We were just a couple of lads from Carleton County, N.B., joking about the distaste the folks back home have for pretence.
I’d never met Michael McCain, chief executive of Maple Leaf Foods Inc., so I greeted him over the phone in November 2018 as “Mr. McCain.” He chastised me for being so formal, suggesting that an expletive that ends with “head” would have been more appropriate given our common roots in the Upper Saint John River Valley, 140 kilometres north of Fredericton.
“You know, when you are from Carleton County, if they stop calling you things like that, it means they don’t like you,” said McCain, son of the late Wallace McCain, who co-founded McCain Foods Ltd. in tiny Florenceville in 1957.
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