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Sinopec Corp, Oil Sands, CIDa

Welcome to the Peoples' Republic of China on Canadian soil

by Judi McLeod & Brian Thompson,

January 22, 2005

Is China's ownership interest in alberta oil sands being financed with Canadian tax dollars?

Officials with Sinopec Corp.-- a company majority owned by the Chinese government has already been in alberta for their own look-see--an actual tour of the oil sands.

a second Chinese state-owned company, Minmetals Corp. is working on a bid to acquire Toronto-based mine company Noranda Inc.--a deal worth more than $7 billion.

When the fix is in, the Canadian Liberal Government will have managed to sell off our nation's coveted natural resources–allowing China to buy them with our own money!

This story begins and ends with The Canadian International Development agency (CIDa), which provides more development assistance to China than to any other country in the world. That information gem comes from the Canadian Embassy in Beijing.

CIDa's disbursements for the bilateral program (the core of Canada's development in China) amounted to $65.45 million in 2002.

Megamillion Canadian economic expenditures in China extend to projects conducted by Canadian non-profit and private sector groups, as well as by the International Development Research Centre. Canada also contributes big time to the work of multilateral agencies in China, such as the United Nations Development Program, UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

Overtaxed Canadian citizens ruled by a Liberal government that claims budget surplus, and still no tax breaks in sight, are paying plenty to Communist China.

Examples of current Canadian-sponsored development projects in the Orient include:

  • The Canada China Cooperation Project in Cleaner Production ($10.5 million from 1996 to 2003);

  • Sustainable agriculture Development in the Inner Mongolia autonomous Region ($3.5 million, from 2000 to 2005);

  • The Public Policy Options Program Phases 1 & 11($10.5 million from 1996 to 2004);

  • The China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development Phase 11 & 111 ($14.9 million from 1997 to 2007).

    a $10 million joint project between CIDa and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has recently successfully completed stage one testing in China. The project was led in part by the alberta Research Council.

    and that's just a snapshot of the kind of Canadian tax dollars being poured into China.

    CIDa began building relationships with the Chinese government in 1981, with a general cooperation agreement being signed in 1983.

    In partnership with federal government departments and Canadian organizations, many of CIDa's development cooperation projects focus on human rights, good governance and democratic development. They include initiatives on the training of judges, criminal law reform, women's rights, legal aid and the development of civil society with gender equity as an important underlying theme.

    No one should be surprised to see signs of Prime Minister Paul Martin's determined commitment to China.

    It was during a major public speech, at a dinner hosted by the Canada-China Business Council, when Prime Minister Paul Martin stated that Canada stands to "benefit from" China's increased need for the world's natural resources.

    andre Desmarais, the son of Martin's former Power Corp. boss Paul Desmarais, happens to be the chairman of the Canada-China Business Council. andre Desmarais is married to France, the daughter of Martin's immediate predecessor, former Prime Minister Jean Chretien.

    Then, of course Martin longtime mentor, Maurice Strong an unabashed advocate for China as the next world power, founded CIDa in 1967, where he was launched as an international powerhouse.

    Indeed, Martin's first very first opportunity to express his vision about Canada and China as Prime Minister came on December 6, 2004, when he was keynote speaker at the Canada-China Business Council annual dinner.

    "No longer can China be considered simply an emerging market; it has established itself as a world power," Martin said.

    Referring to New York Times columnist Bill Friedman, Martin said that in writing about China's rise to power, Friedman said that when Bill Gates goes to China, people line up for hours and hang from the rafters to hear him speak.

    "In China Bill Gates is Britney Spears and in North america, Britney Spears is Britney Spears."

    For concerned Canadians under the evolving prime ministership of the Desmarais-Strong-influenced Paul Martin: Welcome to the Peoples' Republic of China.

    Canada Free Press founding editor Most recent by Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years experience in the print media. Her work has appeared on, Drudge Report,, Glenn Beck. Judi can be reached at: [email protected]m

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