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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. As for Pred stating Alberta is very americanized, I would agree, however I live on the east coast of Canada (best part of the country, IMO) and enjoy my canadian province just the way it is, thank you very much.
I won't be sitting and taking this and saying 'oh well they own us already'. Oh really? I happen to be a widow who receives a pension from the Canadian government, wonder what will happen to my pension under a 'north american union', kiss it goodbye I'm guessing. Or canadian child tax credit which parents receive monthly to assist in the costs of raising a family. Mine is 591 dollars per month for two children. Guess I can kiss that goodbye as well. I have american friends and I know how little their tax dollars gets them in the way of benefits they pay into. I'll certainly be facebooking this information and telling friends the information. Do nothing, expect nothing. And I'll venture most canadians will not be ok with such a union.
Remember, while we might be the brunt of american jokes....we aren't nice when pissed.
OTTAWA — Stephen Harper is challenging a key element of Canada’s parliamentary democracy, saying the ability of the opposition parties to defeat his minority government and be asked to govern themselves is open to “debate.”
In an interview with CBC News on Thursday, Harper refused to concede that the opposition parties have the constitutional right to form government after the May 2 vote if they can win backing of most MPs in the House of Commons.
At first, he dismissed the question as a “constitutional theoretical discussion.”
But asked whether the opposition parties would have the “right” to form government, Harper said “that’s a question, a debate of constitutional law.
MP Brad Trost, seeking re-election in Saskatoon-Humbolt told a pro-life supporters convention on the weekend that their petitions helped deny funding to Planned Parenthood because it supports abortion.
Dimitri Soudas, Harper’s long-time aide and former Quebec adviser, was alleged in reports earlier this week to have bullied the port authority in 2007 into choosing the federal government’s preferred candidate, Robert Abdallah, as its next chief executive.
Soudas lobbied was so strenuously on Abdallah’s behalf that two senior Conservative cabinet ministers had to intervene and diffuse the situation, the reports said.
On Thursday morning, several audio recordings appeared on YouTube purporting to be conversations between two businessmen prominent in the Quebec construction industry, Tony Accurso and Bernard Poulin.
Originally posted by Ihsahn
This is the first real step I've heard about this whole North American Union thing for at least two years. So either they're finally getting it over with, or people are just making a big deal out of something speculative.
On December 14, 2010, Bill C36 became law after a contentious ride through the Senate.
Originally posted by masqua
So... Harper thinks that coalitions are not constitutional. That's convenient. Strange that most parliametary systems on this fair planet think otherwise.
This is very telling, imho.
Let's discuss the world. To answer the question, "is globalisation possible without God", the simple answer is "yes". Globalisation is after all itself a code word, a mask, for not using the C-word, capitalism. Globalisation is basically the latest phase of expanding capitalism. This not something which is neutral, this is a capitalism that has its rules: it has its economic rules, it has its political rules, it has its cultural rules and it has its military rules. It is a system. At the heart of this system is the United States of America, the world's only existing empire today. The first time in the history of humanity that you have just had a single empire, so dominant, whose military budget is higher than the military budgets of the next 15 countries put together, and whose military-industrial complex itself is the eleventh largest economic entity in the world. This is the reality we live in, and this is the reality which confronts us in different ways. Tariq Ali, 10th Globalisation lecture, VRPO.
Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to impose American hegemony. Noam Chomsky, In American Power and the New Mandarins (1969)
The poor complain; they always do, But that's just idle chatter. Our system brings rewards to all, At least to all who matter. Poem by a Canadian economist (Gerald Helleiner)
Originally posted by TheLegend
PS@ the person saying Canada's health care is better than the US, then why is there so many stories of Canadians running to America to seek emergency health care? Good luck with your waiting list.edit on 21-4-2011 by TheLegend because: (no reason given)