Canada's Prime Minister announced plans to invest $591 million
into West Coast ports, roads, railways and other infrastructure
in an effort to improve trade access to Asia-Pacific markets.
CANADA GATE FOR CHINA
B.C. has already contributed some $3 billion to the initiative
and committed another $2.3 billion over the next two years,
while the private sector has kicked in about $3 billion.
All over the world China is devouring the natural resources of countries and destroying their economies by flooding them with inferior products made with slave labour using raw materials gutted from those same nations.
And everywhere people are complaining about it - except, that is, in Canada where people have been conditioned to look at China as the greatest nation on earth and its people as ones to be welcomed to Canada with open arms - and their way paid for by Canadians too. The continuous trains that pass through my town are miles long with containers stacked two-levels high with "COSCO" enblazoned on their sides. But most people don't know that COSCO means "China Ocean Shipping Company". On a regular basis these trains run off the privately-owned rails (the government sold them out from under our feet). They are destroying the tracks with their weight and collapsing bridges on a regular basis.
Last week [October 2006] Canada's Prime Minister - whose name is of no significance as most people (including Canadians) have never heard of him - announced that the government would be contributing hundreds of millions of dollars toward building roads, railways and port facilities to transport our resources to China (including vast amounts of food) and bring back their junk products here.
As usual, there was not a word of negative commentary in any of the newspapers or the TV-stations and no letters-to-the editor from the sheople (Canadians are notorious for being as docile as sheep).
China is usually not named but is euphemistically referred to as "our Asian trading partner". Canadians have been conditioned to believing that saying anything bad about China or the Chinese is a hate-crime and so they keep their mouths shut and their opinions to themselves (if they even have opinions). This same mentality is prevalent as well in England where I was this summer and where everything there is being taken over by the Eastern Block - or everything that the Chinese haven't already taken over.
At least while I was in Africa there was some conversation about it. Our taxi driver in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia complained all the way from our hotel to downtown about how the Communist Chinese were everywhere in his country. I told him the same was happening in Canada. The amazing thing about this conversation is it was being carried on in the presence of a Chinese man from China who was also in the taxi - sharing the ride with us from our hotel. This Chinese man agreed with everything we were saying and understood why we were complaining. But he himself was very happy because he spoke several languages and travelled all over Africa doing business and making money. He even gave us some Chinese money as a souvenir.
That's their leader on the money. See REMEMBER WHO HU IS and TIBET & TIANANMEN TYRANT HU
In Zambia last month it was all over the news how the people there rose up in protest over the take-over of their nation by the Chinese. See ZAMBIA NOT FOR CHINA.
But, as I say, here in Canada, there is never a word of complaint from the paid opposition (the losing parties of an election) or any of the people. That's why I coined the term "Chinada" a few years ago to describe the state of Canada, one of China's favourite nations to plunder and occupy. See CHINADA'S SOVIETIZATION. ~ Jackie Jura
PM allocates $591-M for Asia-Pacific Gateway projects
by William Boe, Vancouver Sun, October 12, 2006
The B.C. government welcomed Prime Minister Stephen Harper's commitment Wednesday of $321 million for Asia-Pacific Gateway projects, but Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon said it's just a down payment and the province will be back for more. Harper earmarked the $321 million -- the first stage of a $591-million federal commitment -- for Asia-Pacific Gateway projects. Most of it will be spent on highway and railway projects in Greater Vancouver. Harper, in a dockside announcement staged against the backdrop of Vancouver's busy container port, committed the federal government to helping British Columbia become the crossroads for Asian trade with North America.
But he offered much less money than the B.C. government had hoped for. B.C. had asked for $365 million for one of its priority projects, the $800-million South Fraser Perimeter Road. Harper committed only $100 million for the new four-lane highway, which will be a major new truck route along the south shore of the Fraser River. "We consider it a down payment on the South Fraser Perimeter Road," Falcon said. "We are looking for another $265 million. "But having said that, we view it very positively, because it allows us to go forward." Falcon said the Gateway initiative should be seen as the western equivalent of the St. Lawrence Seaway, a multi-billion-dollar project that galvanized the central Canadian economy. "We view the Asia-Pacific Gateway as the same kind of opportunity that requires the same kind of financial commitment from all levels of government," Falcon said.
