Friday, February 23, 2007

 

Corporate Colonialism alive and well in Canada, with Ottawa's blessing, direction or utter ambivalance.

2000 jobs mandated by Ottawa to stay in Toronto from the sale of INCO to CVRD.

Clause in the Atlantic Accord that no refinery could be built in NL until all existing refining capacity is maxed out in the rest of Canada.

Voisey's Bay ore shipped out to Thompson Manitoba and Sudbury Ontario.

The Nose tail and Flemish Cap being used as a bargaining chip for the Auto industry and Bombardier international trade.

Seal Quotas set on a first come first serve basis which promotes poor harvesting methods and little to no utilization of the entire seal.

Quebec Labrador vein to be processed in Shefferville Quebec.

Lab West and Wabush iron ore minimally processed in NL.

Non-Renewable resource revenues being clawed back through the D-Equalization formula designed to keep us under the false impression that we are dependant upon the D-Equalization.

Quebec's 75 MP's out of 308 demand that 60% of the new military aircraft contracts be issued to Quebec.
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I wsa just reading your Howley page for some information on the town. Apparently my birth family are from Howley. I don't know anyone from there. Did you know any Connor's that lived there in the early 80's. I'm sorry to bother you but I'm desperate.
 
Yes, but there aren't any living there now that I know of.

One in Edmonton, One in Ottawa, One in Saskatchewan, Two or three in Marystown.

If you could send me your info I will drop them a line.

gtmakmc@hotmail.com
 
Clause in the Atlantic Accord that no refinery could be built in NL until all existing refining capacity is maxed out in the rest of Canada.

What is the number of that clause?

The Nose tail and Flemish Cap being used as a bargaining chip for the Auto industry and Bombardier international trade.

When?

Quebec Labrador vein to be processed in Shefferville Quebec.

Which "vein" is that?

Why shouldn't Quebec "veins" be processed in Schefferville, which is in Quebec?

And what does "Canada" and "Ottawa" have to do with it? Mines are under PROVINCIAL jurisdiction.

Lab West and Wabush iron ore minimally processed in NL.

Wabush is part of "Lab West".

IOC's ore is pelletized in Labrador, just as QCM's ore from Quebec is pelletized in Quebec. Nothing "minimal" about it.

Non-Renewable resource revenues being clawed back through the D-Equalization formula designed to keep us under the false impression that we are dependant upon the D-Equalization.

What's D-Equalization?

Quebec's 75 MP's out of 308 demand that 60% of the new military aircraft contracts be issued to Quebec.

They demanded it... did they get it? No.
 
OH ,Sweet God ,another,great victoy for the morally dead.WJM,why don't you go wave the flag were it would be appricated .My Brother ,you have to be the most "Fucked" up memebr of the family I have ever had the honour of talking to.I really wish that we had a spot that we could go ,and have a good discussion.What you wish to de-bate my friend,other's take for fact.Instead of asking other's and confirming your lack of knowledge,why don't you go to http://search.cbc.ca/search?q=newfoundland+Confederation+&spell=1&access=p&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&lr=&client=CBC&site=CBC&proxystylesheet=CBC,and have a look at what your Governemnt thinks bud.you'll belive them right.Buddy ,you make my job of cutting you up toooooo,easy .

Mr.C.
 
My Brother ,you have to be the most "Fucked" up memebr of the family I have ever had the honour of talking to.

Since I only have one sister, and I know that she didn't post this, I'm not your brother. What "family"?

What was that CBC search supposed to tell me?
 
What you take for fact, Mr. C, is pretty much something somebody made up.

You can live life on a TV sitcom, but others don't want to spend their life listening to some politician like Fonzie.

I'd like to know where it says no one can build a refinery in the Accord. If that's there somebody better tell those guys looking to build one out near Arnold's Cove. They'd be wasting their time. Then again, it could be that the stuff Mr. C believes is fact is just more bs.
 
