Everyone Ignores the TPP Elephant

Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau

Trudeau says Harper should fire staff who knew about Duffy payment | Toronto Star.

An excerpt from the above linked-to CP article follows:

Trudeau said Saturday in Toronto that Harper’s closest advisers “conspired to mislead the Canadian people and instructed ministers of the Crown to mislead Parliament.”

“Stephen Harper picked these people, he hired them, he promoted them, he protected them, and he’s keeping them on the public payroll while they run his election campaign even though he knows full well everything that they did,” Trudeau said while attending a union event at a Toronto park.

“If Stephen Harper had any respect left for the office he is privileged to hold, he would fire these people immediately.”

My online response to the above linked-to article follows:

Thomas Walkom pointed out the radio silence of stumping politicians on the subject of the TPP, which will have a huge, negative impact on all Canadians (http://on.thestar.com/1NyCJMS). I’m guessing that their dodging will be heartily aided and abetted by the corporate-owned media, including the Star. Thomas is with the Star – for now.

While Trudeau, who called taxpaying Canadians who would like some fairness in the tax system “haters of corporations” (Read it for yourself in the transcript Macleans supplied – http://bit.ly/1JbanbV), yammers about the staff Harper should fire, in connection with Duffygate, you can bet that he will assiduously ignore the elephant in the room, namely the credentials of Nigel Wright, who came from high places in corporate Canada, namely Onex. Wright is personal friends with Peter Munk, who bragged that owning government protects businesses like his. Why will Trudeau keep mum? Because these are the kind of politicians who craft ‘free trade’ agreements – like CETA, which Wright had a hand in crafting – that continually transfer political power from the people (through governments) to unaccountable corporations. Mentioning that might prompt a few journos and observers to say “But…”

Michael Harris notes “how little space there is between business and government in Canada today,” but he didn’t single out any party. Indeed, Why would he? (http://on.thestar.com/1ApT44A)

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