It’s really easy to identify human rights abuses in China, the world has been well aware of abuses under the Chinese Communist regime for decades. The video footage of “man vs. tank” in Tian'anmensquare provided a provocative illustration that anyone living in the 21st century who owns a television set has probably seen.
No one is fooling Ralph Klein when it comes to striking a balance between human rights and the almighty dollar though….
“At the same time, Canadian Oil Sands Trust is continuing to talk to another Chinese state firm, PetroChina, about a long-term agreement to buy synthetic crude from the Syncrude joint venture in which the trust is the largest shareholder. Spokeswoman Siren Fisekci said no agreement has been struck, but noted her firm plans to send trial shipments of its synthetic crude to PetroChina so it can gauge its refineries' abilities to process the oil.
Large-scale projects to mine bitumen from the oil sands and process it into synthetic crude are multibillion-dollar investments; smaller operations using subterranean steam to melt bitumen and pump it to the surface are less costly, but still run into the hundreds of millions.
International investor interest in the oil sands has been surging lately, driven by the U.S. Department of Energy's decision to boost its official number for the reserves of bitumen in northern Alberta, said Wilf Gobert, vice-chairman of Peters & Co. Ltd. in Calgary. Total SA of France, for instance, bought a 43.5-per-cent stake in an oil sands project in January, 2003.”
While Stephe Hapless may re-affirm Canada’s “commitment” to human rights and make pleasing noises to media you can bet that the profit/money driven cadre behind the Hapless One will be quietly conducting business with these “terrible terrible” human rights abusers…
With millions at stake does anyone really believe that the greed of Albertan’s petroleum magnates will pause for a moment over something as ineffable as “human rights”???
Has that embrace of “human rights” prevented abuses by Calgary based oil companies in Indonesia?
Sure and pigs can fly.
Beyond the laughable hypocrisy that this notion of, ‘not doing business with human rights abusers like the Chinese government’ because “human rights” are more important to this Canadian government, is the record of the Conservative (and Liberal if we’re going the “party” route) when it comes to “rights” in Canada.
Think about it for just a second….
How many land claim settlements has the Canadian government avoided and lied about for decades?
Is it reasonable or even rational to believe that a government that has scrupulously avoided making good on its treaty agreements with First Nations people really cares more about “human rights” than it does about mollifying the investment crowd?
Is it reasonable to expect the same government that has squandered millions and failed to adequately ensure that transfer payments to provinces permits regional governments to monitor and address the quality of Canadian fresh water supplies to communities across this nation really puts “rights” ahead of profits?
Is it reasonable to expect that a government that is so ineptly managed so as to permit the RCMP and CSIS to completely abridge the rights of Canadian citizens who have been “detained” and sent to nations by Canada and the Untied States to be tortured because they’ve been identified as “potential terrorists” really cares about “human rights”?
Is it reasonable and does it make sense that the bean-counters in charge under the aegis of the PMO while paring budgets for Canadian Health Care that have resulted in Canada’s continuing slide into “third-world” status as a social health care provider really care abut “human rights”?
The list of failures of the Canadian government under social programs, environmental issues and even in supporting commitments under NATO by under-funding the department of national defence are there for anyone to see. This government like all modern governments places “human rights” well after the importance of “bottom line” mentality.
It’s another dog and pony show from our Canadian “government”….
That old saw regarding there being three kinds of lies really needs to be upgraded to four….
Lies, damned Lies, statistics and Canadian politicians.