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Fifth anniversary of Lac-Mégantic tragedy: Hold rail monopolies and governments accountable!

By Pierre Chénier

 July 6, 2018 marks the fifth anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic tragedy, one of the worst train disasters in Canadian history. On the evening of March 5, the Mégantic community participated in a silent march that ended at the cemetery where many of the victims of the tragedy are buried. Continue reading


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Energy East: Two down, but look who’s still standing


It was all euphoria in June 2013. Paul Browning, president and CEO of Irving Oil, left, smiled smugly, as Alberta Premier Alison Redford and former New Brunswick Premier David Alward, right, toured the Irving Canaport Marine Terminal in Saint John, N.B. The deepwater port is a proposed Eastern terminus of TransCanada Corp.’s Energy East pipeline, through which Alberta crude oil would be exported to Europe and such countries as Germany. The Conservative premiers and the media tried to sell it as a “nation building” project. The National Post declared in a headline, “New Brunswick’s premier has become the public face of the West-East pipeline” (April 18, 2013). Redford resigned on March 23, 2014 in the midst of deepening political and economic crisis in that province. Alward was defeated in a provincial election on September 22, 2014. Alward based his entire re-election campaign on the need to embrace the pipeline and the shale gas industry under the pretext of “creating jobs”. Some analysts say the energy and financial oligarchs decided to change horses, citing the Irving’s traditional connections to the Liberal party. | THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan


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Irving Greenwashing.2

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Implications of Asia Pivot military strategy for Atlantic Canada

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


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Halifax International Security Forum: The network of subversion, annexation and war in the making – the ‘Halifax Canada Club’


This article is part of an ongoing investigation into the Halifax International Security Forum (HISF), which was formed in 2009 as a covert arm of the U.S. state that presents itself as an “independent” and “non-partisan” body with quasi-permanent status. It was originally published on November 21, 2013 and revised on April 15, 2014; November 17 and 21, 2014; and February 17, 2016. 

Topics at the 2014 HISF Forum include: “Pipeline Corridors: The Geopolical Role of Energy Infrastructure.” Given that one of the opening plenary sessions is titled “O Say, Can’t You see? The Indispensible Role of the Exceptional Superpower,” one must ask, what is behind this?


THE Halifax International Security Forum (HISF) aka the Halifax War Conference was formed in 2009 by the Washington-based German Marshall Fund and the Harper ruling clique as a parallel body to established agencies of the Canadian state such as the departments of foreign affairs and national defence. The U.S. board of directors of the HISF includes three members of the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR), the president of Freedom House, and two experienced agents with the National Endowment for Democracy, whose work in subversion throughout the world is nefarious and well-documented. The programmatic work of the CFR, which is also the “media partner” of the HISF, for the integration of Canada into the United States, has also been well exposed.

In 2007, the very same organizers of the Halifax forum had initiated the Kiev Security Forum, co-sponsored by Arseny Yatsenyuk’s Open Ukraine Foundation, as an instrument of the subversion of Ukraine with the known results: a previously obscure politician and banker came to power in February 2014 through a coup d’état, in which he was installed as prime minister of Ukraine. (This will be the subject of a forthcoming article. See “About the Princeton Project on National Security (2004-06)” below.)

This signifies that the HISF can no longer be analyzed solely s a platform for war criminals, or militarism, or from the implications of its warmongering agenda for the Middle East, Europe and the NATO bloc, or from localist concerns, to the exclusion of the danger posed by subversion and nation wrecking of Canada itself.

“Halifax Canada Club” – “a new public-private partnership”

One of the unstated aims of the HISF organizers is the direct mobilization of monopolies in Canada and their integration into the drive of the U.S. Empire for war and domination, a Union of North American Monopolies. This includes their ultimate integration into the foreign policy, military and security establishment of the state behind the backs of the Canadian people as a component part of the annexation of Canada. Along with the HISF itself, one of the instruments of this drive is the formation of the “Halifax Canada Cub” – a fifth column in the making. Whether it can actually be organized or not in this form remains to be seen. The resistance of the Canadian people and the political demand for an anti-war government cannot be easily dismissed. Continue reading


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All out to support the just demands of the Elsipogtog First Nation! Oppose criminalization of their just demands! Energy monopolies watch out!

Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist), October 18, 2013

CPC (ML) vigorously condemns the violence unleashed by the Canadian state against the Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick. We equally condemn the diversionary tactic of the monopoly media for sowing confusion by making the central issue that of who instigated the actions that occurred  yesterday, October 17. This diversion is designed to hide that what is at stake in the struggle of the Elsipogtog First Nation is the defence of their inviolable national and hereditary rights in the face of the negation of those rights by the Canadian state, which is working hand-in-glove with the energy monopolies. Continue reading

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