THE CLAIRE FOSS JOURNAL


ONE CANADIAN'S "TAKE" ON GLOBALIZATION


"Globalization" is three simple things:

1. It is a program to seize (by conquest, "legalized crime", or other means) the "common wealth" - water, air, natural resources; transportation, medical, energy, and educational systems; and all other activities capable of generating profit and to deliver them to a few irresponsible, wealthy owners. [corporations]

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2. "Globalization is (as part of the U.S. imperial system) a program to place as much of the seized common wealth as possible into the hands of U.S. owners or owners subservient to the U.S.A.

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3. "Globalization is (less visibly to average people) a program to transform society in such a way that voters and their Parliaments have less and less power to shape the communities in which they live as large private corporations increasingly 'legislate' the pauperization of the population.

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Examples of the theft of our public assets by stealth under the practice of "globalization":

The majority of British Columbians did not want B.C. Rail sold but it was sold to CN. [Remember CN was quietly privatized, stripped as a Canadian service, and sold to mostly U.S.owners, and is now run - in fact - from Texas.]

First steps have been taken to sell off BC Hydro as one third of its services are contracted out to the disreputable American firm, Bermuda-based, Accenture. [See #1 and #2 above]

The new Coastal Ferry Act (Bill 18) is so openly an attack on the people of B.C. that it takes ones breath away. It privatizes B.C. Ferries. It sets up the routes of B.C. Ferries to be taken over by contracting operators who can cut and chop and change. Through the Act, the Campbell government asserts that it is not subject (Sect. 25, 1) to the B.C. Labour Relations Code, that government may not be held responsible for anything done by appointed ferry operators (sect. 34, 1) and that government does not have any "duty to instruct or supervise a ferry operator". In addition, the Act exempts the company from the Ombudsman Act, Freedom of Information law, and oversight by the Auditor General. [See (#3) above] In plain terms, the passing of the Act is a breach of trust with the people of British Columbia."

And why, you may ask, would we ever ask someone who was a high officer in a bankrupt company in the United States to come to Canada to run a privatized ferry system? [See # 1,# 2 and #3 above]

"The theft of B.C. Ferries from the people of British Columbia is in its first painful, traumatic stages. . . But the destruction and looting of the B.C. ferry system as it has been known, used, and owned by the people of B.C. fits into an ugly global activity that needs the plainest language to be understood . . . the ferries struggle is a part of and is not unrelated, for instance, to the attempt by the U.S. to steal a huge portion of the Iraq economy. (After conquest, the U.S. set up a "stooge" Governing Council and has had it pass laws to make all of Iraq's publicly-owned companies - 50% of the economy - for sale without restriction of ownership or removal of profits.)

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From an article by Robin Mathews which first appeared in January, 2004. Robin Mathews publishes on culture, politics, the arts, and Canadian Intellectual history. He lives in Vancouver with his wife. His column appears regularly in Vive le Canada.