Insanity : “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
So What’s Behind Door Number Two?
Well first there’s the TPP!
Yes, you get the glory of the Trans-Pacific Partnership! Think of it as a combination of a Corporate Rights Charter and a giant omnibus bill with lots of goodies YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO KNOW ABOUT. What is known about the deal is through leaks. It will effect Health Care, Internet, Environment etc…..even sovereignty. Much of it is about IPR (Intellectual Property Rights), their extension and ultimately cost to you. Conflicts will be settled by an outside body not subject to Canadian law or the will of Canadians. Remember the “soft wood lumber” kerfuffle? They had an outside body too. Canada won it’s case more than once until it just had to fold and give in.
Globalization has been a bad deal for workers because unions are not globalized along with business.
Workers compete in a race to the bottom with slave labour in places like China and Pakistan.
Name a trade deal of late that has not contributed to job loss.
P.S. Your hockey sticks are made in Mexico.
It may well be that the Liberals will “promise” to renegotiate the deal. Remember how Chretien promised he would re-open NAFTA. Good times!
The Liberals will, no doubt, have CPC backing on the TPP. It was their “baby”.
Then there’s C-51!
A truly cringeworthy piece of legislation, frowned upon by such as the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), the The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) , Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), the arts community , many academics and others. It, effectively, establishes a “Secret Police”. The security establishment will, according to Liberal promises, be subject to oversight. Oversight is not some kind of fairy dust that makes everything all right. Such a body would be subject to resistance (from the Security Establishment), manipulation (From both the political and security ends) and “capture”. Capture occurs when an oversight body becomes part of the club. You have only to look at financial regulators in the U.S. for a definitive example. An oversight body would be cleared for secrets that it’s political masters would not be privy to. This would draw it closer to the Security end (SEE ALSO: Manipulation). It remains to be seen if you can even oversee a secret police organization. Are they telling you everything or just what they want you to know?
And while greater powers are given remember that the RCMP, CSEC and CSIS all have overstepped their mandates. CSIS interfered with the mails and committed break and enter. CSEC spied on Canadian communications and also participated in industrial espionage (e.g. Brazil). The RCMP committed arson and sabotage. They interfered with a federal election (2008) and illegally destroyed data. I believe the motto is “Destroy data illegally today and it will be legal yesterday”. And this is only, remember, stuff that we KNOW about. How much of the iceberg is below the water line?
The Liberals also promise to modify C-51. They will have to anyway, as parts are illegal under the Charter. BUT, in the history of the world, such legislation/law NEVER contracts but ALWAYS expands. If it is not repealed in its entirety, that is the future.
The Liberals will, no doubt, have CPC backing on C-51. It was their “baby”.
We Love Us Some Pipeline!
The oil fed deathmarch will continue. Young Lochinvar supports oil pipelines and is a staunch supporter of KXL …. the CPC will be there with bells on.
What About Proportional Representation?
You’re funny. Maybe you should consider a career in comedy.
This is your democracy Canada. Enjoy it.