Prosperity through Mandarin
The Editor, Clan loyalty defines Glengarry, hence it is refreshing to see Rod McRae's letter of March 8 (‘Hold fast: Let no man take thy voice’), praising his politician brother-inlaw, plus that man's politician sibling and cousin on their work with the school issue.
The 30 to 35 students for next year’s grade 9 class at Char-Lan is apparently restored as is. Plus the multiple school board system, based on the Belfast model of separation of religions, along with a French side arm, appears to be enshrined for decades to come
If that's what people want, that's what they get.
If one wasn't “jostling for the spotlight” to give them what they wanted, they might have pointed out how that is so wrong on many levels, and we need to fix this for the sake of children's quality education. But that's why politicians are politicians saying what voters want to hear, and journalists are journalists with facts.
One can argue that not even attempting to see and deal with facts, due to an overriding moral issue like “save our schools,” is or isn't “hysteria,” but we'll leave that for the individual to decide.
But while the spotlight was on the esteemed politicians of the McRae extended clan, ensuring things were to remain as is, because that's what the people wanted, the world of agriculture and rural commerce, which greatly affected Eastern Ontario, continued to churn onwards without Glengarry's participation.
A Sunday, February 19 gathering at the Ottawa mansion owned by CEMC China, a $45 billion a year company here to invest in agriculture, had top officials from Agriculture Canada and Agriculture China, here for several days of talks. I was there as a journalist, and so was the owner of Vankleek Hill's Beau's Beer, announcing a plant being built in China to brew his beer, with these folks as investors. The local facility here only being five per cent of the size that the China facility will be at opening.
It was at that same mansion back in July where they told me about the $225 million Chinese baby formula plant to be built in eastern Ontario, to buy farmers milk. Kingston won that bid, with the formal announcement on December 1.
Did Glengarry politicians even lobby? Other multi-million-dollar investments have been made by this Chinese company in Smiths Falls.
Prosperity is what fills a community with people, and hence fills schools. But to be in today's game to attract investment, Gaelic doesn't cut it, Mr. McRae. Mandarin does.