“We are Going to Have to Fight It Through the Regulations” — Interview, Rob Ashton, President, International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Canada
Maritime Workers at the port of Vancouver as well as ports throughout the country have been standing up to the Trudeau government’s Bill C-23, An Act respecting the preclearance of persons and goods in Canada and the United States. This legislation expands “preclearance,” a process for clearing customs of the destination country before leaving the country of origin, from select airports in Canada to land and water crossings. It permits preclearance of cargo in Canadian facilities by U.S. agents, and authorizes them to carry weapons and detain, search and use force against Canadians within those facilities. Continue reading
By TONY SEED
The “new” defence policy of the Trudeau Liberals espouses the goal of greater “interoperability” with U.S. and NATO military operations. This is repeated no less than 23 times.
This exposes the brazen deception behind Chrystia Freeland’s June 6 speech whereby Canada is declared to be “forging a new, sovereign path in light of a turbulent international political climate” and against “isolationism” to justify unprecedented military expansion in the name of “hard power.” “To rely solely on the U.S. security umbrella would make us a client state,” she said. “Such a dependence would not be in Canada’s interest.”
Interoperability is one of the main concepts and methods through which this so-called “new” “hard power” is to be exercised. Continue reading
New Canada-U.S. border and security arrangements announced in the context of Prime Minister Trudeau’s trip to Washington and the image of a Trudeau-Obama partnership. Where does the security of Canadians lie?
Can security be protected by what are called “security measures”? Those measures come in all shapes and sizes but are usually concerned with giving more leeway and discretion to the police powers to intervene and increasing their scope. Canada’s secret police have also already admitted to using the new “disruption” powers given them by Bill C-51 against “threats to the security of Canada” nearly two dozen times.
In hearings into the Shiprider program which has U.S. border agents enforcing Canadian law on Canadian seaways, RCMP Chief Superintendent Joe Oliver, the Mounties’ director general for border integrity, stated: “We recognized early that this approach would raise concerns about sovereignty, of privacy, and civil liberties of Canadians. We said ‘Let’s take baby steps, let’s start with two agencies to test the concept, let’s demonstrate to Canadians and Americans that such an approach might work.” These “baby steps” are taken on a regular basis to keep Canadians unaware of the extent to which the Harper government has placed Canada under U.S. command. “US forces make ‘baby steps’ into Canada,” November 14, 2013
The following reports from the Beyond the Border Action Plan website provide an update on the implementation of the security perimeter arrangement between Canada and the U.S. which places U.S. military and security forces on Canadian soil and in control of Canadian security agencies. They reveal how U.S. troops on Canadian soil implementing Canadian law is also moving from pilot project to permanent arrangement behind the backs of Canadians:
A mean-looking bugger, isn’t it?
HERE is the full text of a news release from Northrop Grumman, the American arms manufacturer with some $34 billion in Pentagon contracts, whose president Ronald D. Sugar notably was also a member of the board of directors of the U.S. oil company Chevron Texaco Corp., one of the world’s largest and most profitable oil monopolies, as printed verbatim in the Ottawa Citizen’s Defence Watch. Continue reading
Note to readers. This material has been separated out from its original source, the article titled “Halifax International Security Forum: US officially integrates Harper war government into Asia pivot strategy,” and made into a distinct article. Additional infographics and information have been added to illustrate the geopolitical significance of Canadian ports, shipping and sealanes from Asia. See also the companion article “Sea lanes: Nicaragua’s plan for an inter-oceanic canal,” in which China is heavily involved, that I have posted on this bog. – TS.
DIFFERENT analysts have underlined various economic factors behind the U.S. offensive in Asia with its Asia Pivot military strategy, of which Canada is an integral part, as China has now become the major trading partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The big banks and oil-energy and mining monopolies in Canada have their own self-serving interests to expropriate the resources of foreign workers and lands.
The ports of Halifax, Saint John and Maritimes Canada, though bordering the Atlantic Ocean, are not remote from the aggressive offensive of these vested interests in the Pacific and Indian oceans. Continue reading
TML Weekly Information Project (Sept. 28 ) – FOLLOWING the September 11, 2001 attacks, successive Canadian governments have been systematically placing Canadian forces and security agencies under U.S. command in various ways. Although these are presented as “joint” operations, more and more aspects of Canada’s military and civilian emergency responders and services such as the Coast Guard are being placed under NORAD/U.S. command. Under the Harper government, this trend has reached a climax, with new permanent arrangements that put U.S. security forces on Canadian soil and place all of Canadian land, sea and waterways shared with the U.S., such as the Great Lakes, and aerospace under U.S. military command. Continue reading
It used to be quite rare and even noteworthy when foreign military training and operations took place on Canadian soil, which is now included in the U.S. “homeland.”
TML Weekly Information Project (Sept. 28) – WHEN the Harper government was introducing arrangements to make permanent the operation of U.S. security forces in Canada, they knew Canadians would be opposed. In hearings into the Shiprider program which has U.S. border agents enforcing Canadian law on Canadian seaways, RCMP Chief Superintendent Joe Oliver, the Mounties’ director general for border integrity, stated: “We recognized early that this approach would raise concerns about sovereignty, of privacy, and civil liberties of Canadians. We said ‘Let’s take baby steps, let’s start with two agencies to test the concept, let’s demonstrate to Canadians and Americans that such an approach might work.” These “baby steps” are taken on a regular basis to keep Canadians unaware of the extent to which the Harper government has placed Canada under U.S. command. Continue reading
By RICK ROZOFF, Stop NATO
(June 3, 2009) – REFERRING to newly released documents, though not revealing what they were, a major Canadian press wire service reported on May 26 that the government plans to acquire a “family” of aerial drones over the next decade. Continue reading