CANZUK – The Canada-Australia-New Zealand-United Kingdom Free Trade Bloc

Great Britain is now beginning the process of divorcing from the European Union and going on its own – something it’s quite capable of doing, having built an Empire, then a Commonwealth, with impact around the world,  that has lasted 1,000 years.  Now a new trade deal is being considered between four very old and dear friends – family members actually – and it’s starting to get a lot of interest among the citizenry of those four countries.  It might just be the best idea any of the four has ever been part of!
The proposed union even has an unofficial name, already becoming comonplace – CANZUK:  the Canada-Australia-New Zealand-United Kingdom trade bloc. There is even a website currently promoting the idea to all four national governments and their citizens – all four of whom are in various stages of development of the idea already:

CANZUK with insignias of the four Commonwealth countries involved: Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. (Credit: Alexander MacLeod)

I believe strongly that the United Kingdom/Great Britain would indeed be best served by joining with these particular member states of the current British Commonwealth, to form a new trade bloc, like the EU – Australia, New Zealand and Canada (FULL DISCLOSURE: I was born I, and have lived all of my 51 years, as a citizen of Canada).

The personal, professional, business and national connections between these four particular countries are incredibly deep. Of course, this is because we are family, as I stated previously – Great Britain being our mother, and the other three nations (Australia, New Zealand and Canada) being sisters, who to this day very much love and respect one another.

The trust and credibility built between these four nations goes all the way back to our individual founding as colonies of the British Empire, and now member sovereign states of the Commonwealth. The daughter states are all within 44 years of being the exact same age:

  • New Zealand – May 7, 1856
  • Dominion of Canada – July 1, 1867
  • Commonwealth of Australia – January 1, 1901

These four nations fought through two World Wars, the Great Depression, and a host of other challenging times… side by side.

(from l to r, Rt. Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia, Rt. Hon. Teresa May, Prime Minister of Great Britain, Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand)

We share Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II as our common monarch. A shared monarch is an essential aspect of CANZUK, which represents a global institution which has played an important role as a symbol of a common heritage and parliamentary tradition.

The Crown is the cornerstone of our democratic governments, and the rule of law over a long history of peaceful constitutional development. It is instructive to note that the English speaking countries which have retained the monarchy have been far more successful in avoiding civil unrest than their republican counterparts such as France and the United States.

The four nations have the same Parliamentary governmental system, a similar Constitution, and are all members of the British Commonwealth. We have similarly-ranked and recognized educational institutions, as well as similar trends in the business and financial realms, and similar geopolitical aspirations. The four nations also have, for the most part, the respect and trust of the majority of the nations of the world.

Interest and support is already high in all four nations for such a trade bloc agreement:

Overall National Average Support (in %):

National Support by Region (in %):

We have a similar racial profile, speak the same language (with some various differences that only make things more interesting). Canada, Australia and New Zealand even share a similar currency with a near-identical value – the Dollar. For example, on October 2, 2019 (information provided by Google Finance)

  • 1 New Zealand Dollar equals 0.83 Canadian Dollar
  • 1 Australian Dollar equals 0.89 Canadian Dollar
  • 1 New Zealand Dollar equals 0.93 Australian Dollar

With the United Kingdom “Brexiting” the European Union trade bloc and going on their own, this idea has gained newfound interest in the UK, and across the other three nations as well.

passs-e1490853717728This concept of a trade bloc consisting of the United Kingdom/Great Britain, as well as Canada, Australia and New Zealand was discussed in a February 13, 2017 Financial Post article, which I will quote verbatim for some excellent updated information. – In the Trump era, the plan for a Canadian-U.K.-Australia-New Zealand trade alliance is quickly catching on:

Erin O’Toole, one of the candidates for the Conservative Party leadership, has made one of the key planks of his campaign his determination to “pursue a Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand trade and security pact.” The idea of creating a “CANZUK” zone of free trade and free movement of labour is catching on elsewhere, too.

In New Zealand, the junior coalition partner in the government, the Act New Zealand party led by David Seymour (who himself worked for five years in Canadian politics), is explicitly in favour of free movement and free trade within CANZUK.

