“Canada approved China's biggest overseas energy acquisition, a $15.1 billion takeover by state-owned CNOOC of Canadian oil and gas producer Nexen…”  CBS News, December 7, 2012
Hello Canadians! Were you impressed by PM Stephen Harper’s early Christmas present to a State Owned Enterprise (SOE) of Communist China? Do you feel good about part of your country being given away and then described as a “net benefit” to Canada? Has anybody seen the definition of “net benefit” explained? Do we have to ask the Chinese to “explain” the “deal” as our Industry Minister told us to?  Were you impressed seeing Stephen Harper at a news conference podium, inscribed with the words “A STRONG CANADA”? Did you wonder how our country can be “strong” if we allow some of our resources to be owned by a communist dictatorship? Is that not a sign of being ethically challenged and morally weak? Still, “A STRONG CANADA” is an excellent marketing slogan and no doubt most of the media fell for it. I did not hear any of them asking how our land can be “strong” if we surrender our resources without debate in parliament and ignore the people of this country, who according to a poll were “73%” opposed.  Still, we are told we live in a “democracy.” But are we seeing hypocrisy? PM Stephen Harper is on record as saying this:
"I don't think Canadians want us to sell out important Canadian values -- our belief in democracy, freedom, human rights. They don't want us to sell that out to the almighty dollar.'' -- Stephen Harper talking about relations with China in 2006 
Then just the other day Stephen Harper says this:
"To be blunt, Canadians have not spent years reducing ownership of sectors of the economy by our own governments only to see them bought and controlled by foreign governments instead.”
Is our great leader confused? He just approved a part of our country to be “bought and controlled” by a “foreign” communist government. Still, he did say, “the [Harper] government would only consider future takeover deals in the oil sands by state-owned companies in exceptional circumstances.”  Gee, it gets curiouser and curiouser here in Tory Wonderland. I wonder, what does “exceptional circumstances” mean? But hey, in Tory Wonderland words can mean anything you want them to mean. It could be called a BS marketing ploy or an attempt to baffle the people. Just make the words sound good and all will be well. And it was. In fact, I heard a media panel on a political show say they were in agreement with the communist SOE deal (as are most other corporate mainstream media as well). Maybe this media “scrum” was competing for an Order of Canada award or a Senate seat. Just kidding, but who knows?
Anyway, the “deal” is done and none of the “conservative” MPs spoke out on opposition to this handover to a bloodthirsty communist regime, though one keeps hearing some were against it. One would have thought they would have had the moral courage to speak out and oppose it and the undemocratic way it was done: No debate in parliament and no public consultation. How can these “conservative” MPs look in the mirror at their own faces without being disgusted with themselves? Does allegiance to Mr. Harper mean more to them than allegiance to their country’s democratic tradition? Still, it is the season of goodwill and giving, and I believe the Harper “conservatives” gave the Chinese Communists a Christmas present from Canada by approving the communist SOE deal. But, cheer up everybody: we are getting two Pandas on loan so that should be a “net benefit” to us all. So Merry Christmas Canada!
Stephen J. Gray
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