No information has been released so far in “The Panama Papers” from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists with all its bells and whistles about any U.S. or Canadian millionaires, monopolies or government officials hiding wealth in offshore tax havens. The six Canadians of the 350 reportedly in the data dump who have been identified so far by the collaborating media in this country, the Toronto Star and the CBC, are small fish, e.g., a sports physician from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
What did you expect?
Canada is a corporate tax haven. It is no mystery. On August 19, 1993 the Canadian Press reported about the probated will of K.C. Irving, in which he left most of his multi-billion-dollar empire to his three sons in a trust they cannot run unless they live outside Canada, i.e., avoid Canadian taxes. One of Canada’s biggest business empires, the Irving group of companies in New Brunswick, is “owned” by a series of family trusts registered in Bermuda where there are virtually no income taxes. Nothing secret about it. So too is Irving’s Kent Line, enabling it to circumvent Canadian maritime labour and safety laws by using flags of convenience for its fleet of oil tankers, freighters and other cargo vessels. The links of these oligarchs to the ruling Liberal Party and how they have been systemically enriched from the public treasury, including the largest warship contract in history, are a matter of record. Continue reading
Canadian troops deployed in Port-au-Prince on the day of the coup. A Canadian military helicopter flies over the Presidential Palace as the coup unfolds.
Things went from bad to worse after Canada’s Liberal government helped plan and carry out the 2004 regime change that illegally ousted President Aristide’s democratically-elected government. Canada then helped empower and entrench an illegal coup-installed puppet regime that launched a reign of terror in which thousands of prodemocracy supporters were executed, jailed without charge, driven into hiding, or exiled. This Canadian-financed dictatorship, propped up by UN-sanctioned occupation forces, was applauded by corporations greedy to profit from “reconstruction” contracts, the privatisation of public services, and the wage-slavery of Haitian sweatshops.
Canada has a lot to answer for. Here are 10 ways in which our government contributed to this major travesty of justice in Haiti: Continue reading
By Haiti Action Network
HALIFAX (May 19, 2005) – APPROXIMATELY 70 people gathered in downtown Halifax, Haiti Flag Day, to protest the illegal Canadian occupation in Haiti. Stops were made at the offices of Canadian corporate profiteers operating in Haiti. Speakers from various sectors throughout the city spoke about the need for continued solidarity against the brutal, illegitimate government in Haiti.
Bill C-19, the War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity Act: “An explicit Canadian government plan to provide a haven in this country for Israeli war criminals.” GARY ZATMAN*
Considering the deafening silence from the Martin cabinet about the Sharon government’s announced plans, and actions already taken, to make provision for an additional 3,500 “settlers” in the Maale Adnumim bloc in illegally-annexed “East Jerusalem,” the recent appearance of Prof. Michael Mandel’s reminder, via the CanPalNet website, that the entirely illegal Zionist colonisation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip constitute war crimes under Canadian law is indeed timely. Continue reading
We are posting below two letters to NDP MP Alexa McDonough following remarks she made in support of the Martin’s government’s unacceptable stand concerning Lebanon and Syria. While in Beirut last month, Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew stated: “We believe that Lebanon and Syria should contribute to … security, in order not to undermine [Palestinian President Mahmoud] Abbas but on the contrary to reinforce him.” Pointing to “elements” he claimed are determined to undo the peace process such as the resistance organization Hezbollah, he issued threats to Syria and Lebanon to “rein in Hezbollah militants.” Such statements are aimed at covering up that it is the criminal Zionist Israeli state backed by the US imperialists which is undermining security in the region with its continued occupation of Palestinian and Syrian territories. Continue reading