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Canadian Regime Change Fanatics Scream of Russian Interference into Canada’s Elections

Canadian regime changers are now exposed.

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On April 5 Canada’s foreign minister embodied the essence of hypocrisy by complaining loudly that Canada’s upcoming October 2019 elections were under threat by a regime change operation steered by Russia which was seeking to undermine the international democratic order.

In order to respond to the threat of foreign interference, the Minister of Global Affairs Canada announced the creation of a “democratic” five person body staffed entirely with unelected senior bureaucrats from the Privy Council Office under the control of the Clerk of the PCO which will act as a new Propaganda bureau to determine what Canadians are and are not allowed to know. This body will focus on social media and will interface closely with the head of Facebook Canada CEO Kevin Chan. She also announced the creation of a Security Threats Task Force which unites all intelligence agencies of Canada (RCMP, Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Communications Security Establishment under the office of Global Affairs Canada. Lastly, the creation of a G7 Rapid Response Mechanism would be created in order to protect all of Canada’s G7 partners from similar “foreign meddling” and run out of Freeland’s Global Affairs Office.

Justin Trudeau, whose administration is collapsing under the weight of self-contradictions built into the green technocratic worldview that he was selected to advance, was quick to jump on this new narrative stating “it is very clearly that countries like Russia are behind a lot of the divisive campaigns.”

Canadian Regime Changers Exposed

Chrystia Freeland’s role as a regime change darling of the British Empire has been increasingly known since the Ukrainian Maidan. It was that British Empire that groomed her under a Rhodes scholarship at Oxford and groomed her for years as an agent controlling mass perception by her management of Reuters and Canada’s Globe and Mail before placing her in a controlling position of Justin Trudeau in 2013.

Her role in steering the vast networks of Canadian Banderites who have long grown in numbers and influence in Canada is as well-known as her friendship with leading Svoboda/Pravi Sektor leaders in Ukraine who were deployed to overthrow a legitimately elected pro-Russian government from Nov. 2013-Feb. 2014. Increasingly well known is her own family’s deeply rooted Nazi sympathies going back to her grandfather’s role in working directly with the Waffen-SS during the latter’s occupation of Ukraine.

When the Ukraine “color revolution” steered by the British-run Deep State (of which Freeland is a senior member) of failed to achieve its goal of de-stabilizing Russia, attention was turned to Venezuela where both Russia and China have invested tens of billions in infrastructure and whose government has been extremely favorable to cooperation on the Belt and Road initiative.

For this job, Freeland was deployed alongside her Oxford-trained colleague Ben Rowswell who together worked diligently for several years for a color revolution. As ambassador to Venezuela from 2014-2017, Rowswell managed to coordinate anti-government forces on the ground stating“We became one of the most vocal embassies in speaking out on human rights issues and encouraging Venezuelans to speak out”. Upon leaving Venezuela he said “I don’t think they (anti-Maduro forces) have anything to worry about because Minister Freeland has Venezuela way at the top of her priority list”.

What Rowswell was referring to was Freeland’s role in garnering the semblance of international support for the overthrow by her creation of the Lima Group of 13 Latin American countries (plus Canada) who could be said to “represent the consensus view of South America” in order to the regime change a “democratic” look. Apparently the deep state managers of Canada didn’t think there was anything weird an Anglo Saxon monarchy leading a group of Latin American republics and assumed the world would feel the same way.

As it turns out, even though the majority of Lima Group Foreign ministers were induced to support the regime change (very likely due to the vast control of South American mining operations controlled by Canadian mining giants), the world wasn’t so quick to jump enthusiastically on the regime change bandwagon with both Russia and China firmly denying their recognition of opposition leader Guaido’s legitimacy as the country’s leader culminating in Russia’s March 23 deployment of military aircraft and personnel into Venezuela as a message to all Deep State fanatics to back off.

