Jim Chatenay, one of the pardoned farmers, acknowledged Thursday that he had not sought out a pardon for himself; the government approached him. But when he got the call a few days ago from the prime minister’s staff, he said he felt as if a “black cloud” had been lifted away. “I had a piece of toast yesterday. It tasted pretty sweet without honey or jam on it,” said Chatenay, who served 23 days of a 64-day sentence in 2002.
Apparently, the pardon these farmers will receive is something like a conditional pardon, which will result in a record suspension.
Susan Delacourt notices an interesting sequence of phrases in the Prime Minister’s explanation.