Monday, May 14, 2007

Parliamentary hearing coverup in Ottawa

It’s funny how little things tell a big story.  From the Ottawa Citizen (my emphasis in red; story also here, with conflicted American wingnut comments):

“Amid heated charges of a coverup, Tory MPs on Thursday abruptly shut down parliamentary hearings on a controversial plan to further integrate Canada and the U.S.

The firestorm erupted within minutes of testimony by University of Alberta professor Gordon Laxer that Canadians will be left ‘to freeze in the dark’ if the government forges ahead with plans to integrate energy supplies across North America.

He was testifying on behalf of the Alberta-based Parkland Institute about concerns about the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), a 2005 accord by the U.S., Canada and Mexico to streamline economic and security rules across the continent. The deal, which calls North American ‘energy security’ a priority, commits Canada to ensuring American energy supplies even though Canada itself – unlike most industrialized nations – has no national plan or reserves to protect its own supplies, he argued.

At that point, Tory MP Leon Benoit, chair of the Commons Standing Committee on International Trade which was holding the SPP hearings, ordered Laxer to halt his testimony, saying it was not relevant.

Opposition MPs called for, and won, a vote to overrule Benoit's ruling.

Benoit then threw down his pen, declaring, ‘This meeting is adjourned,’ and stormed out, followed by three of the panel's four Conservative members.

The remaining members voted to finish the meeting, with the Liberal vice-chair presiding.

Benoit's actions are virtually unprecedented, observers say . . . .”

It is obviously unusually important for the Conservatives to hide what is really going on from the Canadian electorate, particularly as their political fortunes continue to sink (despite Herculean efforts from the Jewish Billionaires to denigrate the new Liberal leader, the next election looks like a Liberal minority government, supported by the Greens, with the ‘socialist’ NDP wiped out).  Laxer points out that Western Canada is supplying (or here) increasing amounts of energy to the Americans, thus reducing American dependence on other oil supplies, while Eastern Canada becomes ever more reliant on foreign oil supplies.  This, of course, is the real plan of the American Establishment, and understanding it is the key to understanding what is really going on in the Middle East.