Ontario’s Ford “Government for the People” to open a “Swine Research Facility”

What kind of Swine does the Ford Government have in mind for this Facility? 

A Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted July 2nd,  2019 on Niagara At Large

In one of the latest releases pumped out by “Ontario News” – the Ford government’s equivalent of Trump’s Fox News propaganda machine-  we, the people of this province, were informed that the government is planning to invest an estimated $12 million of our tax dollars to build and operate what it is billing as a “state-of-the-art Swine Research Centre.”

I have to confess that I was still recovering from yesterday’s (July 1st) Canada Day festivities and from a series of stories late this June about all of the relatives, friends and supporters now feeding from the trough after being appointed to one patronage post or another by Ford and company, so I had to read down a few lines of this news release to realize that it was about real pigs (as in the four-legged, hoofed mammal kind) and a facility intended to generate research that will assist the hog or pork farm industry.

It also didn’t help that the Ford P.R. flaks that produced this news release used the word  “swine” in place of “pig,” which is a name that I have always viewed as an insult to real pigs, which are much kinder, not to mention cleaner and smarter, animals than some people think.

Indeed, I found myself being rightly taken to task late this June by Catherine Ens, a leading member of Niagara’s animal welfare community, for insulting pigs by posting, along with a commentary I wrote on Ford’s “Government for the People” rewarding its partisan pals with various  public sector a picture of three real ones feeding from a trough.

I know that Webster’s dictionary lists “swine” as another name for pigs of the four-legged kind, but more often than not, I’ve heard it read or used to name certain types of people as when the late Rolling Stone magazine writer Hunter S. Thompson once wrote the following of then -U.S. President George W. Bush before the 2004 presidential election; “We are sick today, and we will be even sicker tomorrow if this wretched half-bright swine of a president gets re-elected in November.”

Looking every bit the swine, Trump makes the cover of New York magazine in April of last year.

And speaking of human swine, one can only imagine what Hunter S. Thompson would say today about Donald Trump.

In that spirit, the same Webster’s dictionary I referred to above  defines swine as a “contemptible person.” The dictionary goes on to list a number of words that serve as synonyms for swine. The list includes words like “creep,” “louse,” “schmuk” and “jerk,” and these are some of the nicer words on the list.

They are  among the words I’ve heard used by growing numbers of my fellow Ontarians to  describe the kind of a politician who  guts programs for protecting the environment or for preventing the extinction of endangered species, or who  cuts resources for public education or assistance for students struggling to pay for a college or university education, or cuts health care services, including parents with a child diagnosed with autism.

Hmm.

Could it be that the Ford government’s use of the word “swine” in place of hog or pig betrays a bit of psychological projection here  – as in; ‘We’re going to apply a name to others that more rightly applies to us.’

So leave the real pigs alone. If we humans gave up pork and got out of their way, my guess is that pigs would easily prove that they are smart enough to survive on their own.

They sure wouldn’t need a “Swine Research Facility,” but perhaps it could serve as an opportunity for Ford and his followers to engage in a little self-examination.

Don’t count on them getting anything out of it though.

Doug Ford dropped out before completing his first year of college, yet he has the nerve to tell professional educators what and how to teach today’s young people.

Before I finish, I want to say this about “Ontario News.”

Over the past number of months, I have become more and more reluctant to post information from the Ford government’s ‘Ontario News’ propaganda machine as stand-alone pieces on Niagara At Large because more often than not, other sources will circulate facts and figures that show that the information in the Ontario News piece is either seriously misleading or false.

In the case of this July 2nd’s Ontario News release on plans for the Swine Research Centre, you can read the release by clicking on –   <http://news.ontario.ca/omafra/en/2019/07/ontario-takes-action-to-build-competitiveness-in-the-pork-sector.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m>

To read a CBC story on this proposed research facility, click on –  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/guelph-university-elora-pigs-swine-research-1.5197037 .

To read a recent commentary Niagara At Large posted on the controversy around so many of the Ford government’s patronage appointments, click on https://niagaraatlarge.com/2019/06/27/fords-government-for-the-people-continues-filling-its-patronage-swamp-with-friends-relatives-and-party-hacks/ .

Be kind to a pig today – Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

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