Monday, July 23, 2012

Can Jean Charest awaken Canada - draft

Can Jean Charest awaken Canada?

Recently, Canada made wall to wall headlines on Drudge when it was announced that Canadians are richer than Americans. And by a good deal: almost $50,000 per head. And prospects ahead are good. Iceland, in its recovery, considers going to the Loonie, the Canadian dollar. Those who watch closely may have seen this coming the past ten years. Today Canada rises and the creation point might have been the 2002 Winter Olympics - the one Mitt Romney took charge of - when Dick Cheney sat darkly in the audience waiting for a new "Mirqcle on Ice." A bit obsequeus for a "superpower" to declare they conquered the Soviet Union in a hockey game. And it didn't happen. What happened is that the Canadian women, led by Haley Wickenheiser and armed by Coach Danièle Sauvageau with three fateful words; “responsibility, determination, courage”  took the gold from the Americans. There were other issues, but they all happened around the time of that fateful hockey game. The next day the Canadian men's team did the same. From then till now it was onward and upward.

The age ahead, says legendary investor Jim Rogers is one of agriculture and commodities and Canadians have both in vast, almost unimagineable  quantities. And a simple twist of fate from mother nature could help a good deal: Global warming - bad for Texas, good for Canada. Civilizations and realms rise first in Agriculture, says Rogers and metabolize later to industrialization and investment. England and America rose while Canada sat alone in solitary splendor. Now it rises without the burdens of debt and unemployment which plague Europe and America.

The last election was instructive. MichEl Ignetiev, the Liberal Candidate for Prime Minister,  lost big time. His failure reveals a Canadian transition. Canada has changed. Canadians will no longer advance themselves as a secondary realm - the introverted half of America, novelist Robertson Davies phrase – a footnote to American globalist models like like those succer fish which at tech themselves to killer sharks. And thanks to Wickenheiser  and her women Canadians have a new confidence. Canadians will no longer vote for the candidate who seems the most like an American presidential knock off. Ignetiev, who spent 25years as a Harvard professor and writes like Clinton aide carried only three seats.
Charest, whose election is coming up in September should be looked at because as premier he has brought Quebec to a mor intimate relationship with Canada and aired the righteousness of the claim to sovereignty. In 2003 Charest established a Council of the Federation, a group similar to America’s Governor’s  Council but perhaps quite different. Before his death, GeorgeKennan has proposed for America a Council of Elders to take a second diffident and objective look at the other groups, the Presidency, the Congress, the Courts and the MSM and Charest’s group in Canada could do just that. And it would give a sense of equality between Quebec and the other provinces which was always and correctly an issue. At least 36 dstates today demand greater sovereignty in America and Quebec was first to do so in Canada.
And long time visitor to Canada could see the tendency to imitate America. And since its conception, from  Hamilton to Lincoln and on the the 13th amendment in 1917, the American  states have yielded sovereignty to Washingtoon. Just so in Canada and continuing with present Prime Minister Stephen Harper. But the tide has turned. Prime minister --- of Endge flooks forward to the next meeting of Premiers to discuss environmental issues direct with the other premiers. It is a model on which sovereignty can begin to return to the regions and Canada ‘s rising prosperity can  take shape. And a modified version – perhaps a “supercommittee of governors in America – could do the same here.

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