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Proposed flag of the CANZUK union, composed of elements from all four national flags. Some with overactive imaginations say this reminds them of a white supremacist flag.

In official party circles within the U.K. and Australia, the wheels are grinding a little slower, but the former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott is already into most of the idea, proposing a free-trade agreement and free-movement area encompassing Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. And in Britain, Theresa May’s Conservative government has made it clear it wants new trade agreements with Canada, Australia and New Zealand as soon as possible after it leaves the EU.

The idea of CANZUK begins with a free-trade agreement, free-movement area (the freedom to live and work in each others’ countries) and defence-partnership agreement. O’Toole favours all three of these main planks, and he’s right that it all makes perfect sense.

The post-Cold-War alliances are obsolete. NAFTA is dead. The EU is losing a key member.

The CANZUK countries, working closely together, would make a formidable contribution to world affairs. They would have the largest total landmass of any free-trade zone. They would collectively constitute the fourth-largest market in the world, after the U.S., EU and China.

Their combined military spending would be the world’s third largest, well ahead of Russia, and on European Geostrategy’s geopolitical power index, the CANZUK countries collectively have a strength around 70 per cent of that of the U.S. — and nearly twice that of China or France. With a combined global trade footprint nearly twice as big as Japan’s, the CANZUK countries would have substantial influence in opening up global markets and guiding global regulation across a range of issues from banking to shipping to the environment.

tldrcanzukWhat makes CANZUK a natural union is perhaps self-evident. Canada, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand share a similar culture, similar values, and analogous legal, business and social systems that allow us to get along easily and interchangeably. (The term CANZUK was originally a term diplomats used to refer to these four countries because of how frequently they would vote the same way at the UN.)

Most of the main issues our political parties focus upon are instantly comprehensible to anyone from another CANZUK state. Our laws and constitutions share many features, making trade deals and mutual regulatory recognition a relatively straightforward matter. Our citizens enjoy a roughly similar per capita GDP (which is just not true of the other Commonwealth nations with similar constitutions) and face few hurdles in integrating into another CANZUK country’s labour market. Our societies are peaceful and orderly.

And in our modern globalized world, we see that we are much more similar to each other than we are to others. The challenges of dealing with Japanese or Chinese business partners can be overcome, but they cannot be denied. Continental Europeans have different foibles, different goals and different priorities from ours, as well as importantly different legal and constitutional challenges. The arrival of President Trump reminds us of just how different from us many parts of the U.S. really are, and always have been.

Furthermore, while the U.S., the EU and China can all make valuable trading partners in their different regions, each CANZUK state that encounters them is regionally overmatched and, standing alone, will inevitably be dominated. Working together though, exploiting our natural affinities and the world of mass communication, high-value services and rapid transit, CANZUK can allow us stand our ground and project our own values and agendas.

The post-Cold-War alliances and assumptions are obsolete. NAFTA is dead. The EU will soon lose one of its largest members. Trump might downgrade NATO, abandon the WTO and even diminish the UN. It’s tempting, in a world of change, to try to cling to as much of the old certainties as possible. But if we look up and out, something new beckons. Free trade, free movement and a new security partnership between countries of shared culture and natural affinity. CANZUK is the global deal of tomorrow.

Dr. Andrew Lilico, born in New Zealand but based in London, is executive director and principal of Europe Economics, a fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs, and chairman of the IEA Monetary Policy Committee.

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Posted:  December 15, 2018.  Updated:  October 2, 2019.
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Presidential Promises #3 – Veterans and Foreign Affairs

In Donald Trump’s final days on the campaign trail, he promised his supporters that “every dream you ever dreamed for your country” will come true if he became President — one of dozens of sweeping promises he made and is now expected to fulfill

In January, Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post compiled a list of 76 campaign promises Trump had made. Since then, the list has grown to 282, collected from Trump’s speeches, public comments, tweets and campaign and transition websites.

