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The Royal Prerogative to Make Toast Taste Sweet

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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.