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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Stephen Harper DOES plan to do America's bidding

Well I happened to come across something very, very interesting today. Do you recall the news item out Friday, January 6, 2006 concerning Stephen Harper's plan to have a new "intelligence agency"? Well here is a link to it and here is a snip from the article:

Canada's Conservative Party Leader, Stephen Harper, said on Friday his government would set up a separate foreign spy agency to "independently counter threats before they reach Canada."

"We're going to create a distinct organization through legislation," Harper said at a campaign stop in Bolton, north of Toronto.

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the country's existing civilian spy agency, operates on the domestic front, has mounted specific operations in other countries.

Harper said that the Canadian Foreign Intelligence Agency, when created, would fall under the guise of a new security czar, who would co-ordinate the activities of CSIS, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Coast Guard and the Canada Border Services Agency.

Cool huh? I remember thinking to myself, "We already have CSIS, is that not quite good enough for Mr. Harper? Why does he feel we need to do this?" I wondered about it, found it curious, then forgot about it.

Well, guess what? I found an article today that gave me the answer to why he's doing that: Because that is what the Americans want.

Have I whetted the appetite yet? I hope so. Here's the story: David Frum gave a speech to AIMS on June 12, 2003. The premise of the speech was to provide insight on what the US thinks of Canada and how the relationship is going. In that speech, David Frum said this (bolding mine):

The last structural problem is a problem of diplomacy, which is I think the Americans would be very well satisfied if CSIS were an effective organization. If CSIS were an effective organization, or as good an organization as say its Australian or German or French counterparts are, I don't think they would care much what the Canadian military was like. Ultimately from an American point of view even if Canada had the most fantastic military a country of its size could have, it would be a very marginal contribution to continental security. Whereas an effective intelligence service in Canada would be an extraordinary -- that would be really helpful.

So I read this and went, "Whoa! So THAT'S where Harper is getting this bright idea from!" I would bet dollars to donuts that Harper is somehow in communication with the American neocons and he will make the perfect puppet for them to implement their crazy foreign policy agenda. In fact, Frum is probably the conduit between them and Harper! He did organize the Winds of Change back in 1996 in an attempt to unite the right. I read a comment today from an old article about that Conference that states:

Patrick Boyer, one of the Tories who attended the Winds of Change conference, emerged from it saying Frum's draft manifesto was "a ripoff of right-wing American Republican Party policy" that would not be supported by the Canadian electorate.

So, clearly Frum has been in cahoots with these creeps from way back. Of course, we knew that anyway, he worked for Bush! Damn straight he'd know what the neocons want from Canada... The whole thing sickens me.


Blogger Fighting for Democracy said...

Hey Emmajoe,

Heard you whining about not receiving the attention that Jason Cherniak is getting on his blog.

Typical Liberal whiner.

Perhaps the reason Harper wants to change how security is handled in Canada is due to the fact the Liberals have slowly but surely destroyed an effective defence we have.

Damn, if this Liberalism that exists today had taken a hold back during World War II. We would have lost the war. As it is this new Liberalism has brought in Communist ideals. They are trying to suppress free speech and freedom of speech as witnessed by Mike Duffy. Now Paul Martin want to destroy a Charter that all the provinces signed. So much for democracy. Paul Martin pulling the NWC out his ass. Who does he think he is? Is he trying to run an oligarchy? Making decisions on his own without consulting the public.

Paul Martin has been acting like a dictator since the day he moved into the PMO. He suppressed free votes within his party; he appoints anyone he wants to Cabinet positions, he appoints anyone he wants to the Supreme Court and to the Senate. Sure sounds like an Oligarchy to me.

7:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seem to recall Quebec not signing said Charter

7:38 PM  
Blogger Emmajoe said...

LOL, I've never been called a Liberal whiner before! Thanks for the laugh (and the attention...;))

And FYI, I'm not a big fan of Paul Martin either... But better the devil you know than the devil you don't. In fact, I'm leaning NDP right now. But in my riding, it would be pointless. Proportional representation is a must...


8:12 PM  
Blogger Egarwaen said...

Yeah, but the conservatives are strongly opposed to anything that smells like real democracy. It'd put them so far out of power that they'd never see the inside of the House of Commons again. After all, most of their success doesn't seem to be coming from the BS corruption campaign... But, rather, from telling people that it's safe to vote for Harper because he can't form a majority. Oops!

I also find it amusing that the first Conservative response to proof that Harper's taking his marching orders from Bush is to claim that Bush's policies have been effective. Do these people even live in the same universe as the rest of us? Or have they just read Ayn Rand so many times that they think that her writings are reality?

8:47 PM  
Blogger Emmajoe said...

I know! The only people Bush's policies have worked for is al-qaeda, sadly...

10:29 PM  
Blogger Fighting for Democracy said...

Egarwaen said...

Are ya kidding? Didn't I already explain my position about Paul Martin and his Liberals have treated democracy by running an Oligarchy.

The Conversative vision which the Liberals have been borrowing in bits and pieces call for free votes, a new senate that is effective, elected and equal, fixed election dates, etc. We talking real democracy that even Liberal candidates and ministers like Belinda Stronach say would be good for Canada.

The USA must have done something right to become an economic powerhouse. Yes, it's true they are having some problems; all countries have problems. Countries across the world have policies that work and don't work. Don't you think we should look at other countries and see what works and what doesn't?

Maybe we should let people like Paul Martin make things up on the fly and not know what the real consequences would be. Taking away the Notwishstanding Charter would allow 2-tier health care since the courts have already decided that it should exist. But the moron Paul Martin didn't think this through before pulling it out his ass.


Martin Luther King, Jr.:

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity"

11:41 AM  
Blogger Fighting for Democracy said...

Stephen Harper just released his message that the BC candidate Derek Zeisman will not sit as a Conservative if he wins his riding. He will be sitting as a Independant.

The Conservatives don't need anyone that hides the truth. We've had 12 years of that crap from the Liberals.

This is about Integerity and Stephen Harper and his Conservatives just showed it.

12:05 PM  
Blogger Emmajoe said...

It was a smart political move.

12:37 PM  
Blogger CanadianTruth said...

Harper wnating to be American? What about Martin's last minute hail mary!?

When Martin bans the notwithstanding clause he will take power away from the elected house and give it to five people. Five votes of nine in the courts will make law. Five people APPOINTED solely by the Prime minister. Law for 30 million people. That is scary!

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My organization is very happy that Mr. Martin will ban the notwithstanding clause. It is about time we can gain the freedoms we deserve, protected by the Charter and the courts!

Bring on the boys!


Vote Liberal!
Emmanuelle S.

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love how the Canadian liberal electorate runs on fear of the United States, just as we so often make the charge that the U.S. system runs on fear. I can only imagine the sheer security I would feel with Paul Martin at the helm during these attempted terrorist attacks. Oh well, I suppose that's what we get for voting right-of-centre and strengthening relations with the Americans, right?

Look, too often people assume that if you're not the flamingly anti-U.S. zealot that fashion dictates than you agree with anything and everything Bush does. Sure, they've dropped the ball immensely, but for some odd reason I don't recall the legion of "Not My President" t-shirt-clad humanitarians protesting the U.N.'s 30-year do-nothingness in an Iraq under Stalinist tyranny. It seems nothing is more constant in liberals than selective outrage.

To date, Stephen Harper has declined Bush the opportunity to build a naval base at the North Pole, but here's where he differs from Paul Martin: "We'll build it ourselves!" While still portraying Canada as the sovereign nation it is, he doesn't engage in childish sibling rivalries that appeal to the flag-draped automatons that vote Liberal out of reaction to Boogady Boogady Bush.

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