Trudeau’s Infrastructure program should have a Fair component. Out of sixty billion, a mere couple of millions would do wonders to the hundreds of facilities across Canada. Obviously, whoever is elected should do the same.
a side note. Seen and portrayed as a desperate gamble by the Liberals, Trudeau’s admission that the books are cooked before an election and that preparing a budget is an exercise in voodoo economics is the most refreshing up to now in this campaign.
to our main program. Electoral that is. us rural folks, the Fair is an annual get together for all ages. Children amazed by so much, teens blooming as the vegetable's win ribbons, parents trying to keep pace and the old reminiscing.
there are the city folks coming and discovering that farming today is not as bucolic as it seems and that it take quite an investment to bring that pint of milk to the table. That farmers are the first to notice the degradation of the environment, the weather is unpredictable and the ultra-reliance on fertilizers almost matched to a seed and pesticides that already are, is taking a toll on profits. And farming is a business, a big one. And while we can live without a third big screen TV, skipping the third meal is not an option recommended by most.
going to the Fair, especially the smaller ones, is an essential late summer routine for millions of Canadians all across the country.
all across the country, the Fair's infrastructure is degrading rapidly. Centurie old structure, repaired on the go are a disaster shy of being closed forever. All, with few exceptions, remotely conform to today’s safety standardsand are unable to provide a comfortable experience, we are not in a 7 Flags and even less Disney World here. But on volunteer built structures and infrastructures, always setting aside for the future when fund will be available what is essential. Buying both paint and brushes the same year is almost impossible to dream of. Forget if the elements gets in the way, then the meer surplus set aside for emergency is always unable to cover the losses incurred by bad weather.
aside a small portion of any national infrastructure program to revitalize the Fair’s infrastructure would send money where it is badly needed, the rural region of Canada. It would provide continuity to an essential part of Canada’s heritage, most are over a century old, some closer to two hundred years.
one’s heritage is more than having museums. These fair grounds are what a country is about, its culture, its society, its economy.
urge all parties to propose that a National Fair Heritage preservation be part of their program.