Fair time

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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.

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