Back office, my ass.
This is not a "back office" operation. This is a federal laboratory that has evolved since 1916. It's mandate, explained on this page (for as long as it lasts):
With key research areas of:The Centre for Plant Health provides testing, virus indexing, therapy, and technology development for viruses and pests of grapevines, treefruits and other crops.
- Plant introduction and post-entry quarantine testing of all imported tree fruit, grapes, and woody ornamentals that are not accompanied by an acceptable certificate of good health from the exporting country
- Testing promising selections from Canadian tree fruit and grape breeders to ensure that original releases to industry are free from potential viruses
- Eliminating virus infections from valuable fruit, grape and ornamental clones by heat therapy
- Auditing the reliability of recognized foreign certification programs by testing plant samples from imported commercial shipments for virus infection
It was the only one in the country.
Flaherty and Harper: Taking the "good" out of government.
It will be worth watching to see what happens to this facility and the large area of land it occupies. You see, once a very rural stretch of the Saanich Peninsula, the Centre for Plant Health is located in one of the wealthiest sections of Greater Victoria and in the federal riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands. It is bounded by expensive homes to the west (Dean Park Estates) and to the south.
Ringing a few bells?
This was the riding of Harper flunky, Gary Lunn, who's 2008 election campaign remains a source of suspicion.