JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: CANADA’S HARPER SIGNS A FREE-TRADE DEAL WITH HONDURAS (AKA: THE MOUSE THAT ROARED AND A TRUE BANANA REPUBLIC)   Leave a comment

 

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSES TO A STORY IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

I can hardly wait for those tariff-free bananas start rolling into our stores.

This has to be one of Harper’s most pathetic “achievements,” and it sheds no journalistic glory on the Globe and Mail that, day after day, it has big stories with photos of Harper playing statesman to the Mouse That Roared.

It is absolutely accurate that Harper’s entire Latin American effort is nothing but an effort to align toe-to-toe with the United States in trade matters.

The U.S. has free-trade deals with these insignificant economies solely to gain leverage over them in foreign and domestic policy.

Indeed, Canada’s effort here is so unoriginal and unneeded that Harper might just as well saved the trip and pseudo-statesman panoply: the agreement could just as well have been ratified by teletype through Washington.

What a dark joke.

But with this kind of ludicrous leadership from Harper, a prime minister who is de facto a junior member of the Cabinet in Washington, just watch out where our genuine interests are at stake, as in the Arctic or the Great Lakes or with softwood lumber.

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For readers’ perspective:

The economy of Honduras – its entire GDP – is:

00.03% of Canada’s.

00.002% of the United States.’

My God, what an achievement this deal represents.

I take back the line about the Mouse That Roared. The Mouse That Roared was actually larger.

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