While some may want to argue about the merits or demerits of her proposal, there will be others who, just this week will be pondering the extent of the already merging economies.
And in their ponderings, two sets of capital initials will emerge:
- CGI, the computer company that played havoc with the Ontario health care system, nearly drowning it in faux pas, before committing a similar debacle on the Obamacare roll-out in the United States and
- RSN, the fracking company from Texas that is finding New Brunswick aboriginal peoples blockading highways and burning RCMP cars to protest what they consider an unacceptable trade-off, their drinking water for underground natural gas. The native peoples believe, and considerable science supports their position, that the chemicals used in fracking (not having to be disclosed in the U.S. because of the Cheney Rule, named after the former Vice-president Dick Cheney, whose ties to the fossil fuel industry, including his former presidency of Halliburton are just part of his infamy) will indeed contaminate the underground fresh water table that supplies their drinking water.
But, for the longer term relations between Canada and the United States, everyone would be well served to pay attention to the First Nations people in New Brunswick, and across the rest of the country on the north side of the 49th parallel. These people do not tolerate bullshit, perhaps because they have been silenced and served too many dishes of the stuff for the past two centuries, and they are not going silently into the night ever again. And their commitment to the land, the water and the air are so unshakeable that no amount of money, and no promises of affluence, and no assurances by any government or corporation will undermine their commitment, both for themselves and on behalf of the rest of the people in the world, to a clean environment. And in their public declarations, they make it so simply: "We are not trading our water for gas!"
There are literally hundreds of fracking operations across the continent, many of them a potential risk to the drinking water of millions of people on both sides of the 49th parallel. Yet, it is the aboriginals in New Brunswick who have drawn a line in the sand to halt the proceedings on their land, in spite of the premier's commitment to develop a natural gas industry in New Brunswick.