On the Left Side

vote-bringsVote Brings Stability To City Hall

Ravi ParmarUnder 30s in capital region government look to make waves

JustinTrudeauDancing-300x247Trudeau Releases Liberal Platform “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

10392787

Stephen Hume: Ferry traffic drops to lowest level since 1991

4889462844_d61d5a4dcb_oLet’s cut government fossil fuel subsidies and free up billions for more productive investment

imagesKeystone a forest killer: Tyee contributing editor Nikiforuk in New York Times

xxxpolice-car-roof-lights-genericSocial media reports lead to lockdown at Langford high school

UnknownHaze hanging over Duncan prompts air quality advisory

Charlie AngusNDP Decry Conservatives Culture of Silence

Rob Hutchins-Rob-mug-Students First Team Lands Five of Seven Seat on Cowichan School Board

Eliz WarrenWarren supporters set 90-day timeline to draft senator

bc-ferries-900x600 BC Liberal's Ferry Cuts Will Cost -- Not Save Money
 

trudeau-harperByelection results show NDP losing ground in Ontario’s suburbs, improving Trudeau’s chances in 2015

ladysmith-puppies-face-350Terrier-cross puppies rescued by BC SPCA near Ladysmith

Carmel2011-e1332342760430Let’s stop pretending all is OK. It’s not.

p031214ps-0710Addicted to Lies: Kiev, CIA Still Pushing Fake Reports of ‘Russia Invading Ukraine’

cbb2971e-268c-4148-801c-1fcae667c5f7-460x276The right has won control of the English-speaking world - thanks to the weakness of the left

henry-kissinger.siKissinger warns of West’s ‘fatal mistake’ that may lead to new Cold War

The-Law-is-an-Ass-Rafe-on-Burnaby-citizens-loss-to-Kinder-MorganRafe Mair-The Law is an Ass

harperpot1Harper Admits He Saw Marijuana Once

1496518_10152805060457708_2041679605706860930_oHouse Vote in Favor of the Keystone XL Pipeline an Act of War

alain_saulnier.jpg.size.xxlarge.promoCBC/Radio-Canada in danger of disappearing forever

Mulcair 20140620Thomas Mulcair's Harassment Plan Draws On Past Experience

n-STEPHEN-HARPER-MARIJUANA-largeHarper Government's Marijuana Ad Is Being Disliked To Hell (VIDEO)

Justin TrudeauTrudeau Treats Protesters Very Differently Than Harper. He Talks To Them (VIDEO)

Elizabeth MayElizabeth May: 10 Reasons Why Harper Isn't Really Canadian

2014-mason-headGARY MASON-Abusers diminish legitimate male issues

bc-ferries-900x600Vancouver Island Man's Rant Against BC Ferries Goes Viral

Nicolas HulotFrench Climate Envoy Denied Meeting With Harper, Calls Mulcair An Ally

chico-and-debbie-jimenezCops Raid Private Charity: Feeding Homeless People is Now a Crime

Ernst-wins-right-to-sue-Alberta-govt-over-fracking-water-contamination-Ernst wins right to sue Alberta govt over fracking water contamination

Sheila CoppsShelia Copps Says She Was Sexually Assaulted As MPP And Raped

ice capCanadian government orders scientists not to disclose extent of polar melting

PRV0726N-dog killer 1.jpgThe system for the mentally ill in B.C. is failing our families, advocate says

harper rememberDelay-Deny and Die-The Harper Government and Veterans

christy-clark-strong-economy610pxTax Breaks for BC Frackers Reach over $1 Billion

gumdog8 Things That You Should Never Feed Cats or Dogs

imagesThis is how outrageous child care costs in Canada have become

Michael Moore Michael Moore defends Bill Maher. Comedy is and should be a dangerous business

HarperInChinaBetter-300x214Chinese Leader Asks Harper if He Can Touch His Hair

geoff-johnsonGeoff Johnson: Voting for school trustees is worth your time

Air Force Academy GraduationYou don’t protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracy

