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  • Phoebe Tilley
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Lana thank you yet again for showing all of us just how out of touch with reality you really are. The actions of the Wiliiams Government might be expected in any third world communist country but not here. You however seem to think its just great. What a sad life you live Lana. You have way too much time on your hands these days since you became head of the Federation.

  • Richard
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Aren't you confusing the timber rights with the expropriation of assets? The potential NAFTA action has nothing to do with resource rights. Chapter 11 allows a company in one member country to complain against unfair treatment at the hands of another government. The potential NAFTA issue involves the inconsistency with which the government is expropriating certain hydro assets, and other assets. The province is well within its right to expropriate in the public good, but what it cannot to is discriminate as between the owners of such assets. Hydro facilities in the area in question are owned in part by AbitibiBowater, SunLife, and Fortis. There may be other smaller investors also. The Chapter 11 action would essentially demand equal treatment for AbitibiBowater. The government is not allowed to unilaterally impose acts of vengeance on one investor and treat other owners differently. That's what is happening here. Maybe if you lefties actually learned to read, instead of repeating your socialist anti-trade mantra ad nauseum, you'd learn to make a sensible argument once in awhile.

    I don't like AbitibiBowater any more than you do. And I think they should lose their timber and water rights as per the terms of their agreement. But even evil corporate Americans have right to due process, equal treatment, and the rule of law. This isn't Cuba or Venezuela. Let's keep it that way.

  • Joe
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Lana, your article is as naive as the actions of the provincial government. Congratulations on reclaiming natural resources that will now likely stand worthless, albiet pretty. It is interesting to think that anyone is congratulating a government who has virtually assured the citizens they represent that their children will be mired in a third world business environment, shunned by first world business. The issue facing the people is not been a lack of government regulation or involvement. It has been the attempt to cling to outmoded work arrangements that have long ago put jobs at that mill and many more at risk, How many of the workers who lost their jobs when ABH shut the mill, will be put back to work by the government's action? The answer is zero. No business in their right mind is going to invest money in the province knowing that the government is likely to throw a tantrum and like bratty immature kids everywhere take its ball and go home. Congratulations on having a valuable ball, with no one to play with. Enjoy the tall trees, rushing water and business solitude.....the province has earned the outcomes that will play out for generations to come.

  • Phoebe Tilley
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    Lana thank you yet again for showing all of us just how out of touch with reality you really are. The actions of the Wiliiams Government might be expected in any third world communist country but not here. You however seem to think its just great. What a sad life you live Lana. You have way too much time on your hands these days since you became head of the Federation.

  • Richard
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    Aren't you confusing the timber rights with the expropriation of assets? The potential NAFTA action has nothing to do with resource rights. Chapter 11 allows a company in one member country to complain against unfair treatment at the hands of another government. The potential NAFTA issue involves the inconsistency with which the government is expropriating certain hydro assets, and other assets. The province is well within its right to expropriate in the public good, but what it cannot to is discriminate as between the owners of such assets. Hydro facilities in the area in question are owned in part by AbitibiBowater, SunLife, and Fortis. There may be other smaller investors also. The Chapter 11 action would essentially demand equal treatment for AbitibiBowater. The government is not allowed to unilaterally impose acts of vengeance on one investor and treat other owners differently. That's what is happening here. Maybe if you lefties actually learned to read, instead of repeating your socialist anti-trade mantra ad nauseum, you'd learn to make a sensible argument once in awhile.

    I don't like AbitibiBowater any more than you do. And I think they should lose their timber and water rights as per the terms of their agreement. But even evil corporate Americans have right to due process, equal treatment, and the rule of law. This isn't Cuba or Venezuela. Let's keep it that way.

  • Joe
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    Lana, your article is as naive as the actions of the provincial government. Congratulations on reclaiming natural resources that will now likely stand worthless, albiet pretty. It is interesting to think that anyone is congratulating a government who has virtually assured the citizens they represent that their children will be mired in a third world business environment, shunned by first world business. The issue facing the people is not been a lack of government regulation or involvement. It has been the attempt to cling to outmoded work arrangements that have long ago put jobs at that mill and many more at risk, How many of the workers who lost their jobs when ABH shut the mill, will be put back to work by the government's action? The answer is zero. No business in their right mind is going to invest money in the province knowing that the government is likely to throw a tantrum and like bratty immature kids everywhere take its ball and go home. Congratulations on having a valuable ball, with no one to play with. Enjoy the tall trees, rushing water and business solitude.....the province has earned the outcomes that will play out for generations to come.