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Betraying the Benghazi victims - Ezra Levant
We hired alQaeda to start this. Do you know why? Do you think Ezra would tell you why? Does he know why? Damn rights he does.
Libya threatened to nationalize Petro-Canada: WikiLeaks
A newly leaked U.S. diplomatic note says Libya threatened to nationalize Petro-Canada’s operations in the North African country over a spat with the Conservative government
OTTAWA—A newly leaked U.S. diplomatic note says Libya threatened to nationalize Petro-Canada’s operations in the North African country over a spat with the Conservative government.
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi cancelled a September 2009 stopover in Newfoundland after Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon promised a tongue-lashing for the hero’s welcome that Libya extended to a man convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.
The U.S. cable, obtained from WikiLeaks by British newspaper the Daily Telegraph
, says Libya’s state oil company called in a senior Petro-Canada official with a threat to nationalize the firm’s operations in Libya if Canada did not apologize.
The cable says Canada’s ambassador to Libya, Sandra McCardell, told the U.S. embassy in Tripoli the Libyans demanded the apology within 24 hours.
“McArdle said she has advocated some kind of public and private statements from the Canadian (prime minister) and (foreign minister), which would indicate a Canadian welcome for the Libyans and hopefully turn the situation around,” the cable says.
“Libyans here are frantically calling the Canadian embassy, concerned that if the issue is not resolved, Gadhafi’s trip home will be complicated by lack of a place to stop for necessary refuelling.”
The Sept. 28, 2009, cable also says McCardell told her U.S. counterpart that Ottawa had initially planned to refuse the eccentric Gadhafi permission to stop on Sept. 29-30 in Newfoundland en route to Spain from the United Nations.
In the meantime, Canadian companies with business interests in Libya “launched a furious lobbying effort” and persuaded the Conservative government to allow the trip to go forward, the note says.
“However, McArdle said that the Canadian government’s precarious domestic situation and upcoming elections pressed the foreign minister (Cannon) to go public with his very stern message.”
Though Gadhafi’s government did not follow through on its apparent threat to take over Petro-Canada’s operations, a second WikiLeaks cable obtained by the Daily Telegraph
indicates it doled out a milder punishment.
The Libyan government issued an order Sept. 30, 2009, forcing Petro-Canada and its operator, Libya’s Hrouj company, to cut production by 50 per cent, the note says.
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