Canada the Day after NAFTA

 The North American Free Trade Agreement. 

#NAFTA will be wrapping up soon, and for all intents and purposes, looks like it’s going nowhere and that’s only what I see and what I read.

This will happen to “Canada the day after NAFTA”.

∞ We have always been Brothers. ∞

Canada and the United States have always been joined at the hip, brothers, trading partners. We always helped each other out through thick and thin. Our economies have intertwined as far back as, forever. In our early Canadian existence, we bought more product and probably still do than we ever sold to the US.

Americans and Canadians would always cross the borders like we were going to the other side of the street, an inconvenience at best to go through customs at the border.

The commerce that goes back and forth to our Nations are beneficial for both countries, and I don’t think it’s like President Trump has proclaimed, “a one-sided deal.” In Canada favor. “Like Canada is going to put a Big Dint in the US economy.” Riiiiight.

The North American Free Trade Agreement

Napa deal is about a trade agreement between 3 Countries and it will have major consequences for all concerned if the deal falls through. There is nothing worse than a brother turning against brother and them of all people should still remember those dark days in their history (1861-1865)

Trying to bankrupt Canada or Mexico will not work.

President Donald Trump must realize that by trying to bankrupt Canada or Mexico, it will in the end, majorly affect their economy as well; They will not go unscathed, the mental attitude and friendship from there north and south neighbors they will lose.  We are too close to trading partners and friends to withstand the sudden shock of his one-sided “decision” making of his administration.

President Donald Trump is years behind the times in his thinking and I think he’s sending out a dangerous message to Canada and the World as a whole. There is more than one option today of survival and certainly different from other years gone by. Our Countries, Canada and Mexico will still survive this “one-sided, take advantage of America MENTALITY”.

Real friends you cannot buy.

“Not everything is wrapped around money, real friends you cannot buy”. … Choose wisely.

And, I do think we have been dependent on our neighbors to the south too long. YES. …. But, do I think the American government always wanted to control Canada economy, YES.

Canada has all the know-how, resources, people to sustain us as a great country, a Nation!

If by chance this Napta deal goes down the toilet, (And I’m sure it will) there will be a lot of unknown factors that will follow afterward. The US decision makers will set Canadians back a few years in the restructuring process, but survival without NAPTA is NOT impossible.

Noticing this past year U.S Donald Trump seems to want to penalize all nations for not doing their fair share and that maybe seems understandable, but I have to wonder, why is “He” is going to penalize all nations.

Example

NATO- members are not paying their share.

Environment- not everybody is doing their share.

NAFTA- Maybe President Trump is trying to teach Canadians a lesson like a bunch of school kids.

In the grand scheme of things, we are two different Nations/Countries. Our laws are different. Our way of life has changed differently.

SO TO SUM THIS ARTICLE UP.

NAFTA  DISBANDED

NAFTA Most likely will be disbanded and maybe another will be written in its place and, and probably in the U.S is favor. I hope not, but if it does and after Canada 150 years of our confederation, #it’s time for us to be less dependent on other nations. Be more dependent on ourselves, or this can and will happen again and again.

We are an independent Country and should act like it.

Canadian flag

Canadian Flag

All these years, we were influenced by the United States, greatly influenced by the Monarchy. Schooling, and beliefs by the Catholic Church, US-made books, and materials.  We have been molded to think and act like other nations and maybe #its time. In the long run, U.S. President Donald Trump indirectly might be doing Canada a favor, NO is doing Canada a favor.

We are an independent Country,  we should not be so greatly influenced by others for our own well being and growth. Our system is all wrong and needs a complete overhaul /updating.  I’m not just talking about the NAFTA deal.  We have every resource known to man in Canada. We have the intelligence, manpower, and if all of our “brains” come back from living abroad, Canada could be an unstoppable force.

 Change is good, so I say, bring it on!

I do not have to cross the border into the United States

Do I have to buy another Chevy,  NO …  BUT THAT WILL HURT

Do I  have to buy, .. “I AM Canadian”  beer when it’s owned by the US, brewed in the US, profits go to the US. … No, I can buy local beer.

But, I will miss my Chevy … Bring on a … Toyota

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Is your car Safe for the road?

Did you circle check your car for the work commute?

Is your car even safe to drive?

The Major corridor shut down for another 10 hours and they figure another 5 million dollars in lost revenue, the traffic is backed up for 20 miles. People are phoning in,” I’ll be late again.”  Lost time, money, gas from all those polluting, idling cars. Another major accident on the” Highway to Hell” in Ontario.

car pile up

Car pile-up on the highway


Then you hear the real bad news of fatalities. That’s the worst thing you want to here. All those people and their families! My heart goes out to these people. The anguish these folks are going through. Nobody gives it a second thought, but all accidents happen in the blink of an eye.

This article is sad on its own, but with all the measuring and calculating that the officers do, they have to answer the WHY question. Someone will get blamed, but whom?   Road conditions, human factor mechanical problems, that always plays into the equation.

The vehicle that started this set of catastrophic events, maybe, just couldn’t see through his windshield, (out of washer fluid), or wiper blades, ” I never saw this fellas’  brake lights.

Could it be that that simple?

In Canada, we have the best-maintained highways in the world, but we can’t control the weather conditions. But as a car owner, we can control the safety and roadworthy conditions of our vehicles and that’s where it all STARTS.

