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Originally posted by svenglezz
Canada should forgive the 5 Billion .... and donate that money to the US for the relief effort.....show's our LOVE for the US at the same time.....doesn't look like we are gona'a get it anywho......plus if Canada would forces this now...would look bad they are in a crisis now....so let's open our hearts and so our support and offer the money back....you guys' need it more
They have always been there for us
Y'r Canadian friend,
Originally posted by WestPoint23
valkeryie your avatar is hard to look at without flinching, other than that though it’s very interesting.
Originally posted by WestPoint23
How ingenious our neighbors to the north are, act smart and compassionate at the same time, eh
China's investment appetite for the Alberta oil sands has climbed so strongly that it could be importing 400,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada within the next seven years, Natural Resources Minister John McCallum says.
The Chinese oil ambitions in Canada, which intensified yesterday when Mr. McCallum met two of China's most powerful oil executives, are a key element in the Liberal government's aggressive push to diversify Canada's energy sales away from its traditional U.S. markets in the aftermath of the softwood-lumber dispute.
If the prediction is accurate, China's oil imports from Canada by 2012 will reach one-quarter of the current level of American oil imports from Canada, allowing Canada to make a substantial cut in its dependence on the United States, which buys about 85 per cent of Canada's oil exports.
"That would certainly be a very good beginning," Mr. McCallum said. "That's definitely significant."
He said he was able to obtain his meetings with the presidents of PetroChina and CNOOC at relatively short notice -- another sign of their strong interest in the Canadian energy sector.
China is likely to increase its oil imports from Canada by acting as an investor, rather than simply as a customer, Mr. McCallum said. This could include takeover bids and greenfield investments, as well as other forms of investment.
"They do not feel limited by how much economically can be sent to China. They could well make investments for sale in third markets. They're also interested in joint ventures or minority holdings or strategic alliances with Canadian companies. They could team up with Canadian companies in joint ventures to enter into production which isn't necessarily destined for China."
"If Nafta is called into question by U.S. action, it calls for us to diversify our trade and investment relations," said Acting Natural Resources Minister John McCallum in a telephone interview on Tuesday, only moments before he left for China to meet with oil, mining and forestry officials.
"On the Chinese side I am sure there will be receptivity," he added.
Mr. McCallum noted that his trip came only after a month after President Hu Jintao of China visited Canada and declared that the two countries had upgraded their relations to a "strategic partnership" and a week after the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee declared that energy supplies was one of the top three challenges for the future.
In a speech last week in New York, Prime Minister Paul Martin sharply criticized the Bush administration's decision to ignore the Nafta panel's order to return the tariffs to Canadian companies.
"Forgive my departure from the safe language of diplomacy, but this is nonsense," he said. "Countries must live up to their agreements."
Mr. Martin's speech made front-page news in Canada, particularly because he seemed to link the dispute with the United States with a renewed effort to improve relations with emerging trading partners. "For us, there is no doubt, China and India represent an exciting new opportunity that we intend to take advantage of," he added in his speech.
It might give the Western half of Canada further reason to seek becoming states of the US or to become separate from Eastern Canada.
Sardion, you'd miss us if we were gone. A HUGE vacuum in
Canada's defense would ensue and your appeasement style
government would welcome the terrorists with open arms.
Canadian beer, and worse yet - NHL HOCKEY, would cease to exhist,
as well as Canada as you know it.
The Canada-U.S. softwood lumber dispute is just the tip of the iceberg, and both countries are likely to engage in more acrimonious trade wars in coming years, former U.S. president Bill Clinton said Monday.
Still, Clinton said he sympathizes with Canada's position in the long-standing lumber feud, and expressed support for Prime Minister Paul Martin's recent strong-armed efforts with the United States.
Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, one of the most influential Republicans on Capitol Hill, said yesterday that Canada is poised to surpass Saudi Arabia as "the world's oil giant" and warned energy-hungry America cannot afford to alienate its northern neighbour over such trade disputes as softwood lumber.
"Anyone watching what is happening up north will recognize that, before long, Canada will inevitably overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's oil giant," said Mr. Hatch. "What does this all mean for the United States? It means that the United States can enjoy a new gigantic source of oil from a friendly neighbour."
Alberta's ability to make oilsands production economically viable is a "great success story," said Mr. Hatch, who at one point joked that "we in this country don't want to be on Canada's crap list, ever."
Canadian oil at stake, influential Republican says
The Liberal government has organized two special parliamentary debates to coincide with a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in an effort to highlight a pair of hot-button issues - cross-border tourist traffic and the lingering softwood lumber dispute.
The first debate, set for Monday evening in the Commons, will centre on an American proposal to require Canadians who cross the border to present a passport starting in 2008.
U.S. citizens would also need passports to return to their country after visiting Canada, as part of a wider effort to tighten border security and fight terrorism.
Prime Minister Paul Martin kept up his attack on U.S. trade policy on Monday even as he prepared to meet Condoleezza Rice later in the day on her first official visit to Canada as U.S. secretary of state.
"Friends live up to their agreements," Martin said bluntly in calling on the United States to respect a ruling under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on Canadian exports of softwood lumber.
Martin said he would also press the United States to help reduce the northward flow of illegal guns, which Canadian police say are increasingly used in the commission of crimes. Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler said he would also explore the idea of the provinces suing U.S. gun manufacturers.
Originally posted by Dulcimer
P.S. I think those passport ideas suck. But thats my opinion.
"I think the United States has been as good as gold in its international dealings and in its agreements," said Rice at a joint news conference with Canada's foreign minister.
She added: "We would like to see a negotiation on this to succeed but I think it's extremely important not to speak in apocalyptic language."
"It is a trade dispute. We are working to try and resolve that trade dispute. We have mechanisms to do that," Rice told reporters in Ottawa Tuesday at a joint press conference with Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew.
"We believe that there is still room for negotiation."
Washington says it needs more time to consider a NAFTA ruling that orders it to drastically cut some duties on Canadian softwood lumber exports.
Late Friday afternoon, the U.S. Department of Commerce said it needs clarification on the order that it essentially eliminate countervail duties that total more than 16 per cent on softwood exports. It's the fifth time the U.S. has been ordered to cut the duties.
Canadian government officials responded angrily to the latest delay, which sends a negative signal as to the prospects of the multibillion-dollar trade dispute ending soon.
"The U.S. has ignored an obvious opportunity to demonstrate good faith and-or indicate that they are prepared to live by the rules of NAFTA," the official said on background.