By Letter to the Editor on March 5, 2021.
Everyone of us Canadians have been raised to value the word Moderation. Do not over eat, over drink, over work, over play, over anything.
Then the world went Global – we overdid everything – we were told that the world needs our oil, our grain, our potash, our french fries, our fresh killed meat (namely beef and pork), our lumber, our coal and our metals. And of course we needed from the world our clothing, our shoes,vegetables, computers, appliances, computer chips and motherboards, and dishes and pots and on and on.
Now we have 200,000 head feedlots, 10,000 head pig barns, farmers that harvest 20 sections of land, lumber companies that hew and plain and sell millions of feet of lumber and what happens when the market tanks or the kill plants get a virus or a country like China or the USA decides to not take our products ? We dump our grain, we send our meat and animals to a landfill and close down our lumber mills and mines.
We expanded — depending on world markets — we threw moderation to the wind.
We also threw our moral values out the window because we could not tell a country like China to “Go To Hell,” we will not tolerate dealing with a country who subjugates their minorities.
Now do we have the intestinal fortitude to tighten our belt and do the right thing?
I hope so.
Grant R Harrington