Now, in a series of posts, we will lay out every single one of these promises. We want President-Elect Trump to succeed, and to stay on track with his very aggressive agenda as he does. We want to assist him where we can, and ensure our elected officials in Washington know that we expect them to do the same.

1-y6_hpa_unbavh2toabq7paOriginally published in The Washington Post. Jenna Johnson is a political reporter who covered Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. Follow @wpjenna


VETERANS’ AFFAIRS

va-logo. Appoint a Department of Veterans Affairs secretary whose “sole purpose will be to serve veterans.”

123. Dramatically reform the agency. Fire “the corrupt and incompetent” leaders and make it easier for the secretary to fire people. Trump promises to protect and promote “honest employees” who highlight wrongdoing. These employees will also receive bonuses.

124. Create a commission to investigate “all the fraud, cover-ups and wrongdoing that has taken place in the VA.” Present these findings to Congress to spur legislative reform.

125. Create a White House hotline that is active 24 hours a day and is answered by a real person who will handle veterans’ complaints of wrongdoing at the VA and “ensure no complaints fall through the cracks.”

126. Allow veterans to take their military identification card to any medical facility that accepts Medicaid patients to receive care. Veterans can also seek care “at a private service provider of their own choice.” Trump promises that: “Under a Trump administration, no veteran will die waiting for service. These days are over starting January 2017.”

127. Embed satellite VA clinics in rural hospitals and underserved areas, and ensure that every VA hospital is permanently staffed with obstetrics and gynecology doctors.

128. Increase funding for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and mental health issues. Increase the number of mental health professionals.

129. Ensure that undocumented immigrants do not receive better health services than veterans.

130. Veterans who apply for a job at a VA facility will have five points added to their qualifying scores. For all jobs across the country, employers should consider veterans ahead of immigrants.

131. Invest more heavily in programs that help military veterans transition back to civilian life, including job training and placement services.

132. “Ensure our veterans get the care they need wherever and whenever they need it. No more long drives. No more waiting backlogs. No more excessive red tape.”

FOREIGN POLICY

trump-america-first“A Trump administration will never ever put the interest of a foreign country before the interest of our country. From now on, it’s going to be America first.”

134. Force other NATO countries to pay for more of their defense, and only come to the aid of other countries if those nations have “fulfilled their obligations to us.” In particular, Trump expects Germany, Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia to pay more for the security the United States provides.

135. Call a summit with NATO allies and a separate summit with Asian allies to discuss “a rebalancing of financial commitments” and adopting new strategies, such as upgrading “NATO’s outdated mission and structure.”

136. Get along with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “I hope that we get along great with Putin because it would be great to have Russia with a good relationship.” Trump would also look into lifting the sanctions imposed on Russia after its annexation of Crimea.

137. Communicate with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un about his nuclear program, which would mark a major shift in U.S. policy toward the isolated nation. “I would speak to him, I would have no problem speaking to him.”

138. Stay out of the Syrian civil war. Although Trump considers Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “bad,” he has said the United States has higher priorities. Around the world, Trump has said, he prefers stability over regime changes.

139. Reverse Obama’s executive orders and “concessions towards Cuba until freedoms are restored.” Trump has pledged to “demand political and religious freedom for the people of Cuba.”

140. “Stand with the oppressed people of Venezuela yearning to be free.”

141. Help Haiti and its “incredible people” rebuild their country.

Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met November 10 at Trump Tower. (Credit: Jerusalem Post)
Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met November 10 at Trump Tower. (Credit: Jerusalem Post)

142. Be a “true friend to Israel.” Trump says the United States will “be working with Israel very closely, very, very closely.”

143. Do not throw a lavish state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping, as Obama did last year, and instead buy Jinping a “double-size Big Mac” and tell him “we gotta get down to work.”

144. If not properly welcomed into a foreign country, turn around and leave.

145. “It is time to shake the rust off of America’s foreign policy. It’s time to invite new voices and new visions into the fold.” Trump wants to “establish a foreign policy that will endure for several generations.”

