Under the incompetent and self-serving NDP government, a sneaky little tactic was tried. Very quietly, one day all the shops for home brewers around the province were served a notice: the NS Liquor Commission was going to require them to register with them. But, hey, it was no big deal–a mere $15 for a simple certificate. They expected the home brewing shops around the province (and home brewers) to merely say: “Oh, no big deal. That sounds reasonable. Sure, let’s do that.” You see, the Liquor Commission has no authority over home brewing shops because they sell food products: fruit juices, yeast, citric acid . . . that sort of thing. And they had no precedent to establish authority of any kind. So what they thought was they would issue a requirement to all these home brewing shops who’s business owners would quietly acquiesce, thus establishing a precedent that they do indeed have authority over home brewing. Then the Liquor Commission would have moved to require licensing and heavy taxation of any juices, yeasts, etc., used in the home production of wines and ales. The bottom line was simple: the Liquor Commission, under the auspices of the NDP, figured they could secretly increase their monopoly and their profits. But Nova Scotians are smarter than that. Business owners and brewers saw the ruse right from the outset. The NDP pushed it anyway through their entire paltry year or two in office, only relenting just before election time when the polls showed clearly just how badly off they were. And by then it was too late for the NDP; Nova Scotians had seen their true colors and voted them out in a massive landslide defeat.
So then came the Liberals. The new, brighter face of political leadership, right? And now they have been in a year or two and their Minister of Agriculture, the dishonorable Keith Colwell, develops a secret plot with the Turkey Farmers regulatory board and big industry farming. The plot was similar to the NDP’s stunt: Hey, it’s no big deal. For your own safety, we’re just not going to allow small farmers to use local abattoirs or even butcher their own livestock for their own private use. Keith thought he was wonderfully clever. Under the guise of “It’s for your own good, people”, he would just sneak in a little limitation on butchering turkeys locally. He thought people would accept that. He thought he could quietly flex his political muscle and no one would notice. And then, after testing his clout and establishing precedent, he would just quietly require small farmers to send all their livestock to big corporate abattoirs.
Keith was wrong. People have noticed, and Nova Scotians are angry.
You see, Keith says it’s all for the public good. Out of the saintly goodness of his politician’s heart, he just wants to protect small farmers from the terrible, terrible bacteria that must surely be present on their little farms, where livestock is raised in spacious, natural conditions far away from the virtual petri dishes of industrial farming conditions. And in order to do that, his brilliant plan is to require those small farmers to send all their livestock to massive, corporate industrial slaughterhouses where millions of animals are slaughtered each year after being shipped and contained in disgusting, virtual concentration camp settings.
Unfortunately for Keith, he is not very bright, and in a recent interview let his game plan loose on the airwaves. That is right: he stated clearly and emphatically that he wants to require small farms to send not just turkeys but all their livestock to industrial slaughterhouses. (See link to that interview here. You must watch to the last minute or so to hear him literally state his intent.)
(Hunters: Be certain, you’re next. Keith will want to require you to send your game to these slaughterhouses, too.)
But the public recognized the lie right off. Keith is doing what politicians in Nova Scotia do best–kissing up to special corporate interest at the expense of Nova Scotians. What is really happening is that, in typical snakelike NS political fashion, Keith has slithered into bed with big corporate farming interests. Someone has whispered into his ear: Hey, Keith, if you give more power to the NS Turkey Farmers regulatory board, you can claim to have created more agricultural jobs, and then our happy, happy people will all think you’re a hero and vote for you. I mean, that is how you buy politicians legally: you tell them your special interest group will make them look like a hero and get them votes. And Keith’s plan is to push this agenda as far as his ethics-addled mind feels he can push it. In effect: Keith has an agenda, and its premises are simple: self-aggrandizement and big corporate interests. It’s an old song of Nova Scotia politicians. I suspect this most recent song and dance will lead the Liberals to the same sad end as the NDP recently experienced in the none-too-distant future.
Nova Scotia: I propose several things.
- A total and complete boycott of turkey sold in Nova Scotia’s grocery stores, and let the store managers know why.
- Go to your local feed and seed store or farmer’s co-op and sign the petition against Keith Colwell’s sneaky little plan.
- Write the premier and demand Keith’s immediate resignation.
- Get the petition into other places. Hunters: note, you’re next. Get the petition into hunting stores.
Let Keith know Nova Scotia belongs to Nova Scotians. Not conniving politicians. Not big corporate special interests. Not even to sneaky, conniving little turkey boards operating in the background like mini-mafia wannabes.