The Regina Leader Post reports the former ostrich farmer turned Agriculture Minister who, should by rights have resigned over the XL Foods tainted meat scandal, is now blaming the Federal inspectors at XL for being "too nice" Not tough enough?
No mention from Gerry that, under his watch, the number of inspector on the floor in meat packing plants was substantially cut. The message from the Harper Conservatives has always been clear, "Things work better when industry polices itself." Under the guise of "cutting red tape" these guys put Canadians at risk daily.
Who has the guts or the time to be "tough enough" under Gerry's watch. Conscientious inspectors very likely would be accused with threatening meat packers' profits.
So no word that Gerry Ritz has learned any lessons from all this;
- No promise to get more inspectors on the floor,
- no word that Gerry has listened to the workers on the floor who complain that the speeded productions lines are a risk,
- no sign that Gerry who visited the plant soon after the American inspectors found the problem his department had missed, ever visited the citizens who were made sick by his incompetence,
- and actually no word that Gerry gives a fiddlers fart about anything but his own survival.