2009 - No. 104
CANSEC Arms Fair Out of
Funding for Social Programs Not for War!
Fight for an Anti-War Government!
Day of Action to Oppose CANSEC Arms
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
• CANSEC Arms Fair Out of Ottawa!
for Social Programs Not for War! Fight for an Anti-War Government!
• DFAIT Funds CADSI's Efforts to
Promote the International Arms Trade
- Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade
• Canadian Military Exports to
Countries at War, 2003-2005
- Richard Sanders, Coordinator, Coalition to
Oppose the Arms Trade
Denounce Bush and Clinton in Toronto May 29
• Demonstrate Against Both the
Natural and Hereditary Aristocracy - K.C. Adams
CANSEC Arms Fair Out of Ottawa!
Funding for Social Programs Not for War!
Fight for an Anti-War Government!
TML condemns the holding of
the CANSEC Defence and Security Trade Show in Ottawa from May 27-28,
against the expressed wishes of the people of Ottawa, in violation
of a longstanding ban, and against the broad desire of Canadians for
Canada to be a force for peace in the world. The
Coalition Opposed to the Arms Trade (COAT) points out that the vast
majority of Canadian arms are sold to the U.S. Events such as CANSEC
can only result in
Canada providing assistance to U.S. state terrorism in the form of
direct military invasions, U.S.-backed coups or
attacks by U.S. allies on the peoples of the world.
Furthermore, to hold such an event anywhere in Canada, especially the
national capital, is an affront to Canadians from all walks of life in
a country whose population comes from all nations, many of which have
been the victims of U.S. imperialist crimes.
In the midst of the global financial and economic
crisis, the Canadian working class is putting forward the demand Manufacturing
Yes! Nation-Wrecking No! and this includes ending war
production which has no social value whatsoever and which results in
one section of international working
class creating the means to destroy another while further enriching the
bourgeoisie in the process. Equally unacceptable is that at a
deepening economic crisis the Canadian government is abdicating its
duty to provide for the immediate needs of the working class and people
for social programs to sustain them, the
economy and the society, while it advocates arms production and war.
Down with the CANSEC arms fair and all Canadian
involvement in U.S. imperialist adventures! Fight for an anti-war
DFAIT Funds CADSI's Efforts to Promote the
International Arms Trade
Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and
International Trade (DFAIT), has generously supported the Canadian
Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI). This support,
totalling $191,554 between 2006-2008, is specifically focused on
assisting CADSI's efforts to promote Canadian military companies'
This is evidenced in an online DFAIT source
called "Disclosure of Grant and Contribution Awards Over $25,000:
International Trade" which states that the purpose of these PEMD grants
is to support "generic international business development activities."
PEMD is DFAIT's "Program for Export Marketing
Development." In particular, the DFAIT grants to CADSI fall under what
is called the PEMD-A program. PEMD-A stands for Program for Export
Marketing Development for Associations.
- On March 24, 2006, CADSI received a PEMD
"Contribution" of $47,138 from the "International Trade" division of
- On May 15, 2007, CADSI received a PEMD
"Contribution" of $46,509 from the "International Trade" division of
- On April 24, 2008, CADSI received a PEMD
"Contribution" of $97,907 from the "International Trade" division of
Promoting the International Arms Trade
Many Canadians may be opposed to the fact that the
Canadian government is funding a military-industry association, such as
CADSI, to specifically promote the international export efforts of its
corporate members. CADSI's main work is to organise an international
arms bazaar called CANSEC which will be hosted by the City of Ottawa in
late May 2009.
Conflict of Interest: A Government-funded Lobby
CADSI however is also a LOBBY GROUP which has a
special "Government Relations" committee dedicated to pushing the
government on issues, like military spending and export regulations, in
order to benefit its corporate members.
Canadian Military Exports
to Countries at War, 2003-2005
Between 2003 and 2005, Canada exported more than
$5.6 billion in military exports to 73 countries. Of these 73 nations,
39 had troops that were then engaged in major military conflicts,
either at home or abroad. This means that 53% of the countries to which
Canada exported military goods during those three
years, were directly engaged in wars, invasions and/or occupations.
However, much more significant is the fact that
these 39 warring nations receiving Canadian military hardware accounted
for a full 90% (i.e., $5.1 billion) of the total value of Canada's
military exports between 2003 and 2005.
here for a table listing
the values of Canada's military exports to countries engaged in war
between 2003 and 2005. This table links to the categories of military
equipment that Canada provided to these 39 warring countries.
The data on Canada's military exports to countries
other than the United States, comes from the Department of Foreign
Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). Unfortunately DFAIT's data has
numerous accounting loopholes which cause the figures to appear much
lower than they actually are. For a discussion
of the flaws in DFAIT's reporting on Canada's military exports, click
The United States
As usual, the largest recipient -- by far -- of
Canadian military exports was the United States. It received 70% (i.e.,
$4 billion worth) of Canada's military exports during the three years
in question. This matches another Canadian government estimate which
states "The United States
market accounts for the majority of Canadian aerospace and defence
exports -- 77% output exported around the world." (Statistics Canada)
Canadian military exports to the U.S., between
and 2005, were two and a third times the value of Canadian exports to
all other countries combined.
