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Canada's official reaction to the events in New York is proving extremely dangerous to the Canadian way of life. Canadians of conscience must come together to protect our country and preserve our freedoms while there is still time. To aid in the struggle, I will update this page regularly with the best links I can find to strong, reliable, independent Canadian voices. All Canadians, regardless of political persuasion, must band together to support their country against the forces that, today more than ever, are threatening to make the whole point moot.




Uploaded 18/II/02

Argentina-U.S. integration a lesson for the loonie. Linda McQuaig points out that all the dollarization schemes being rammed down our throats are the brainchildren of traitors bent on cashing in on Canadian fear and misery. It's right there in the headlines, folks: Argentina went whole-hog for American-style globalisation, and now they have nothing.

Canada must speak out when US flouts international rules. Linda McQuaig speaks up again: "We are far too subservient to U S power... we are behaving more like a suburb of the US metropolis than an independent country. " It's called self respect, brothers and sisters. We need to get some.

Uploaded 28/I/02:

A new year without CNN. Barrie Zwicker expresses the nausea many of us feel at the unrelenting propaganda pouring across the border: "I intend to stop watching U.S. news channels and news programs. The stars and stripes logos, 'America at War,' 'America Strikes Back,' America this, America that, are getting tiresome..." Zwicker's antidote: a healthy dose of Canadian media. Hey, as one-sided as they are, they're not as bad as our neighbours'.

We are all Americans now Here it is: the "infamous," "unacceptable" speech that Canadian academic Sunera Thobani delivered soon after the attacks in the States. There was even talk of bringing Dr. Thobani up on hate crime charges for taking a stand against violence, injustice, and war. Orwellian enough for you?

Dr. Thobani's response to her detractors. (Both this link and the one above will take you to Arena, a massive New Zealand site full of great reading about the real war, that is, the one your TV news isn't covering.)

Chrétien sings "When Irish eyes are smiling". Ah yes, the great moments of Canadian history, post-Trudeau. Linda McQuaig tells it like it is: "Canada (is) the only partner with enough political and economic clout to push for changes" in a world dangerously dominated by a single, gung-ho imperial power.

Canada according to Coke. Andrew Stoddart muses on Coca-Cola's decision to run separate ad campaigns in English and French Canada: "Rather than pander to the separatists... let's try instead for (a campaign) that appeals to both." Stoddart reveals the sad truth about our dangerous lack of self-knowledge: his is nearly the only media statement pointing out that we're more alike than different.

Uploaded 10/I/02:

Sovereignty -- this land is our land. David Orchard finally weighs in on the post-11 September drive to dissolve Canada. "Canada ... with a proud tradition as a peacemaker, has a responsibility to its own citizens and to the world to examine all these questions." Once again, David tells it like it is.

Walking the line at the CBC. What's it like to be part of the last bastion of the Canadian way of life? Sort of like being with the last non-Communist government in Saigon, and for largely the same reasons. This insider report is short but memorable.

Stephen Kimber's last column. Just when you thought nothing could be worse than Conrad Black, his empire falls to the Aspers. Stephen Kimber, columnist for the Aspers' CanWest newspaper empire, blows the whistle on CanWest's outright manufacturing of public opinion in this public "letter of resignation."

Uploaded 4/I/02:

Search warrants issued by foreign courts could be executed in Canada without permission. Here's one for those Canadians who insist that the whole "loss of Canada" thing is a paranoid leftist illusion. This story ran in the National Post, Canada's annexationist propaganda sheet. When our government in Ottawa becomes more annexationist than the Post, it's time for all Canadians to stand up and protect their nation.

Bill Blaikie (NDP) is one of the few non-Bloc MPs to meet the enemies of Canadian freedom head-on in the House. His site offers several concise, well-reasoned attacks on the recent disastrous, unconstitutional legislation.

Uploaded 13/XII/01:

Dollarization: your con of cons. Linda McQuaig's review of the shining promise offered by dumping Canada's dollar in favour of the Yankee buck. A taste: the healthiest bits of our ailing economy will vanish overnight, while in exchange for total loss of control over our own affairs, we will enjoy the jetsetting lifestyle of other nations that have done likewise: Ecuador, Panama, El Salvador, Liberia, and of course, that heaven on earth, East Timor

Bill C-36, and other nonsense. Gary Morton attacks C-36, hazy definitions of terror that allow Canadian governments to accomplish terrorist goals, the illegal massacre in Afghanistan, and Canadian complicity in non-Canadian and anti-Canadian activities.

