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July 29, 2010

Harper’s Government Continue to Manufacture Crisis

Filed under: Canada,Politics — cyberwanderer @ 8:37 pm
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Harper continue to manufacture crisis acting as if Canadian privacy was at risk with the mandatory census. Without census, future government would still need to gather data to get an idea about areas that needs attention. Globe and Mail have a good article about how the alternative could look like, citing European mandatory citizen registry that does not have the same strict privacy restriction that is in place on our census right now. So it is baffling that this government can say either ignorantly or lying blatantly that the current census violate Canadian privacy. This coming from a government who have no problem digging through government record to identify the Jews and sent them holiday greeting in an attempt to get their vote.

This is just one of the many crisis manufactured by Harper. First he moved to give up our energy independence by putting AECL on the block claiming millions have to be spent and the company is dysfunctional. Areva, the French company rumored to be the likely buyer of AECL have lots of cost overrun also and worse – have safety records that are being questioned. (read NY Times Special Report on U.S. government concern about Areva’s Safety). And Harper bundled watering down environmental assessment in the budget bill that also allows him to sell off AECL and Canada Post International service without scrutiny. This is the same guy who fired Linda Keen of CNSC compromising that agency’s independence and reputation when it comes to nuclear environment and safety issues. With his new power to water down environmental assessment, would he even blink an eye in pressuring CNSC to take it easy on new AECL owner to make the deal even better for them? While Harper complained about having to give millions to keep our crown company, he so easily spent billions of dollars on G20 summit for fence, fake lakes and stubbornly insisting on holding it in the heart of downtown Toronto against the wishes of Toronto’s Mayor and police. The exhibition place was touted as a more ideal location that will be less of a security nightmare. He so easily spent about $16 billions on fighting jet which have limited use in fighting insurgents in Afghanistan. So what lobbyist is involved in this deal this time? Areva’s lobbyist apparently stop all their lobbying after Harper appointed their banker to take care of AECL sell. This government obviously see fit to waste billions of dollars at a time of economic difficulty. The scared-of-election Liberal opposition just keep letting damaging Harper’s bill pass. It just makes Harper bolder and bolder acting more like a dictator than the Prime Minister of a democratic country.

January 28, 2008

Could the isotope crisis have been prevented?

Filed under: Canada,Politics — cyberwanderer @ 7:17 pm
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In today’s question period, Liberal MP Marlene Jennings said Canadian officials told European supplier of medical isotopes not to increase their production of isotopes. Then the next day, Minister of Health Tony Clement claimed he is trying to find isotopes.

So if he is trying to find isotopes, why would they ask European supplier not to increase production to cover for isotopes shortage here? Clement claimed he did contact the company to supply the medical isotopes. MP Marlene Jennings fired back saying they waited 19 days before asking for supplies from the European company.

The 19 days lapse was reiterated by Bloc Quebecois MP Claude Debellefeuille and she also points out France, Belgium and Netherland was capable of filling the gap. Clement answered by singling out Belgium. He claims Belgium can’t fill the gap but failed to mention whether France, Belgium and Netherland together could have filled the gap as claimed by the Bloc Quebecois MP.


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