Wednesday, December 7, 2011

NFU elects Ann Slater

Ontario voters elected Ann Slater to head the Ontario branch of the National Farmers Union.

What remains to be seen is whether and when the national organization will honour that election result by appointing her Ontario co-ordinator.

That's one of many features of NFU politics and practices that seem to be giving the Ontario Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeals Tribunal pause in issuing a decision on whether to renew accreditation so the NFU can continue to collect membership dues under the province's mandatory program.

In fact, the tribunal has yet to issue a re-accreditation decision for any of the three general farm organizations - the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario and the National Farmers Union.

The original public hearings were held back in June. The NFU situation was opened up to additional public hearings in the fall after several executive members who resigned reported insider information to the tribunal.

So, can anybody tell me how the three organizations can continue to collect dues if their re-accreditation has not been granted?