Screen-Shot-2014-11-10-at-10.24.42-AM-620x412Jon Stewart lost sleep over his softball interview with Donald Rumsfeld

18953cowichanStaples-Michelle-mug-Meet Michelle Staples

iuNanaimo Man Says His Father Suffered Heart Attack While Waiting to See Doctor

TearMaeve Maguire-A Tearful Farewell in NC Council Chambers

Sonia FurstenauContaminated soil plan raises concerns

85819cowichanNov0714MackenziespeaksELECTION 2014: Saving Shawnigan's watershed tops candidate planks

Jon-Stewart-on-Nov.-6-2014-YouTube-800x430Jon Stewart describes Democratic Party’s midterm strategy as ‘D*ckless and Chickensh*t’

Rafe-Shell-promises-green-LNG...as-in-lots-of-greenhouse-gasesRafe: Shell promises “green” LNG…we can trust them, right?

DaraELECTION 2014: Cobble Hill CVRD candidates divided over Balme Ayr Gravel Pit proposal

EllenELECTION 2014: Trustee hopefuls make their pitch to sparse crowd

20141031-2Canadian women make half a million dollars less than men over 20 years

Environmental Activists Protest Outside Of Obama's Address To The Clinton Global InitiativeRick Berman Encouraged Energy Executives To Use These Nasty Tactics On Environmentalists

200562985-001What Kind Of Woman Won't Report Sexual Assault?

stephen_colbert_report_episodic_h_2014Colbert Report' Sets Date for Final Show

Thomas MulcairThomas Mulcair: Ottawa Shooter A Criminal, Not A Terrorist

russell_brandRussell Brand Criticizes Stephen Harper's Reaction To Ottawa Attack (VIDEO)

rick-mercer-3Rick Mercer: Our Parliament Must Remain Open

ron-paul-canada-blowback.siRon Paul: Canada suffers for turning militaristic

spiesDo police and spies need more power?

David Koch, executive vice president of Koch Industries, attends an Economic Club of New York event in New YorkKoch brothers freak out in response to Rolling Stone expose

wh
An Imperial Death Grip on Democracy

10332338Recognize this guy? He was caught by an app that snaps a photo of a cellphone thief as soon as he tries to log in

Cowichan Bay CVRD Director Lori Iannidinardo Bodger-ELECTION 2014: Cow Bay incumbent wants to stay the course, challenger seeks overhaul

Archives

Smarten Up Stephen Harper-Leave Our Farms Alone!

Richard 'Hub' Hughes-Political Blogger

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger

 

Wendy Holm is a leading  Canadian Agrologist whose work is both inspiring and essential to representing the needs of agriculture in Canada. The threat to our agricultural sovereignty is clear and arguably more important than the threat to our energy supplies .

Smarten Up Stephen!

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s recent bleating about protecting Canada’s resources from takeover by foreign state investors (Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation’s $15 billion-dollar takeover of Nexen) is not only disingenuous; it is also hypocritical.

Disingenuous because FIPA, the Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection Agreement, will give existing investors – be they state or private – the right to expand. And Canada is powerless to stop that.

Wendy Holm Agrologist

Wendy Holm Agrologist

Hypocritical because foreign investors are presently buying up Canadian farmland at an alarming rate, state funds are a major player in the global farmland grab, and all of it is happening silently.

Given public priorities concerning food security, food safety and sovereignty, sustainable farming practices and community economic development, foreign ownership of Canada’s farmland is a greater threat to public policy than foreign ownership in the oil patch.

THE HARPER GOVERNMENT-WHICH HAS BEEN TREATING OUR FARMERS LIKE DIRT SINCE 2006, IS SIMPLY LOOKING THE OTHER WAY AS FARMERS SELL OFF THEIR LAND TO PAY THE BILLS.

Smarten up Stephen. In the wise words of William Jennings Bryant: Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.

Check out Wendy Holm’s Blog for much more information on the state of Canada’s Agriculture today.

Leave a Reply

  

  

  

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>