By Mark Taliano
Chinese boxes can be broken down into increasingly smaller boxes to ultimately reveal the smallest, most distilled version of the box, which represents an alternate narrative of the original. Such a box is an appropriate metaphor for what is happening in Canada today.The real driver, the box within the box, of the environmental and corporate devastation of our country today, is Communist China.
Communist China is not comfortable with our environmental laws, nor is it comfortable with what is left of our democracy, and so they are pressuring us to dismantle both. Certainly the pressure is not overt, but it is powerful nonetheless.
How to prove what seems to be an outlandish statement? Simple. Sinopec and other Communist Party state-owned companies have a vested interest in Canada’s Tar Sands industry, and they see environmental legislation and democratic procedures as being barriers to business.
Elizabeth May, Federal MP and leader of the Green Party Of Canada, is right when she says that we are selling out our democracy to China.
The most pressing and significant example of our sell out takes the form of the omnibus Bill C-38. It is called a “Budget Bill”, but it, like the Chinese boxes, (or the Russian dolls), is actually much more than that. It is a bill that will devastate environmental legislation at every turn, and enable our federal regime to further devastate our air, water, soil, and economy, at a continued super-speed, unregulated rate.
Among other things, the 425 page Bill will repeal the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act, the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy Act, and the Fair Wages and Hours Labour Act. It will also alter core provisions of other laws such as the Fisheries Act, Navigable Waters Protection Act, National Energy Board Act, Species At Risk Act, Parks Canada Agency Act, Canadian Oil And Gas Operations Act, Nuclear Safety Control Act, Canada Seeds Act, and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
Omnibus bills are supposed to tie together pieces of legislation that share a common theme, but, contrary to Parliamentary rules, this one does not. It has a hidden, illegitimate agenda, a “box within a box”, and it needs to be scrapped.
China is no doubt pleased with the Bill, but Canadians should be outraged.
Mark Taliano is a Niagara resident and regular contributor of news and commentary to Niagara At Large.
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