Harper kept a cap of $591 million on federal Gateway spending, the same figure he campaigned on last year and the same as the federal Liberals had promised. Money not committed Wednesday will be held in an infrastructure fund to be spent in future years. Harper said Canada now handles only nine per cent of North America's west coast container traffic. "That is just not good enough," he said, setting a target for Canada to grab 14 per cent of the fast-growing Pacific container business by 2020. That will mean more than tripling container-handling capacity in B.C. ports, from two million containers a year now to seven million in 14 years. "Canada should be the crossroads between the massive engine of the United States and the burgeoning economies of Asia," Harper said, listing China, Japan, South Korea, India and Indonesia as countries with which Canada should expand trade. Harper touted the initiative as benefiting all four western provinces. However, the only financial commitment outside B.C. was $37 million to help twin the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park, in Alberta.
Premier Gordon Campbell called the announcement "the launching pad of Canada's Pacific century." "As the world shifts to the Pacific, Canada is in a great position to take advantage of this crossroads," Campbell said. North Vancouver MP Don Bell, the Liberal critic for Gateway, also said B.C. got much less money than it had asked for. Bell said the Conservatives had "delayed and diluted" the Liberals' plans. The Tories will spend the $591 million on Gateway over eight years, he said, while the Liberals would have spread the same sum over only five years. "They seem to be simply taking what we did, dusting it off and adding no new money," he said. But International Trade Minister David Emerson, asked what was different about the Conservatives' approach, said the Liberals never got past the talking stage. "The difference is we're actually now beginning to act," he said.
Bell said it was noteworthy that Harper specifically endorsed expanding trade with China. Relations between Canada and China have been cool since Harper took over; the Conservative election platform called for more trade with democratic Asian countries and pointedly did not name China.
Focus on Asia, BC Premier urges
Tobi Cohen, Canadian Press, October 17, 2006
TORONTO - The world has "shifted to the Pacific," and it's time for all Canadians to reap the benefits of greater trade with the region, B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell said Monday. In a speech to the Empire Club of Canada in Toronto, Campbell praised last week's $591-million commitment from Ottawa to the Asia-Pacific Gateway strategy to improve B.C. ports, highways and railways, but said more is needed if Canada is to keep pace with skyrocketing growth in trade.
"The Pacific is central to Canada's ability to compete and prosper in the century ahead, and yet for most Canadians, the Pacific is an afterthought," he said. "We can either sit by and watch as North American growth in Pacific trade flows through American ports and airports and American cities to American citizens, or we can take advantage of our strategic location as the closest Pacific gateway to Asia, and flow those goods to Canada and to all ports east and south." Canada must expand Pacific ports and build safer, faster highways and bridges to move Canadian goods to market, Campbell said. The Trans-Canada Highway needs improvements through the Rockies, while inland hubs need work so they could take some of the pressure off the ports.
Campbell stopped short of calling on the provinces directly to invest in the strategy, but emphasized Ontario is among those provinces with the most to lose. After B.C., Ontario has the highest value per capita of imports to Canada from Asia, he said. "Half of all of the goods that move from Asia-Pacific into Ontario, into the heart of Canada, go through Pacific ports," Campbell said. "I think every province actually recognizes the benefits of the Pacific and they will themselves invest in their provincial infrastructure to reinforce that." "All I'm saying to everyone is, let's raise our sights. Let's have a national vision for taking advantage of this Pacific Century. We had one for the Atlantic Century. Let's have one for the Pacific Century so all Canadians can benefit."
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced plans last Wednesday to invest $591 million over eight years into West Coast ports, roads, railways and other infrastructure in an effort to improve trade access to Asia-Pacific markets. B.C. has already contributed some $3 billion to the initiative and committed another $2.3 billion over the next two years, while the private sector has kicked in about $3 billion.
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CANADA'S TOP 100 CHINESE
AFRICA SILK ROAD TO CHINA and AFRICANS LASH OUT AT CHINA
Canada gives China gateway $591-million (railways built for Chinamen). VanSun, Oct 12, 2006
BC premier says Canada needs to invest more to improve Asia-Pacific trade, Canadian Press, Oct 17, 2006
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