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by Mark Taliano
"Chinese boxes" are toys that open into smaller and smaller versions -- until you get to what is really inside.
It's a good metaphor for what is happening in Canada today. We have our legislature and the news covering the laws that are getting passed. But there are boxes inside those boxes, that alone reveal the source of the environmental and corporate devastation of our country today.
The inside driver is Communist China.
Communist China is investing heavily in Canada. But it is not comfortable with our environmental laws, nor is it comfortable with what is left of our democracy. So it is pressuring Canada's leaders to dismantle both. The pressure is not overt, but it is powerful nonetheless.
Sinopec and other Communist Party state-owned companies have a vested interest in Canada’s Tar Sands industry, and they see environmental legislation and democratic procedures as being barriers to business. Elizabeth May, Federal MP and leader of the Green Party Of Canada, is right when she says that we are selling out our democracy to China.
The most pressing and significant example of our sell-out takes the form of the omnibus Bill C-38 (editor’s note: Bill C-38 passed the House of Commons earlier this week and is now headed for a Senate vote).
This is euphemistically called the “Budget Bill”. But it is, sadly, actually much more than that.
It is a bill that will devastate environmental legislation at every turn, and enable our federal regime to further devastate our air, water, soil, and economy, at a continued super-speed, unregulated rate.
The 425-page Bill will: repeal the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act; Repeal the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy Act; And repeal the Fair Wages and Hours Labour Act.
It will also alter core provisions of other laws such as:
Omnibus bills are supposed to tie together pieces of legislation that share a common theme, but, contrary to Parliamentary rules, this one does not. It has a hidden, illegitimate agenda, a “box within a box”, and it needs to be scrapped.
China's corporate/oligarchic model of leadership, which is seeking such major investment in Canada, is probably pleased with the Bill. But Canadians should be outraged.
:: photo courtesy of Leadnow via Creative Commons license ::
Mark Taliano is a former high school teacher. Currently he spends much of his time as an activist and citizen's journalist.