John Kahane (jkahane) wrote,
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Coffee Politics

For the past couple of days, I've been hearing on the news the whole business about how the House of Commons wants a brand name premium coffee in its cafeterias, so the representatives of the Canadian people chose Starbucks, a huge American corporation, and booted out the small Kingston company, Multatuli Coffee Merchants, that had been supplying the coffee.

If this is bad enough, there has been no mention made of Bridgehead Coffee, a Ottawa-based coffee maker, that brews only fair-trade coffee, and should have been the only choice.

What kind of example are our leaders setting by choosing an American multi-national, that is currently in the news for continuing to oppress its Ethiopian coffee suppliers, as opposed to a local company practicing fair trade?

I'm ashamed to be a Canadian, today, let alone a citizen of Ottawa. :(
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