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And you thought confidence in the American government has fallen?

The latest edition of Prime Minister’s questions may spell the end, not just for the current leadership of the Labour and Conservative Parties, but of British parliamentary democracy as a whole.

Meanwhile, the Royal Governour of Canada may suspsend Parliament, as the Canadians are insisting on the inclusion a party that calls for the dismemberment of Canada in the Canadian government.

Canada – Colombia Free Trade Agreement Signed!

Congratulations to Canada and Colombia for signing a free trade agreement. Unfortunately, Democrats in Congress have prevented our country from having free trade agreements with Colombia and Korea, and previously (and unsuccessfully) fought the DR-CAFTA trade agreement with central America, and NAFTA with Mexico.

Power Line: Canada, Colombia Conclude Free Trade Agreement
The Democrats have blocked consideration of the free trade agreement between the U.S. and Colombia, a key ally in Latin America. This is perverse, since nearly all of Colombia’s goods already enter the U.S. tariff-free, while the agreement would open Colombia’s market to American companies. Perverse, but consistent with Barack Obama’s policy of coddling our enemies while shafting our friends.

Now, Canada has announced that it has completed a trade agreement with Colombia. The agreement will be a boon to Canada’s economy

I suspect that John McCain, who supports free trade, is also happy at this news.

I suspect that Barack Obama, who is a well known critic of free trade, will be silent.

Lyrics for "One Great City!" (I Hate Winnipeg) by The Weakerthans

One Great City!,” by The Weakerthans, Reconstruction Site, 26 August 2003, http://www.theweakerthans.org/lyrics/reconstructionsite/11onegreatcity.html [buy the cd].

Mad props to M for burning this on a mix CD.

Late afternoon, another day is nearly done
A darker grey is breaking through a lighter one
A thousand sharpened elbows in the underground
That hollow hurried sound of feet on polished floor
And in the dollar store, the clerk is closing up
And counting loonies trying not to say

I hate Winnipeg

The driver checks the mirror seven minutes late
The crowded riders’ restlessness enunciates
The Guess Who sucked, the Jets were lousy anyway
The same route everyday
And in the turning lane
Someone’s stalled again
He’s talking to himself
And hears the price of gas repeat his phrase

I hate Winnipeg

And up above us all
Leaning into sky
Our golden business boy
Will watch the North End die
And sing, “I love this town”
Then let his arcing wrecking ball proclaim


Update: Because of spam, I have ended trackbacks for this post :-(.

Competitive Liberalization of People Movement

Microsoft Wants No Limit On Hiring Foreigners,” Associated Press, 27 April 2005, http://www.thekcrachannel.com/technology/4423402/detail.html (from Democratic Underground).

Canada is wooing Mexican immigrants,” by Chris Hawley, Arizona Republic, 3 May 2005, http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/0503canada03.html.

While Microsoft founder Bill Gates is asking for more open immigration rules in the United States

Bill Gates is urging an end to federal limits on foreign engineers who can be hired by U.S. companies.

In some rare personal lobbying of the Bush administration and Congress, the Microsoft mogul said it doesn’t make sense to put limits on the number of “smart people” who can come into the country.

Currently, no more than 65,000 overseas engineers, scientists, architects and doctors are allowed to take such jobs in the U.S.

U.S. labor groups and out-of-work computer engineers argue otherwise, but Gates and other technology executives say they need a larger labor pool.

It’s a sensitive issue with Americans watching jobs moving overseas.

Canada is already doing just that

Canada’s Immigration Policies Hasten the Harmonizatoin of North America

As the United States fortifies its border with Mexico, Canadian companies are reaching out to immigrants who are frustrated by U.S. restrictions and tempted by dreams of a better life in Canada.

The Canadian government has been relaxing its immigration rules in an effort to attract students and skilled workers from all over the world. That, and the push by companies promising jobs and visas, is attracting Mexican professionals turned off by the Minuteman Project, new border walls, tougher U.S. entry requirements and laws like Proposition 200 in Arizona.

“Live in Canada!” says a Mexico City newspaper ad placed by a Canadian labor recruiter, as a photo of the Toronto skyline beckons. “Voted the No. 1 country in the world for living four years in a row,” an immigration counseling company boasts on its Web site.

Canada has its arms open to immigrants, and the United States has its arms closed. It’s as simple as that,” accountant Marcos Ramírez Posadas said as he stood in line with other visa applicants outside the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City.

I like competitive liberalization. While Canada’s unilateral policies often cause trouble, I hope the US and Canada compete to attract foreign workers. Gates’ words are signs that similar openness may soon be coming to the United States.

My only criticism of these immigration plans such as H1-B is that they rarely provide a pathway to citizenship. My friends at USD’s CompSci program have a lot of hassles to go through because of American immigration rules, and they are not guaranteed citizenship at the end of their work. This is wrong. My friends Ilknur, Preaad, Tenuun, Ramana, Shujin, Xingming, &c work hard in America. My friends should be able to become Americans.

Post Script: A DU poster notes the “coincidence” of Gates’ personal lobbying and this. Hmmm…

Asian Geopolitical Review

Korean Appeasement, Chinese Energy, Taiwanese Politics, Nepalese Democracy, Canadian Demographics, and more!

Korea: Josh at OFK notes the ruling Appeasement Uri Party lost big in the bi-elections. But as the government could not have changed, was it just a protest vote?

