A few days ago, I went to a farmers market in the small town of Bolthouse.
It’s just a couple of houses on the corner of a street with a couple storefronts and a few farmers markets, and it was packed.
I could feel the anticipation in the air.
I was in the midst of a week of travelling the country for the first time.
As we entered, a few women wearing the same black t-shirts as the farmers market workers were passing by.
They weren’t smiling.
There were tears in their eyes.
The market was packed and they were here to sell their products.
A couple of minutes later, a young man walked up to me and started shaking my hand.
He said, “Hi, I’m John Smith, and I’m from Canada.”
I said, you know, you must be from Newfoundland.
He asked, “Why?”
I said I’m here for the farmers markets.
“I felt a sudden twinge of sadness and disappointment.
My first thought was, what are they selling?
What is it?
He was very nice.
We were talking about our families, and he was explaining how his family, the Smiths, have always been farmers.
The Smiths are in a rural area of Nova Scotia.
They’ve been farming on this farm for over 100 years.
They grew potatoes, melons, corn and all sorts of things.
The brothers were farmers.
When John Smith married his wife, they had a son, Thomas, who would go on to grow up in the Smith family.
The family farm is the only family farm in the province.
It is one of the largest in the country, with more than 400,000 acres, including the family farm.
It produces more than $400 million in annual sales.
The Smiths say the whole experience of going to the farmers’ market was very meaningful.
They say the people who came to buy produce there made a real connection to them.
They say they were touched by the sense of community that they felt with the people they were meeting, and they’re excited to see what this province is all about next.
In the spring, the province’s Agriculture Minister, Brad Duguid, is expected to announce a $2.5-billion investment to create 10,000 new jobs in the farming sector.
The new jobs will include new high-skilled jobs, such as tractor operators and truck drivers.
But that’s just the beginning.
The government will also be introducing a new, more generous agricultural tax credit for farmers.
That will provide a further boost to the province, which has struggled to attract and retain new farmers in the past.
The farm lobby and its allies will try to stop that.
What’s happening in Newfoundland is a very different story.
This is the story of the country that’s changing.
The Conservatives want to take away our jobs, our jobs are going overseas, our export industries are going abroad, our housing is going overseas.
They want to destroy the economy and take our people away from us.
That’s what they’re doing.
That is what they say they are trying to do.
It hasn’t worked.
The reality is that we are doing well economically, but we’re not doing it well on a per-capita basis.
This is the economic story of Newfoundland.