Apparently, some people must be abused, exploited, injured or killed so other people can make money. It sounds like a tenet that the proprietors of some fire trap shirt factory in the Third World might cling to. Yet, how else to interpret what’s behind this weird mutual exclusivity of free enterprise and human rights in Alberta? The obtuseness on the part of the free-enterprisers never ceases to amaze. Occupational health and safety laws protecting farm workers have been in place in Manitoba and Saskatchewan for more than 30 years. The sky has not fallen. The agricultural economy in those provinces has not suffered for it. I lived in rural Manitoba for many years and never once heard that protections for farm workers were bad for farmers. How, then, can anyone claim Bill 6 “hurts hard-working Alberta farmers” if the same legislation, now more than three decades old, has not hurt farmers in other provinces?
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