It is noteworthy, that even though Donald Trump paid limited lip service to the hawks in his own government and internationally by telling Russia to leave Venezuela, the fact is that the rift between Trump and those war hawks exemplified by Bolton, Pence, and Pompeo, was made very clear as the President took several opportunities from April 3-6 to call for greater cooperation with Russia and China.

The Collapse of the Deep State and Rise of the New Paradigm

Freeland, Rowswell and their British handlers are undoubtedly not sleeping well at night. Their system is collapsing and there isn’t very much that they can do about it. The empire’s control structures so long kept in the shadows are increasingly exposed to the light of day with the collapse of Russia-Gate, and the exposure of the role of Canada’s Privy Council Office and Round Table movement (aka: Chatham House groups) as guiding (British) hands behind global affairs.

With the Brexit, Italy’s joining the BRI, the failure of the EU and bankruptcy of the City of London-Wall Street banking system, the world is finally waking up to the fact that the “great game” which so perverted the 20th century is falling apart. Not only that but only one serious alternative is on the table: the Belt and Road Initiative/New Silk Road as a global force of cooperation and long term investment into the real (vs speculative/fictitious) part of the economy.

In weeks, Beijing will host the 2nd Belt and Road Conference from and Trump, speaking alongside China’s vice Premier stated a very important intention as a lead up to that conference: 1) an end to the trade war is immanent with a major deal expected in weeks and 2) that Russia, China and America should stop wasting billions on war machines and start re-directing those expenditures towards long term great projects that benefit everyone. The places to do this not only include Belt and Road projects in Eurasia, Africa and the Americas but also the important domain of space exploration and cooperation. Both Russia and China have made it clear that space is a domain for peace on earth with Russia moving ahead with a lunar colony for 2040 and China’s far side of the moon landing on January 3, 2019 being a precursor to a larger lunar mining/industrialization program to access rare earths and Helium-3 fusion fuel.

Donald Trump has joined this chorus of nations pushing for a space based economy by announcing a revival of NASA’s mission with a Moon-Mars program on March 26.

While the future looks increasingly hopeful, and the British Empire’s ugly hand is increasingly exposed for the world to see, there are still many dirty tricks which the devil can still throw at the world.


BIO: Matthew J.L. Ehret is a journalist, lecturer and founder of the Canadian Patriot Review. His works have been published in Executive Intelligence Review, Global Research, Global Times, The Duran, Nexus Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, Veterans Today and Sott.net. Matthew has also published the book “The Time has Come for Canada to Join the New Silk Road” and three volumes of the Untold History of Canada (available on untoldhistory.canadianpatriot.org). He can be reached at [email protected]

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Vera Gottlieb

How much further is this mass hysteria going to go? How much longer? As I see it, these are tactics to distract the population from what really ails a country…be it Canada, the US, the UK…and now Germany too.

john vieira
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They are running out of options…so they and their slavish lackeys fall back on the “Putin did it” line…something that still appeals to the gullible masses it would appear…

Shot in the foot gang
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Shot in the foot gang

It ain’t mass hysteria. It’s a very purposeful, deceptive and disingenuous effort by certain parties to attempt to inject hysteria into the population and it’s already made them into a laughingstock.

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The Trudeau government with Freeland as Foreign minister has turned our country of Canada as an instrument of propaganda not from the Russians as claimed but their own deluded states of mind.Good grief ,these people must be looking under their beds at night to check for Russians.
The worst of it all is that it is creating divisions and animosities within the Canadian populations that know nothing other than to listen to their media as the gospel truth.

Smoking Eagle
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Smoking Eagle

And maybe they have forgotten the US influence in the last election when US-based robo calls and US financial support strove to keep Harper in power.

John Smith
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John Smith

Actually it was the Liberal government who received millions in foreign election funding from dubious sources…

Platon
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Platon

Sonderkommando Soros

Harold
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Harold

These people are intent on taking us to a Nuclear armageddon . I noticed that the press reported that Freeland got the highest rating of all ministers last year. I wonder from whom? Watch out boys and girls , she is being groomed to be PM. Mark my words. What a great way to serve Cuntada , being slaves to Israel and the USA. Trudeau is a fucking disgrace to his father’s name and all decent Canadians

Platon
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Platon

You are right. She is being groomed. And note that the photo of her is shot from below and at fast exposure to conceal the fact that Freeland is a twitching, demonically possessed dwarf.

