Glengarry-Prescott-Russell voters have
Quick quiz : What do syrup, the Bloc
been represented by Opposition members
Québécois and contempt of Parliament
at both the federal and provincial levels.
have in common?
And, the sun kept rising, the cows kept
If you replied, “Some of the latest
giving milk, and the sap continued to run.
examples of people trying to spin public
opinion,” go to the head of the class or
burning issues at the start of the campaign
give yourself a high-five or scream,
course, incumbent Conservative MP is
saying the Liberals are a gang of meanies
federal election campaign, both sticky
Sap and politics
because they are against the new budget
topics would be high on the agenda.
which promised a batch of benefits for
As consumers and voters, we are
known that this natural sweetener is great.
everyone. Liberal Julie Bourgeois,
However, the new study affords more
lots of time and energy.
countering the Liberals’ platform is way
insight into this fabulous fluid, and gives us
A by-product is the moisture from the
better than the Conservatives’ budget,
who are trying to put a positive spin on
the chance to discuss phenolic compounds
cloying steam which is beneficial for
their products and platforms. Unlike
and polyphenols, topics that are too often
moisture-starved people and homes. If you
voters from the fact that Harper’s bunch
politics, however, syrup is somethingwe
overlooked when we draw up the weekly
are serious, you may want to get a gauge,
such as a Brix Scale, to check the quality of
Indeed, this was a history-making
good and good for you. Which brings us
You have no doubt read that scientists at
your final product. If you are a few Brix
to the latest line from the maple syrup
the University of Rhode Island reason that
short, it doesn’t matter if you aremaking the
been slappedwith such a reprimand. Only
industry. “Superfood” is the newest label
polyphenols in syrup may help regulate
stuff for your own consumption.
in Canada, you say? Yes, that’s a pity. But
attached to that fabulous elixir which all
blood sugar levels. These findings could
Of course, different standards must be
does anybody care?
of us love. You are no doubt aware that
lead to the development of new drugs to
applied when the mass market is targeted.
Lemieux remains popular and “ethics”
researchers have identified compounds
fight other diseases.
We shift from boiling to boilerplate, and
does not seemto be a burning issue among
in maple syrup that have anti-
You can read all about it when you pick
another federal election campaign.
inflammatory or anti-oxidant properties
(Apologies to those who hate politics. But
happen. It all boils down towhat spin has,
Foods, a serious publication that routinely
the politicians are out there; they cannot be
as they say, the most traction.
tea and red wine.
probes fields such as epigenetics and
avoided; ignoring themwill not make them
Some of these wonderful compounds
may help to fight cancer and diabetes.
Anyway, many are no doubt a tad
A total of 54 beneficial compounds
flumuxed by the thought that diabetic-
scene anytime soon is veteran Argenteuil-
friendly compounds can be found in a
maple syrup fromQuébec, including five
Laframboise, an affable sort, who although
of which have never been seen in nature.
Among the new compounds is quebecol , a
same, and moderation is the best policy.
breathe fire, at least not in full public view.
novel phenolic compound, named after
One of the down sides of the arrival of
He represents a party that can never form
the province which is a world leader in
a government and is dedicated to breaking
maple syrup production.
season. Once the buds appear on the trees,
up our country. But like other BQers, he
The study was funded by the
we know that the sap-tapping time is on the
insists that anMP does not necessarily have
Federation of Québec Maple Syrup
to be a member of the government to be of
Sharing The Political Turf
While production is best left to
use to his constituents. It is an effective spin,
On some lawns in Hawkesbury, different
professionals, most of us who live in the
apparently, because Laframboise keeps
So, a study funded partly by maple
boonies and own some trees have at, at least
getting elected, and is considered to be the
of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell Liberal
once, attempted to make our own syrup.
front-runner in the campaign leading up to
is extraordinaire. That is no big surprise.
We soon learn that you can’t make syrup
the May 2 vote.
MP Pierre Lemieux are sharing this piece
But does this colour our perception of the
and be in a hurry. Even when the flow is at
The useful outsider concept has,
in the May 2 election.
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