McCabe OFA president for another year

OFA president McCabe: OK with him if you have wind turbines and destroy your community. It's your right.
OFA president McCabe: OK with him if you have wind turbines and destroy your community. It’s your right.

Don McCabe, who believes that what farmers do on their own land—never mind the consequences for neighbours and communities—is their business, has been acclaimed for another term as president of the Ontario  Federation of Agriculture, reports Ontario Farmer.
While McCabe advises farmers contemplating leasing land for wind turbines and associated wind “farm” equipment to “get a lawyer, get a lawyer, get a lawyer,” he also appears to support aggressive wind power development in Ontario. Last year, he told farmers at a Finch Ontario gathering on wind power that they could get power from the turbines for their own farms first if they sign up–this is not only impossible, it’s also illegal.
Farmers Forum editor Patrick Meagher reported on the McCabe acclamation but also posed the question, Is the OFA too close to the Liberal Party? “Two provincial elections ago [not under McCabe leadership] the OFA wanted a moratorium on wind projects,” Meagher notes, “but didn’t want to address it with the Ontario Liberals on the campaign trail because, by an OFA director’s own admission, the OFA didn’t want to affect the election outcome. … Was that a ridiculous omission, or partisan politics? ”

What's your reaction?


  • Lynda
    Posted December 3, 2015 10:28 am 0Likes

    If he is giving incorrect advice to farmers in Ontario about illegal practices, he should be removed from office. Individuals who ‘tell them what they want to hear’ in order to get into office are not worth the office space they control. It’s a power trip…pardon the pun.

    • Tom
      Posted December 3, 2015 11:30 am 0Likes

      Didn’t Trudeau and Wynne tell them “what they wanted to hear” to get electected.

      • Lynda
        Posted December 3, 2015 11:37 am 0Likes

        Yes they did. It’s common practice. What I want to know is if there is a provincial or federal impeachment process on the books; although I don’t suppose it would do any good if there were…the US has one and look at the mess they are in but nothing changes.

  • Pat Cusack
    Posted December 3, 2015 11:02 am 0Likes

    I wonder what his opinion would be if his neighbour diverted a watercourse that served his farm because it went through that property first and it was his property. Seems like the sane scenario.

    • Lynda
      Posted December 3, 2015 11:20 am 0Likes

      Good observation. It is the same scenario but can you imagine the uproar if hundreds of beef cattle were dying of thirst because a neighbour changed a water course? You’d have to deal with another government department whu would tell you that changing a water course is illegal. Green Energy Act changes everything…we have no rights. If the government wants what you have, the GEA could give them the authority to take it; for the greater good of course. I don’t know about everyone else, but I don’t remember signing up for socialism.

  • Barbara
    Posted December 3, 2015 5:27 pm 0Likes

    Elected by acclimation? And not by membership wide vote?

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