Political Interference or Collateral Damage

Interferance in canada

The ongoing saga continues with government political interference, China vs Canada,  US vs China, Russia vs US. Political interference by foreign governments at its finest and, it has always been there.

But will Canada be Collateral damage over the China U.S dispute?

Doing the finishing touches on my new e-book “Untold Story of the Avro Arrow” Canada’s Own Supersonic Airplane, it was and still is a major topic today around the dinner table, well at least in Canada. In my book I wrote about how Political interference by foreign governments played a major role in the demise of the Canadian famed Avro Arrow and our aerospace industry as we knew it. Continue reading

Bonaventure the last Canadian Aircraft Carrier

HMCS Bonaventure

The aircraft carrier “HMCS Bonaventure” from 1957 to 1970 and was the third and the last aircraft carrier to serve Canada. It was Initially laid down for England as “HMS Powerful “as part of the second batch of the Colossus class ships ordered during the Second World War. Construction on the vessel  was suspended in May 1946 following the end of the Second World War, and the hull was laid up incomplete at a Belfast Northern Ireland shipyard.

In 1952, the Royal Canadian Navy was looking to replace their existing aircraft carrier the ⇒ Continue reading

Supreme Leader of the United States


three world leaders

So Donald Trump says to the genie, “I only want one more wish”. The genie looks over and says “Donald, Donald, you already have fame, glory, money, what more would you want”.  He says . . .

I want to become Supreme Leader of the United States of America.

Having giving it some thought, the genie says, “if you play your cards right, excuse the pun, the way your popularity is going with your followers, you will be the supreme leader of the free world by your end of your term”. Continue reading

A Fairy Tale of Canada

Once upon a time in a northern Dominion called Canada, there was a thriving oil industry that provided fuel for vehicles, trains and airplanes.  There was also a large natural gas industry that kept the people warm during the long cold winters and supplied the raw material for plants that manufactured plastics, detergents, fertilizer, synthetic clothing and a great many other items needed and used by people every day.

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That oil and natural gas industry employed more than a million people and its exports (link)

were the biggest contributor to the county’s international balance of payments. People

working in the industry were proud that their operations were among the most

technically advanced and environmentally responsible in the world.

Then a report written by a scientific advisory group called the INTERNATIONAL PANEL on

CLIMATE CHANGE was published, stating that the earth was warming and carbon-dioxide emissions from burning ‘fossil fuels’ were the likely cause.   And so it came to be that lowering emissions of the very substance that plants need to breath in the same way as animals need oxygen, and that provides the fizz in soda drinks and the bubbles in champagne, became the world’s most important environmental priority.

Suddenly, after fueling the world’s progress for centuries, oil, natural gas and coal became environmental pariahs.   Eco-elves flew in from far and wide to proclaim Canada’s oil and gas industry is a major contributor to global warming.   But in the real world, the industry contributed just a small part of Canada’s emissions, and Canada’s emissions were only two per cent of global emissions.

Nations of the world gathered together in the magical Kingdom of Japan and promised they would reduce the use of fossil fuels.  But a decade later, fossil-fuel emissions had gone up, not down. So, world leaders gathered in the French Fifth Republic to once again pledge reduction of fossil fuels. But even as world leaders announced this pledge, three dozen countries, including two with more than a third of the people in the world, continued to build hundreds of new coal-fired power plants. Coal was already the biggest source of carbon dioxide and those new plants would raise coal emissions by another 40 per cent.

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That meant that, even if Canada were to disappear into stardust, its tiny share of global emissions would be replaced in a matter of months. Amazingly, these realities mattered not to Canada’s starry-eyed prime minister, who vowed that his little northern country would set an example to the world.

His paladins imposed special taxes on the users of fossil fuel, creating hardship for the people while also weakening the dominion’s competitive position with its largest trading partner. The prime minister journeyed to the main oil and gas producing province, hoping to use his imagined charisma to convince workers worried about losing their jobs that ‘phasing-out’ their industry was necessary to stop global warming. People asked the prime minister what was to replace all that fossil fuel energy?


But the people knew that the wind only blew some of the time. And that, in this northern land Alternative energy

with little sunlight during short winter days and none on long cold nights when energy is needed most, solar was useless.   And the government had not learned from experience in a province called Ontario, where billions of dollars spent on green energy had yielded only small amounts of very expensive and unreliable power that needed back-up fossil-fuel power plants to prevent . . . black-outs.

The folly of relying on green energy was undeniable, but, alas, neither the eco-elves nor the prime minister took heed. Neither did they face the truth that trying to force down Canada’s already tiny global emissions would hamstring the country’s most important industry only to have its fossil-fuel production, and emissions, replaced by buying production in US$ or from other countries such as Saudi Arabia.

  The prime minister and his paladins remained convinced their green dream (LINK) would come true, if only they believed. So, this fairy tale of doing good for the world became a nightmare for this small northern dominion.

“Sadly, the rest of the world didn’t even care”.

Author Unknown


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