Canada’s tainted meat scandal is growing. For beef eaters across the country, this is a serious health worry. For Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, it is a defining moment.
The bad meat affair began last month as a local Alberta story. It has now sparked the biggest food recall in Canadian history — one that involves all 10 provinces and 40 U.S. states.
So far, no deaths have been linked to the discovery of deadly E. coli bacteria in meat processed by the XL Foods plant in Brooks, Alta.
But politically this affair has the potential to do to Stephen Harper what the Walkerton water scandal — and the same virulent E. coli strain — did to Ontario’s Mike Harris 12 years ago.
Like the XL affair, Walkerton had its roots in deregulation. Harris’ Conservative government came to power in Ontario promising to cut what it called red tape.
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