Canada the 51st State of America

 

Signing of USMCA

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Yes it’s finally over. The NAFTA is a done deal. I think it would have been simpler to make Canada the 51st State of America. But the old term “NAFTA” is signed, sealed and delivered, or is it?

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Donald Trump calls it a new and improved USMCA deal and changed the old version of the outdated NAFTA to something more to his liking. Of course Mexico calls it MCUSA, CANADIANS call it CMUSA. In case you haven’t figured it out, the “C “stands for Canada. Eh!

(link) Day after Nafta.

Whatever they call it, the deal is done, RIGHT ??

Now if it wasn’t for the Donald Trump slanders on all of his “past friends” and trading partners, I would never have gone down this dark alley.

Avro Arrow

Avro Arrow

After doing research on my new e-book “What Really Happened to the Avro Arrow”, which is due out first of the year, I would not have known to what extent the rocky history Canada and the United States has had, (well not really)  I suspected?

Still to this day, things haven’t changed much behind the scenes.

As a Canadian, yes we have heard rumors, and yes everything you read in this country is American, and yes, we have all heard and read things passed down through the years. But Canadians always looked the other way. As the saying goes, “swept under the carpet” Some of our Prime Ministers tried swaying us away ever so slowly from that US mentality but, there is SLOW and then there is sloooow.

At one point Europeans thought we were the 51st State of America, and that was many years back.

Now why would anybody think any different of our two countries? Our societies are intertwined like 2 peas in a pod. We all have relatives on both sides of the border and our economies have been linked forever. We all know when the US sneezes and we Canadians come down with the cold. Many of our Canadian citizens have duel US passports and a big part of our Canadian government is run by politicians born in the US, so why would the rest of the world think any different?

That’s the problem. People around the world must question why is the US treating Canadians that way? How can we trust the US if?

In beautiful Amsterdam I ask a shopkeeper to send me a box of those fine cigars that he was selling “Where you would like them sent?” he asked. Canada, I said. He thought for a moment and said we don’t send anything to AMERICA. I assume he was referring to the United States. “No you got it wrong, CANADA I said.” “It’s all the same to me.”

I NEVER DID GET MY STOGIES.

So doing some research on my upcoming e-book, and we all know, one door opens another, and then another. It was taking me down a dark alley of the shady, behind the scenes dealings with our “brothers” to the south. Maybe some people chalk it up to “that’s only Business.” Eh!

I’m starting to realize that only Canadians think of the US as our brothers. I’m not sure if they consider us as “brothers” the same way. We’ve all heard these jokes ……. “Canadians still live in Igloo’s” And here is a good one, “Canada is where all the cold weather comes from” I can take a silly joke like everybody else, but I’m starting to see that maybe it wasn’t a joke. The Americans do think we live in Igloos and are pushovers, with a “lead the lamb to the slaughter” mentality.

Americans through the years have very subtly steered and pushed Canadians in a direction of their choosing. Like I said, we all have seen changes in our world and it’s mostly in the US favor. The funny thing is, when Donald Trump says to his followers, “Canadians are taking full advantage of the United States of America “Hospitality” That in my estimation is totally, false.

The US President with his threats is a wake-up call, that all Canadians need to hear or we could just consider the #2 option.

#2 OPTION, Canada the 51st State of America.

In order to write my e-book with as much accuracy as possible, I had to go back at least 70 years in history. Times were different then, the mood on both sides of the boarder was different. Like I wrote in one of my other posts, crossing the border from either side was an inconvenience at best. So yeah, things have changed.

But the story just keeps getting better.

Today the NAFTA or USMCA as Trump calls it is like déjàvu with two rocky personalities, Trump and our Prime Minister Trudeau. One titan clashes against the other, the US does not like to lose, or being pushed around, and the US wants to do the pushing.

In my research,  (link) John F Kennedy, showed in public, his total dislike for our former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker.  JFK ridiculed our former PM most times, every chance he got and not behind the scenes, but in public no less and that was 60 years ago. He JFK & J Diefenbakerridiculed our former Prime Minister in one hand and asked for help to ward off his arch enemy over the Arctic, in the same sentence. Very few people in this world have the knack of doing such a thing, and with a straight face. Apparently JFK had that talent.

“The rumor goes, the bitterness came from John Diefenbaker Heritage no less, which I really found interesting, knowing the JFK story.

So, its official, President Kennedy, sad to say, is off my list of favorite Presidents, and that list … is getting shorter. So, does history repeat itself or maybe things have never changed.

LOOK JUSTIN, YOU KNOW I LOVE CANADA, I HAVE MANY FRIENDS THERE.

Canadians are starting to be aware and certainly, some of the ugliness would never have come to the forefront at a dinner table if it wasn’t for the US Leader Donald Trump’s unprofessional rederick with Canada, which surely is not becoming from any world Statesman.

We would, like all Canadians “that where really famous for doing” swept the rederick under the rug, and, let him be, he’s just having a bad hair day … Eh!

