Halifax Seed in U.S. cable released by Wikileaks
Liberal MP Allan MacEachen a 'professional Scot," say cables
A venerable Halifax family firm is the subject of a U.S. diplomatic cable released in the latest WikiLeaks document dump on Monday.
The cables known as the "Kissinger Cables" date from 1973 to 1976.
Halifax Seed gets good marks as a trading partner in a cable from Halifax on Feb. 13, 1974.
"Well established, reputable firm. Should be worthwhile trading partner for U.S. companies," states the unclassified cable.
The Americans were aware the firm did its banking at the Royal Bank branch at Agricola and Almon Streets.
The Halifax Seed phone number listed 39 years ago still works in 2013.
"I was surprised that we would be a part of something involving Wikileaks," says Emily Tregunno, whose grandfather is listed in the 1974 cable.
"It’s good to know we were in good standing with the American government as a reputable company," she told CBC News.
Other cables referencing Nova Scotia relate to energy issues such as offshore oil and gas finds and the potential location of an oil refinery in the Strait of Canso.
Liberal MP Allan MacEachen, a former minister of external affairs, is also mentioned.
"He is known for his ability to absorb information rapidly and for his careful and well-reasoned judgement."
"A bachelor, MacEachen is something of a professional Scot and is generally kilted for St. Andrew’s Day and Burns’ birthday," according to a limited use cable sent on Aug. 8, 1974.
But "his French is poor."