Wednesday, July 11, 2007

A dwindling breed ...

The person who gives more back than he takes is fast becoming a rare thing.

I salute the life and legacy of Ed Mirvish, MBE - businessman, impresario, and philanthropist.

Rest well - and thanks for a life rich in giving and good works.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

John Manley and the North American Union ...

I cannot stand John Manley.

To the casual or ignorant observer, it seems that my virulent dislike for him is based on his unabashed republicanism and his neo-liberalism. While this is very true, it is not my only reason - although the second reason is very connected to the first reason.

Manley is the leading advocate for the North American Union. To me this is a treasonous activity, and a denial of they very raison d'etre for Canada - established so long ago with the exodus of the Loyalists to British North America.

What is shocking to me is how little airplay the media have given to this movement. I am all over the blogosphere ridiculing the idea of MSM, but it seems to me that this has received less attention than it should.

The question is: WHY?

Am I the only one who cares about CANADA?

see: Treason on the Web

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Mulroney's Legacy ...

The eradication of the manufacturing sector in Canada continues with nary anyone outside of Ontario giving a damn. If this were happening in Alberta or BC, the whackos would be out stumping for separation.

In June 1983, then-PC Leadership Candidate Brian Mulroney was interviewed by John Gray of the Toronto Star - and this is what he said about the idea of free-trade with the United States:

"This country could never survive with the policy of unfettered free trade. I'm all in favour of eliminating unfair protectionism where it exists. This is a separate country. We'd be swamped. We have in many ways a branch plant economy in certain important sectors. All that would happen with that kind of concept would be the boys cranking up their plants throughout the US in bad times and shutting their branch plants in Canada. It's bad enough as it is.

And further as the PC Convention neared:

" ... it affects Canadian sovereignty and we will have none of it."

The future Minister of Finance, Michael Wilson, would then also chime in:

"Bilateral free trade with the United States is simplistic and naive. It would only serve to further diminish our ability to compete internationally."

Does anyone remember why - in addition to these very good reasons - they opposed the idea of an FTA?

Because Tariff Reciprocity was always a Liberal policy and these men (then) considered themselves Conservatives.

By 1984 the transformation of the Conservative party into a neo-liberal party was complete.

... and so it goes. And so it has gone.