Yes we have been trading partners, “brothers” forever, and maybe like Donald Trump said, the gravy train is over and it’s time for Canada to step up to the plate. Eh!

One last note on some of our woes in Canada, Yes I believe that we have been pushed around and yes our Prime Ministers have fallen under the spell of the United States and kept us under their mercy as long as I can remember. But that’s OK. We are brothers. . . RIGHT?

But maybe Canada should start thinking of different options. I am relatively pleased with our PM Justin Trudeau. He, at face value, looks to be fighting for the rights of all Canadians and if he and his government would stop giving away Millions of dollars to all the (LINK) Omar Khadrs in this country, we could perhaps have enough money left to design, implement, build and learn new ideas for Canada’s future. Maybe we can be leaders on the world stage again.

Maybe we can start with the GM Car Plant in Oshawa, the one the US is closing after 100 years; I heard that building will be vacant soon and that’s a good place for Canadian investment. ?????

I don’t blame Donald Trump for being protective of the United States Interest. That’s what he was elected to do and maybe he is doing a good job. “It just depends what side of the fence you’re on”

If you see a wolf at the door in sheep’s clothing and he whispers sweet nothings in your ear, “We will take care of you good buddy”, close the door in his face.

Canada, the 51st State of America.

Canada being the 51st State of America would save a lot of cross border problems, but I think the U.S. should be our 13th Province or Territory of Canada. That sounds even better. Eh!

And for the rest of Canada, GOOGLE  “NonProliferation Treaty”  interesting read on how Canada’s hands are tied.

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WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO THE AVRO ARROW part 2

The demise of the Avro CF-105 Arrow and why our Canadian government canceled the “State of the Art” fighter jet.

I think we have to understand the Political Environment at the time and what really happened to the Avro Arrow Program.

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In 1960,  our Prime Minister John Diefenbaker was trying to distance Canada from our neighbors to the south. Our PM thought at the time the United States was getting too pushy and now worried about with the newly elected President John F Kennedy. He thought JFK was an inexperienced rich guy and a bully.

Kennedy was updated on our Prime Minister and thought our PM was boring, a thief and many a time deliberately and in public mispronounced our Prime Minister Diefenbaker’s last name. 

Research shows there was a toxic environment between US President Kennedy and Prime Minister Diefenbaker right from the start. There was NO SHORTAGE OF ARTICLES ON THEIR  DISLIKE FOR EACH OTHER.

At one of their meetings,  Kennedy mistakenly left a “doodle”  note behind saying all the things he “wants and expects” Canada to do. Apparently, our Prime minister found the note and called Kennedy on the supposedly left note.  Threatening to make contents of the note public, which our PM  apparently didn’t.  Now, if  US President disliked our PM before,  now, he really doesn’t like him.

  It was called “Rostow Memo”

Now, with the Cuban and the USSR crisis escalating and Canada being “geographically” in a bad situation, our heads of state had to put their differences aside and come up with a plan on how to defend our two nations, they agreed to form NORAD

“ North American Aerospace Defense Command”

globe with missile track

globe with missile tracking over Canada

 

Keep in mind, the story is about our Avro Arrow jet fighter. It was designed solely for that reason to help ward off the threat from anything flying over the North Pole, and over our sovereign territory.

Having agreed to form Norad, the US also wanted these Bomarc Missiles armed with nuke warheads. Again, our prime minister didn’t like being bullied by the US who was still trying to force Canada into having nuclear warheads on Canadian soil, “that was totally out”.

* “A PISSING CONTEST AMONGST LEADERS”  … It’s a man thing.

Kennedy would refer to our Prime Minister, “That, WHATEVER HIS NAME IS”! …  I guess Kennedy must have forgotten that Canada was between the USSR and the United States and that in fact, they did really need our help. I guess by the US showing their appreciation, the president would slander our PM, deliberately mispronounce his name, and not privately, PUBLICLY.

And behind the scenes, downplaying our State of The Art Jet Fighter that they would no longer be needed in the future conflicts of the world. Missiles are where the future was taking us.  But having said that, (they, the US) did not give up their aerospace industry, they just wanted our industry,… gone.

So, as the Avro Arrow was outperforming anything in the sky at that time and capable of doing MACH 2+. It must have turned some heads in other foreign Government agencies. Our contribution to World War 2 in the aviation industry made many skilled workers and talented engineers. They helped and implemented the construction and design of this CF-105 interceptor. It was the pride and envy of Canada aerospace industry.

This whole project was taken on by our government because at the time we needed a high altitude, a supersonic plane that would meet our Canadian environment and commitments to NATO and the newly formed Norad. As the story goes, there was nothing to be bought.  The Americans had a Voodoo F101 jet fighter to sell but our political leaders didn’t think it was up to the task.

So, the Canadian Government decided to build our own, to our specifications. And thus came, the CF-105 interceptor.

