Musings —07.28.2011 10:04 AM—
You can add this one (like abortion, like HST, like FDK, and a bunch of other issues) to the bulging HUDAK IS FULL OF CRAP file:
Barn story lays an egg; PC’s red tape tale ‘not a good example’
(Windsor Star, Sharon Hill )
The Conservatives have egg on their faces after claiming there’s so much red tape in Dalton McGuinty’s Ontario that egg farmers are told what colour to paint the insides of their barns.
Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak used the example last week and Wednesday it was again part of a news conference and news release by Essex PC candidate Dave Brister as he repeated the party plan to cut the number of provincial regulations by 30 per cent if elected.
The barn-colour regulation cited as an example to cut overregulation doesn’t exist.
“As far as anybody who’s ever dealt with poultry here, there is nothing we regulate on that,” said Susan Murray, a spokeswoman at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
Pamela Bolton of the Egg Farmers of Ontario also said she wasn’t aware of any provincially regulated poultry palette.
“It’s probably not a very good example,” she said.
When it comes to egg laying, chickens don’t seem to care about the colour of the inside of the barn and neither does the Egg Farmers of Ontario, which has no colour rules, said Bolton who serves in the marketing organization as a project manager. She said there are recommendations about painting wood to keep the barn cleaner. Even if the Tories are referring to an egg grading station, that would be a federally inspected area and not a provincial regulation, she said.
When questioned, Brister and Ontario MPP Toby Barrett of Haldimand-Norfolk, who was in Kingsville for the news conference Wednesday, tracked down the source of the example to a March news story from the Ottawa region where a farmer questioned if the government should be allowed to dictate the colour of an egggrading area.
Brister didn’t back off the example even when it appeared there is no provincial regulation.