The Royal Prerogative to Make Toast Taste Sweet

by Aaron Wherry

The Prime Minister’s Wheat Board pardons prompt concerns, but also this explanation of what justice does to the human taste buds.

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.




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The Royal Prerogative to Make Toast Taste Sweet

  1. But Harper spokesman Andrew MacDougall said the pardons were the “just” thing to do.
    “The Liberals have always supported jailing farmers who resisted the old and unjust Wheat Board monopoly, so it’s no surprise they don’t approve of doing the decent and just thing now that the Wheat Board monopoly has been abolished
    “.

    Three thoughts.

    One, it’s fun to hear the Tories complaining about the apparent Liberal obsession with putting criminals in jail.

    Two, it’s interesting to hear the “law and order” Conservatives suggesting that Canadians should ignore laws that they feel are old and “unjust”.

    Three, it’s almost as if the Tories don’t even consider the possibility anymore that some other party might form the government some day. How do you suppose the Tories might react one day if an NDP government legalizes the recreational use of pot, and then uses the Royal Prerogative to retroactively pardon everyone ever convicted of marijuana possession or dealing?

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