Ontario PC Ag Critic Says Wynne Should Take Responsibility for ‘Food’ Oversight
By Amanda Brodhagen, Farms.com
Premier Kathleen Wynne was called out in the Ontario Legislature today, on her failure to include ‘Food’ in her first swearing-in ceremony. Wynne’s response to her second swearing-in ceremony which was kept secret until recently was that it was an “administrative glitch.”
“Someone who wants to serve as our agriculture and food Minister and claims to have an interest in the industry should know enough to include food in their oath regardless,” said Ernie Hardeman, Oxford MPP and PC Critic for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Calling it an administrative glitch is an attempt to transfer responsibility to staff, but only one person took that oath and she should also take responsibility,”
The opposition says that Wynne should have apologized and taken responsibility for forgetting ‘Food’ from her title. Hardeman says that Wynne’s actions are an insult to those who work in agriculture and food industries in the province.
Hardeman says that people who work in the agriculture and food industries deserve respect and a Minister who will dedicate the time needed to do the job properly. “Not a Minister who forgets about food unless it’s written on the paper in front of her.”