Oh well. At least now we know why Stephen Harper is in such a hurry to sell us out to foreign interests eh?
It turns out it's because he took the slow boat to China.
A confidential government document obtained by CBC News warns the Harper government has been slow to open new markets in Asia, leaving Canada firmly tied to the troubled U.S. economy for a long time to come.
But that was then.
"I think Canadians want us to promote our trade relations worldwide and we do that," the prime minister said in November, 2006. "But I don't think Canadians want us to sell out important Canadian values, our belief in democracy, freedom, human rights. They don't want to sell that out to the almighty dollar."
And this is now.
Six years later, almost every aspect of the Harper government's international plan casts foreign policy as a tool to give Canada either direct economic benefit or access to China and other emerging markets.
Now with the help of the new Con Ministry of
"To succeed we will need to pursue political relationships in tandem with economic interests even where political interests or values may not align."
But if you think he's embarrassed by being exposed as a shameless pimp who doesn't know what he's doing, forget it eh?
For there he was today, posing as an economist.
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Lecturing the Americans on how to run THEIR economy. And making an absolute fool out of himself again.
Harper said critics who opposed the North American Free Trade Agreement 25 years ago "predicted the disappearance of Canada as a nation" and "took a credibility hit" as a result.
For in fact those critics were right. NAFTA was the beginning of the end of the Canada we knew and loved.
The effects of this are now well-known. Free trade with the U.S. and Mexico sandbagged much of Canada’s manufacturing base. Trade with China sandbagged the rest. Investment protection deals such as NAFTA and the new Canada-China pact have weakened government’s ability to regulate. All of this has decimated unions, allowing bosses to pay their workers less and themselves more.
And the reason Harper is selling us out to foreign interests, and bringing in more and more foreign workers, is so he can drive wages down even more, cut benefits and pensions, and make the rich even richer.
Oh boy. One day historians will judge Great Sellout Leader harshly.
They'll call him a control freak, a sinister authoritarian, or just a shabby pimp who sold out his own people.
But never in a thousand years will they ever call him an ECONOMIST...
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