Thursday, June 02, 2005

More anti-American propaganda from the CBC – Liberal Hypocrisy in Story of Sovereign Airspace

Last night, the CBC delivered a story about a security measure proposed by the United States. The proposal would require information on passengers flying through American airspace to be given to American security services. Many flights including Montreal to Halifax, or Toronto to Calgary, cross U.S. airspace to save time and fuel. Under current rules, America only requires passenger lists when a plane will be taking off or landing at an American airport. Now the Americans are proposing that any flight flying through American airspace provide this information even when no stop in the US is scheduled.

For now it’s just an idea, draft legislation in the US, but if passed it would affect plenty of flights because so much of Canada’s population is close to the US border and the fastest way across Canada is often through American airspace. More than 2,000 domestic flights a week go that way.

The CBC’s Paul Hunter began his story using the infamous man on the street interviews to portray the anti-American attitudes we are supposed to have in this country. One person interviewed said, “I think that that’s my business, not the American government’s business.” Another person said, “I’m for fighting terrorism and stuff like that, but there are certain lines I just don’t agree with yet.”

According to the story, the Minister responsible calls this a matter of sovereignty. Liberal Transport Minister Jean Lapierre said, “We don’t think it’s a good idea that Canadians traveling from one city to another would have to be checked under the American no-fly list.”

Paul Hunter continues by saying, “The thing is, it’s their air, leaving Canada with little more than its own persuasiveness with which to convince the Americans to back down. If not, the simple apparent options: comply or use longer, costlier, but fully inside Canada routes instead.” The insinuation Paul Hunter makes is obvious. America is a big evil dominant country imposing its will on poor defenseless Canada once again.

Paul Hunter went so far as to use an expert to convince Canadians that we deserve special treatment in this country despite the anti-American attitudes we show our southern neighbor. Paul hunter put it this way, “Canada, says this air industry analyst, ought to get a break.”

Referring to the Americans, the air industry analyst said, “It’s really a matter in my feeling of being caught up in a larger policy that they’re trying to invoke on the world, forgetting that Canada perhaps has a special circumstance because we share the continent with them.”

Is it not amazing that just a short time ago the tables were turned and the propaganda wing of the liberal party, the CBC, was doing a story about Canada’s sovereign airspace?

Remember when Paul Martin and the liberals turned their back on America and said on behalf of our country that they would not support ballistic missile defense? And the liberals did this within days of the Canadian Ambassador to the US saying we are already committed to supporting the missile defense system.

It was at that time Prime Minister Paul Martin himself rebuked America at the thought they would dare defend themselves from missile attack by shooting any incoming missile down in Canadian airspace. This was when Paul Martin gave his infamous rant and said, “This is our airspace, we're a sovereign nation and you don't intrude on a sovereign nation's airspace without seeking permission.”

Liberal bloggers and the entire liberal mainstream media screamed bloody murder when America brushed off the notion that it would have to ask Canada for permission before shooting down incoming missiles targeting American cities. The left in this country really believed that America had some obligation to consult with us before daring to defend the lives of its own people. And this is the same sickeningly selfish anti-American left that is disgusted with the idea of divulging so much as their name to America, even if that information could, again, be used to save the lives of the American people.

The anti-American garbage and blatant hypocrisy that continues to flow out of the CBC is sickening beyond belief.


At 11:09 p.m., Blogger Neville72 said...

Any American president who allowed incoming missiles to hit their targets simply because he hadn't gotten the "permission" of Paul Martin to intercept them would be impeached and run out of office inside of a month and would be lucky to be alive for very long.

God forbid that day ever happens but if it does, I think having a conversation with your PM will be way down on the list of priorities.

At 8:37 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

As usual the shallow thinkers that seem to gravitate of late to the Conservative cause can't separate fact from fiction.

The travel of aircraft is governed by international convention and agreements that include the transfer of certain information **directly relevant** to the operation of civilian aircraft.

That convention doesn't include the operation of ballistic missiles, and therefore the matter of use of air space is complete different.

If you want to do comparisons, please compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges.

At 8:49 a.m., Anonymous rebarbarian said...

Anonymous: After 9-11 anything in the air can become a missile. Quite likely this is a response to our pathetic security upgrades. The Liberal deep thinkers announced billions in spending but as usual there are very little results.

At 10:35 a.m., Blogger A Hermit said...

None of the ABM systems in the new American plan would fly over Canadian airspace anyway; they're all targeted over the Pacific Ocean.

As for the the useless "no-fly" lists, I just have two words. Maher Arar.

At 4:06 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

This kind of hypocrisy, double-speak and inconsistency in argument by the CBC has become commonplace. To illustrate my point I will use the CBC's Evan Solomon.

In an interview he did a little while back on CBC Sunday Morning, Solomon argued to his guest that the U.S. administration must be wrong on its refusal to ratify the Kyoto Accord because, as Solomon put it, “…most of the western world is on board with the treaty and wants to see it ratified in their respective parliaments and legislative bodies, so isn't the Bush administration out of step with the rest of the world?”