IRAN

146. Tear up the Iran deal and then “totally” renegotiate the whole thing.

147. Negotiate the release of all U.S. prisoners held in Iran before taking office. (Five Americans were released during the campaign, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian; Trump has claimed some credit for this.)

148. Refuse to call Iran’s leader by his preferred title. “I’ll say, ‘Hey baby, how ya doing?’ I will never call him the supreme leader.”

149. “Iran cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon and, under a Trump administration, will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.”

CHINA

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Chinese Yuen bill

150. “We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country, and that’s what they’re doing.”

151. Direct the secretary of the treasury to label China a currency manipulator.

152. Instruct the U.S. trade representative to bring trade cases against China, both here and at the World Trade Organization. If necessary, apply tariffs against China consistent with Section 201 and 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 and Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

153. Adopt a “zero tolerance policy” for Chinese hackers and those who steal American intellectual property and ideas.

154. Crack down on China’s “lax labor and environmental standards.”

FIGHTING THE ISLAMIC STATE

keep-calm-and-bomb-isis-to-hell155. Immediately ask the generals to present a plan within 30 days to defeat and destroy the Islamic State.

156. Frequently use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.”

157. Call an international conference focused on how to halt the spread of the “hateful ideology of Radical Islam. ”

158. Allow Russia to deal with the Islamic State in Syria and/or work with Putin to wipe out shared enemies.

159. Work with allies to cut off funding to the Islamic State, expand intelligence sharing and use cyberwarfare to disrupt and disable their propaganda and recruiting. Work closely with NATO and “our Arab allies and friends in the Middle East.” Partner with Israel, King Abdullah II of Jordan, and Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi and “all others who recognize this ideology of death that must be extinguished.”

160. “Bomb the s — — out of ISIS” and “knock them out.” Also bomb oil fields controlled by the Islamic State, then seize the oil and give the profits to military veterans who were wounded while fighting.

161. Target and kill the relatives of suspected terrorists, a violation of international law.

162. Shut down parts of the Internet so that Islamic State terrorists cannot use it to recruit American children.

163. Bring back waterboarding, which is widely considered torture, and use interrogation techniques that are “a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.” Even if such tactics don’t work, Trump says, suspected terrorists “deserve it anyway, for what they’re doing.” (Trump suggested after the election, however, that he was reconsidering his position because of a conversation with a general who opposed the tactic.)

164. Establish a Commission on Radical Islam that will include “reformist voices in the Muslim community” and will identify the warning signs of radicalization, educate the American public and develop protocol for police officers, federal investigators and immigration screeners.

(Crecit: JihadWatch.org)
(Crecit: JihadWatch.org)

165. Temporarily ban most foreign Muslims from entering the United States “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” Trump would allow exceptions for dignitaries, business people, athletes and others who have “proven” themselves. Although Trump’s aides, surrogates and running mate insist he no longer wants this so-called Muslim ban, Trump himself has yet to fully disavow the idea and it is still posted on his campaign website.

166. Temporarily suspend “immigration from some of the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world that have a history of exporting terrorism.” Order the Department of State, Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to develop a list of regions and countries to include. The list will likely include Syria and Libya.

167. Create an ideological screening test for all immigration applicants with the goal of keeping “radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country.” For example, immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan would be asked for their views on honor killings and sharia law, along with their opinions of women, gays and minorities.

168. Heavily surveil mosques in the United States. Trump has said he would “strongly consider” closing some mosques.

169. Encourage Muslim communities to “cooperate with law enforcement and turn in the people who they know are bad — and they do know where they are.”

170. Deport those “who are guests in our country that are preaching hate.”

171. Aggressively investigate and charge anyone who lends material support to terrorism.

172. “Our administration will be a friend to all moderate Muslim reformers in the Middle East, and will amplify their voices. This includes speaking out against the horrible practice of honor killings.”

173. “If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president because this would not have happened.”

REFUGEES

Syrian refugees demonstrate at a 2015 Jordanian camp. (Credit: World Bank)
Syrian refugees demonstrate at a 2015 Jordanian camp. (Credit: World Bank)

174. Bar Syrian refugees from entering the country and kick out any who are already living here, as they might be “the ultimate Trojan horse.

