First, it taunted us with its poutine and smoked meat sandwiches. Now, Quebec has become the target of Senator Charles Schumer’s new maple syrup scheme. According to a Times opinion piece, he hopes to have New York eclipse French Canada as the top producer of maple syrup, making it “nothing less than the Saudi Arabia of syrup.”
The senator’s plan for “sweet victory” will create jobs for maple tappers by making use of the 300 million-odd maples in the state (compared to Quebec’s mere 100 million). And it all starts with getting New York IHOP locations to offer local maple syrup to patrons. At a premium, of course, the way they do in Vermont. How sweet it could be.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 24, 2009