Hmmm. This is an interesting analysis by Mr. Solomon. So for the sake of consistency would Mr. Solomon say that the proposed law by the Canadian government to legalize same-sex marriage must be wrong since the entire western world, save for Canada and the Netherlands, do not have it as law nor – and this is the important part -- do they have any intentions of making it such.

Blowing holes in the arguments of Liberals, and exposing them for the hypocrites they are, is like shooting fish in a barrel.

At 2:19 a.m., Anonymous Jema54 said...

Just because buying 'hot air' is Maurice Strong's idea of how to redistribute wealth and just because Matin and the Liberals are making money with Marice making poor people poorer (oil for food bad business)and middle class people pay for the sins of billionares; there is no need to defend it to the people here. The bloggers here know the score. When the rest of the world (Kyoto's world) is equally poor it will be nice to know there is still a place to go where they drive big cars, heat houses, own vacume cleaners, have air conditioning etc.etc. It is always 'good' to celebrate differences and USA WILL be very different from us in 5-6 years (like East and West Berlin) Spoon fed 'do - gooders' will be the first to howl.

At 9:52 a.m., Blogger W.L. Mackenzie Redux said...

CBC anti American Biased??? Horrors ...say it's not so.

I think you have identified the source of synthetic Canadianism.

At 11:29 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see all the self-hating Canadians are here to once again lick the backside of America, hoping she'll notice them.

Any Canadian who isn't angry that the Americans want us to agree to this nonsense isn't much of a Candian at all. Which perfectly describes so many western conservatives...

At 10:24 a.m., Blogger alsocanadian said...

I'm not angry and I'm alsocanadian!

"synthetic Canadianism" LOL! Good one!

At 10:31 a.m., Blogger Canadi-anna said...

Michael, I haven't seen you amongst those who have been book tagged. Now you have been. Sorry.

At 1:16 p.m., Blogger Rondo said...

THere is no such thing as an anglo canadian ID. Never was. Our Scot, Italian and Irish immigrants are just a bit more recent than the US ones. Vermont public radio is interchangeable with Toronto CBC. They are carbon copies of the same post modern, nanny state, fault free, impotent model. Same goes for Massachusets Democrats and Canadian Liberals. J. C. Meloncamp and B. Springsteen, anti war pussies are interchangeable, to be found on either side of the border. Very, very little that is important and lasting in our National character can be distinguished from a readily available US equivalent. The big difference between the Eagle and the Beaver is in the percentage of partriotic citizens. In the US about 75 % of citizens are patriotic (all of Repubs and half of the Dems). In Canada I'd say we have about 40% of citizens that are partriotic, about 30% being Conservatives and the rest, well, whatever......

At 4:56 p.m., Blogger Michael said...

Book tagged, huh? Does that mean I'm it?

At 8:38 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

So we want to use their airspace, but not abide by their rules? Thats simple, we can be independent, sovereign Canadians and pay an extra 50$ or so on our tickets for the extra fuel to stay in Canada. No need for the outrage I saw on CBC. The US has every right to restrict their airspace just as Canada has every right to say no to BMD. Thinking this is an outrage is intellectually dishonest and pointing out that dishonesty is not anti-Canadian or pro US, its just the truth. Ooops sorry, I forgot that the CBC and like minded Canadians wouldn't know what that word means.


At 9:26 p.m., Blogger Warwick said...

The Yanks don't have to let us use their airspace at all. Its theirs to do what they want with. The CBC is just bloviating its usual leftist idiocy.

Nothing to see here that is out of the ordinary. Average day in Trudeupia. In the mean time the US can make laws about their own soveriegn country as they see fit. The same way we can in our own country.

At 12:04 a.m., Blogger Dodos said...

Just because people disagree with American policies does not make them anti-American. That sort of black and white thinking is not only dangerous, it is also incorrect. I disagree with many American policies, but that does not make me anti-American, it simply means that I objest to some of their policies. I am not sure why so many Alliance/Reform Canadians believe that we have to agree to everything that Americans say. We are a soverign (sp?) nation with our own laws and conventions. The whole, if you are not with us you are against us is ridiculous.

At 7:37 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I am not sure why so many Alliance/Reform Canadians believe that we have to agree to everything that Americans say."

Excellent question. What compels some conservatives in this country to prostrate themselves at the feet of America?

Do they really want to hand our sovereignty over to the yanks? Is their self-esteem really that low?

At 4:26 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quite the's LIBERALISM that actually breeds "low self-esteem".

Lets begin with welfare and its inescapable trappings.

Seems to me the Yanks can choose to do what they want with THEIR airspace.

As we did ours. Re: Missile Defense Shield.

At 10:48 a.m., Blogger selutha said...

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At 10:49 a.m., Blogger selutha said...

ok 2 things.

1) what is it mean to be book tagged?

2) what is the big deal if you want to use our air space obey our rules if you dont want to obey our rules then dont use our air space that is our right.


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