Curzon at CA argues we should nuke Pyongyang. That might make their South Korean allies angry.

Maybe it would be better just to tell other countries we are mad at the Norks? That’s the Japanese plan.

China: Danwei has more of the Nationalist Party of China-Chinese Communist Party meeting. Meanwhile, China snags a pipeline from Russia, meaning Beijing gets oil before Tokyo. Not quite as geogreen as earlier Chinese energy decisions, but sprining from the same needs. Maybe Peking’s new Russophiles should read the new blog that Zen Pundit discovered today?

Taiwan: On my computer, the website for the pro-Taiwan Independence Democratic Progressive Party says “Democratic Progressive Party”… in English. Geolocation? Or do the Taiwanese just like the look of our words? They certainly don’t like the look of pro-Chinese politicians. In “one-country two-systems” news, the Communists deny delay direct elections for Hong Kong yet again.

Nepal: Bill at Dawn’s Early Light seems more good news from Nepal. Things in the mountain kingdom have been looking up.

Canada (?!?): Will British Columbia’s Asian population make it closer to Seoul and Beijing than Ottawa?

Blogosphere: Simon has new Daily Linklets.

Ridge: One North America Soon

Closer ties between U.S., Canada inevitable: Ridge,” by Michael Den Tandt, Globe and Mail 23 April 2005, http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20050422.wunion23/BNStory/International (from Democratic Underground).

Former moderate Governor of Pennsylvania and congenial Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is talking up North American integration

Canada and the United States will inevitably move toward closer economic integration, including a customs union, in response to the formation of major trading blocks around the world, former U.S. secretary of homeland security Tom Ridge said yesterday.

On further economic integration — a hot-button issue for Canadian nationalists, who view it as a step toward political integration —

“The integration of the European Union, the growth of China and Asia, the emergence of a strong India on the international scene, as well as other regional economic collaboration — if we’re going to stay competitive in this part of the world, we’re going to have to do some of those things.”

North American competitiveness will require common standards and common goals, Mr. Ridge said, echoing a sentiment business leaders on both sides of the border have voiced.

This is great news. Besides minor benefits like helping the Global War on Terrorism, uniting North America is a great step forward.

It increases all manner of content flows and connectivity between North Americans. It allows North American businesses greater economies of scale, and North American citizens more choices and options. It gives North America a stronger voice on the world stage.

Tom Ridge is announcing a new American foreign policy: make North America domestic policy. North America is composed of three great, continent-straddling states. We should be one free and secure union.

Post-Adscam Poll Predicts Collapse for Canadian Liberals

‘Breathtaking’ poll sees defeat for Canada Liberals,” by Randall Palmer and David Ljunggren, Reuters, 11 April 2005, http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=worldNews&storyID=2005-04-11T160006Z_01_ZWE149861_RTRUKOC_0_CANADA-POLITICS.xml (from Democratic Underground).

Adscam, Canada’s Watergate, may collapse the left-of-center Liberal Party

Canada’s minority Liberal government is heading for defeat at the hands of the Conservatives after more than 11 years in power, a dramatic new poll is predicting.

The EKOS poll, commissioned by the Toronto Star, was taken after an advertising executive raised the stakes in a scandal about misuse of government cash by testifying he had paid large kickbacks to the Liberals in French-speaking Quebec.

The poll published on Monday showed support for the Conservatives rose seven points to 36.2 percent while the Liberals fell by nine points to just 25 percent.

But both parties played down the chances of a snap election, saying they felt Canadians wanted to hear more information from a public inquiry into the scandal.

It was the lowest showing for the Liberals since they took office in 1993. Public support for the party dipped as low as 29 percent before last June’s election, but the party recovered to poll 36.7 percent on election day.


Poll Results on the Inside, Current Seats on the Outside

This is great news. Because Canada is a parliamentary democracy, elections can happen at any time…. And the decision of whether to do so falls to the Frech!

The opposition’s first chance to try to bring down Martin’s government will come on Thursday, when the separatist Bloc Quebecois can introduce a motion of no-confidence. The Bloc will decide late on Tuesday whether to go ahead with this.

The Liberal government should go. Canada has not joined America in Iraq, Canada has withdrawn from the continental missile shield, and Canada refuses to harmonize immigration controls.

Let the Canadians vote!

Wrong Way on North American Integration

U.S. Will Demand Passports from Canadians, CBC News, 5 April 2005, http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2005/04/05/passports050405.html (from Democratic Underground).

Sad news in the quest for One North American

In response to a new rule requiring most Canadians to carry passports for entry into the U.S., Public Security Minister Anne McLellan said Americans may also have to carry the document to enter Canada.

Our system has really always worked on the basis of reciprocity,” McLellan said outside the House of Commons.

And therefore we will review our requirements for American citizens and we’re going to do that in collaboration with the United States.

Exactly wrong. The reason Canadian passports will be needed is that the Canada’s very loose immigration rules. While the United States has beefed up security since the 9/11 attacks, the Canadians have not. This is despite the fact that several known terrorists, including the would-be Millennium Bomber, resided in Canada.

Canada should fully harmonize its immigration rules with the United States and Mexico. There should be one North American frontier. North American citizens should be able to freely move between their states and provinces, secured by common border policies.

Canada’s policies only promote division and do nothing to bring us into the future together.