As his government moves to end the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly, Saskatchewan Conservative MP David Anderson posted a home-made video knocking the single-desk buyer.
The video was made on Xtranormal, an Internet service that animates and voices a video based on the script you submit. In the video on Anderson’s page, a character called Franklin Futurefarmer outlines his plan to grow wheat and sell flour to his brother’s gourmet bakery.
The Wheat Board official Mr. Smith (portrayed by a bald character in a tie) responds in monotone, “Slow down, young man. You’re talking Eskimo” — that is, he
sounds foreign cannot be understood or makes no sense.
Wheat Board Guy explains how the existing rules govern crop sales, and Franklin replies, “How can such a system exist in Canada? That sounds sort of Communist.”
Later in the video Mr. Smith says, There you go, talking Eskimo again.”
Unclear is whether It doesn’t look like Anderson created the video himself. The same video is also on YouTube.
But I’m pretty certain that — Edmonton’s football team notwithstanding — “Eskimo” hasn’t been considered a polite term of address for anything but ice-cream sandwiches for about 20 years.
UPDATE: Inuit leader Mary Simon has complained about this, and the video has been taken down from Anderson’s website.