Government needs to protect Canadian interests
Re: MP Bob Zimmer’s recent circular on responsible development.
Shortening and saving innumerable lives and possibly even winning the Second World War was primarily the result of having readily accessible sources of energy for transport and factories.
Before that, England’s prime minister “peace in our time” Chamberlain is ample proof that political B.S. does not guarantee avoidance of national peril as did Joe Stalin’s short-lived peace pact with Adolf Hitler, while both were avidly slaughtering Polish people.
It should not be necessary to remind anyone that from a patriotism perspective the first duty of federal government MPs is to protect the integrity and strength of our nation. Facilitating disposal of possibly strategic, quickly available energy resources suggests a serious dereliction of duty.
There was much recent talk of buying billions of dollars worth of fighter aircraft for national defence. If fuel to fly them 22 hours a day, 30 days a month, is in massive oil reserves under Arctic ice or permafrost or otherwise undeveloped areas, then any potential enemies would be able, in due time, to use them for their own purpose because modern wars are unlikely to provide vulnerable country years to prepare … Pearl Harbor, for example.
From a sound business perspective, quick disposal of the most readily available strategic national energy resources that, by all indications will grow greater, faster and steadier in value than other commodities, looks to be an act of naïfs or mugs. Even the dumbest hayseed I ever met would not dispose of his farm crop now if indications pointed to a higher price later.
From a political perspective, following the free market system demands of media conglomerates (the de facto government) may be the cement that holds their support to most who usually win an election. But it may be a forerunner of more demands.
From a fair trade perspective the last I saw was that we sell $4 billion to China and buy $18 billion and having a fire sale of resources may be an easy way to bring free market trade close to a balance to support government claims that Canada is a great trading nation. One wonders how much in taxes do Chinese factories and labour pay to the Canadian government on the $14 billion difference, in the so-called balance of trade?
If a country with population pressures got a charismatic new Hitler and wanted to expand, it is doubtful if he would need an army to take over Canada today. Quite likely some billion dollar trade contracts and possible five per cent would enlist support and obeisance from most government leaders and business tycoons who know altruistic communist plutocrats are trustworthy sources of profits.