If Canadians bearing the stigma of US taint had any uncertainty about their true place in Canadian society, an announcement today by Stephen Harper should erase any lingering doubts: we are now less deserving of federal government protection than dead meat.
As the Canadian Press reported today:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is reiterating that Canada is prepared to retaliate in an ongoing trade war with the United States over country-of-origin meat-labelling rules.
Speaking with rural leaders in Saskatoon Thursday, Harper said that retaliation will become essential at some point in the dispute.
American country-of-origin rules require all packaged meat to identify where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered.
Supporters of the law say it better informs U.S. consumers, but opponents argue that segregating animals and tracking them adds costs.
It would appear that the Prime Minister is less concerned about the US-imposed costs of segregating, tracking and labelling US Persons in Canada for their country-of-origin than he is about the same thing for pigs and cattle. Something else to remember come election day.