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LETTER: An apology to Mr. MacAulay

A P.E.I. dairy farmer, left, voices his displeasure with federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay over the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). More than 100 dairy farmers showed up at MacAulay’s infrastructure announcement in Pooles Corner Friday to protest the trade deal.
A P.E.I. dairy farmer, left, voices his displeasure with federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay over the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). More than 100 dairy farmers showed up at MacAulay’s infrastructure announcement in Pooles Corner Oct. 5 to protest the trade deal. - Dave Stewart

EDITOR:

Dear Lawrence MacAulay, MP for Cardigan, and federal minister of agriculture:

I would like to formally apologize to you for calling you an arsehole last Friday at the hall in Pooles Corner. A farmer pointed out to me that name-calling won’t get us anywhere and I was disrespectful. He was right so I truly do apologize.

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I was unhappy that you didn't want to stay and sit there and listen to the victim impact statements from the people who were there to give them. You had to be forced to see what your government was doing to our young people in our industry.

I think you are being used. I know you are in a bad position as federal minister of agriculture. Trudeau is pushing the new world order of more and more free trade to benefit the super-rich. That is why he finds it acceptable to knuckle under to the terrible USMCA.

You will be largely responsible for the destruction of the dairy industry if you tow his agenda along. Make no mistake, taking all our market policy abilities away and giving them to Donald Trump is anti-democratic.

If I was the federal minister, I would not condone that terrible deal. I would at least tender my resignation, tell Trudeau I want no part of this, and come home. Please don’t be remembered as the jerk that destroyed the dairy industry.

Once again, sorry about the name-calling.

Ranald MacFarlane,

Fernwood

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