Canada bans pesticide, faces lawsuit under NAFTA. An American chemical company says the Canadian people owe it $100 million in damages for protecting themselves from its noxious product. Or, "Here We Go Again." Instead of banning the pesticide, we should have just banned NAFTA and got it over with.

Uploaded 21/XI/01:

'It's even worse.' A victim of America's McCarthy era fingers the federal "anti-terror" initiative for what it really is: a war on dissent.

Internet censorship in bill: free-speech group. Canoe.ca brings you Michelle Macafee's timely article. In the words of an interviewee: "This is not a war on terrorism, but a war on free speech."

NAFTA in the New Zealand Herald. Murray Dobbins, responding to US pressure on New Zealand to join NAFTA, offers a technical analysis of the raging success that dubious proposition has been in Canada. An example: "A recent study... reveals that between 1989 and 1997, 870,700 export jobs were created (in Canada), but during the same period 1,147,100 jobs were destroyed by imports - a net destruction of 276,000 jobs." Just a taste of an article that lays all the cards on the table.

Tax surprise: most of us pay less than Americans. The Toronto Star's Rosemary Speirs reveals that in Canada, it's only the rich who pay more. "Indeed, roughly half of Canadian families had disposable incomes in 1995 that gave them higher purchasing power than otherwise comparable U.S. families." Oops.

Uploaded 16/XI/01:

Anti-terrorist Bill C36 a terrifying trap by Connie Fogal. We've been here before, folks. Bill C36 will not make Canada safer. It will not stop terrorism at home or abroad. Its sole result will be to empower government to torment innocent people. And they will, unless we stop it.

Enemy within is Larry Zolf's reminder that we have in fact been here before. In Zolf's words: "In today's war against terrorism and the enemy within, Canadians should avoid the mass hysteria response that led to the Quota Acts and McCarthyism. A cautious conservatism regarding the enemy within is the Canadian way. "

The American card. Larry Zolf points out that the rightwing drive to make Canada America's batsman dates to well before 11 September. The Alliance is simply taking advantage of the empathy Canadians feel for their neighbours in these troubled times to accomplish an agenda that Canadians don't support.

Uploaded 6/XI/01:

Giving up on Canada (and critical thought?) David Orchard rebukes Canadian defeatists, and worse: those who would criminalise Canadian nationalism in these desperate times. Once again, David cuts to the core of the issue.

Stopping the angry tidal wave that feeds terrorism is Mel Watkins' articulate Canadian nationalist viewpoint on the bogus American war our government has committed us to.

How NAFTA gutted Canadian agriculture. If you thought "free" trade made good business sense, take a look at this.

NAFTA tribunal denies citizens their say. Can Canada have a post office? American courier UPS says no, and the Canadian people have no right to representation in the court that will decide the matter.

Uploaded before 6/XI/01:

Le retour des Canadiens français par Pierre Lemieux. « Nous ne sommes pas obligés... de choisir entre un ethnicisme de porteur d'eau... et un étatisme imitateur. »

A cold, expensive winter for oil province's residents, high profits for industry, as NAFTA chickens come home to roost. The reason Albertans (and all Canadians) can't have reasonable energy prices has nothing to do the global economy. It's NAFTA in action. A shot of real common sense from National Post (of all things) columnist Linda McQuaig.

Debunking the myth that free trade benefits the world's poor. As Marc Lee explains, "opening up borders may provide benefits to the 5-to-10% of the population of poor countries who enjoy very high standards of living. This may bring up the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita, but the gains remain illusory for those at the bottom." A brief indictment of the sort of globalisation our government seems intent to ram down our throats.

Off-The-Cuff Nationalism by Craig S. Lloyd. A short rumination, and an easy, one-sentence definition of "Canadian".

So, Your Spouse Wants to Accept a Job State Side? An Open Letter to All Canadian Women. Linda Deck's frank, concise essay on the hard truths behind NAFTA's glittering promises.

How Are Canadians Different from Americans? by Rae Corelli. Maclean's ' statistics spell it out. Quick reading.

Partagez-vous mes soucis? par Odilon Talbot. Dans un mot: oui! Un passage bref mais valable.

Mary Pickford, Glenn Gould, Anne of Green Gables, and Captain Kirk: Canadians in the world's imagination. Robert Fulford's address to the Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, encapsulates Canada's global role in the arts.



A brace of essays on recent bogus tax reform schemes, one from each side of the Ottawa. (These are both PDF downloads):

Une paire d'essais sur les combines financières de la droite, dont un de chaque bord des Outaouais. (Ce sont des filières PDF):

L'État aux enchères, le pognon aux plus riches par Pierre Fortin, Le Devoir.

