Tonight Rick Mercer did a rant on Stephan Harper‘s secrecy about a Chinese Free Trade Deal. Harper caved to the demands of the Chinese. What is so special about China that Harper would ignore their horrible human rights abuses? It seems a huge flip flop from his stance years ago, which infuriated the Chinese.
But this secrecy is nothing new. Did you know that during the last 2 elections Stephan Harper had been negotiating free trade deals with the EU? But he didn’t say anything about it during those elections. So much for Democracy. Even in the lousy model of Democracy that we have, aren’t the politicians supposed to tell you what they are proposing DURING THE ELECTION, so the voters get to vote for the party that most suits our hopes for the future? But Stephan never did seem to like the idea of being open with the public. We are easier to rule when we have no idea what he is doing; he likes his public stupid and silent.
On the EU Free Trade front, Harper is bent on going forward with the deal despite the fact that it will cause job losses in Ontario. Quoting from the Toronto Star “John Jacobs, a researcher with the leftish Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, is the latest to raise this question (the question of why Harper would prosue the EU deal).
His just-released study estimating the effects of such a deal on Ontario is far from definitive. But it does address issues that the Harper government has simply tried to finesse — such as what this deal would do to jobs.
Jacob’s answer is that Ontario is doomed to suffer. By his calculations, the removal of tariffs on goods imported from Europe will cost the province between 13,000 and 31,000 jobs, particularly in manufacturing”. (Found at: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1259420–walkom-canada-eu-trade-deal-would-help-harper-but-hurt-ontario )
My question is, why would Harper promote such a policy during a time of EU on the verge of economic collapse? It is not sensible business practice to avoid doing business with companies having financial difficulties. If an EU company goes bankrupt any Canadian company entangled with that company will lose all of their invested money. So where whole nations are facing bankruptcy it would be madness to chance any wholesale Canadian business. If a Canadian business suffers big losses in Europe it could bring down their operations in Canada and jeopardize Canadian jobs.
It is time for Canadians to get Government that is accountable to the people with a mechanism of Recall that will allow Canadians control on what their Representatives are doing on their behalf.
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