Food for Thought
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Food for Thought

If that hyena’s ever elected, I’m building my own brick wall on the border with Canada.

john vieira
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Rachel Maddow(?) of MSNBC would fit right in with these jokers…

Food for Thought
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Food for Thought

Proof positive that a nazi and a zionist are two sides of the same coin.

Newton's Principia
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Newton's Principia

Freeland’s grandpa was steeped in the juices of state-sponsored propaganda. Genetically disposed, one might say. The more rotten the core of the apple, the less it can bounce from the tree.

Platon
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Platon

I thought Canada would not recover after Harper. It is now clear that it will not recover from Turdeau/Castro, Chryssa Freeland, and the band of fifty-percenter screaming harpies that he appointed, bypassing the need for their election, “because it is 2015”.
And if that does not equal a dictator and his dictatorship, I do not know what does.

Food for Thought
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Food for Thought

Just consider it God’s punishment for giving safe haven to so many Nazi-collaborating war criminals from WWII. Next time Canada thinks of harboring a jackal under its tunic, it might think twice.

Oh, I forgot….there’s that White Helmets thing.

topolcats
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Yes, I did find Russians in my bed! I am married to one!

Bertram
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Bertram

She is a Ukrainian Nazi sympathizer like her parents before her. https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/03/09/why-canada-defends-ukrainian-fascism.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrystia_Freeland She is also banned from entering Russia.

Tjoe
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Tjoe

Do their politicians have to swear alliance to Israel like in the USA?

Hmph
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No, to Bandera.

Hmph
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Canada’s fully in the grasp of the dark side. And to think I actually used to consider it a real country.

Smoking Eagle
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Smoking Eagle

Canada being its own country ended with Jean Chretien. Now it is just a US/Israeli puppet, just like most other Nato countries.

Harold
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Harold

Wish to shake your hands

Platon
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Platon

Canada is merely an Eye with George Soros as its secret head. Turdeay is merely a place-holder and the acceptable face of the Globalist-Zionist takeover.

Harold
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Harold

Sick bastards. Only Israel matters. Imagine her lying about Cuba spying on Canadian diplomats in Cuba. Cubans love Canada dearly. No Cuban govt. will risk alienating Canada in this way. Canadians say that Trump is very stupid and crass as he boasts how he rolls over Trudeau with ease. Now here is Canada doing the bidding of the Trump administration. Russia bashing re: Nazi Ukraine, Skirpal, Venezuela, Syria, NATO and get this : Election meddling in an election that has not been held as yet! Go figure.

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jrkrideau

Such silly crap. I am a Canadian and must say this is so silly I have trouble stopping laughing. Pity they did not get someone who knew something about Canada to write the piece.

John Smith
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John Smith

You sound just like all the other deaf, dumb and blind, uneducated and high Trudeau fans…

Platon
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Platon

You sound… and there is no nice way of saying this; Ukrainian.

Nouveau Knowledge
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Nouveau Knowledge

This day and age, hard to tell a Ukrainian from a Russian, especially since they’re so good at spoofing Russians when ‘meddling’ on the internet. It almost seems as if it’s been ‘organized’ somehow.

Food for Thought
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Food for Thought

C’mon Pierre. Who you kidding? Your politicians take photo-ops with Right Sector recruiters at Canadian fairgrounds. Only way they could sink lower, or look dumber, would be if they were caught giving Nazi salutes in their underwear, while soliciting in truckstop restrooms.

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Cap960

Canadians have had enough of lying Mangina Trudeau. Russia doesn’t need to interfere in their politics to see the hate Canadians have for Mangina. After Mangina late scandal Russian interference is just BS of another Cruela Clinton copy cat tactic. Canadians government can’t think on their own. They want regime change in Venezuela yet cries wolf about Russia?! Those Canucks are crazy indeed!

