Nick was met at Parliament Hill by a huge contingent of the media and also opposition party leader Preston Manning who had voiced his support for Nick and the Farmers but as yet no word on that meeting with the Premier!.
minister Lyle Vanclief had pledged to table a $400 million aid package, but the opposition tried to keep the bill from being tabled by the Liberal government.
But just a day after Nicks arrival at Ottawa the Bill was passed.
But in the mean time
Nick was caught up in a rugby scrum of interviews with all the national networks and radio stations for several hours!! But he was asked by the law enforcement officers to remove Belle from its position pending security issues!! So reluctantly Belle was removed
to some safe storage a block away and Nick went to clean up and prepare for more interviews during the evening at a nearby hotel.
Within a couple of hours Nick was asked to report to reception where a car and two security officers awaited!
takes up the story!! It all just happened so quick I was escorted to an official staff car with these gentleman there wasn't a lot of conversation and everything just happened so fast, before long we pulled up outside of the premier's residence 24 Sussex Drive
and I was escorted in to meet the prime minister Jean Chretein.
The meeting probably lasted 45 minutes, in that short time I tried to express the utmost despair that the industry had found itself in and the proud Canadian farming family's were losing
their farms at an unprecedented rate, and any help would have to be long term structured to get the industry in a good situation for the future food production of the country's economy.
The meeting was very jovial and Nick shared a whiskey with the
premier, who agreed he would take steps to help the industry all he could with the forthcoming aid package and he thanked Nick for his efforts and wished him well for the future.
As quickly as he arrived Nick was on his way back to his hotel he had
done all he could now it was up to many other people, for his journey was at an end and he was looking forward to getting home to Jane and his two daughters, and Belle? Well she would enjoy a quicker trip home on a low boy (low loader) her journey at an end
Coming up Nicks return home and harvesting with Belle!!
Life today for Nick and family.
And an update on Belle!!