Thursday, February 28, 2008

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Marbles and rocks
Itz treshure, i swearz

So the province has released a new heritage strategy, with the intoxicating slogan of "A Treasured Past - A Precious Future." If Ian McKay is still paying any attention to tourism in Nova Scotia, he's rolling his eyes heavenward and praying to Pete (Seeger, that is). Is the province aware just how historic their "new" slogan is? As McKay would point out, this kind of treasure and buried gold language was bandied about incessantly during our anti-modernist heyday. It's old - 80 years old, in fact. It's been done. And they're still selling the same old make-believe.

In the 1930s, the Liberal government told Nova Scotians tourism was our future, but we shouldn't count on the province to help us develop the industry (we were supposed to use some of that old liberal get-up-and-go). Today, it's the Tory government telling us there is no new money to invest in uncovering this rich history, but that "people need to explore the art of the possible." Local museums and heritage groups? You're on your own.

I will save you the cliches and platitudes. I cannot spare you the head-meets-desk thwack.


I guess you can't expect any better when your premier represents the very essence of McKay's folk motif gone sour - a Thoroughly Modern Millie playing dress-up in "heritage" garb.

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