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Many valid points made by the author. But the framework he presents – that Canada is working for the British Empire’s “Ugly hand” -without evidence – points towards his deep bias as a follower of Lyndon Larouche & his PAC/cult. Larouche, who passed away recently, and his zealots delve deeply into wild conspiracy theories and non- falsifiable ‘scientific theories’. The Executive Intelligence Review is LPAC rag. The website “Canadian Patriot” includes a disclaimer: ” The views expressed in the Canadian Patriot Review are inspired by the philosophy and strategic outlook of Lyndon LaRouche…” With this in mind, it’s hard to… Read more »

Platon
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La Rouche was an early ‘type’ of Snowden/Manning and they got him with fake charges.
La Rouche was far more correct on most matters than the Jew York Times and Washington Paste (also Jewish) will ever be in an eternity of Sabbath days.
Why not complain about them, Travis?
Or about the Ukro-Fascist dwarf, FM Freeland [sic], whose real land is on the Zio-Nazi Maidan along with her Sonderkommando Patron, George Soros, who now practically owns the Ukraine and Canada.

Roy Coates
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Canada under Harper and now Trudeau has lost its way. The CBC has become unlistenable, having bought in to all the MSM biases. UBC (University of BC) has invited four, I think, White Helmets to address its students. The CBC has interviewed one of them – a worthless interview – softball questions assuming that the White Helmets are doing commendable work, saving thousands of civilians, to an nearly inarticulate WH. The organizer, no doubt a pro regime change Syrian, spouted the regime changer lies, to an approving interviewer. I hope the students will give them a good roasting, but somehow… Read more »

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Most Canadians are massively ignorant in the Syrian conflict as well as other global conflicts. They only believe what their cherished state/Liberal sponsored CBC “media” regurgitates to them. Most are now too busy inhaling their lately legalized marijuana which the government is hoping keeps them blissful, docile and unaware of the odious government manipulations to our country….

Platon
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Platon

You could have stopped with your first, absolutely correct, postulate. It needs no elucidation.

Platon
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Platon

So, in Canada, a vote for any party but the party in power at the moment, is now treason.
The Ukro-Fascist, lesbian dwarf FM, Chryssa Freeland, is tasked by her patron, George Soros with the Ukrainification of the world.
The corpse of Canada is beginning to stink.

Platon
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Platon

This dynamic duo of NeoCon Neo-Bolsheviks could piss in the face of most Canadians all day and they would call it ‘rain’.
How humiliating that these paranoid-schizophrenic Soros-agents who are, at best, regents in Sonderkommando George’s newly-acquired Satrapie of Canada, have so viciously lied to Canadians, clearly insinuating that a vote for anyone but Turdeau is, de-facto, treason, and gotten away with it.

Nouveau Knowledge
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Nouveau Knowledge

Pardon me, just curious but isn’t Guaido the textbook definition of ‘puppet’?

topolcats
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I expect nothing from this Canadian Ukrainian fascist from a notorious Nazi family!
That she is a Rhodes scholars tell it all! After all Cecil Rhodes is the poster boy for racism, fascism and western imperialism.

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Germany does not manufacture atomic weapons but has come to consider itself as a nuclear power because it has vectors to use them.

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Germany’s armed forces are currently studying the possibility of acquiring nuclear bombers capable of using the new American B61-12 atomic bombs.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon itself plans to deploy these new atomic bombs in the German region of Eifel, in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The German air force already has multi-tasking Tornado warplanes, which are already capable of deploying American atomic bombs. But those aircraft are going to be replaced, possibly, by European-developed Eurofighters, or by United States manufactured F/A-18 Super Hornets.

Either way, the warplane that Germany selects will have to be equipped with the AMAC (Aircraft Monitoring and Control) system, which allows the use of the new American atomic bombs and enables the regulation of the power of the explosion as well as at what height the bombs explode after they are launched.

