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‘Panama Papers’: It’s actually quite simple – corporate taxation is a fraud

counting dollars in carNo 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

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A very Canadian coup in Haiti: Top 10 ways Canada aided the 2004 coup and its reign of terror

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.

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

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Stephen Harper’s Mideast adventurism

Canada’s role in the service of U.S. imperialism

By NATHAN J FREEMAN

2007.06.10.TOPalDemo-03TML Weekly Information Project (Jan. 25) – THIS ARTICLE examines Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s recently-completed Mideast tour January 20-25, 2014. Harper led an unprecedented entourage of more than 200 Canadian business and religious leaders, media representatives, failed Conservative Party candidates, current MPs and senators, with a phalanx of a half-dozen members of Harper’s current cabinet bringing up the rear. The latter included Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird; Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism Jason Kenney; Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie Christian Paradis; Minister of Industry James Moore; Minister of International Trade Ed Fast; and Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver.[1] Continue reading

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From our archives: Two hurricanes, two responses

A fishing shed floats offshore Fisherman’s Reserve on the Eastern Shore after Hurricane Juan (Photo | Allan Jean Joyce)

Active hurricane season approaching

By MARK RUSHTON with TONY SEED

Shunpiking Magazine, Volume 9, Number 46, Summer 2005

THE FIRST OF JUNE marked the beginning of the Caribbean region’s cyclone season, which lasts until 30 November. Up to 13 atmospheric phenomena could form this year in the category of high intensity cyclones or hurricanes, according to experts at the Institute of Meteorology in Havana, Cuba. These highly destructive phenomena are produced by the warming of waters in the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, and the water temperature in the eastern Pacific. On the mark, tropical storm Arlene swept up the Caribbean to hit the southern US Gulf Coast on 10th June with six-metre waves.

The 2004 hurricane season was considered the worst in recent years in the area of the Caribbean, Florida and the US east coast. In just 44 days, four high-intensity hurricanes passed through the region – Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne – leaving destruction and ruin in their wake, causing the deaths of 2,600 people and damages estimated at more than $45 billion.

In Cuba, damages were minimal, compared to other regions. Hurricane Ivan, a Category 5 when it hit Cuba, which lashed the two Havana provinces left four dead and more than $1 billion in losses. On that occasion, President Fidel Castro led the tasks of evacuation – almost 1,800,000 people were evacuated – and mobilization of civil defence forces.

Haiti and Grenada were devastated. (Eighteen people were killed in Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi, and 70 more in the Caribbean.)

The year before, Hurricane Juan lashed Nova Scotia on a late Sunday evening, 30 September 2003, with 160+mph winds, leaving six dead and more than $1.5 billion in losses.

Following Hurricane Juan, several Cuban exchange students told Shunpiking Magazine that they were simply astonished at the lack of preparedness and efficiency by the Canadian political-social structure for Juan, how long it took to counteract its destructive effects, for NS Power to restore service, and to clean up and restore public services in Halifax, a modern city.

Intrigued as to the Cuban experience, editor Tony Seed interviewed Mark Rushton of the Nova Scotia Cuba Association. Mark has visited Cuba several times, and recently completed his graduate degree in International Development Studies at St. Mary’s University, with Cuba’s informatics model as the focus of his thesis. The interview was first published in our October 2003 online edition (www.shunpiking.com) and is edited for this publication. Continue reading

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Haligonians protest Canadian occupation of Haiti

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.

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The Martin cabinet’s silence about Zionist settlement expansion in East Jerusalem is far more – and far worse – than a matter of mere “complicity”

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

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Martin Government’s unacceptable stand on Lebanon and Syria – Letters to MP Alexa McDonough

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

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