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Friday, February 12, 2010

Conservatives Discover Freedom, Sort of...

To those who say I only ever criticize the Tories, well here is something positive:

It seems logical that the Conservatives will now make the de facto situation de jure, by implementing the recommendation of the Wilson panel, which endorsed a phased liberalization of the foreign investment rules for telecoms and broadcasting. In the first phase, for a period of five years, foreign investment would be permitted for new entrants such as Globalive, or for the acquisition of Canadian telecoms with a market share of 10% or less. Full liberalization would follow at the end of the five-year period,

But these are Harper Conservative, so change is incremental to the point of being measurable only through geological methods.

Some of the Wilson panel's recommendations -- a review of the "closed" regulatory system governing cultural industries; a policy statement on whether foreign investors should be allowed to establish separate domestic airline carriers; and, the removal of the ban on bank mergers --may be less palatable to the government.

But the kicker of John Ivison's piece is:

Yet as the Wilson report clearly establishes, foreign control of Canada's assets is lower now than it was in the 1960s and '70s. In fact, the number of Canadian-owned and headquartered firms that rank in the top five of their respective industries has grown from 15 to 40 over the past 20 years.

Maude Barlow and Margaret Atwood, Brian Mulroney is waiting for your apology letter. To those old enough to recall the 1988 General Election, its most prominent feature was the spectacle of the country's intellectual classes deriding Prime Minister Mulroney as a traitor to Canada. The Americanization of Canada has been postponed indefinitely, though the Canadianization of America continues apace with President Obama leading the charge. Having been routed on the field of basic economics, Barlow is now spreading wild conspiracy theories about the takeover of the world's water supply. Any bets on world wide floods breaking out circa 2030?

Posted by Richard Anderson on February 12, 2010 | Permalink


The interesting bet is: Will Barlow finally look at a globe and discover that 2/3rds of its surface is covered with deep water? Will she ponder the question: Where does it go when I pee?

The notion that people can use up the water supply is harboured only by those who - consciously or unconsciously - believe that matter and energy can, together, pop out of existence.

Posted by: Paul McKeever | 2010-02-12 1:49:01 PM

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