Germany does not manufacture atomic weapons but has come to consider itself as a nuclear power because it has vectors to use them, and believes that this gives it the right to sit on the UN Security Council sharing the permanent member position occupied by France.

Both countries would thus represent the European Union, under the auspices of NATO.

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‘Yellow Vests’ march in Paris for 23rd straight week.

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Yellow Vests protests brought clashes and tear gas back to the streets of Paris, despite politicians’ calls for “unity” in the wake of the Notre Dame fire. For protesters, the response to the fire only showed more inequality.

Saturday’s protests mark the 23rd straight weekend of anti-government demonstrations, but the first since Notre Dame de Paris went up in flames on Monday. Officials were quick to criticize the protesters for returning to the streets so soon after the disaster.

“The rioters will be back tomorrow,” Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters on Friday. “The rioters have visibly not been moved by what happened at Notre-Dame.”

For many of the protesters, grief over the destruction of the 800-year-old landmark has made way for anger. With smoke still rising from Notre Dame, a group of French tycoons and businessmen pledged €1 billion to the cathedral’s reconstruction, money that the Yellow Vests say could be better spent elsewhere.

“If they can give dozens of millions to rebuild Notre Dame, they should stop telling us there is no money to respond to the social emergency,” trade union leader Philippe Martinez told France 24.

Saturday’s protests saw a return to scenes familiar since the Yellow Vests first mobilized in November to protest a fuel tax hike. Demonstrators in Paris’ Bastille district set barricades on fire and smashed vehicles, and police deployed tear gas to keep the crowds at bay.

Sporadic incidents of vandalism and looting were reported across the city, and some journalists even reported rioters throwing feces at police.

60,000 police officers were deployed across the country, and in Paris, a security perimeter was set up around Notre Dame. A planned march that would have passed the site was banned by police, and elsewhere, 137 protesters had been arrested by mid afternoon, police sources told Euronews.

Beginning as a show of anger against rising fuel costs in November, the Yellow Vests movement quickly evolved into a national demonstration of rage against falling living standards, income inequality, and the perceived elitism and pro-corporation policies of President Emmanuel Macron. Over 23 weeks of unrest, Macron has made several concessions to the protesters’ demands, but has thus far been unable to quell the rising dissent.

After Notre Dame caught fire on Monday, the president postponed a television address to the nation, during which he was expected to unveil a package of tax cuts and other economic reforms, another measure to calm the popular anger in France.

Macron’s address will be held on Thursday.

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O Canada! The True North Strong and Free – Not

Maybe it’s past time for Canadians to get serious again about their independence.

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Canadian visitors to Washington sometimes wonder why their embassy stands at the foot of Capitol Hill.

The answer? To be close to where Canada’s laws are made.

A main showcase of Ottawa’s craven servility to Washington is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s complicity in the US-led regime change operation being conducted against Venezuela. Not content with ruining his own country with multiculturalism, polysexualism, and the like, Li’l Justin has acted in lockstep with Big Brother to the south inslapping sanctions on Venezuelan officials and serving as a US agent of influence, especially with other countries in the western hemisphere:

‘A Canadian Press report published at the end of January revealed that Canadian diplomats worked systematically over several months with their Latin American counterparts in Caracas to prepare the current regime-change operation, pressing [Venezuelan President Nicolás] Maduro’s right-wing opponents to set aside their differences and mount a joint challenge to the government. “The turning point,” said the Canadian Press [Global News], “came Jan. 4, when the Lima Group … rejected the legitimacy of Maduro’s May 2018 election victory and his looming January 10 inauguration, while recognizing the ‘legitimately elected’ National Assembly.” The report cited an unnamed Canadian official as saying the opposition “were really looking for international support of some kind, to be able to hold onto a reason as to why they should unite, and push somebody like Juan Guaidó.”

‘One day prior to Maduro’s inauguration, [Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia] Freeland spoke to Guaidó, the newly-elected National Assembly speaker, by telephone to urge him to challenge the elected Venezuelan president.’

