Embassy reported in May 2013 about Canadian concerns over proposed text in the SPA that would link trade to human rights protection and nuclear non-proliferation, and which would allow the EU to suspend CETA if it found Canada wasn’t living up to human rights or non-proliferation standards. Canada could do the same to the EU.
Liberal Senator Joan Fraser mused in the Senate in April 2013 that the Europeans could use the clause to “attack Canada on grounds from the oil sands to the seal hunt to I know not what.” An EU official in June 2013 said the Canadian concern was that the EU would single out Canada for First Nations issues or the seal hunt, but in fact it would take much more than that to suspend the deal.
We're signing a trade deal which, if Brussels so decides, can be suspended based on issues that have nothing to do with trade. This is the moment for our paranoid economic nationalist friends, who have spent decades warning of American incursions, to perhaps speak up.
Let's run through a scenario here. CETA passes and goes into effect. Trade between Canada and EU increases. A few years down the road trade has increased by many billions of dollars generating thousands of jobs and perhaps whole new industries. Trade between Canada and the EU becomes both economically and politically important.
This will be in back of mind for any future Canadian PM. So next time Brussels makes noises about seals, aboriginal issues, environmental policy or any other Leftist cause, we can no longer brush it off with our usual insouciance. Saying no to the Eurocrats will now carry an economic penalty. Workers and investors in affected industries will make sure it will carry a political penalty as well. As a practical matter we will be according to the EU a de facto veto power over our internal affairs. A power, it should be noted, that would be far more intrusive than anything the British would have dared attempt when we were still a self-governing dominion.
The EU is like an aging and vain spinster. While heir to a great fortune much of it has since been dissipated in a thousand small extravagances. Knowing that her time is soon to pass she insists, almost on her death bed, that her legacy be carried on. Not the brilliant symphonies, paintings or grand philosophies of life that so filled her youth. No she wants the world to be like her in old age. Her hobbies, her eccentrics and her petty vanities must be indulged. The world must be more like Europe, even as Europe, to borrow from Napoleon on Venice, becomes little more than the drawing room of the world.
The European model has failed. We should not be trying to import it through the backdoor with whatever third-rate wine the French are keen to pass off.
The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced today that $460,000 ($230,000 in 2014–2015 and $230,000 in 2015–2016) has been provided in support of the 28th and 29th editions of the Coup de cœur francophone festival.
For those interested I'm listening to Bebel Gilberto right now. I don't think she plays at Francophone festivals.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was spotted on his cell phone at the scene of a fatal streetcar accident in Toronto.
Emergency services told CBC News that a pedestrian who was possibly in her 40s or 50s was hit by a transit vehicle at St. Clair Avenue and Keele Street on Tuesday.
The woman allegedly suffered a head injury, according to CTV News.
Ford was spotted talking on the phone near the scene of the accident by Twitter user Natalia Buia.
Just to make sure there is no question on this point: Rob Ford wasn't driving the streetcar. Mayors aren't allowed to do that. There is no evidence he was involved in this tragedy. But the headline read: "Rob Ford On Scene After Woman Killed In St. Clair Streetcar Accident ." Like the man's an evil version of Waldo. He's out of the race people. Leave him the hell alone.
McBride, at least, was pro-development and supported expansion of streetcar service, construction of the Coliseum at the Canadian National Exhibition grounds, and improvements to the waterfront area. His gruff, no-nonsense style and excessive British patriotism had its good and bad sides. He stamped out municipal corruption. But he also (à la Rob Ford, who became embroiled in a bitter feud with the Toronto Star banned Telegramreporters from his office because he objected to the tone of their coverage. He also encouraged the police to be as tough as possible on left-wing rabble-rousers. As McBride declared in 1931, “Our stopping of Communist meetings shows that we are truly British.” Few Torontonians would have disagreed with that sentiment.
It was on Aug. 6, 1983 — decades before her twin Booker triumph with the novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies — that a young Hilary Mantel looked out the window of her apartment and began plotting the murder of Britain’s prime minister.
That was the day Margaret Thatcher was due to leave a private hospital in Windsor after undergoing eye surgery. And it became the day when the seed was planted in Mantel’s mind for the unsettling tale that was to emerge 31 years later under the title The Assassination Of Margaret Thatcher.
There is no book or short story, so far that I'm aware, entitled The Assassination of Ted Heath. The very suggestion, at least to those of us who remember Mrs T's ignominious predecessor, is likely to provoke a very simple response: Why the hell would you bother? We hate things that matter. We may be annoyed by the trivial but hatred is something we reserve for the important. Nearly a quarter of a century after leaving office she still matters. That should give us all hope.
He took to Facebook yesterday to criticize the president's lack of respect "for the millions of Quebecers who hold the opposite opinion."
Peladeau then pointed out that Gauck is an East German "who battled the communist regime imposed by the agreements from the Yalta conference."
"Did he (Gauck) properly question whether it was legitimate for a country to impose a constitution on a nation, like Pierre Trudeau's 1982 constitution had been inflicted on Quebec, despite being rejected by all of the political parties at the National Assembly?"
Ahem. This very old lie omits the small detail that almost every one of Quebec's federal MPs was a Liberal in 1982. Trudeau did have the support of Quebec, he wouldn't have been PM otherwise. What he didn't have is the support of a separatist government in Quebec City. A support that never would have materialized no matter what concessions Ottawa made.
Kim Campbell, who served briefly as prime minister in 1993, has proposed the latest bad idea for reforming Canada’s electoral system.
Ms. Campbell told a “women’s leadership conference” in Prince Edward Island that Canada needs more women in elected office. To that effect, she suggested establishing split ridings, with the requirement that each riding elect a woman and a man.
And a dog. Let's not forget the importance of the canine contribution to Canadian history. From John A Macdonald's basset hound to The Littlest Hobo dogs have played a vital role in Canadian history. It would be wrong of us, in our hectic modern world, not to aid the election of more dogs to the House of Commons.
I'm sorry for that last paragraph. I have no idea if John A Macdonald even had a dog much less the breed. Apparently it's something that missed Donald Creighton's otherwise meticulous attention. Where were we? Right! Onward we go!
It's 2014 and we're still doing the women in politics routine, eh? Is there a normal woman in Canada who really cares? Does it matter what gender the lying pol happens to be when they're lying to you? Is rent-seeking that much better when it's done by a woman?
So far as I've been able to tell the possession of a vagina does not lead to better public policy decisions. The modern world has shown that women can be as cruel, vindictive and underhanded as any man. You've come a long way baby. Sorry but there isn't that much further you can fall.
As Ayn Rand, who was insulted by the very idea of quotas, once observed: "Don’t bother to examine a folly--ask yourself only what it accomplishes."
Officially this policy is suppose to improve women's representation in Parliament. This is absurd because women have been able to vote in Canada for nearly a century. Are you less represented by a person of the opposite sex? How exactly? There is no answer to such questions. The whole thing is a pre-text for the real purpose of this proposal: Jobs for Nitwits.
Our current political process is already heavily slanted toward women and minorities. A white European male has to have much better qualifications than a woman in order to nab a party's nomination. This informal quota system has been around for at least three decades. The result has not been better government but more grossly unqualified women sitting in Parliament. Exhibit A would be Kim Campbell.
The practical outcome of her proposed policy is that women barely capable of standing upright will be drafted into political life. It is already exceedingly hard to attract qualified women candidates. This policy will mean a lowering of the bar well below the permafrost. Kim Campbell is indeed arguing that more people like her should be in political life. By like her I don't mean women, I mean incompetents holding jobs well beyond their abilities.