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The Disaffected Lib: And We Thought All We Had to Deal With Was Enbridge.

Nexen, the Chinese Communist Party’s anchor in Athabasca, is urging Canadian National Railways to start shipping bitumen by rail car to Prince Rupert where it can then be loaded on supertankers for transport to the Peoples’ Liberation Army and other users.

Apparently China is getting impatient with Comrade Steve’s inability to make headway on the Northern Gateway pipeline to Kitimat and so they’ve taken matters in their own hands.  For some strange reason, opponents of the Northern Gateway aren’t mollified by the proposal to ship bitumen across B.C. by rail.   This will give you some idea why:

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Cowichan Conversations: Liberal MP Justin Trudeau Could Clinch A Majority, New Poll Shows

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

PM Stephen Harper’s policies continue to divide Canadians. Much of his drop off in support has been caused by his undying dedication and promotion of the Alberta Tar Sands and his unconscionable sellout of Nexen to the China’s Communist Government State Owned Oil Corporation.

The threatened pipeline routes leading to the Pacific Coast where Oil super tankers could carry bitumen to China added more fuel to the fire.

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair

It is becoming apparent that the Tom Mulcair led NDP stand little chance of repeating their last unprecedented electoral success. The NDP foolishly moved to

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Cowichan Conversations: Liberals and NDP Must Declare a ‘MORATORIUM’ On Fracking In BC!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Much money has been made and a great deal of environmental damage has been done through the practice of ‘Fracking’ or Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing.

Canadians have had a heads up following horror stories in the US but never mind there is money to be made. The politicians of all stripes are as weak as water when it comes to regulating, reporting and permitting of these fracking operations.

BC and Alberta’s energy resources used to make the provinces hum, but today the difficulties are becoming harder to sweep under the carpet.

Check out this report from Fracking Canada and then question

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Cowichan Conversations: Premier Christy Clark set up an office last year in Shanghai, China

Kevin Logan- Cowichan Conversations Contributor

I have written some details about how Harper says one thing and does another with respect to the position of Chinese State Owned Enterprises (SOE) in Canada’s resource development plays and have been working to raise the flag for a very long time.

Christy has an office she set up over a year ago in Shanghai for a window into BC. Her government has been in lock step with the push to have the Chinese economy lead the brave new world, as it is not only Alberta’s oil patch (albeit CNOOC NEXEN was the largest

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Cowichan Conversations: We Must Restructure Canada To Save It!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

How long is it going to take before some of the Conservatives MP’s wake up and stand up for Canada?

Our PM Steve Harper lies to us with an ease uncommon, even for politicians.

Canada is being drained and our nation is up for sale, but why?

What drives Harper? He is hurting Canadians, farming out our jobs to Chinese workers and selling off our raw resources with little, damn little benefit to Canadians?

Even stupider, the extraction processes harm our country’s land, rivers and people.

It is time that our elected representatives put Canada ahead of

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Cowichan Conversations: On the Left Side

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger

A while back I added ‘On the Left Side’ a series of headlines about stories that I thought might be of interest to readers of this blog.

Let’s face it there is so much going on and only so much time to post regular blogs that I felt it would allow for other stories that caught my attention and hopefully yours as well.

Rob Dresser commenting on a recent post reminded me of Heather Mallik’s column in the Toronto Star and how it spells out the fact that they are not backing off on the

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The Disaffected Lib: Heather Sticks Her Bitumen Boot Up Harper’s Backside

 It’s gradually setting in.  Harper’s capitulation to China’s Communist rulers on Nexen is an admission of how much trouble the Tar Sands are really in.   The Toronto Star’s  Heather Mallick wades into the Bully Boy’s blunder on Nexen.

Harper couldn’t say no to China because he wants quick money for a tarsands industry that’s starting to look weak and because he’s an ideologue who thinks all business deals are good ones. Are the markets happy? Gosh, yes. Are Canadians of all political stripes pleased by increased foreign ownership of Alberta’s precious innards? Irrelevant.