But that’s not all. Canada is out front and center in the “Five Eyes” intelligence agencies’ war on China’s Huawei – with direct prompting from US legislators and intelligence.  As explained by Col. Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Gen. Colin Powell, it’s not that Huawei violated any law when circumventing US sanctions but it is the US that is acting illegally by unilaterally imposing sanctions that were never agreed to internationally. But that’s OK – when it comes to Washington’s claims of jurisdiction over every human being on the planet, Justin and Chrystia are happy to oblige!

Also, let’s not forget Chrystia’s role in keeping the pot boiling in Ukraine. It would of course be cynical (and probably racist) to attribute anything relating to Ukraine to her own interesting family background …

To be fair, the lickspittle attitude of Canadian officials towards their masters south of the 49th parallel is hardly unique in the world. Also to be fair, it’s natural and would be generally beneficial for Canada to have a positive relationship with a powerful, kindred neighbor rather than a negative one. Think of Austria’s ties to Germany, or the Trans-Tasman relationship of Australia and New Zealand, or the links that still exist between Russia and Ukraine despite efforts by the west to set them against each other (as, for example, Spain and Portugal were at loggerheads for several centuries, when the latter was a loyal ally of Spain’s foe, Great Britain, to such an extent that Portugal was sometimes shown on maps and globes in the same pink as British possessions; a similar situation existed between Argentina and British ally Chile).

A close and mutually advantageous relationship is one thing, but Canada’s de facto loss of independence is another. Not only does the US control Canada’s diplomacy, military, and intelligence but also her financial system (with, among other levers, the notorious FATCA law, which places Canadian institutions under the supervision of the IRS, with Canada’s revenue service acting, care of the Canadian taxpayer, as a cat’s paw for not only the IRS but the NSA and other snooping agencies). As explained by one Canadian nationalist (yes, they do exist!), the redoubtable David Orchard, trade is also a critical issue:

‘Canada …, after almost three decades of “free trade” with the U.S., has more than $1.2 trillion in federal and provincial debt, large deficits at every level, no national child or dental care, high university tuition, miserly old age pensions, years of massive budget cuts, and giveaway prices for its exports of oil, gas, timber and minerals.

‘For 150 years, great Canadian leaders have warned that without an economic border with the United States, we would soon no longer have a political border.

‘We once owned the world’s largest farm machinery maker, Massey Harris, headquartered in Toronto; built the world’s largest and most respected marketer of wheat and barley, the Canadian Wheat Board, based in Winnipeg; created a great transcontinental railway system, beginning in Montreal, which tied our country together; and saw Vancouver’s shipyards produce the beautiful Fast Cat ferry.

‘Instead of spending hundreds of billions on foreign-made machinery, electronics, automobiles, ships, fighter jets and passenger aircraft (even payroll systems for federal employees!), we can build our own, both for the domestic and export market.

‘We once designed and built the world’s most advanced jet interceptor, the Avro Arrow, so we know it can be done. [Emphasis added] With Canada’s resources and ingenuity, it could create a prosperous, domestically controlled economy that would give Canadians multiple benefits, security and pride of ownership. All that is required is some of the will that drove our ancestors to create an alternate power in North America. As George-Étienne Cartier, the great Québécois Father of Confederation, put it, “Now everything depends on our patriotism.”’ [Note: Orchard is the author of the must-read book The Fight for Canada: Four Centuries of Resistance to American Expansionism. To begin at the beginning, in the late 1680s, as part of English-French rivalry in North America, Massachusetts Puritans sought to root out the nest of popish deviltry known as Quebec. Following their disastrous 1690 defeat, they decided to fight Satan closer to home by hanging witches. The rest, as they say, is history…]

Scratch a Canadian patriot and you’ll hear about the Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow. As a watershed moment in Canada’s downward slide into subservience, the cancellation of what by all accounts was a magnificent aircraft – and a snapshot of what Canada’s international competitiveness (including in advanced aerospace) could have looked like had it been able to develop independently – might have been the point of being sucked into the American vortex. As noted by one response to my suggestion that Ottawa’s stance on Venezuela amounted to Canada’s annexation by the US: “Canadian here…unfortunately, the above is true (not literally of course, but in practice). It goes back even before the time of Diefenbaker, who canceled our Avro Arrow program on demand from the US – thus destroying our aerospace industry and causing brain drain to the US/Europe.”

