It's not that Canada's Lowest Common Denominatrix is a dishonest douchebag, but she's apparently a moron, too. How else to explain this latest bit of right-wing stupidity?
Can Canada's Water Be Exported To Bush's Amerikkka? An Experiment.
Guest post by the Honourable Stéphane Dion, Leader of the Official Opposition
After consulting many many experts, I set up the the following experiment using standard garden hose to represent a continent wide drainage system.
My garden's topography is a close representation of the geography of the North American continent. The grass had been cut by my gardener to an even height of 5cm. Note this hose is easily bendable, has no significant rigidity, and was not reinforced in any way. The hose was spliced and secured by green duct tape.
Yessir, that's a real knee-slapper, all right. Sadly, it fails to address why the export of bulk water is such a contentious issue, and that's because, under the rules of NAFTA, once we start selling bulk water to the U.S., we will not have the legal right to stop.
Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the consequences of beginning to sell bulk water abroad is explained here, particularly in this passage:
A third issue identified by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as arising from the question of whether water is subject to the NAFTA is the relationship between bulk water removal and chapter 11 of the Agreement. Chapter 11 applies to measures adopted or maintained by a NAFTA country relating to investors, and investments of investors, of another NAFTA country in its territory. As well, chapter 11 provides a mechanism for dealing with investor-state disputes relating to a NAFTA country’s alleged breach of obligations under chapter 11. The department has identified two principal obligations of chapter 11 most often cited as being relevant to bulk water removals: providing national treatment; and paying compensation in cases of expropriation.
The national treatment obligation of the NAFTA (Article 1102) requires that any measure adopted by Canada, relating to an investor of another NAFTA country, must accord treatment no less favourable than it accords, in like circumstances, to its own domestic investors. The same applies to investments of an investor of another NAFTA country. It is the department’s view that a regulatory measure relating to an investor of another NAFTA country (or an investment of an investor of such a country) would be consistent with the national treatment obligation if it prohibited the bulk removal of water from water basins in a manner that did not discriminate between investors, in like circumstances, on the basis of nationality. The department therefore contends that Canada’s proposed strategy to prohibit the bulk removal of water from Canadian watersheds, whether for domestic purposes or export, is in keeping with the above obligation. The strategy is discussed subsequently in this paper.
In other words, at least from what I've seen, Canada's progressives are the ones who understand the actual issues here, while Canada's small, brain-dead wankers are spending their time writing about garden hoses and yukking it up.
Yeah, I'm sure that surprises you, too.