Panda Politics, saying one thing and endorsing the opposite.
When one’s word is not backed by one’s action, one is playing Panda Politics.
Stephen Harper’s China Trip Ends With Warm Fuzzy Pandas
China has loaned 2 Panda Bears to Canada for 10 years at a cost of 1 million dollars per year – plus handlers and maintenance.
Harper mixed “Canadian values” and “human rights” into his speech in front of business leaders, at the conclusion of his trip to China.
Our Prime Minister said he wants to sell energy to China, but he won’t sacrifice “national values” in the process.
Harper said in his speech in China; “Canadian interests rest with economic diversity and human rights.” “Canada does not — and cannot — disconnect our trading relationship from fundamental national values,”… “Therefore, in relations between China and Canada, you should expect us to continue to raise issues of fundamental freedoms and human rights and to be a vocal advocate for these, just as we will be an effective partner in our growing and mutually beneficial economic relationship.”
There were no Chinese politicians in the room when he gave that speech, he was basically talking to a hole. China doesn’t care about human rights – their record is abysmal. They often talk a good human rights and environment game, but that is all it is – talk – Panda Politics. Their jails are full of people who have dared to stand up for their rights. Factories in China, including; Nike, Ipod, are allowed to continue polluting the rivers and land in China all in the name of keeping costs down and profits up.
Pandas are the “gift”, a sign of mutual bond of friendship from China in exchange for the trade agreements Canada signed. It’s all Panda trade, Panda Politics. A politician who says one thing and endorses the opposite is playing Panda Politics and Mr. Harper is becoming a master at the Chinese game.
Mr. Harper said it; “ (Canada) cannot disconnect our trading relationship from fundamental national values“.
What are Canada’s National Values? How do our National Values contribute to a modern, free, and democratic society?
Our values are what give us a Canadian “identity,”. They are grounded in Canada’s constitution, they unify Canadians at home, and are what set us apart from any other country in the world.
It is our VALUES that give us pride to stand up in the world and say:
“I AM CANADIAN!”
- Globalism — a conviction that Canadians are an integral part of a connected global community.
- Multiculturalism – the tolerance for diversity with respect for the rights of minorities at its core.
- Openness (fairness) – in common and civil law, ideas, education, services, investment, finance and ecological approach.
- Egalitarianism — providing all citizens with a minimum standard of living and the social services required to live with dignity in a civilized society.
- Commonwealth – joining with other countries to provide security, economic development, and freedoms.
- Diplomacy (anti-militarism) — an aversion to military force as a way to exercise influence in the world.
- Environmentalism — a conviction that global environmental protection should be the first priority in Canadian domestic and foreign policy.
To quote our PM; “Canadians believe, and have always believed, that the kind of mutually beneficial economic relationship we seek is also compatible with a good and frank dialogue on fundamental principles such as freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of belief and worship,” Harper said. “And they (Canadians) demand that their government — and their businesses — uphold these national characteristics in all our dealings.”
Question. Mr. Harper, when in China did you demand these national characteristics be upheld in all our dealings? You raised the questions in private so as not to ’embarrass China’. You signed trade agreements regardless of the fact you know the Chinese continuing repression. That is Panda Politics. Trample values for economic gain.
Question. Mr. Harper, when you said “Canada does not — and cannot — disconnect our trading relationship from fundamental national values” Did that apply to First Nations as well? Will you honor Canada’s obligations to First Nations under the United Nations ‘Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’?
Harper said, the National Post reported. “Therefore, in relations between China and Canada, you should expect us to continue to raise issues of fundamental freedoms and human rights and to be a vocal advocate for these, just as we will be an effective partner in our growing and mutually beneficial economic relationship.”
Question. Mr. Harper, you have committed Canada to advocating fundamental freedoms and human rights and our growing and mutually beneficial economic relationship? When push comes to shove, which advocacy will be greater, freedoms and rights or economic growth?
Harper’s Pipeline Pledge
Harper also used Friday’s speech to reiterate for a Chinese audience a message he and other members of his cabinet have sent before to those who oppose the development of Alberta’s tarsands, and the approval of the pipeline infrastructure necessary to get that bitumen to ports for export to new markets such as China.
“Our government is committed to ensuring that Canada has the infrastructure necessary to move our energy resources to those diversified markets,” Harper said.
Question. Mr. Harper, How are you able to ensure the ‘infrastructure necessary’ (Gateway Pipeline) when all First Nations on the BC North Coast have already said emphatically NO? To ignore or wiggle around or buy them off their rights is to play Panda Politics.
“Yes, we will continue to develop these resources in an environmentally responsible manner. But so too will we uphold our responsibility to put the interests of Canadians ahead of foreign money and influence that seek to obstruct development in Canada in favour of energy imported from other, less stable parts of the world,” Harper said.
Question. Mr. Harper, what interests of which Canadians are you referring to? Is it the interests of Alberta and the corporations involved with the tarsands who stand to gain the most from the pipeline even though less than 50 permanent jobs will be created? Is there any reference to the Canadians who live and work in the BC North Coast where about 6500 jobs rely directly on the ecology of the BC North Coast? In total, more than 45,000 people are permanently employed by B.C.’s coastal seafood and ocean recreation industries. About 3000 full time jobs in tourism alone on the North Coast. Enbridge estimates 40-50 permanent jobs created on the coast by the pipeline. How can the interests of Canadians who do not reside on the BC Coast outweigh the interests of those Canadians who do live there?
By the way – What province do you live in Mr. Harper?
To sacrifice one sector of people for another is Panda Politics.
Question. Mr. Harper, What “foreign money and influence that seek to obstruct development in Canada in favour of energy imported from other, less stable parts of the world,” are you referring to? Would not the best way to end our 60% dependence on foreign oil be to use tarsands oil in Canada first before exporting? What “foreign money and influence” are you talking about? Is not China currency foreign? Is China not influencing Canada’s trade and pipeline development? Is not selling China tarsands oil before supplying Eastern Canada obstructing west to east development in Canada in favour of imported energy?
Question. Mr. Harper, What standards of government is displayed when our leaders pick and choose which laws and rules to follow depending on political will and foreign influence? The federal government announced a moratorium on offshore drilling and on crude-oil tanker traffic passing through Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait, and Queen Charlotte Sound, 40 years ago (Hansard 1972), approved by the Social Credit government of BC in 1989. Now you and Premier Clark of BC want to deny it ever existed. This is just another example of Panda Politics.
Time to Take a Stand
Mr Harper said it. “Canadians demand that their government — and their businesses — uphold these national characteristics in all our dealings.”
Time to make that demand.
Time to show Mr. Harper Canadians don’t appreciate Panda Politics.
Canada wants our government to act on our core values.
We will not sacrifice the North Coast of BC for corporate profit.
Stop the Gateway Pipeline which will bring Mega Tankers to the BC coast. Oil spills are inevitable.
Dogwood Initiative, Petition
The most effective thing Canadians can do right now would be to sign and share the No Tankers petition. The more people who sign the petition the better able we are to exercise the power of Canadians who refuse to relinquish our Values.