God Save Canada!

From the recent Fair For Canada website:

Will American companies say no to requests from U.S. government agencies, for customers’ personal data?

Stephen Harper must provide a legally-binding answer with consequences on how to deal with a breach of Canadian privacy BEFORE any responsible Canadian should trust this intrusion by a U.S. corporation.

What a God-damned shame for Canadian media. Nobody is talking about privacy, safety and security issues. Everybody is talking about dreams and fantasies of increasing competition by giving privileges to Verizon in the Canadian wireless telephone market. Have we not drank enough neo-con cool-aid already?? Nobody mentions what Verizon has been doing for years to its American customer base.

As far as I am concerned, there is no honest reason for Canadians to trust Verizon, a defacto arm of the U.S. under-cover government.

Now, this:

This additional $275.00 fee – applications previously were a one time fee of $150.00, and now total $425 per band member – is required to be paid by talent buyers in Canada when aiming to host an international touring artist. This will inevitably cripple small music venues and small business talent buyers.

is ridiculous! It seems to me that the Harper government is intent on destroying Canadian sovereignty in the entertainment business as well.

Harper supposedly has a degree in economics. What is his excuse?

General Paul Hellyer accuses the government of treason and warns Canadians against the federal government selling out Canada to the “international banking cartel, the greediest, most ruthless cabal in history” taking over our country.

The New World Order is coming, folks. The conspiracy theorists were right all along. What a shame.

UPDATE (October 7th, 2013): Transparency, my ass!

A spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper would neither confirm nor deny the allegations when asked to respond to the report late Sunday night.

The “CSEC does not comment on its specific foreign intelligence activities or capabilities,” said Harper’s communications director Jason MaDdonald.

Brazilian Mines and Energy Minister Edison Lobao told Globo that “Canada has interests in Brazil, above all in the mining sector. I can’t say if the spying served corporate interests or other groups.”

Canadian spies targeted Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry

UPDATE (October 9th, 2013):

“There is a huge amount of stuff about Canada in these archives because Canada works so closely with the NSA,” Mr. Greenwald, who lives in Brazil, told The Globe and Mail in an interview on Monday.

Brazil is tip of the iceberg on Canadian spying, U.S. journalist says

UPDATE (November 25th, 2013):

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird told the committee last week that the clause is necessary to preserve Canada’s unique military relationship with the U.S., which includes giving senior Canadian officers access to high-level exchange programs.

Earl Turcotte, who quit the federal public service in protest over the issue, blasts Ottawa’s cluster bomb bill

UPDATE (November 27th, 2013): The street violence and cop-car burning were the works of agent provocateurs.

The federal government let an American spy agency conduct surveillance in Canada during the G8 and G20 summits in 2010, the CBC reports.

Canada knew U.S. spying on G20: CBC report

UPDATE (December 4th, 2013):

Perhaps more relevant is CETA, which apparently contains border provisions consistent with Bill C-8. The problem is that the government has not released the CETA text so there is no way of knowing precisely what is required under that treaty and whether there is room for changes to Bill C-8. The bill may be consistent with CETA, but without the text we can’t know if alterations to the bill might still fall within the treaty requirements.

There is also the possibility – some say likelihood – of border measures provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership, which is still under negotiation.

Michael Geist — Considering C-8: My Appearance Before the Industry Committee on the Anti-Counterfeiting Bill


  1. Alex says

    Soooo….. will you be required to purchase Verizon? No? Why should I be forced not to?

    -because Canada. Yeah.

  2. Greg Farries says

    @alex, so you never plan on calling anyone on a Verizon phone? Whether you own a verizon phone or not, your data will likely be intercepted and stored if you interact with someone with a Verizon phone (or any US mobile).

    However, much of this discussion is moot anyways, because the US government would likely collect this type of information whether not the Canadian government (or Canadian subsidiary of Verizon) balks or not.

    US privacy laws do NOT apply outside of US borders, so I would not be surprised if US spooks are already collecting this data via the global communication networks.