The Hill: Rural votes lay behind the change of heart on regional funding

Both the Liberals and the Tories dropped their opposition to co-funding regional or provincial farm programs. And the 70 seats in rural Quebec and Ontario played a big part in that decision


It was a triumph of strong farmer lobbying. It also was the result of being in the right place at the right time.

This autumn, as federal politicians crisscrossed the country looking for votes, Liberals and Conservatives both embraced the idea that federal dollars should be used again to co-fund regional or provincial farm programs designed to reflect local conditions or needs.

Better Farming - November 2008