It must have seemed like such a good idea to a man like Stephen Harper.
He would teach Obama to humiliate him by delaying approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.
By making Americans think the Democrats are driving Canada into the arms of their Chinese enemies.
Because they don't call him Darth Harper for nothing eh? And being vindictive is in his genes.
Harper had risen to the post of justice-of-the-peace by the time a judicial enquiry found him guilty of, as one historian put it, "violent and oppressive measures" - vindictive to a point beyond all reason.
But then the Chinese Communist Party saw the obvious opening, and made its daring move, offering to buy Nexen, a Calgary based oil company, for more than 15-billion dollars.
And now it's all unravelling for Great
The new Game of Thrones is not about military conquest but about picking off trophy assets from countries, like Canada, that are Boy Scouts and naïve enough to let them do so. And growing and nurturing large successful entities is essential to any nation-state. Size matters. The foreign buyout of resource, infrastructure and agricultural corporations simply has to stop. Foreigners can partner or do startups but nothing more.
The Americans have indeed noticed the Chinese takeover. But for all the wrong reasons.
And Harper is caught between a rock and a hard place. If he approves the deal, now perfumed by the stench of corruption, he'll be accused of being a sellout. If he rejects it, China's commie capitalists will make him pay for that slap in the face over and over again.
Which sadly for him is exactly the same situation he finds himself in, when it comes to the battle between B.C. and Alberta over the future of the Northern Gateway pipeline.
If he sides with Alberta he will lose B.C. and most likely the next election. If he sides with B.C., Big Oil and his Alberta base will never forgive him. If the pipeline isn't built the Chinese will be even angrier.
And to make matters worse the federation is striking back.
Stephen Harper’s preeminence as the distant father, and often the bully-in-chief of Canadian politics, is finally being challenged by a group he ignores at his peril, Canada’s premiers and territorial leaders. Let it be clear: one premiers’ meeting does not a Canadian Spring make, but the icy grip of the Harper regime is beginning to melt.
So what according to my top secret sources is Stephen Harper doing on his summer holiday? Preparing to apologize to the Americans for his one-night stand with China, and beg Obama to take him back again? No.
Preparing to meet with the Premiers, admit that he's not a real economist, or a strategic genius, and that Satan, or Jason Kenney, made him do it? No.
He's preparing to attack the federation with his new Trojan horse budget...
Because you know after all this humiliation this one is REALLY going to hurt. He can't help himself eh? It's in his genes.
Which will only make him even MORE unpopular.
Yup. Can you believe it? The Force is finally with us.
The Con Empire is collapsing.
And Great Shrunken Leader is going down...
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