedge into rural /urban issue. They just pointed it out to the Liberal that it was already there. The Guelph Kemptville issue was not an autonomous decision, all levels of the Liberal govt were involved in it, not just the university. Guelph has been raping and pilfering Kemptville campus for years, sending all the money to the west, Why has the university produces Kemptvilles Financials publicly, Why was enrollment higher at Kemptville the last 2 years?. How does closing an educational intitution help Rural Ont????? Lets see the Liberal spin on that?


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