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Riling up the rural base

Apparently, it’s been decided by some Conservatives and their supporters it’s time to rile up the rural base (again) over gun control. There’s a full front-page section in the Tillsonburg News in today’s paper (owned by the extreme right-wing conservative supporting Sunmedia Chain) detailing the private members bill C-391 and it’s attempt to kill the long-gun registry. That article is full of quotes from Elgin-Middlesex-London MP Joe Preston, Oxford MP Dave Mackenzie and Haldimand-Norfolk MP and Cabinet Minister Diane Finley spouting off Conservative talking points on the gun registry.

In addition, we coincidentally (cough, cough.. yea, right) have an editorial in there from the local editor (which unfortunately doesn’t […]

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The anger in tobacco country is palpable towards the Conservatives

I’ve been seeing that anger in a lot of the local newspapers around here in the past month or 2, but it’s drawn enough attention to make it into today’s Toronto Star in an article entitled “Despair and anger in tobacco country”. This isn’t just about the tobacco farmers either being angry at the Cons. and Diane Finley – many in Caledonia, the site of the native protests – blame her and the Cons. for failing to resolve the issue:

For tobacco growers in southwestern Ontario, hope has turned to despair. Banks are foreclosing, marriages are dissolving and some growers have even taken their lives..What the tobacco farmers and the […]

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Keep it up, Diane. You’re doing the work for us.

Rural areas in the SW part of Ontario tend to traditionally vote Conservative. The riding of Haldimand-Norfolk is one of those mostly rural areas that tends to follow that pattern, though it was held for a while by Liberal Bob Speller.

Turning your back on this part of the county’s voters is however a no-no, traditional Conservative area or not. The local issue of tobacco farming buyouts – or the lack therof and the disinterest local MP and Immigration Minister Diane FInley and the Cons. are showing over this – will play a much larger role in this riding then any national issue. At the rate she’s going at offending […]

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