Tractorgate: How Ontario Cons proved they are more P.C. than B.C.


mentalfloss
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'Tractorgate' spawned from Kathleen Wynne photo op

PCs call out Liberal leader for farm safety, internet runs with it

A Liberal trip to the farm wound up giving the Progressive Conservatives a chance to sling mud Tuesday, in what the internet has nicknamed "Tractorgate."

When Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne drove a tractor up to a campaign stop in Paris, near Brantford, she did so with farmer Sandra Vos sitting on top of the wheel well.

Just about two hours later, the PC team sent out a news release with the headline "PREMIER IS SETTING A BAD EXAMPLE," noting how many people they say have died in Ontario at farms and on tractors.


"According to the Health and Safety Guidelines for Ontario Tobacco Producers, farm tractors have killed 250 people on Ontario farms in a recent fifteen year period. Many of the deaths have involved rollovers to the side or rear, extra passengers falling from the tractor and bystanders being run over," the party said, the emphasis being theirs.

"As the Minister of Agriculture, Kathleen Wynne should set a good example by following ALL safety guidelines."

The Ontario Ministry of Labour's tractor safety guidelines do say that a competent person" should help someone training to drive a tractor by giving directions from a "safe distance."

Liberal MPP Deb Matthews reacted to the PCs' attempt to portray Wynne as a tractor disaster waiting to happen on a later conference call.

"There are important issues in this campaign and I suspect that how the premier drives a tractor is not one of those issues," she said.

After disembarking from what's now the most infamous tractor in Canadian politics, Wynne made an actual policy announcement: pouring $40 million over 10 years into a fund to help farmers buy equipment and support the agri-food industry.

But anyway, back to #tractorgate…

This is the first instalment of Spin Cycle, an occasional look at political messaging in the Ontario election campaign.

'Tractorgate' spawned from Kathleen Wynne photo op
Last edited by mentalfloss; May 20th, 2014 at 09:15 PM..
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
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I rode on a lot of tractor fenders. Damned things don't come with a passenger seat and the back 40's a long walk come dinnertime.

If Hudak wants to set a good example, stop with the nit-picking. I'm sure he can find bigger things to gripe about
 
BornRuff
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mentalfloss
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lol Whodat

The Tories cited Health and Safety Guidelines for Ontario Tobacco Producers that farm tractors have killed 250 people on Ontario farms in a “recent fifteen year period,” many of them were the result of extra passengers falling off.

Many Twitter users posted a similar photo of PC Leader Tim Hudak sitting on a blue tractor — with another man standing next to him.

When asked about the Hudak photo, which was taken last year at an agricultural event, the Tories responded that the tractor in that photo wasn’t moving.

However, Wynne’s spokeswoman later supplied video taken at the event that clearly shows Hudak driving the tractor with a passenger standing beside him.


Wynne faces dangerous tractor driving accusations | CityNews
 
Locutus
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exciting stuff
 
petros
#6
Wow.

I feel sorry for most of the people of ON.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

exciting stuff

It is becoming increasingly apparent that you do not like my threads.
 
Walter
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I don't see any gate in the pics.
 
petros
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I see a Dutch tractor.
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Wow.

I feel sorry for most of the people of ON.

So do we...........an we live here.
Gotta spare room?

Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

I rode on a lot of tractor fenders. Damned things don't come with a passenger seat and the back 40's a long walk come dinnertime.

If Hudak wants to set a good example, stop with the nit-picking. I'm sure he can find bigger things to gripe about

No stone shall be left ungriped.

En route to the bush, on the farm, back when, I rode shotgun on my uncle's tractor, hanging on like a bugger. Twas 3 miles and I wasn't about to walk.
 
petros
+2
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My impersonation of Wynne on a tractor.


Putz putz putz putz putz putz putz...
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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Quote: Originally Posted by NugglerView Post

So do we...........an we live here.
Gotta spare room?

Always got room for you here Nuggs.

Stampede week comin' up pretty fast, so make certain that you get your liver in prime condition and ready for 10 days of drinking and heavy abuse.

PS - they have free breakfasts across the city for that time, so if'n we end up whoopin it up til dawn, it's just a beer or 2 wait for some sustenance
 
Locutus
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

My impersonation of Wynne on a tractor.


Putz putz putz putz putz putz putz...


or, given her age, meatiness and such:

wharrgarbl, wharrgarbl, wharrgarbl
 
petros
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I wonder if that tractor is up to the latest Tier4 emissions regs?
 
Locutus
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

I wonder if that tractor is up to the latest Tier4 emissions regs?

I wonder if it has a seat cover.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

I wonder if it has a seat cover.

My tractor has 120VAC.12VDC BlueTooth and USB

The possibilities are endless.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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With all the talk about tractors, you would think that wynn and hudak are running for premier of Saskatchewan.
 
Locutus
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

My tractor has 120VAC.12VDC BlueTooth and USB

The possibilities are endless.

sounds dreamy. what flavour of febreze vent clip?
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

sounds dreamy. what flavour of febreze vent clip?

On a TRACTOR? A Bounce sheet works much better
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiingView Post

With all the talk about tractors, you would think that wynn and hudak are running for premier of Saskatchewan.

Any know which province has the most arable land that is actually being used for planting?
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

Any know which province has the most arable land that is actually being used for planting?

Probably Ontario. I forget sometimes how big Ontario actually is geographically.

But farming seems far less a part of the provincial culture here than it is in Saskatchewan.
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiingView Post

Probably Ontario. I forget sometimes how big Ontario actually is geographically.

But farming seems far less a part of the provincial culture here than it is in Saskatchewan.

...and the biggest part of it is rock, swamp and water. The best arable land is swallowed up by city and golf courses
 
BornRuff
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

...and the biggest part of it is rock, swamp and water. The best arable land is swallowed up by city and golf courses

Who would want to golf in a swamp?
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#24
Don't like water traps?
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

...and the biggest part of it is rock, swamp and water. The best arable land is swallowed up by city and golf courses

People live where they can grow food.
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#26
Try planting a cabbage in Yonge St
 
petros
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

sounds dreamy. what flavour of febreze vent clip?

HEPA/carbon air so you don't have to deal with egg salad sandwich farts.

Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

Any know which province has the most arable land that is actually being used for planting?

Quebec
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

Try planting a cabbage in Yonge St

People live where they can grow food.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

People live where they can grow food.

Or shop in trendy farmers markets.
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morganView Post

Always got room for you here Nuggs.

Stampede week comin' up pretty fast, so make certain that you get your liver in prime condition and ready for 10 days of drinking and heavy abuse.

PS - they have free breakfasts across the city for that time, so if'n we end up whoopin it up til dawn, it's just a beer or 2 wait for some sustenance

OY: Sounds like fun. Thank you Capt.

You can either be a good liver, or have one.
 

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