i have been thinking about the wheat board,
about prairie fields and their farmers’ freedoms,
collectively-owned and operated decision making bodies,
and food producers’ ability to advocate for themselves
and for our foods
in the name of ‘choice’ and ‘freedom’
our government wants to scrap all of this.
seventy-six years of grain producers working together
of small railroads through rural canada
of stable grain prices and revenues.
access to non gm foods
national and local economies
and respecting democratically elected bodies
it’s enough to get quite upset.
plus petty dismantlings really anger me
i worked in feminist orgs when status of women
got its first big funding cuts
i saw trailblazing powerhouse women who had built so much
taught, written and advocated, fought and won so much
have to close up shop.
the heartwrench is personal and political
because you don’t get that kind of infrastructure back easily. (or at all)
this feels like that felt.
pointless and destructive.
mean bully kids destroying building block towers.
for kicks and giggles.
because they can.
and late on a wednesday
we sit at home and spout about truckloads of wheat dumped on the hill
of protest bread delivered to officials’ offices
of combines on wellington
this bill can be voted down.