Flattening the Claims of the Flat Taxers by Neil Brooks, Dalhousie Law Journal.




The Social Dimensions of North American Economic Integration: The Unfulfilled Promises of NAFTA

Les dimensions sociales de l'intégration économique nord-américaine: Les promesses non tenues de l'ALENA

Alberta as American Resource Plantation/Giving Away the Alberta Advantage. Gordon Laxer, speaking at the University of Calgary, describes how NAFTA busted Canada down to a crappy little American banana republic. Laxer focuses on Alberta, a province virtually owned by American corporations, and the one whose politicians, including the leader of Canada's "loyal" opposition, are most militantly subverting the Canadian way of life today. Coincidence?

Soapbox. Allie, webmaster of Canada Rocks the World (see Great Links), addresses a pack of Americans who have slammed that site for "bashing America." News flash for like-minded fools: the Yanks don't own this country yet, so Canadian nationalism is not seditious. As Allie puts it, "I refuse to apologise for my pride in my country." A lucid, succinct, fairly quick read.

20 Steps towards a Modern, Working Democracy. Democracy Watch (see Great Links) presents a concise list of excellent suggestions for eliminating cynicism and hypocrisy in Canada's alleged democracy, and replacing them with genuinely responsible government.




Gripping reads
Histoires passionantes

Think Canadian history and politics are boring? Take this list to your local library or bookstore and be corrected.

"The End of Canada?" by Peter C. Newman, Maclean's, 8 January, 2001. Maclean's former Managing Editor dares to write what every Canadian already knows: the foreign subversion of Canada that we've allowed our leaders to inflict on us under the misnomer "free trade" must inevitably lead to the loss our dollar, and shortly after, of our nation. Is that what Canadians want?

Borderlines: What Canadians and Americans Should--But Don't-- Know About Each Other... a Witty, Punchy and Personal Outlook. Roger Sauvé. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd 1994. This slim volume compares a variety of statistics on the attitudes and lifestyles of Canadians and Americans. Think we're the same? The facts say otherwise.

"The Last Word: Cheshire Cat, Cheddar Man." George F. Will, Newsweek, 10 July 2000. A rightwing American commentator excoriates Britain's Blairites for over-federalising, pushing for monetary union with and surrender of British sovereignty to the European Union, and selling out their own people and culture. Very incisive, but you can't help but wonder how George feels about the same issues when Canada and the US are the principals.

"Bail is set at $1000." Kevin Michael Grace, BC Report, 8 May 2000. Canadians are routinely handcuffed, jailed, and dragged into American courts, for speeding. That the story appeared in this hyper-capitalist, pro-American publication is significant.

Our Century. Special issue of The Beaver magazine, February/March 2000. The whole issue is dedicated to the origins of our Canadian culture, its present, and its future. Uplifting reading.

The Fight for Canada: 400 Years of Resistance to American Expansionism. David Orchard. Toronto: Stoddart 1999 (updated edition). (Version française: Hors des griffes de l'aigle.) Simply a fantastic book. Even those who usually dislike history will find The Fight for Canada impossible to put down. Required reading for all Canadians.

Walking the line. Marian Botsford Fraser. Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre Ltd 1989. A bit on the light side and somewhat out of date, since it was written six years before the INS jihad against Canadians, but it offers interesting historical insights and a lot of revealing meditations on the difference between Canadians and Americans.

The Struggle for the Border. Bruce Hutchison. Toronto: Longmans, Green, and Co 1955. Hutchison's bowing and scraping to the Yanks is nauseating, but if you make it past Chapter 1, you'll find this a riveting, well-written account of the birth and development of Canadians as a distinct people. A classic of Canadian historiography, one of the early affirmations of our national identity, The Struggle for the Border dishes up an epiphany on every page. (But skip the last few chapters; as he approaches contemporary times, Hutchinson slips back into colonial voice.)

Enough is Enough: An Attorney's Struggle for Democracy in Québec . Guy Bertrand. Toronto: ECW Press 1996. (Version française: Plaidoyer pour les citoyens .) The low-down on the actual goals of the Québec separatist movement, stripped of rhetoric and posturing. As one of the original architects of the Parti Québécois, Bertrand speaks with rare authority. Though he remains an ardent Québec nationalist, he has dedicated himself to opposing separation and the sovereigntist movement he helped build. Here's why.