Without the dressing or gravy

Averill Baker
The Advertiser

Newfoundland and Labrador now produces one third of this nation’s conventional crude oil. Scotiabank Group, in their publication Global Economic Research, claims that we reached that level in 2004 and in 2006 we will climb higher with White Rose coming on stream.

Flaunting the opulence of a Middle East sheik, we all saw the news coverage a couple of weeks ago of Alberta Premier Ralph Klein welcoming the premiers to their conference in Banff.

A special vintage steam-driven train carried the premiers from Calgary to Banff. Along the way a special rodeo was staged just for the premiers. Golf legend Gary Player was flown in especially to give the premiers golf lessons at the famed Banff Springs course ($180 green fee). Sheik Klein announced that the corporate world including Bell, Canadian Pacific, SAP, ING, TransCanada and CIBC had paid $375,000 for wining and dining so that their lobbyists would have “social access” to the premiers.

Sheik Klein bragged that every $1 increase in a barrel of oil gave the Alberta treasury an extra $99-million a year and that the year over year increase from $36 (US) to $65 meant an extra $2.5-billion to the treasury each year.

According to that, if this province produces a third of the nation’s conventional crude oil, one would think that we would have it made. Also, Alberta has no sales tax and it has the lowest corporate and personal income taxes in the country. One would think that with our high tax levels the government would have money to burn.

Meanwhile, back in Newfoundland and Labrador – the province that produces over a third of the nation’s conventional crude, faced with a crushing debt and a multitude of demands – the Finance minister is wondering what to do with the one time payment of $2-billion that’s supposed to last for years.

Alberta has always had the help of the federal government whenever it was needed. Alberta received equalization payments from 1957 to 1964 without deductions for oil and gas revenues, in order to give the province a chance to grow. Newfoundland and Labrador had to fight to get that same privilege.



Alberta received a $5-billion cash grant from Ottawa to develop the oil sands that today produce just as much oil as conventional crude, whereas the federal input into the start of the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore industry was basically a loan. The federal government not only received back more than its investment in Hibernia, but also realized a couple of billion dollars in ownership shares.

And the big kicker was that in order to get that federal involvement we had to sign an Atlantic Accord that in effect forbids us to build in our province anything that uses our own offshore oil or gas UNLESS the existing markets for that oil and the existing industrial capacity in the Maritimes has been met – in other words, NEVER.

Imagine if Alberta were told they could not build a refinery in their own province.


And, just think about this: the total net expenditure of the government of Newfoundland and Labrador this year is $3.9-billion. Alberta received last year $4.2-billion from Ottawa through the Canada Health Transfer, the Canada Social Transfer and the Health Reform Transfer. Imagine, our total provincial government expenditures for everything in this province this year is less than Ottawa’s cash transfer to Alberta last year for just those three programs.

And Sheik Klein, while being wined (and dined) by the corporate lobbyists, and taught how to swing a golf iron by Gary Player, had the gall to mention to the press while justifying all of this money that Western provinces do not receive equalization payments like Newfoundland and Labrador.

Well, Ralphie, you’re wrong again.

Newfoundland and Labrador has never received, since equalization started in 1957, as much as Manitoba received each year in equalization payments.

We also receive less per capita than the Maritime provinces. Last year, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia each received twice as much as this province received in equalization payments. This province received $762-million, New Brunswick received $1.4-billion, and Nova Scotia received $1.32-billion. On a per capita basis this province received $1,400 per capita, PEI $1,996 per capita, New Brunswick $1,793 per capita, and Nova Scotia $1,432 per capita.

But it is economic fact that since 1949 this province has exported more per capita to foreign countries than Alberta or any other Western province, and thereby in economic terms has contributed more to the Canadian economy. Without our contribution that $4.2-billion would not have gone to Alberta from Ottawa last year and that $375,000 dinner party would be replaced by a take out order of chicken and chips without the dressing or gravy.
 
nl-expatriate, why do you uncritically and unquestioningly accept what Averill Baker writes as truth?

Why not look in the Atlantic Accord for yourself?
 
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