SO NOW HOPEFULLY I SHOWED THE POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT ON THE AVRO ARROW. As I see it.

THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT ARE A GIVEN

*The Americans wanted and demanded consolations from the Canadian Government during and after the missile crisis

*Former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker wanted to distance Canada from the US and that, was before the noticeable feuding and the demanding President Kennedy, he thought the US  as a whole were getting too pushy.

*Avro Arrow was state of the art, and the pride of all Canadians.

*The Americans not endorsing our CF-105 Jet Fighter supposedly put an end to all our aerospace achievements in Canada …… Like any industry, the Avro Aerospace Company needed sales and endorsements of their jet fighter. By our brothers from the south not endorsing or wanting to buy any part of the Avro, put the nail on the project.

* Behind the scenes the US convinced our Canadian Defense Department to abandon the Avro Arrow and not to endorse it because missiles were the way of the future, knowing completely well, they weren’t giving up their industry. It just seemed they wanted ours …gone.

* At the end of the day, our aerospace industry disappeared as we knew it.

*We needed replacement aircraft and in the end, ended up buying surplus Voodoo F101 jet

Canadian Voodoo F101

US Voodoo F101

fighters from the U.S. “The same jets our war department didn’t think we’re to the task”

* Bomarc Missiles were armed with nuclear warheads, on Canadian soil. They turned out to be expensive duds.

* Feb. 20/1959, After John Diefenbaker, being strong-armed into canceling the Avro Arrow and the future of our aerospace industry. Ultimately all our engineers /brains went south to the United States. That on its own, adding insult to injury.  I think today they call it a  “Canadian BRAIN DRAIN” and maybe that’s how it started.

*Did the US government have influence over the media and that the Avro Arrow was a waste of Canadian tax dollar. And in the end, they published not so pleasant news, putting doubts in the minds of all Canadians that their tax money was being wasted on that old technology. A Supersonic airplane, that was capable of Mach 2+ and that, nobody wanted! (Mach 2 is pretty FAST) Twice the speed of sound.

After the Arrow cancellation, when our Prime Minister ordered everything gone like it never happened and only as the story goes. Foreign Companies were lined up wanting to buy something, anything of the Avro Technology. And you have to wonder, where were our “friends” before?

I can hear our PM John Diefenbaker saying

“IF WE CAN’T HAVE IT, NOBODY’S GETTING IT”.

*So I THINK IN THE END, THAT’S WHY OUR PM wanted everything destroyed.

Even though the same engineers went south and took their knowledge with them and ultimately helped our ”brother” in  their NASA program, and we all know, without the Canadian engineers helping the Americans with their projects,

Hell, they still would be working on the first generation jetpack.

 But like I said, at the end of the day, there is no real proof that there were outside influences. Our ex-Prime Minister John Diefenbaker made the call, HE ALONE.

Please check out  

“The demise of the Avro Arrow-PART- 1”

SCOURING THE OCEAN FOR THE AVRO ARROW part 3

He ultimately paid the price “come elections time”.

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What is Art Deco style space-age Memorabilia, collectible, furniture and decor

WELL, they classify the time period around making of the atomic bomb, 1944sh and after the war years, they called that the, Atomic Age.

Around 1947 it was the time period ROSWELL, New Mexico incident and then the race to the moon, all that in a short time after the war.

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Which brings us up to the space age time period? Race to the moon, USSR vs. the United States

News networks from around the world were writing articles on all these events, race to the moon, flying saucer crashing in Roswell… There was no shortage of things to write about during those exciting times after the war.

Cashing in on the hype. 

Major manufacturing companies see all this free publicity on the space age era and they must have seen this as a good opportunity to cash in on the hype.

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So they just started making anything and everything space age, futuristic oriented,

There was furniture that looked like flying saucers, their cars with fins, there where space/rocket ship toys.

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Real, I mean really, space looking airport terminals were built, houses and buildings were built with a space theme

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Movies, electronics, lighting even some countries had commemorative postage stamps with pictures of spaceships on them. And the list goes on.

I myself like banks; you know the kind that you put your loose change into, normally called “piggy banks”

Rocket ship banks, flying saucer mechanical banks, they were all my favorite styles.

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Flying Saucer Mechanical Bank

But that would be another post on bank collecting…

So, they were interesting times and most like I said, these companies sure used their talent and imagination to the maximum.

Look on the WEB for these space age items of the late 1940s -1980s,  most are highly collectible today, and that’s, only if you can still find anything, Sorry I lied! …

because there are still lots of the original tin toys around, but they’re pricey.

Like anything, you can still find reproductions.

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Some call those times the atomic era or Mid-century times, I call it the space age period.

If you owned a space-age home stereo system, GUARANTEED you would have the only one on your street.

If you’re still interested in that space-age time period, please check out these websites.

Google …Mechanical space ship banks, space-age furniture, vintage space toys

Pinterest has many photos to share of this futuristic timeline…

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