It seems strangely symbolic that a landmark of Canadian history and culture, The Hudson’s Bay Co. is being sold to an American on the same day that Stephen Harper announces when his swearing in will be. Another bastion of Canadiana falls to the perpetually encroaching peril of American economic Imperialism as Harper prepares to move us closer to the US politically and ideologically.
Interestingly, Washington’s stooge in Ottawa, Ambassador David Wilkins had something to say about some of Harper’s plans to establish a Canadian military presence in the high Arctic. Wilkins said, “We don't recognize Canada's claims to those waters... Most other countries do not recognize their claim... We have agreed to disagree, and there's no reason ... to say, 'There's a problem that's occurring and we gotta do something about it.'”
(Why is it that when the US believes it must stand up for its security, it becomes a major cause celebre that must be dealt with, leading to nasty things like wars, invasions, and illegal import duties. But when other countries want to assert their sovereign rights and security, somehow to America it becomes a minor issue just to be forgotten about. Your security is a non-issue to us. But I digress.)
With this sort of public rebuke, one would have thought that Jean Chrétien was still Prime Minister.