Independent thought alert

The CBC reports that three Conservative MPs put their concerns about the Nexen deal in writing.

A third Conservative MP, LaVar Payne of Medicine Hat, Alta., wrote to Paradis Aug. 21, 2012 to raise “grave” concern about the human rights record of China — calling it “far from stellar.” “It is my belief that Canadian laws must prevail, and that if we were to allow a state-owned company of a foreign nation that brutally represses its own citizens to buy a strategic asset here, we would be setting a very dangerous precedent,” he wrote. He also flagged potential problems with the “lack of environmental concern” by the regime in Beijing.

“I do believe that the Chinese administration has little to no regard for environmental preservation, and this is another area of concern,” he said.

That actually makes four MPs who are on record as objecting after James Bezan’s objections were disclosed last November.




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Independent thought alert

  1. Anti Foreign Bias – A shrewd businessman I know has long thought that everything wrong in the American economy could be solved with two expedients: 1) a naval blockade of Japan, and 2) a Berlin Wall at the Mexican border.

    Like most noneconomists, he suffers from anti-foreign bias, a tendency to underestimate the economic benefits of interaction with foreigners. Popular metaphors equate international trade with racing and warfare, so you might say that anti-foreign views are embedded in our language. Perhaps foreigners are sneakier, craftier, or greedier. Whatever the reason, they supposedly have a special power to exploit us.

    http://reason.com/archives/2007/09/26/the-4-boneheaded-biases-of-stu/1
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    John Stuart Mill ~ I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it.

  2. I don’t know if he wrote anything down, but hasn’t Kenney been vocal about his dislike of Chinese Communists?

    Cons have agreed free trade deal with Jordan which is at least as odious regime as ChiComs – Canada either trades with world or it doesn’t. Canada executes more than 100,000 babies a year and they have not committed any crimes, apartheid system for Natives – Canada has social issues as well that we should be trying to fix instead of lecturing the world how inadequate they are.

    Allowing Chinese to buy Western companies is good business because it teaches Chinese industrial processes they would not other wise have, better for business and society. Also, foreign companies who employ Chinese in China and other parts of world help improve working conditions in China. Foxconn and other companies have done quite a bit to raise work standards in China.

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