The 100th anniversary for the iconic five-day rural expo is an annual chance to reconnect with rural voters and the agriculture sector, which employs just under 750,000 people and contributes $33.8 billion to the Ontario economy.
Premier Kathleen Wynne recently came under fire for focusing too much on urban areas, which she addressed in brief remarks at the event.
“We are a government for one Ontario,” she said. “We are interdependent whether we are rural or urban or suburban.”
Tim Hudak, the PC leader, gave his own speech praising farmers.
“I know that farming is like a calling,” he said, “and quite frankly it needs to get more respect from all the politicians.”