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Originally posted by Invariance
Myself and at least 47 people I know in this area are voting Green this year. Might lose but meh, they're the only ones that make sense to me ... JUST my humble opinion ...
Originally posted by predator0187
reply to post by Nicolas Flamel
Small percentage? Were the ones with all the money, we should have more of a say, all we do is keep the rest of Canada from going belly up. We send more money to Ontario and Quebec than we keep for ourselves.
We did not sell out, we are the only ones making money at this point, it's not our fault US wants the oil.
Pfft, we sold out? Where did you get your oil from that you use everyday?
So parlous are the nation's finances that one credit-rating agency places Ireland in the Third World company of Venezuela and Iraq as nations most likely to default on sovereign debt.
Ireland has lost a significant measure of sovereignty. Dating from a $89 billion bailout of Eire in November, jointly by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, Dublin has required the approval of the EU and the IMF for everything from a planned $9.6 billion job stimulus program to feeding the black hole of Irish banking losses.
A new coalition government has just unveiled the toughest austerity measures in Irish history. The harsh measures include steep hikes in personal tax rates and deep cuts in government services. Dublin also has begun a fire sale of state assets, including power and water utilities, tracts of forest, ports and telecom networks.
..speculating on Irish property — buying and selling Ireland itself, over and over, at steadily rising prices in the expectation that prices would keep rising forever.
Originally posted by sweetstuff
I for one will not be voting for Harper! As a canadian, I kind of enjoy having national health care where if my child has an accident I don't wonder should I go to emerg, will my insurance cover this? I have absolutely no desire to become an American, no offense intended to my american cousins.
Originally posted by peck420
reply to post by Invariance
Please forward your information and sources that show where the Prime Minister of Canada even has the legal authority to sign such document.
Iron is correct in that there is only 1 person inside Canada, the Governor General, (and 1 outside, the Queen of Canada) that do infact HAVE that authority.
Neither were present at this meeting.
Originally posted by Invariance
The World News Daily reported on February 08, 2011
In a ceremony designed to remain below the radar of national public opinion,Obama and Harper bypassed Congress to sign on the basis of their executive authority a declaration that put in place a new national security vision defined not by U.S. national borders, but by a continental view of a "North American perimeter." ..."To preserve and extend the benefits … our close relationship has helped bring to Americans and Canadians alike, we intend to pursue a perimeter approach to security, working together within, at, and away from the borders of our two countries to enhance our security and accelerate the legitimate flow of people, goods, and services between our two countries," the declaration announced in the preamble.
Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America is a Canadian government website. However, you can go there for yourself and try.. I tried to access the archived document and got
HTTP Error 404 Not Found The Web server cannot find the file or script you asked for. Please check the URL to ensure that the path is correct. Please contact the server's administrator if this problem persists.
The Star . com headlined
Canada kept U.S. border talks under wraps: _/headline] on Tue Feb 08 2011
The federal government deliberately kept negotiations on a border deal with Washington secret while it planned ways to massage public opinion in favour of the pact, according to a confidential communications strategy. ... It also says Canadians may be too sanguine about security to see the need for the deal. “The Canadian public may underestimate the security threat to Canada.” ... Advocacy and civil rights groups such as the Council of Canadians, led by Maude Barlow, were also expected to react negatively because of “privacy concerns.”
Now onward to The Whitehouse
We intend to pursue creative and effective solutions to manage the flow of traffic between the United States and Canada. ... We intend to build on existing bilateral law enforcement programs to develop the next generation of integrated cross-border law enforcement operations that leverage cross-designated officers and resources to jointly identify, assess, and interdict persons and organizations involved in transnational crime.
The Prime Minister's website ironically says the same thing practically word for word as the Whitehouse press release, for what is posted... but the Whitehouse post is lengthier than the Prime Minister's.
The 14-page public relations document recommended that talks keep a “low public profile” in the months leading up to the announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama. At the same time, the government would secretly engage “stakeholders” — interested parties such as big business groups and others — in a way that respected “the confidentiality of the announcement.” -thestar.com