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This article was published 9/10/2008 (2847 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
On the way out to Transcona to cover NDP Leader Jack Layton's rally last night, I spotted a billboard on Regent I hadn't seen yet. It was part of that "Unfriendly Manitoba" campaign against the hog barn ban. It said something like "98% per cent of Manitobans say kill the anti-farm bill."That made blink. When do 98% of Manitobans agree on anything? This morning I checked out the lobby group's website and got the truth. Earlier this year, about 400 people spoke at the legislature's committee hearing on Bill 17, the barn ban bill. Ninety-eight percent of those 400 people, whose opposition was coordinated by the Pork Council, opposed the bill. That's not a scientific poll. It's not a focus group. It's not even a Free Press question-of-the-day.The billboard is downright dishonest.