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LETTER: Forfeit morals for french fries

Robert K. Irving, president of Cavendish Farms, delivered the luncheon speech at this year’s Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting.
Robert K. Irving, president of Cavendish Farms, delivered the luncheon speech at this year’s Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting. -File photo

I see where Robert Irving has paid us a visit and expressed his concern about the near failure of the potato crop last year. It was spoiled by a last-minute rain fall; does this mean that God is on his side.

My opinion is this: Robert Irving should return to New Brunswick and stay there.

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My opinion is, the Irving’s are the main force behind ruining the potato and farming industries on P.E.I. Years ago, P.E.I. was the potato capital of North America. If someone wanted a top class of table potato, a P.E.I. potato was the #1 choice above the Idaho. If you don’t believe me ask an older and wiser person.

Then the Irving’s landed and along with the government of the day, persuaded and encouraged the local farmers to forfeit their morals and values and sign on to the Irving way.

They dug up, tore up, leveled and eliminated all or most of the picturesque small farms of P.E.I.

They called it progress. Now, except for a few honest hard-working farmers, you can’t get a decent potato for the dinner table. All for the sake of a perfect Irving french fry potato. Some would say you can’t blame all this on the Irving’s. I guess that greed is contagious, the government and the farmers of the day jumped right on board. I say enough is enough. No deep water wells. We don’t need you to ruin our water system.

Gavin Boylan,
Charlottetown

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