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article imageOttawa investing $826,000 to protect us from exploding sausages

By Andrew Moran     Aug 28, 2012 in Politics
Brampton - It seems exploding sausages are quite a problem in Canada, at least to the governing Conservatives, who announced an $826,000 investment in Cardinal Meat Specialists, a company developing burst-proof sausages.
Have you ever been to a barbecue and the cook had a sausage that exploded? Although it is not a common scenario for a lot of Canadians, the federal government is looking to protect backyard cooks and the carnivore in your life.
There are many techniques to prevent your sausage from exploding, such as puncturing the meat, standing back from the barbecue stand and even cooking the meat at a reasonably low temperature. Instead of these common sense tips, Ottawa wants to throw money at the problem.
It was announced earlier this month in a news release that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government is investing taxpayers’ money in an “innovative” product that will prevent a sausage from “splitting or bursting while cooking.”
Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux spoke on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and announced an $826,000 subsidy for Cardinal Meat Specialists Ltd., which will purchase new equipment for its Brampton facility in order to manufacture these sausages. It is believed that Cardinal Meat Specialists will be the first Canadian company to utilize such technology.
“Our government is focused on jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity, and promoting competitiveness is integral to a healthy economy," said Lemieux in prepared remarks. "This investment will support Cardinal Meat Specialists Ltd. in expanding their operations by developing a new product to meet growing market demands and increase their competitiveness.”
The government argues that this investment will permit the company to introduce a new product on the market, while also increasing product and sales, which will lead to the creation of new jobs for Canadians. Furthermore, this production, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, will equal an “increase in the company's procurement of Canadian beef, pork, and wheat, profiting domestic farmers.”
Cardinal’s investment is being conducted by the AgriProcessing Initiative, a five-year $50 million program that is designed to boost competition of the agri-processing sector in the country.
“The AgriProcessing Initiative fits perfectly with Cardinal's philosophy of striving to lead our industry in the generation of useful innovation, and will help Cardinal develop niche products, stimulate competitiveness in, and expand, the Canadian agri-processing marketplace," said Brent Cator, President of Cardinal Meat Specialists. "This program supports strong leaders such as Cardinal and further develops Canada's role in sustainable, long-term growth strategies in market segments."
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