"...killing the social contract of Canada..."

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    Feb 26, 2011 5:26 AM GMT
    "Canada isn't like the United States -- it's still a first world country, where corporations are supposed to exist to benefit people, not the other way around. They don't just have universal health care -- they even have something called the Investment Canada Act, which says multinationals like Vale can only invest in Canadian industries if it will benefit all of Canada. I know, crazy!

    The mine in Thompson used to be run by Inco, a Canadian corporation that made peace with unions and shared the wealth. When Vale bought Inco in 2006, they signed a contract with the government setting out what they would do to benefit Canadians.

    Immediately afterward, Vale violated the contract and went on the attack -- forcing miners in Sudbury, Ontario out on the longest strike in their history. And now in Thompson they're trying to shut down the smelting and refining operations that have made the city a major economic hub of the province. Meanwhile, the Conservative government of Stephen Harper -- think of George W. Bush with a Canadian accent -- is actually helping Vale do this to their fellow citizens, with a giant $1 billion government loan which Vale is using to move jobs out of Thompson. Moreover, the largest institutional investor in Vale is Blackrock, an investment firm which in turn is owned by several of America's bailed-out banks ... including Bank of America.

    So this is about one thing and one thing only: killing the social contract of Canada. Vale and the Harper government don't want a future where Brazil gradually becomes more like Canada. Instead, they want a future where Canada becomes Brazil. And not just Canada: the corporations' plan is that the Third World will become the Only World.

    That's why people everywhere need to support Thompson. As Niki Ashton -- the MP who represents Thompson and the second-youngest woman ever elected to the Canadian Parliament -- says: "It Was Flint Yesterday, It's Us and Wisconsin Today, and Tomorrow It's Going to Be Everyone."

    The Huff Post
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    Feb 26, 2011 3:44 PM GMT
    Is that Thompson, Manitoba that you are referring to? I agree, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has got to go but that is up to the people of Canada to decide his fate. Therefore it is none of my damned business.
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    Feb 26, 2011 4:14 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidIs that Thompson, Manitoba that you are referring to? I agree, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has got to go but that is up to the people of Canada to decide his fate. Therefore it is none of my damned business.


    Yo. Your opinion is welcome. Don't be silly, now. icon_wink.gif

    -Doug

    PS it's worthwhile considering that Mr Harper has a minority gov't. The other four parties can get together any time and outvote. Interestingly, they've done little about this, which is telling me there's much more to this than meets the eye.
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    Feb 26, 2011 4:19 PM GMT
    ....and then there's this:

    "Two key issues underpin the operating changes in Manitoba," Martins said. "Mineral reserves in Thompson have not been sufficient to operate the smelter and refinery at full capacity for some time. To account for this shortfall, Vale has been importing as much as 45 per cent of the nickel processed in Thompson from sources outside Manitoba. This external feed is no longer available after 2013.

    "Also contributing to the change," Martins said, "are new federal SO2 emission standards expected to come into effect in 2015. The new standards require a reduction in airborne emissions of approximately 88 per cent from current levels at the Thompson operation. Vale has concluded that it cannot practically meet this new regulatory standard in Manitoba."

    http://www.thompsoncitizen.net/article/20101124/THOMPSON0101/101129968/-1/THOMPSON/tito-murray-and-tim-to-meet-today
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    Feb 26, 2011 4:24 PM GMT
    I think I'll wait till the CBC make a docu-drama about it. Now who could play Steven Harper..... thoughts?

    I think Celine could play the french-canadian wife of one of the soon to be unemployed union workers. She'd have a few kids but her dream would be to become a famous singer and get away from singing Saturday nights at the local Legion. Maybe Mike Myers could play her husband.

    Donald Sutherland could be the town drunk and Ann Murray his long suffering wife has to be in it. Maybe Keifer could be their gay son who works in the mines accounting office and is caught between a rock and a hard place somehow because the new owners of the mine threaten him with outing

    Is there any part for Howie Mandell

    Since it will need a little bit of Canadian multi-culturalism they can go find Buffy St Marie somewhere in Hawaii where I think she lives now.