Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 4th Sep 2011 15:48 UTC
Legal "Secret U.S. government cables show a stunning willingness by senior Canadian officials to appease American demands (more here) for a U.S.-style copyright law here. The documents describe Canadian officials as encouraging American lobbying efforts. They also cite cabinet minister Maxime Bernier raising the possibility of showing U.S. officials a draft bill before tabling it in Parliament. The cables, from the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, even have a policy director for then industry minister Tony Clement suggesting it might help U.S. demands for a tough copyright law if Canada were placed among the worst offenders on an international piracy watch list. Days later, the U.S. placed Canada alongside China and Russia on the list." Unbelievable. Suddenly I understand why the SFPD had no qualms about acting as henchmen for Apple goons to violate someone's constitutional rights. If a government is messed up, it only makes sense this is reflected in the corporate policies of its prime corporations.
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Just Desserts
by tchristney on Sun 4th Sep 2011 19:02 UTC
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As a Canadian, I'm not surprised in the least. Our current government is strongly pro-American, and seem willing to do almost anything to appease them, especially if they can do so without affecting their approval rating. Personally, I think they are selling out our sovereignty. Why? Clearly Harper and his party are getting some sort of benefit from peddling their influence to the Americans, I just wish it was more clear to the average Canadian exactly what those benefits are. I hope it's something more definitive than "good will," because as far as I can tell, that means nothing when push comes to shove.

From the American side, I place no real fault on them. If Canada is offering up this kind of influence, why not take advantage of it? As long as they are staying within the legal boundaries of their own country, I can't blame them.

Do I think it's right? No. Did I vote for this government? No. Did a majority of my fellow Canadians vote for them? Yes. Only by revealing this sort of behaviour will we have any chance of stopping it through the democratic process.

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RE: Just Desserts
by ssokolow on Sun 4th Sep 2011 19:50 in reply to "Just Desserts"
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Actually, from what I remember, a majority of our fellow Canadians DIDN'T vote for the Conservatives... it's just that the left-wing vote was split between the Liberals and the NDP and the problem was exacerbated by our first-past-the-post voting system which allows the same pattern to occur at the riding level and then bubble up to make the overall result even more out of touch with popular opinion.

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RE[2]: Just Desserts
by tchristney on Sun 4th Sep 2011 23:52 in reply to "RE: Just Desserts"
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Fair enough. I should have said that Canadians elected a Conservative majority. The net effect is identical - we elected this government and now we have to face the consequences.

Personally, I had the pleasure to vote out the Conservative incumbent and vote in the first ever Green Party MP. Neither the Liberals nor the NDP were really an option in my riding.

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RE: Just Desserts
by Not2Sure on Mon 5th Sep 2011 07:19 in reply to "Just Desserts"
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Well the good news is that if the economy keeps on going the way it is, Canada will probably be able to buy Alaska or maybe Minnesota soon.

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RE[2]: Just Desserts
by gregthecanuck on Mon 5th Sep 2011 10:22 in reply to "RE: Just Desserts"
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Well the good news is that if the economy keeps on going the way it is, Canada will probably be able to buy Alaska or maybe Minnesota soon.

Actually, we are starting with the banking system first. That should take about another decade to really become noticeable to the average Americanite. After that we will open up a Tim Horton's in all the banks. It's all ours!!! Mwa-hahahahaha....

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