Repugnant Fletcher column about ALR consultation

"Backyard furnaces" for communist communes (not family farms) were a brief early feature of Mao Zedong's  unfortunate Great Leap Forward, a catastrophic campaign (beginning in 1958) to replace the agrarian economy with an industrialized one, costing tens of millions of lives. The Fletcher attempt to somehow compare that to participants in the ALR Regulation process is absurd and repugnant.

“Backyard furnaces” for communist communes (not family farms) were a brief early feature of Mao Zedong’s unfortunate Great Leap Forward, a catastrophic campaign (beginning in 1958) to replace the agrarian economy with an industrialized one, costing tens of millions of lives. The Fletcher attempt to somehow compare that to participants in the ALR Regulation process is absurd and repugnant.

The Bill 24 columns of Black Press columnist Tom Fletcher are  most unfortunate. This week’s draws an obtuse comparison between the current ALR Regulation consultation, which is slightly related to the bill, and the Great Leap Forward, a tragic campaign by Chairman Mao. Fletcher attempts to be funny about it while apparently trying to satirize farmland protection and food security. I’ve sent a letter in response to about eighty of Black Press’s BC papers, since many will have unwittingly published the column. My letter is below, and a scene from the Great Leap Forward is above.

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Re: “Farm changes a great leap forward” column.

Tom Fletcher is confused about the Ministry of Agriculture’s consultation, which features a public survey. He mistakenly says it shows that changes in last spring’s ALR bill “have little or nothing to do with exclusions” of farmland from the ALR.

That bill, which made exclusions easier in 90% of the ALR (“Zone 2”), is now law. It’s no longer a current focus, in contrast to the survey about ALR regulations, which is open till August 22. The simple reason the survey doesn’t mention the bill or ALR exclusions is that they’re another matter.

It’s also illogical for Fletcher to imply that those who wanted consultation on the previous matter would oppose the current consultation. If anything, many want more of it.

To top off confusion with bad taste, Fletcher mocks MLA Lana Popham’s photo and bizarrely ties a survey question to Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward, which cost millions of lives.

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There are several articles on the ALR Regulation consultation on this blog. See especially “Examples of ALR Regulation survey,” which goes into great depth but also provides some conclusions at the end for those who can’t spare more time.

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