Saturday, July 05, 2014

You Voted For Them!

Time after time the sanctimonious icons of  Liberalism have lectured the rest of us about being more tolerant and progressive. Always brushing aside or simply ignoring the obvious questions and warnings about consequences they spend there every effort bashing conservative governments and policies while completely ignoring the hypocrisy and bald faced dishonesty of their pet LIBERAL politicians.

Well today is a day of Consequence for one such progressive scold as the chickens come home to roost in her own precious little patch of heaven.

 Margaret Atwood: “This is a life-wrecking event”

Like so many classic Canadian farming communities, my village of Midhurst, Ontario is surrounded by forest, fresh country air and beautiful landscapes. My husband, two boys and I routinely take hikes and have picnics in the fields and forests across from our house. 
But now, our idyllic village has become ground zero in the fight to preserve Canada's fast-disappearing farmland and natural areas from sprawling mega-developments -- all because the Ontario Government made a special loophole in the 'Ontario Places to Grow Act' allowing a private developer to turn Midhurst from a village of 3,500 into a city of 30,000. 
Margaret Atwood Midhurst Video Appeal
You may not have heard of Midhurst, but what the Ontario Government decides to do here should matter to all who believe that farmland and nature are more than places waiting to be paved, and that local communities should have a say in how they grow and change.  
The special loophole, designed just for Midhurst, is the opposite of everything the Ontario Places to Grow Act was designed to do -- protect farmland and stop unsustainable, sprawling mega-developments. Our story is a warning that the unsustainable sprawl that has devoured nearly half of our farmland in Ontario, and has irreparably damaged precious natural areas, will continue along this destructive path unless we speak out. 
During the Ontario Provincial Election, Premier Wynne met with a few members of our community. She appeared concerned and promised that if elected she would review the development plan. We now plan to hold Premier Wynne to her promise, and with the support of tens of thousands of people we hope she will be convinced to close the loophole. 
As a mother, I knew that I had to try to preserve the future of our community, our farms and our natural areas.  I got involved because there has to be a better alternative than to sacrifice so much to the benefit of just a few people who, as Margaret Atwood put it, stand to make a lot of money. Please join our community, Margaret Atwood, and over 5000 people, and sign our petition calling on the Ontario Government to stop the mega-development and save Midhurst. 
Thank you,
Margaret Prophet, 
Midhurst, Ontario



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