Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is unrepentant. If you didn't already catch the Blighty's Blog post about how the heavy hand of the McGuinty Liberal government is killing production of haggis and black pudding in Ontario, you can still read it by following this link: Ontario Government Kills Burns Night.
Ms Dombrowsky and her bureaucrats are descending like a ton of bricks on small butcher shops that produce haggis and black pudding. Her position is clear; whether you are a small one-man butcher shop - or a giant corporate meat producer we are going to treat you all the same way. Either you invest huge sums in upgrading your facilities or face fines and confiscation of your fixtures and equipment.
One man butcher shops won't survive and Ms Dombrowsky's friends at the big corporations aren't even remotely interested in making small market products like haggis and black pudding.
I bet you didn't see this shocker coming when you voted at the last provincial election. After all, which party is supposed to be covertly in league with the big corporations? No, not that one - it is the McGuinty Liberals!
Our freezer is full of haggis, black pudding, square sausage, vegetable roll, beef links, mealie pudding and Ayrshire bacon right now. But all that will soon disappear. Not only is the production of haggis and black pudding being squeezed out of existence, but the government of Ontario is also stopping Blighty's butcher from selling his products wholesale. Our freezer will be empty.
If you are as outraged as I am please participate in our poll (see the sidebar on the right of this page). If we don't speak up now and make our voice heard, the government bureaucratic steamroller will roll right over us.
"Comedy always works best when it is mean-spirited" - John Cleese
Author John Corby also writes as "Bulldogge" for the British Canadian newspaper.
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