Mr. P3

Posted on Friday, February 17 at 11:56 by eugene
Wilson is Chairman of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance. Which calls itself THE VOICE OF THE SHAREHOLDER. Which does not mean Joe or Janey Canuck investor but the corporate investment community. The Big buck institutional investors who are promoting P3's. What Mr. P3 offers Harper is Bay Street credentials he so badly needs now that he is in Ottawa. Oil money got him there, old money will keep him there. What can we expect from Mr. P3 when he goes to Washington, well this speech from 2003 may give us a clue. It sounds much like the values Paul Martin was spouting during the election. Strangely so. Must be how Finance Ministers think. "Look south to America, look east to Europe, but never forget to look west to China, where the world’s largest and fastest-growing economy is transforming our traditional view of developing and developed nations. For China is both. Yes, most of its 3.1 billion people are incredibly poor compared to North American standards. And yes, Ontario alone does more business with America than China does. But that’s all changing. It’s economy will grow by 7 to 8 per cent this year. And in terms of purchasing-power parity, it is the world’s second largest economy. More important is where China is headed: in the last five years, without much notice by the western media, China has become the low-cost, high-quality production centre of the world." Read the whole article here: http://plawiuk.blogspot.com/2006/02/mr-p3.html

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  1. Sat Feb 18, 2006 6:18 am
    I saw him on Politics with Susan Bonnar. She asked him about softwood and if maybe NAFTA should be renegotiated because it certainly is not working in this case. He said (paraphrasing) "Oh no, if you start renegotiating then they could say well there's this we don't like and that we don't like and well the whole thing could go to hell in a handbasket" (super-paraphrasing, or okay small exageration). But my thoughts were that will not happen because everything is going "their" way otherwise the WHOLE thing would've been in hell long ago.

    Get rid of this Harper government ASAP.

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  2. Sat Feb 18, 2006 7:35 am
    This is a great article, good to see this material out there again, so we can remember exactly why we sent the Mulroney Cons packing all those years ago!

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  3. by eugene
    Sat Feb 18, 2006 12:43 pm
    Thanks Whelan for the compliment I appreciate it when my investigative journalism makes its point and is appreciated. I know I do long detailed, linked feature writing, but its important when we have a new regime like Harpers being run by the old regime; Mulroney. So I guess we could say that this is your daddies Conservative party....not Preston Mannings Reform party.

  4. Sat Feb 18, 2006 7:24 pm
    " Another way that we are getting government out of the way of the private sector is by privatising Crown corporations that are no longer required to meet public policy goals. Privatisation can bring increased vitality to the companies involved as well as to the economy as a whole."

    Translation: "Let's take a profitable government asset that was built using taxpayer money and sell it to forgien interests for a fraction of it's value. The taxpayers won't notice several billion in assets disappearing off the books..."


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  5. Sun Feb 19, 2006 6:32 am
    Right on Dr C 'Translation: "Let's take a profitable government asset that was built using taxpayer money and sell it to forgien interests for a fraction of it's value. The taxpayers won't notice several billion in assets disappearing off the books..."' and
    they also won't notice or care when they have to pay exorbitant amounts for the same or less services than they did when they owed it....to which we say, oh here ya go thanks take another 4 years and see what you can do to us!



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    If I stand for my country today...will my country be here to stand for me tomorrow?

  6. Sun Feb 19, 2006 8:47 pm
    "and they also won't notice or care when they have to pay exorbitant amounts for the same or less services than they did when they owed it..."

    I hear you! Like the privatization of natural gas! So far I I remember, ATCo has been providing me with gas since i bought my home. But recently, gas transmission was 'privatized' to a UK company (Direct Energy) now I must pay them more for no change in anything. I haven't moved, no increase in my gas usage, no changed to the lines. But I have to pay more. Just for 'delivery'. (I mean, really, how do they expect me to consume it if they don't deliver it?)

    So, King Ralph says 'but now I'm free to choose!!' who I buy gas from. So I check out Enmax. But Enmax doesn't provide service where I live. So I am not free to choose. And why has gas gone from $2.85 GJoule to $13 GJoule in the last 2 years? Perhaps to pay for the lost revenue of gas transmission??

    Same deal with electricity. Grrrrrrrrrr.

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    "I think it's important to always carry enough technology to restart civilization, should it be necessary." Mark Tilden



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