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Our firm, Geophysical Service Incorporated (GSI), creates seismic data which is our intellectual property.

In Alberta and Saskatchewan, you pay for a permit, follow all the rules and work with surface landowners for access and you can invest in data.

These governments do not require you to give them a copy of your work that they can use for free. They understand this would be like telling Microsoft that, because they do business in Canada, they must allow the government free copies of all their software and that no licence restrictions shall apply. It would obviously be ridiculous and overt nationalization to do this.

If this thinking were applied fairly to all, no one would enter into this deal or be willing to invest and create under this condition.

Unfortunately, we have state control minded bureaucrats in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Ottawa who think this is a good deal and a reasonable proposition.

When seismic companies invest, risk and apply hard work and effort to create valuable seismic data to promote Canada in the Northwest Territories and Arctic and Atlantic offshore areas, the governments demand a free copy with no licence restrictions.

Perversely, and even worse, they feel entitled to be able to give it away to the very current and prospective customers that the seismic data owner lawfully licenses or seeks to license data to. This illogical and illegal activity is sold as the “greater good” and as a necessity to promote the offshore of Canada. They act as if the data is not available at all for license from the lawful owner.

I ask, is it really for the “greater good” to take from small Canadian data owners and give millions of dollars of data to very wealthy, mostly foreign oil companies? Is it really an incentive and necessary to do this when wells cost hundreds of millions of dollars to drill with a five per cent chance of success, and the seismic is a few hundred thousand or a million for large amounts to license? Is it really worth destroying the incentive for seismic data investors

to invest in data? Is it really worth destroying Canada’s reputation as a nation of laws, private property, fair people, fair and honest government? Is it worth trampling on Canadians rights, undermining all intellectual property and showing the world that Canada will attack companies and individuals that try to defend their rights?

My view is that being honest, not stealing, not coveting other people’s property, not using others’ property for one’s gain, not attacking the victim of crime, is the true greater good.

We elected a Conservative government that originated in Alberta, but they have lost touch with where they came from. They allow the state control minded bureaucrats who really run the country to attack Canadians when it suits them, to change the rules, to ignore the laws and rules, to abuse the frameworks of democracy — in short, to wreck our country.

I am from Alberta and proud of it. I will seek justice from those who have lost their way and seek to take Canada in the wrong direction. I rely on good Canadians and pray for the judges who hear my cases to be blessed with the wisdom to see what is going on.

For GSI or any Canadian citizen who this could happen to, it really does have everything to do with the greater good, it’s just that our government has lost its way on how it justifies these actions.

I ask where has the “we stand on guard for thee” gone in Canada?

Paul Einarsson is the chief operating officer

and chairman of GSI. He writes

from Calgary.

Organizations: Microsoft, GSI

Geographic location: Canada, Alberta, Saskatchewan Newfoundland Nova Scotia Ottawa Northwest Territories Arctic Atlantic Calgary

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  • Don II
    January 30, 2014 - 16:00

    The people of Newfoundland and Labrador have been oppressed and victimized by State Command and Control style of Government for over 400 years. The people of Newfoundland and Labrador have never experienced what it is like to live in a place governed by a fair, open, honest, ethical and transparent Government that respects private property rights and constitutional rights. In the past, laws were passed that prevented people from settling on land within 6 miles of the seashore. Fortunately, that law was repealed after nobody ever complied with it! Laws were passed that allowed for the whipping, lashing and flogging of poor people who could not pay their debts. The Government of Newfoundland is currently celebrating the fact that it has eliminated over 80,000 regulations under its red tape reduction program. Just imagine, they have eliminated 80,000 regulations and there are just as many or more rules left on the books in Newfoundland and Labrador! Talk about State control! In the past, large tracts of privately owned land was expropriated at very low prices to establish US Military bases in Newfoundland and Labrador and after the US Bases closed, that land was then used to establish huge commercial and industrial businesses at the expense of the land owners whose lands were taken by the Government. In more recent cases the Government expropriated Abitibi and assets of Fortis primarily to acquire privately built and owned hydro electricity production and transmission facilities and expropriated privately owned lands in the town of Cupids to establish the Cupids Cove Plantation Provincial Historic Site despite the fact the Cupids Cove Plantation is a fictional historic place! The Government simply ignored the fact that the fictional Cupids Cove Plantation is a place that is never mentioned anywhere in the entire historic record of Newfoundland and Labrador! It appears that taking other peoples land, business plans and ideas is an ingrained corrupt Government policy in Newfoundland and Labrador. The message should be sent loud and clear to international business considering investing and/or establishing in Newfoundland and Labrador that they risk being adversely affected by a heavy handed Government culture which considers taking control of business or trade ideas and expropriating private property at fire sale prices is a normal and accepted practice! There is no respect from the Government for private property rights or constitutional rights in Newfoundland and Labrador. Any outside business entity that intends to invest and/or establish in Newfoundland and Labrador should give that decision very serious consideration.

  • Anon
    January 30, 2014 - 06:31

    serves ya right for voting for Harper.