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If people no longer expect objectivity from their political and legal systems, then all justice will be reduced to a power struggle between conflicting and irreconcilable perspectives, a struggle in which the most dominant and pervasive bias will replace fair and impartial process as the character of justice. But if objectivity in law and politics is everywhere supplanted by conflict between subjective interests, then the side of economic privilege and established authority will always retain dominance. A society in which people no longer expect representatives of its major institutions even to attempt to render objectivity in their professional demeanours is a society whose major institutions are in a crisis of ethical legitimacy. In such a society, there is wide spread cynicism regarding the possibility of fair political process because it seems impossible that impartial, unbiased dispositions could exist to enact such processes.

Robert Nicholls

Language and Logic

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Chairman Harper Faces Party Revolt


At 5pm last Friday, Prime Minister Harper announced that he has approved the controversial
takeover of Canadian oil giant Nexen by China’s state-owned National Offshore Oil
Corporation, CNOOC.[1] Now that the Nexen takeover has been approved, it’s more important
than ever that we stop FIPA, the secretive and extreme Canada-China investors deal.

Harper just raised the stakes. If FIPA passes, CNOOC will gain the power to sue Canadian
governments in secret tribunals if they believe our democratic decisions impact their
expected profits -- even local decisions to create jobs, or protect our air, water and

Prime Minister Harper can only pass the deal at a cabinet meeting, and we’ve found out
they are scheduled to meet twice before breaking for the holidays - this Thursday and next

Thanks to you, we were ready for this - we just launched more hard-hitting radio and print
ads to deepen the divisions within Harper’s caucus. Now we need your help to ramp up the
pressure on vulnerable Conservative MPs by broadcasting your urgent message in their

Can you chip in now to send a powerful message to hundreds of thousands of Canadians in
key Conservative-held ridings? Just $20 will help buy one radio ad spot in a key riding.
$100 will help buy five.

We know our pressure is working. Experts thought Prime Minister Harper would approve this
FIPA when he first had a chance on November 2nd. Together, we blanketed key Conservative
MPs’ ridings with radio ads, and Harper delayed.

The Conservative MPs in Ottawa are now deeply divided over this FIPA. We have reliable
reports of a recent Conservative caucus meeting, where one Conservative MP after another
got up to tell Harper they have grave concerns about the deal. They’ve been hearing from
their constituents, including many Canadians who voted for them, and they know they’re
losing crucial support and funding over this secretive and extreme investor deal. By the
end of the meeting, Harper was fuming!

Now it’s time to double our efforts. Today we placed a full page ad in Ottawa’s Embassy
Magazine, one of the major papers read by MPs, and we’ve used up our last reserves for
this campaign to fund another wave of hard-hitting radio ads targeted in key battleground
ridings where Conservative MPs are the most vulnerable.

Let’s stop this investor deal before it binds Canada for 31 years. Your donations will
keep up the pressure through the next two weeks before the holidays, and help pay for key
campaign costs. Click here to donate to put hard-hitting radio ads targeting key
Conservative MPs back on the air across the country.

If Harper can’t control the dissent within his own caucus, he can’t risk passing FIPA. By
directly pressuring vulnerable MPs on their home turf, we’ll deepen the divisions within
Harper’s caucus and make it politically impossible for him to pass FIPA before the

The public is outraged by the Nexen takeover, and this is the key moment to focus
attention on the Canada-China FIPA where it will make the biggest impact. If we raise
$15,000 we can blanket radio ads across key Conservative ridings all over the country to
amplify your impact. Click here to make a secure donation.

Thank you for all you do.

With hope and respect,

Jamie, Matthew, Maggie, Adam, Ryan, Anna, Jen, Logan and Julia on behalf of the

PS - The fact that Prime Minister Harper has claimed that the Nexen approval is the “end”
and not the “beginning” of state-owned foreign takeovers shows a major reversal in his
position in the face of intense public opposition.[1]

The new guidelines say a takeover like Nexen will only occur again in “exceptional
circumstances”, but they lack teeth, and we need to stop the secretive and extreme
Canada-China FIPA from giving China’s companies the ability to sue our government in
secret tribunals if common-sense laws challenge their growing interests. Click here to
donate today.

CNOOC Deal a transfer of sensitive technology

"Hong Kong. September 27. INTERFAX-CHINA - China National Offshore Oil Corp.’s (CNOOC) $15.1 billion bid for Nexen Inc. is coming under increasing scrutiny in Canada over concerns that the state-owned Chinese major could transfer sensitive extraction technology outside of the country after gaining control of the Canadian oil sands developer."

So now the Chinese Communists get our most sensitive franking and deep water drilling technology.
Every day now, more revelations that the scale of the betrayal is beyond comprehension.

Encana, PetroChina form partnership to develop natural gas in Alberta

"CALGARY - Less than a week after Ottawa waved through CNOOC Ltd.'s $15.1-billion takeover of Nexen Inc., a different Chinese state-owned company is plowing another $2.2 billion into the Canadian oilpatch."

Nexen Cave-in: Chairman Harper's Economic Desperation

"These musings on bitumen's dimming prospects from a major U.S. business paper and a former deputy minister no less shed light on Harper's abrupt conversion from Chinese critic to Chinese puppet.

They also clarify why the Harper government bluntly ignored public opinion and rubber stamped the CNOOC buy-out of indebted Nexen for three times more than its actual value. CNOOC, by the way, reports to the Communist Party of China. As such the firm has little regard for transparency, human rights or offshore oil spills for that matter.

Bitumen's ailing prospects also explain the government's secretive negotiation of a one-sided investment treaty with China that could make China's highly subsidized and corrupt state owned enterprises the nation's number one foreign investors by 2017.

Harper's disregard for democratic sentiment on these issues (Canadians and Albertans in particular remain opposed to a CNOOC sell-out, let alone the trade deal) ultimately spell one word: desperation. And desperation in a bust and boom petro state, as any North African can tell you, is not a pretty thing."

If China Can Have State-Owned Energy Firms, Why Can't We?

"Apparently there's a lot wrong with public ownership of natural resources -- if you are ideologically motivated to oppose it.

That may explain why the two parties that have alternated in governing Canada for more than the past century both wanted to get rid of PetroCanada.

And their lack of commitment to Canadian ownership of our own natural resources is why both Harper and the Liberal Party's heir-apparent leader Justin Trudeau both approved of the CNOOC and takeover.

So while the rest of the world reaps the rewards of public ownership of natural resources, Canada has not only gone in the opposite direction, it's also allowing foreign companies to take over what is rightfully ours."
"Moreover, the price of entry may be high, since leaked documents suggest the deal might require a major overhaul of Canadian agriculture, investment, intellectual property and culture protection rules.

While the substance of the TPP is cause for concern, the more immediate issue is the lack of transparency associated with both the negotiations and Canada's participation in them.

The talks remain shrouded in secrecy, with a draft text that is confidential; public interest groups are largely banned from the venue where the negotiations are being held."