Archive for July, 2012

COLUMN: Robson – Don’t pretend Chinese government is fair dealer with Nexen

- July 30th, 2012

Don’t sell Nexen to communists

by John Robson

Would you let Nazis buy Canadian oil fields? Or Stalinists? Well then, how about Mao’s bloodthirsty heirs?

I know in online debates whoever mentions Hitler first loses. But when a massive Chinese government monopoly called CNOOC offers $15.1 billion for Nexen, a Canadian energy firm operating in the oil sands, the North Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, and off Colombia and West Africa, we need to be clear that the regime in question is thoroughly nasty. Read more…

COLUMN: Gunter – Who benefits? Probably the public sector unions

- July 30th, 2012

Is it about seniors, or workers?

by Lorne Gunter

Perhaps you’ve seen them, the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees’ (AUPE) ads claiming that three operators of seniors homes in the province are “lining their pockets” with “millions” of tax dollars intended for seniors benefits. If not, you can see them at the AUPE’s special website, stoptheripoff.ca.

In the ads, plaintive seniors claim Park Place Seniors Living, Triple A Living Communities and Revera Inc. are diverting tax dollars that should be going to seniors care to make – gasp! – profits. From the actors’ tone and expressions, you’d think the trio of companies was subjecting residents to forced labour (Knit those flammable baby clothes faster, Granny!), rations of gruel and daily floggings. Read more…

Open nomination for federal Conservatives in Kitchener-Waterloo

- July 30th, 2012

Peter BraidI don’t know why so many “Conservative” MPs line up to hand out the pork in their ridings. If they really did stand for smaller government they would refuse to participate and sometimes MPs actually do refuse to make certain announcements.

Which brings me to Peter Braid the Conservative MP for Kitchener-Waterloo. Why is he celebrating the opening of a new CBC service in his riding? Not only is he celebrating this and joining in on the announcement but he is putting his name out on the CBC news release. Read more…

COLUMN: Goldstein – Conrad Black wants to testify?

- July 27th, 2012

Perhaps he should have done so at his trial

By: Lorrie Goldstein

Conrad Black wants to testify to his innocence before the advisory panel of the Order of Canada.

This raises the question of why he declined to do so before the jury during his criminal trial in the U.S. Read more…