June’s Lobbying Landscape

Written by Wayne Snow June 17, 2024 Lobbying

House Recessed for the Summer

The Spring legislative session wrapped up a week early, and the House is on summer break until October 21st - more than a month later than the Parliamentary Calendar indicates. Committees will continue their work over the summer.

The Political Landscape – Ontario Polling

The latest polling from the beginning of this month has the Ford government sustaining its comfortable lead over their opponents. The poll, conducted by Pallas Data, found the PCs are supported by 39.4% of respondents who were either decided or leaning toward the party if an election were held today.

Bonnie Crombie and the Liberal party continue to claim second place at 26.5%, while the current official opposition NDP received 22.6% support. The Greens remain in single-digit territory, with 8.3% of support.

This level of support would result in another majority government for Ford, whose PCs won their last two majorities with 40.5% and 40.8%.

Premier Ford Shuffles Cabinet

Following two by-election wins in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex and Milton, Premier Ford shuffled his Cabinet and increased its size to 36 MPPs. This is the largest Cabinet in Ontario’s history. Notable changes include the division of Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). Rob Flack, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London and former Parliamentary Assistant to OMAFRA, has been promoted and became the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Agribusiness. Lisa Thompson became the Minister of Rural Affairs.

Flack was first elected in 2022. Before entering public service, he had an extensive career in the agriculture industry, including his role as President and CEO of Masterfeeds Inc. He also owns and operates Flack Farms.

CEDA’s Engagement with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Agribusiness

Over the coming weeks, staff in the offices of Ministers Flack and Thompson will work through the division of oversight between the Ministries. The Premier will also issue Mandate Letters that will define the responsibilities and objectives for each Minister.

Minister Flack has committed to a “listening and learning” tour over the summer and fall, where he will meet with various stakeholders throughout the industry. CEDA will meet with Minister Flack to continue advancing our policy recommendations for the Ontario Farm Implements Act and its Regulation 123/06.

Our policy recommendations overcome current insufficient protections for farmers and dealers to be effective in today’s business environment. If adopted, they would strengthen and align Ontario’s legislation and regulation with similar provincial and state legislations.

If you have any questions about CEDA’s advocacy on your behalf, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will keep you informed of progress as we advance our members’ interests.