My Discovery of America. Farley Mowat. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart 1985. Just how out of control are American border guards? This brief, lively book tells you. Cause for reflection: the outlandish events that Mowat recounts happened more than ten years before the INS declared war on Canadians!

Tested mettle: Canada's Peacekeepers at War . Scott Taylor and Brian Nolan. Ottawa: Esprit de Corps 1998. Looking for a gripping war story? Here it is. The true story of the modern Canadian military, warts and all. Taylor and Nolan are a rarity among military writers: bullish on the military, yet quick to indict when it fails to deliver as promised. The authors' moral integrity, as much as anything else, makes Tested Mettle a success. Their proposals for reforming and rebuilding the Canadian Armed Forces are thought-provoking and proactive. When we've busted the American film monopoly and begin building a movie industry of our own, this book should be first in line for adaptation.

War and Peacekeeping: From South Africa to the Gulf--Canada's Limited Wars. J.L. Granatstein and David J. Bercuson. Toronto: Key Porter 1991. Less hard-hitting than Taylor and Nolan, Granatstein and Bercuson have nevertheless written an entertaining and informative book about Canada's 20th century military adventures, excluding the two World Wars. Well-illustrated, with a comfortable writing style.

For Better or For Worse: Canada and the United States to the 1990s. J.L. Granatstein and Norman Hillmer. Toronto: Copp Clark Pitman 1991. Granatstein and Hillmer find workable middle ground between the anti-Americanism that the facts engender and traditional Canadian fawning to "our dear brothers to the south." The result is a fascinating, readable primer in North American diplomatic history. How sad that a post-NAFTA reedition has not been issued.

The Private War of Jacket Coates. Herbert Fairlie Wood. Toronto: Long, Don Mills 1966. A delightful, factual novel about the Korean War experiences of a fictional Canadian private. Wood manages to be funny and serious at the same time. His uniquely Canadian perspective contrasts sharply with American images that flood our country. Finding a copy may be difficult, as Coates isn't half as widely-read as it deserves to be, but the read is worth the effort.

Hollywood's Canada: The Americanization of Our National Image. Pierre Berton. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart 1975. An unflinching look at how Americans have defined Canada for us and their deliberate destruction of our national film industry. Berton is a prolific, eminently accessible historian, and Hollywood's Canada is written in his patented Canadian-without-tears style. A shame that he hasn't issued an updated reedition of this important, largely overlooked work.

La guerre, yes sir! Roch Carrier. Montréal: Éditions du jour 1968. (English title identical.) Classique de la littérature canadienne, ce court roman a lieu dans un village de la campagne québécoise pendant la Seconde guerre mondiale. Carrier était parmi les premiers écrivains canadiens (et reste parmi les seuls) à explorer les rapports entre les Canadiens de langue française et ceux de langue anglaise. Un conte tirée d'un chapitre douloureuse de notre histoire.

Why I Hate Canadians. Will Ferguson. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre Ltd 1997. A writer with a rich, unmistakably Canadian voice, Ferguson has a gift for tightly-worded wit that conveys profound truths. A thirtysomething Canadian who grew up in the North when little American influence had penetrated that far, he is quick to point out the inherent weakness in Canada's post-NAFTA, we-are-but-we-aren't cultural ideal. Why I Hate Canadians is commentary at its very best: so honest, it hurts.

Bastards and Boneheads. Will Ferguson. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre Ltd 1999. Ferguson has done it again; Bastards and Boneheads is a landmark of popularised Canadian history. His trademark unflinching analysis is a breath of fresh air; his succinct indictments of Canada's racist past should be required reading for all citizens, naturalised and native-born. The chapter on Oka alone is worth the price of the book. Don't miss his exposé of Canada's complicity in the Holocaust, his unsentimental dissection of the Plains of Abraham, his play-by-play of the October Crisis... in fact, don't miss any of it. If you never read another Canadian history book, make this your last. More importantly, if you've yet to read a Canadian history book, make Bastards and Boneheads your first.

Anything by Robertson Davies. I list him here because Canadian writers are currently being "expurgated" by Canadian publishers greedy for the Yankee dollar. Our writers must now remove all references to Canadian culture, from Canadian place names to -our and -re spellings, in order to make their work "universal." (The term is pure cynicism; the voice so forced on Canada's new authors isn't Australian, British, New Zealand, South African, or Canadian. It's American, and that's all.) Davies, on the other hand, isn't merely one of the greats of Canadian literature, he's one of the greats of English-language literature. And he wrote profoundly Canadian novels. The fact that he's not widely read in the US is a strength, not a weakness.




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