Nightmare at K1A 0A2
It wasn't a nightmare. It was my radio alarm with the 5:00 am news.
"...in Ottawa, officials with the Harper government tried to keep word of the renewal under wraps.
"There was no notification of any signing ceremony.
"Officials at both the foreign affairs department and defence department initially refused to confirm that a deal had been signed.
"But after persistent questioning, defence officials finally acknowledged that the two nations had brokered a new defence agreement.
"'The text of a renewed NORAD agreement was signed in Ottawa on April 28 by the Minister of National Defence and the U.S. ambassador, which signals the end of the negotiating process,' O'Connor spokesperson Étienne Allard said yesterday afternoon.
"'As per our campaign promise, the new agreement will be tabled in Parliament for debate,' he said in an email. (Tabled for debate? To what purpose? Debate what -- that the government is out of control? And would someone please go back and find a verbatim transcript of that campaign promise? I want to see where it says that we elected a bunch of assholes to keep secrets and deny us the opportunity to voice our opinions before they go ahead and sign our lives away on a dotted line.)
"Calls to Harper's office were not returned.
"With Canadian officials saying nothing, it was left to U.S. officials to lay out the details of the renewal." (How nice. Our own government is afraid to talk to us. Either that, or they have so much contempt for, and so little respect for the voters of this country that they have -- also without consulting anyone -- elevated themselves to the level of dictatorship.)
Okay, my question is this: Is there anyone out there who still agrees with Harper's muzzling of the press?
We have a fucking government-by-fiat! When are we gonna wake up?