To this day, the decision of then-Prime Minister John Diefenbaker to kill the Arrow project (and “put 14,528 Avro employees, as well as nearly 15,000 other employees in the Avro supply chain of outside suppliers, out of work”) on what came to be known as “Black Friday,” February 20, 1959, remains controversial and shrouded in mystery. A mix of budgetary, political, technological, and personality factors has been cited, none of them conclusive. Pressure from the US side, including unwillingness of Washington to purchase a Canadian aircraft when the US could pressure them to buy American planes and missiles, no doubt played a key role: “Instead of the CF-105, the RCAF invested in a variety of Century Series fighters from the United States. These included the F-104 Starfighter (46 percent of which were lost in Canadian service), and (more controversial, given the cancellation of the Arrow) the CF-101 Voodoo. The Voodoo served as an interceptor, but at a level of performance generally below that expected of the Arrow.”

While we may never know reliably why Diefenbaker cancelled the Arrow or how Canada or Canadian industry might have followed a different path, there’s no question of the superior capabilities of the Arrow. As it happens, one of the few pilots who had a chance to test the Arrow in an impromptu friendly dogfight is now-retired USAF fighter pilot Col. George Jatras, later US Air Attaché in Moscow (also, this analyst’s father). As he related in 2017:

‘I’ve received a number of messages in the last couple days about this bird, including some that say it may be revived. I don’t know how The Arrow would compare to today’s aircraft, but I had a first-hand lesson on how it faired against the F-102.

‘In 1959, I was stationed at Suffolk County AFB on Long Island with the 2nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron. We had an informal exchange program with a Canadian fighter squadron stationed near Montreal. From time to time, two or four aircraft from one of the squadrons would fly to the other’s base on a weekend cross country.

‘On one such exchange, I was #3 in a four ship formation led by [former Tuskegee airmanErnie Craigwell (I don’t recall who the other pilots were). As we entered Canadian airspace, cruising at about 40,000 ft., we spotted a contrail well above our altitude (probably at 50,000ft.) and closing very fast.  As the other aircraft appeared to be passing by, we could clearly see the delta shaped wing and knew it was the Avro Arrow that the Canadian pilots had told us about. Then, instead of just passing by, he rolled in on us! Ernie called for a break and we split into elements. When we talked about the encounter afterwards we all agreed that our first thought was, “This guy is in for a surprise; he doesn’t know that he’s taking on the F-102.”  Well, we were the ones in for a surprise. Even with two elements covering each other, not one of us could get on his tail. His power and maneuverability were awesome.  After he had played with us for a few minutes, like a cat with four mice, he zoomed back up to about 50K and went on his way. What an aircraft! What a shame that it never went into production.’

What is perhaps most curious about the Arrow’s demise is that “everything was ordered brutally destroyed; plans, tools, parts, and the completed planes themselves were to be cut up, destroyed, scrapped and everything made to disappear.”  Why? Well, security of course! Don’t engage in conspiracy theories …

The Canadian national anthem finishes with a pledge: “O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.” It should be noted that understandably resentful Loyalists fleeing the US following the American Revolution were a major contribution to the growth of Canada’s English-speaking population. American troops – back when we were the plucky underdog fighting the mighty British Empire – invaded Canada in 1775 and during the War of 1812 but were defeated. Relations got testy during the American Civil War as well, and even afterwards the US was wary of a proposed united “Kingdom of Canada,” hence the choice of the name “Dominion” in 1967. If today’s Canadians think we-all down here don’t know whom they’ve mostly had in mind to “stand on guard” against all this time, they’d better think again.

Maybe it’s past time for Canadians to get serious again about their independence – eh?

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