175. Create a database of Syrian refugees. Trump has also seemed open to the idea of creating a database of Muslims in the country, although his aides say that is not true.

176. Set up safe zones in Syria and then force wealthy Persian Gulf nations such as Saudi Arabia to pick up the bill. “They’re gonna put up all the money. We’re not gonna put up money. We’re gonna lead it and we’ll do a great a job. But we’re gonna get the Gulf states to put up the money.”

177. Do not admit any refugees without the support of the local community where they will be placed.

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Posted December 3, 2016

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A United Nations Fox In Israel’s Henhouse

Minister of Foreign Affairs Stephane Dion delivers a statement as he is joined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right to left, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie Marie-Claude Bibeau and Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan during a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Feb. 8, 2016. (Credit: The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick)
Minister of Foreign Affairs Stephane Dion,  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau and Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan at the press conference on Feb. 8, 2016. (Credit: The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick)

In February 2016, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion called a press conference to publicly question the appointment of a Canadian law professor to a key United Nations job.  

One wonders how “Libtarded” you would have to be before the Liberal government of Canada said “no way, this idiot needs to be fired”. 

But even when a globalist government like Canada asks the United Nations to reconsider, they do nothing.  Now nearly 9 months later, UN Human Watch  joins a rising tide of opposition against this absolutely ridiculous, inappropriate and possibly fraudulent appointment within the well-heeled ranks of the United Nations – exposing their dark anti-Semitic plans.


talk-to-stupid-peopleFor the first time in our blog’s history, the Calling Out Community issues the following notice to our valued readers: 

WARNING:  We assert that the foundational beliefs of the antagonist in this story, and the antagonist himself, are so BLATANTLY STUPID that uncontrolled squinting may result, as you continue to read the details. Reader discretion is advised.

A small but growing union of varied interests are demanding that he United Nations immediately suspend Michael Lynk, a Canadian expert on international law, from his appointment as “UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation Of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territory Occupied Since 1967.” 

The job title itself shows the clear bias and intent of the United Nations to malign Israel every chance they can get (Israel, for example, would certainly not agree that they are “occupying” “Palestinian Territory”) – not to mention the fact that just reading the title causes epileptic fits.

But why on earth would a Canadian Liberal cabinet minister go out of his way to fight with the United Nations to have one of our own citizens fired from such a prestigious United Nations appointment?  It seems that Mr. Lynk has embarrassed Canada by failing to disclose, when he applied for the post, that he was:

The United Nations fox interviews for the Israeli henhouse position. (Credit: ToonPool)
The United Nations fox interviews for the Israeli henhouse position. (Credit: ToonPool)

…A member of the board of directors of the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations; a member of the advisory board of the “Canadian-Palestinian Education Exchange” (CEPAL), which promotes events like the “Annual Israeli Apartheid Week”; and, Lynk is also on the advisory board of Friends of Sabeel North America (a pro-Palestinian advocacy group).

Why would it matter that he failed to disclose his leadership role in three pro-Palestinian organizations when he applied to be come the United Nations special investigator, looking into allegation of Israeli human rights violations against Palestinians?  Hmmm, smells good to me – said no one, ever. 

And this guy isn’t just biased, he’s clearly a card-carrying Jew-hater.  As mentioned, he sits on the board of an organization that hosts an “Israeli Apartheid Week“.  Just a tiny bit of anti-Israel bias, perhaps?

As they say in sports, “the fix is in”.

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2016 Israeli Apartheid Week poster. (Credit: Israeli Apartheid Week website)

Apartheid Week is a misnomer – the word “apartheid” is defined in the dictionary as a uniquely-coined term relating to the racial discrimination policies of South Africa. Their site introduction:

“Each year, Israeli Apartheid Week takes place across more than 150 universities and cities. It aims to raise awareness about Israel’s ongoing settler-colonial project and apartheid policies over the Palestinian people.”

