Mr. Trudeau and the Chinese lobby: Context matters
Mr. Congeniality facilitating the Chinese takeover of Canada
“Context” is one of the most important words in the English language. Every situation and circumstance has context and unless we know the full context we do not understand the full implications. Too many decisions are made where context is lacking.
Politicians use lack of context to their full advantage as populations are duped into acceptance by limiting discussion and resorting to secrecy-lack of transparency.
Lack of context is the propagandists’ tool. To take issues out of context, is to distort them, creating the slippery lie.
The Media, especially television, commits contextual crimes on a daily basis. CTV and Global News, for example, deliver news in short bursts stripped of context. They trivialize important issues and insult their audience as they hop from one item to another like a demented Energizer bunny. Many of the items are not news worthy but rank only as mundane infotainment. They add further insult by lacing their “fill” with bundles of inane commercials, known in the industry as “content.” The CRTC should have pulled their licences long ago; yet this is what passes for television news today.
Then we come to the war over the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Mr Trudeau defends it as if the only obligation of his government is to get Canada’s resources to market, in this case the Chinese market. Since he became leader of the Liberal party there has never been a pipeline he didn’t fall in love with. When he talked to Texas oil barons he assured them every last drop of tar sands oil would mined.
He doesn’t mention we are in a war on climate change and environmental degradation.
He doesn’t mention every time we build or expand a pipeline another generation is sentenced to live with fossil fuels and their toxicity.
He doesn’t mention the Kinder Morgan expansion approval is of dubious integrity. The National Energy Board(NEB) is fully loaded with hack politicians who would betray their own grandmother to build another pipeline.
To say nothing of his very big credibility problem: Too many pictures taken with Chinese lobbyists.
The diligent Senator, Linda Frum
We don’t know how much Chinese money came into the country for the purposes of influencing the last election…” Linda Frum said. “How much is going to come in in 2019?”
Senator Linda Frum introduced Bill S-239 to close a loophole that still allows foreign nationals to influence our elections. For not very mysterious reasons it may never pass- it would interrupt the Liberals cash flow. Read the full story from the National Post here.
So much for human rights
If you are a Chinese human rights activist, you get the cold shoulder from this government. This is what Cheuk Kwan of the Toronto Association for Democracy in China(TADC) had to say:
“I’m sure that they have been listening to business groups and more pro-China lobbying groups more than they ever listen to us,” Kwan said.
So how serious is Mr. Trudeau on human rights or is it just lip-service? Read the full article here.
Keep those Contracts coming…
The Chinese purchase of Calgary based, Aecon Construction arrives at a very convenient time as it has just been chosen as a contractor for Site C dam. Subject to approval from Ottawa( which will surely happen) it is also poised to be part of Ottawa’s 185 billion dollar infrastructure program over the next ten years. The China Communications Construction Company Ltd(CCCC), the new owner, is a world-wide state-owned conglomerate with a great deal of notoriety. Read the Full Article Here.
Of special note in Andrew Nikiforuk’s article are the comments of Green Party Leader Elizabeth May:
The China-Canada investment treaty, which the former Harper government approved by Order in Council in 2012, would also give the CCCC the right to challenge Canadian legislative, executive or judicial decisions in a secret arbitration process outside of Canada’s legal system.
Green Leader and MP Elizabeth May said the treaty adds to the reasons to block the sale.
“Any Chinese company now has superior rights to a Canadian company,” she said. State-owned enterprises run by China’s government should not be able to challenge or undermine public policy in Canada, May added.
“Premier Horgan needs to get out of Site C before 30 per cent of the construction falls into the hands of the Chinese,” said May, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands, in a Tyee interview.
“CCCC’s poor safety record, weak labour standards and environmental track record should be enough to persuade Premier John Horgan to reverse his ill-advised approval of Site C,” she said.