Rick Mercer Rants on Harper Secrecy

From :  http://www.rickmercer.com/Rick-s-Rant.aspx

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.

Article on Rick Mercer – Why I Rant and Why You Should Too



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Back in 1993, I attended an anti-Nafta rally in Ottawa along with over 110,000 others. But despite the overwhelming opposition to NAFTA, the steamroller rolled on. It was there that I came to understand the one vital thing that I have been preaching ever since. There are so many issues, and so many fighting each issue, we are all spinning our wheels, and wasting our time, talents and energy, because each election, we give the politicians our power and so the deck is stacked against us. I said it that day and I say it with more fervency today. We all have one issue that we share, and we should all stop fighting for our own issues and losing anyways, and we should fight to achieve that one thing that we all share. We Canadians all have to fight to finally get a say between elections. We need to fight to make politicians accountable to us, the people. If there is no accountability, and the people have no say between elections, we have no Democracy. My Blog is written to teach the reader the essential knowledge of freedom and Democracy. Please read, and learn. I am one person, but I leave you my witness that one person is not powerless, only first you must first learn and then act. Let the democratic revolution begin. Kindest regards, Rob McQueen
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