They list dates around the world, including in the mythical land called “Palestine”, which isn’t on any map, and South Africa – ironic to be trying to perpetrate “the Israeli apartheid” myth in the only country to have actual apartheid.  They also seem to be getting a lot of sponsorship money or something, as they are all over the world?

A letter from the UN Watch group to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday, October 27 was issued hours before Lynk presented a 26-page report on Israeli actions against Palestinians to the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee.  In it, he criticized the Jewish state for its actions in Gaza and the West Bank, particularly settlement building and what he termed “excessive use of force” against Palestinians.

Rocket attacks against Israel, since the withdrawal of Israel from the Gaza Strip in 2005. Photo Credit: Israeli Defense Forces
Rocket attacks against Israel, since the withdrawal of Israel from the Gaza Strip in 2005. Photo Credit: Israeli Defense Forces

Excessive force – wow.  1o,ooo rockets had been fired by Hamas at Israel over a decade, and Israel did nothing.  10,000 rockets, and over 2,300 were fired in 2012 alone, from UN-sponsored schools, hospitals, mosques, people’s homes – it was so outrageous.  When Israel finally took action to stop it, a pro-Palestinian spokesmen actually stated “no big deal, Hamas rockets mostly missed their targets anyway, but Israel’s rockets DIDN’T miss”.

bozoHEY KIDS – can you spot today’s special moral lesson, that the REAL Bozos in Hamas seem to have missed?

So, knowing that this guy was a total anti-Semitic hack with very public connections to pro-Palestinian groups, why would the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) want him to oversee their investigations into Israeli human rights violations?  Isn’t it obvious – because they already wrote the final report, and just want someone to create the evidence.

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So, clearly he was intentionally hired to do a hatchet job for them against Israel.  

This becomes more obvious when you glance at the current membership of this “Human Rights” love fest including:

  • China (no comment required)
  • Cuba (no comment required)
  • Nigeria (the home of Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram, killing Christians by the thousands)
  • Philippines (whose wingnut President admitted on TV that he’s murdered 3 drug dealers – then told citizens to do the same)
  • Russia (no comment required)
  • (Credit: Sun Cartoons)
    (Credit: Sun Cartoons)

    Saudi Arabia (how does a country, whose women cannot even drive or buy a coffee at Starbucks without male assistance,  get on the UN Human Rights Commission.  They also gripe about Israel’s military, budgeted at $18.6 billion, yet THEIR military budget is $87.2 billion) 

  • UAE (they don’t even recognize Israel’s existence as a state, and the two countries have no formal diplomatic relations)
  • Venezuela (who’s people are starving and rioting in the streets)
  • Vietnam (America fought a war for 10 years almost to get rid of their Communists – who are still in power)

You could tell just from the make-up of Thugs ‘R Us that Israel would never get fair play with this bunch.  Still, it was shocking to read the following Fox News report on March 24, 2016 from the United Nations:

From the palatial Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room of the Palace of Nations, some of the great human rights violators in history meet to condemn Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. (Credit: United Nations)
From the palatial Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room of the Palace of Nations, some of the great human rights violators in history meet to condemn Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. (Credit: United Nations)

“On March 24, 2016, the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) wrapped up its annual meeting in New York by condemning only one country for violating women’s rights anywhere on the planet – Israel, for violating the rights of Palestinian women. 

On the same day, the U.N. Human Rights Council concluded its month-long session in Geneva by condemning Israel five times more than any other of the 192 UN member states

There were five Council resolutions on Israel.  One each on the likes of hellish countries like Syria, North Korea and Iran.  Libya got an offer of “technical assistance.”  And countries like Russia, Saudi Arabia and China were among the 95 percent of states that were never mentioned.” (Emphasis mine)

It makes my blood boil

Again, they are talking about ISRAEL, the one little country in the Middle East of 8 million people, the only democracy in the Middle East?  This same Israel – where you are better off being a woman, a child, a senior, gay, Jewish, a Christian, a Muslim, black or an atheist than in any of the 16 enemy combatant nations that surrounds Her?  Yes, THAT Israel.