It would be impossible to prove, after the carnage of a 10 car pileup, that it was due to lights. Or, my wiper blades should have been changed.  ha … next time. They’re still good for another day.”

I have never heard that an accident was blamed on poor wiper blades, out of washer fluid. but its possible something so simple? How would you prove that “accident” was caused by ignorance, or something so stupid?

Could it be THAT SIMPLE

car lights burnt out

Unsafe cars with lights out

Poor tires, washer fluid, wiper blades, defroster not working, dirty glass, tail lights dirty and a list of other badly maintained sections of a vehicle, and it list goes on. …. All Preventable.

But you can’t fix stupid.  I had a friend that explained himself this way,”I’m naturally a lazy person” so his lights would be the last thing he would look at. Reason being,  …. “I’ll have to fix them If I knew they were out! “ … You can’t fix stupid.

The car manufacturers produce 165,000 new cars a day.  Only a fraction of these cars ends up at a boneyard. So it’s scary to see all these extra cars on the road daily with uncaring people in them for drivers.

Today I only spotted 5 cars with lights out, 1 transit bus, 1 small commuter bus with seniors in them, 1 big truck, and cars. It’s not hard to spot a vehicle with lights out unless you’re blind. Could all these poorly maintained cars/trucks have anything to do with all the major accidents? Can it all be blamed on stupid, lazy, ignorant people?  (Am I being too harsh on the words?)  MAYBE, But what a waste of human life over possible a set of wiper blades! Can’t see the car mirror

There was a Police Officer following me the other day when there was an epidemic of lights out.  He passed all these cars as I did and he did not turn around and check these cars out for infractions. He wasn’t going on a call, he had no reason to pull me over, and didn’t. For all that time that he followed me, he didn’t stop anybody.

He was just too busy going someplace, I guess. Or maybe it’s just not their job anymore, but it is on a public highway. Eh!  These are not “ACCIDENTS! “ They are criminal acts.

Where do we start looking for the cause of these accidents, does it start with poorly maintained vehicles? ….

I think YES.

Truck drivers/ commercial vehicle have to do a circle check every 24 hours, (pre-trip inspection) they look for major or minor infractions. The minor they report to their superiors and the major they park the vehicle.

Cars and light trucks do not have a mandatory circle check but should have. But you are in Luck because I have made up a pre-inspection sheet for cars.

And it won’t take you long and it might save yours or somebody else’s life by doing so.

“Just my opinion”.

Truckers vs Car drivers      http://sixpaque.ca//truckers-vs-cars/

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Armored trucks in Canada Why

Are Police forces gearing up for Civil unrest that we see armored trucks in Canada, or, am I just getting paranoid?

Years back I read an article on how our police forces are possibly gearing up for major problems in our society [civil unrest].

This American writer noticed how many of these “trucks” were being transported up and down their major highways in the U.S. and wondered why; this writer was quite concerned about the fact.

But,  that was in the US, and not that many years back.

In Canada every once in a while you will catch a glimpse of one of these armored trucks in the local news. I really didn’t do any research on the matter, probably because, I really don’t want to know how many they are out there.

But when you see small cities, communities buying up these armored trucks just to transport our troops …. Sorry, I mean… police forces to the crime scene, well,  it just seems like an overkill. 

These same cities that are buying this equipment, and only my guess, up to a 1/4 of a million dollars for an armored truck, small communities can’t afford this kind of expenditure, never the less the maintenance of these brutes.

“Have to get me one of them”. is the slogan.

Even if one of these “trucks”  never see the outside of a garage, they still have to be looked over, checked over and  spent money on just to make them ready for that unexpected phone call,

“Get ready boys, we’re going in!”

I think our Finest have been going to too many policeman balls/ functions and sharing good, bad and ugly stories over a little…  “hooch”.

One officer says to the other, “What? You don’t have ONE!!!!” …. I would hate to think that’s all it takes.

Hell, one Mayor says, we don’t even have full-time firefighters, but we should have one.

Protect our Police Officers in every possible way …YES, but Armored Vehicles in Canada.

I’m sorry to see it come to that.   Eh!

On a lighter NOTE …

Many years back there was a bank robbery around the corner from where I worked, I saw two officers speeding by our door, one driving the Motor Cycle and one in the sidecar… 

By the way, this fun Photo goes back a little further than I do, but you get the “picture”.

 

 

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Light just come On Dog Joke

 “So that’s how it’s done”.

I happened to notice this person walking her dog and the dog stayed real close to a hydrant. This big male dog had a stance of a female when doing it’s duty… who knows why, but it brought back memories of our dog we rescued, which he is long gone in body, but he did the same thing up to an early age. He had the same noticeable female stance when relieving himself.

One day, when we were out for a walk he happened to notice this big dog doing the same thing, but there was something different, the big male dog lifted his hind leg to do his duty.

My dogs head tilted to the right and then to the left. You could tell a “light just went on”. He must have thought to himself “so that’s how it’s done!” and from that time on, when he had to do his constitution, he always lifted his hind leg and picked a big old red hydrant.

Dog and hydrant cartoon

Dog spotting a water and hydrant cartoon

He never forgot the proper etiquette of a male dog having a pee.

We rescued our dog from a family of three dogs. Our dog was called  “SIX-PAQUE”, and what do you think the other dogs were called, “MOLSON and BLUE”

“You have to be a Canadian beer lover to understand”.

And that’s why I call this website   SIXPAQUE.CA

CA. for being Canadian…. Eh

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