Harper’s a bully at home,

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Cowichan Conversations: Chairman Harper’s Economic Desperation Deal With China

Richard Hughes- Political Blogger

Selling bitumen fast, while it’s still hot, is the prime minister’s myopic motivation, says Andrew Nikoforuk in his report featured in the Tyee.

We have been sold down the river by a combination of neo con corporate greed and the unrelenting far right evangelical so called Christianity.

How these greedy bastards can claim to embrace Jesus and Christianity or any other religion is beyond me. They disdain everything that approaches religious behaviour or values.

“I don’t think Canadians want us to sell out important Canadian values — our belief in democracy, freedom, human rights. They don’t want

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The Canadian Progressive: Forest Ethics: Canada’s Tar Sands 71% Foreign-owned

by Forest Ethics: An in-depth review of shareholder information from Bloomberg shows that 71 per cent of all tar sands production is owned by non-Canadian shareholders. Supposedly Canadian companies (with Canadian headquarters and accounting practices who trade on our stock exchanges) are largely owned by foreign interests, including Suncor (56.8%), Canadian Oil Sands (56.8%), Nexen READ MORE

LeDaro: Chinese Takeover of Tarsands

NDP MP Nathan Cullen remarked via twitter that: “In Ottawa they call it ‘taking out the trash’ announce it on a Friday 5 pm. You judge. Chinese takeover ok for Harper.”

In his own press conference – one of the few times Harper has talked to the press unrestricted, he seemed uncomfortable, trying to justify the deal – only this one time, only this much, he was saying. It sounds like a bad deal to me, a State Owned Company in China taking over tarsands operations in Canada.

What’s worse, all the secrecy around this deal – there is

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Calgary Grit: Not Just a Pretty Face

To date, Justin Trudeau has run a safe leadership campaign. He’s smiled, talked about how he loves Canada, and made helping the Middle Class his core theme. That’s a perfectly acceptable way for Justin to introduce himself to voters, but it’s still the most innocuous campaign theme imaginable – even a “pro-sunshine and pro-puppies” message would have forced Justin to answer tough questions about skin cancer and pit bulls. You won’t find anyone who disagrees with helping the middle class. … . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Not Just a Pretty Face

Cowichan Conversations: The Real Threat is in Harper’s Gutting the Legal and Regulatory Framework for Oil and Gas

Kevin Logan- Cowichan Conversations Contributor

Here is another Post from Cowichan Conversations Contributor Kevin Logan.

Kevin Logan’s career has been diverse, ranging from small business to NGOs through finance and government. He served as a ministerial assistant to numerous ministers and a premier in the former BC NDP Administration. Kevin is also an independent researcher and writer who has administered many diverse and successful campaigns.

Robin Matthews does come in where the rubber hits the road and lays out a potential action. The challenge of course is convincing Canadians to do anything besides merely brush up on their Mandarin.

The

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Cowichan Conversations: Harper’s China Investment Treaty Is An Unconscionable Sellout Of Our Soverignty!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes – Political Blogger

I wish that headline was an extreme eggageration and that PM Harper’s Sellout of Canada wasn’t really that big a deal, but I would be wrong. I do not know why he is so hell bent determined to ruin our country but he is changing Canada before our very eyes.

The deal with China over our resources is great for China but very bad news for Canada.

How do we stop it when he refuses to abide by traditionl parliamentary processes, when he refuses to bring this matter before parliament?

PM Steve Harper- Canada’s Authoritarian

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Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

- Stuart Trew comments on the Cons’ utterly implausible claims to try to impose the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the EU without the slightest bit of public scrutiny: CETA will also most certainly give European firms the power to challenge and even overturn government measures, just as NAFTA gave this right to U.S. and Mexican firms.

Canada very recently lost a NAFTA investment case to Exxon Mobil and Murphy Oil. A three-person arbitration panel decided the province of Newfoundland and Labrador should either get rid of its profit-sharing requirements on

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