It’s outrageous, it’s absurd, and it’s why the United Nations needs to be kicked out of New York and sent packing to one of these Third World crap holes.  Maybe President Trump will get the job done.

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TPP: Canada’s 800 Million New Customers

by Calling Out Community, Posted October 6, 2015

The-TPPAmazing news out of Atlanta, Georgia:  leadership representing 12 nations on 4 continents,including the government of Canada under the leadership of Prime Minister Harper, has concluded negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest free trade agreement in world history.  

This agreement will give Canadian businesses tariff-free access to 800 million new customers in 11 countries, including the US and  Japan, the #1 and #3 economies in the world, as well as Australia.   Our participation in the TPP will create new, well-paying jobs. It will grow every sector of our economy by giving Canadian businesses access to some of the fastest-growing new markets in the world.   The U.S. alone will benefit to the tune of $5 billion, rising to $14 billion in 10 years.

IMG_2287Starting today, Canada will now be the only G7 nation with free trade access in the US, across the rest of the Americas, most of Europe, and the largest centres of Asia – totalling over 60% of global GDP and 50% of international trade.

Everyone is familiar, for better or worse, with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) signed in 1989 with the United States and Mexico – creating at that time the largest free trade zone in history.  And free trade has paid off – In 1993, trilateral trade within the North American region, as measured by each nation’s imports from its two NAFTA partners, was over $288 billion.   In 2012, it passed the $1 trillion mark.

But did you know, when the Conservatives under Stephen Harper came to power nearly 10 years ago, we had free trade agreements with only 5 countries on earth including our NAFTA partners?

No national economy can grow in that kind of continued isolation or protectionism – just ask Cuba. Our Conservative government  understood that and spent much time and energy building such relationships.

Canada and Israel celebrate our expanded Free Trade agreement earlier this year.
Canada and Israel celebrate our expanded Free Trade agreement earlier this year.

Today, Canada has free trade agreements with 51 countries, representing 60% of the world’s economies!  Earlier this year we even strengthened our existing free trade agreement with the Middle East’s greatest economy and most stable democracy – the State of Israel.

Today, Canadian businesses and consumers benefit from free trade agreements, according to Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada with:

  • Australia (TPP)
  • Austria (CETA)
  • Belgium (CETA)
  • Brunei Darussalam (TPP)
  • Bulgaria (CETA)
  • Chile (TPTP)
  • Croatia (CETA)
  • Cyprus (CETA)
  • Czech Republic (CETA)
  • Denmark (CETA)
  • Estonia (CETA)
  • Finland (CETA)
  • France (CETA)
  • Germany (CETA)
  • Greece (CETA)
  • Honduras – 2014-10-01
  • Hungary (CETA)
  • Ireland (CETA)
  • Israel – 1997-01-01
  • Italy (CETA)
  • Japan (TPP)
  • Jordan – 2012-10-01
  • Latvia (CETA)
  • Lithuania (CETA)
  • Luxembourg (CETA)
  • Malaysia (TPP)
  • Malta (CETA)
  • Mexico (NAFTA)
  • Mexico (TPP)
  • Netherlands (CETA)
  • New Zealand (TPP)
  • Panama – 2013-04-01
  • Peru (TPP)
  • Poland (CETA)
  • Portugal (CETA)
  • Romania (CETA)
  • Singapore (TPP)
  • Slovakia (CETA)
  • Slovenia (CETA)
  • South Korea – 2015-01-01
  • Spain (CETA)
  • Sweden (CETA)
  • Ukraine – 2015-07-01
  • United Kingdom (CETA)
  • United States (CUSFTA)
  • United States (NAFTA)
  • United States (TPP)
  • Vietnam (TPP)

Unless otherwise indicated by a broader trade agreement in brackets, all nations listed have individual agreements with Canada:

CETA – Canada-Europe Trade Agreement
CUSFTA – Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement  (1989-01-01) (superseded by NAFTA)
NAFTA – North America Free Trade Agreement – 1994-01-01

TPP – Trans-Pacific Partnership – 2015-10-05

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