A hearty rural Ontario good afternoon to all of you ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.

It's great to be back in St. Thomas where Ontarians have been working the land for over 200 years.

This gives me a chance to say something on behalf of all Ontarians, all 13 million of us.

And I say it to our farmers.

Thank you.

Thanks for the work that you do.

Thanks for your perseverance.

Thanks for your resilience.

Thanks for the safest, tastiest, healthiest food that you put on our tables every day.

Thank you.

We're doing our part to support your work, and we're gonna make sure all parts of our province from rural communities to our cities stay strong.

We've been busy in rural Ontario. We're building four new hospitals, 76 new schools and countless kilometers of new roads in rural Ontario.

And so far, I'm pleased to say that over 8,000 Ontario farmers have signed up to produce clean, green electricity for all of us.

All these initiatives are supported by our farmers, and we're very proud to work with you.

The way I see it, my friends, the best way for us to keep building a better life in our small towns and our big cities, in the countryside and the suburbs is by understanding two fundamental truths.

One - rural, urban and suburban folk - we need each other, and two - we are always at our best when we work together.

Thank you very much.

Thank you.

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