Monthly Archives: October 2007

Canada condemns UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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Atlantica: Harper, MacKay and the man from Portland

By TONY SEED, Editorial, Shunpiking Magazine

AT a conference in Halifax in June, a new six-person body called the Atlantica Council was introduced: three Atlantic Canadian corporate executives, one state trade manager from Portland, Maine, the president of the Atlantica Center for Energy and the president of Memorial University. At the same conference, Peter MacKay, Minister for ACOA, handed over $548,000 to the Atlantic Provinces Chamber of Commerce to fund this Council. Continue reading

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Under banner of ‘expanding free trade’: Destruction of workers’ rights and livelihood in shipbuilding

(October 3, 2007) – AMID Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s turns on the stage of the G-8 proceedings held in Heiligendamm, Germany from June 6-8, International Trade minister David Emerson and then Foreign Minister Peter MacKay, in Ottawa and Halifax respectively, teamed up on June 7 and 8 to tout the signing of a “free trade” pact with the member states of the “European Free Trade Area,” also known as EFTA.

The two ministers played out a “bon cop, bad cop” scenario. Continue reading

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Port workers: New security laws attack workers’ rights

THE Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) has challenged the Harper government to maintain the appearances of judicial fairness in upcoming Transport department regulations, the Globe and Mail reported July 11. The regulations, which affect relations between Canadian ports capitalists and ports workers, go into force December 15 for “Phase 1” ports (Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax, Fraser River, North Fraser, and Marine Traffic Control Centres and Operations Centres of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation) and December 15, 2008 for “Phase 2” ports (Victoria, Prince Rupert, Québec, Saint John, Toronto, Hamilton, Windsor, and St. John’s). They are coming into force at a time when the Harper government and other fifth columnists are facilitating the destruction/sellout of Canada’s industrial base and imposing U.S. dictate and monopoly right on the workers through trade, security and “labour mobility” agreements such as TILMA, Atlantica, the SPP etc. In this context, these transport regulations can be seen as part of the agenda of Canada’s annexation to the U.S. which includes turning the Canadian working class into a cheap pool of subservient labour for the monopolies. Continue reading

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Premeditated merger

Canada preparing ports for NAFTA superhighway; Building ‘free trade gateway’ between Asia, North America

By JEROME B. CORSI

CANADA is developing Pacific ports to compete with the U.S. ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, as well as with the Mexican ports of Manzanillo and Lazaro Cardenas, in an attempt to draw a substantial market share of the millions of containers expected to flow into North America in the coming decades from China and the Far East. Continue reading

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