Canada is thoroughly and completely integrated
into the military industrial complex as part of the "North American
Military Industrial Base." As such, the U.S. government treats Canadian
companies as if they were U.S. companies. The Canadian government
requires exporters to procure military export permits
for all foreign sales except for military exports to the U.S. The
complete lack of trade restrictions on Canadian military exports to the
U.S. also means that the Canadian government has been free to hand out
billions of dollars in grants and loans to Canada's already highly
profitable war industries. Under Canada-U.S.
trade agreements, such subsidies are not permitted except in military
and energy sectors. The Pentagon is therefore free to take advantage of
publicly-subsidized Canadian military products in all of its wars,
invasions, interventions, regime changes and bombing operations.
The Canadian government's eagerness to promote and
support military exports to the U.S. is evidenced online. For instance,
the first link on the Canadian government's "Sell2USGov" webpage,
called "U.S. Federal Departments and Specialized Markets," is the U.S.
"Department of Defense." This link helps Canadian
military corporations to find export opportunities with all branches of
the U.S. military and U.S. intelligence agencies, including through the
Defense Logistics Agency, The National Security Agency and The Missile
Afghanistan, Iraq and Haiti
In practice, the Canadian government's tremendous
support for Canadian war industries eager to tap into the huge U.S.
military market has meant that Canadian products have been deeply
embedded in all major U.S. wars, invasions, bombardment campaigns and
The prime examples of large-scale U.S.-led
engagements between 2003 and 2005 were in Afghanistan, Iraq and Haiti.
In 2003, the U.S. began its "shock and awe"
campaign to launch the Iraq War, which has since killed an estimated
1.3 million people. The U.S. was by then already engaged in leading its
war in Afghanistan which began in 2001. This war has caused the deaths
of between 40 and 60 thousand people, including
combatants and civilians. Then, in 2004, a U.S.-led "Multilateral
Force" (MIF) invaded and occupied Haiti thus ousting its elected
government and replacing it with an unelected, undemocratic puppet
regime. The MIF was soon transformed into MINUSTAH, a UN occupation
force that oversaw the illegal
regime change and empowered the Latortue dictatorship that ruled Haiti
for more than two years.
Of the 39 warring countries that received
military exports between 2003 and 2005, 33 of them were engaged in one
or more of these three U.S.-led military conflicts during this time
period. For example, 24 of the warring recipients of Canadian military
goods (i.e., 61.5%) were deploying troops and hardware
to the Afghan War; 12 of these warring countries (31%) were similarly
engaged in the Iraq War and 10 of them (i.e., 25%) were deploying their
armed forces for the MIF invasion and/or MINUSTAH occupation of Haiti.
Only 9 of the 39 warring countries receiving
Canadian military technology were engaged in major internal, arms
conflicts. Among these, only 7 were not also engaged in one of the
major foreign war of Canada's military recipients between 2003 and 2005
were involved in major armed conflicts within their own
borders but were not engaged in deploying troops to Afghanistan, Iraq
The value of Canada's exports to each of the
various major conflicts (Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti and Internal Wars)
once again reveals the overwhelming importance of the United States as
the main recipient of Canadian military products and services. As a
percentage of Canada's total military exports, the value
of Canadian military products and services (between 2003-2005) that
were sold to countries deploying troops to fight in the Afghan war was
just over $5 billion. While this is 89% of Canada's total, documented
military exports for that period, it represents an astounding 99% of
the value of exports to the 39 recipients
of Canada's military hardware that are engaged in major armed
conflicts. Meanwhile, the value of Canadian military exports to
countries engaged in the Iraq War was just under $5 billion which
represents 86% of Canada's total military exports and 96% of our
exports to warring countries (during that period).
In stark contrast, Canada's exports to the nine
governments engaged in major "internal wars," namely Colombia, India,
Indonesia, Israel, Nigeria, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Sri Lanka
and Thailand, was negligible. It amounted to less than $14 million,
which is less than a quarter of one percent of the value
of Canada's military exports to countries at war. While a few U.S.
or military advisors are likely deployed to some of these nine
countries their role is extremely minimal when compared to major
conflicts such as in Iraq and Afghanistan.
However, Canada's military exports to the United
States is by far most important factor in analysing Canada's role in
arming the nations at war in the three major armed conflicts discussed
here. For example, Canadian exports to the U.S. account for:
- 79% of Canada's military exports to countries
deployed in Afghanistan;
- 81% of Canada's military exports to countries
deployed in Iraq; and
- 92% of Canada's military exports to countries
deployed in Haiti.
Ottawa Day of Action to Oppose CANSEC Arms Fair
Denounce Bush and Clinton in
Toronto May 29
Demonstrate Against Both the Natural
and Hereditary Aristocracy
|Rally Against U.S. War Criminals
Bill Clinton and George W. Bush
May 29 -- 3:00-6:00 pm
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West
The ruling economic and political authority of the
U.S. Empire has
within it members that inherit their positions and those that move to
positions of authority and incredible wealth from lower social classes,
including those of persecuted nationalities. Members of the hereditary
aristocracy bequeath their
positions of privilege to family or those among their retinue they
favour. The natural aristocracy acquires its wealth and power through
acts of cunning and manipulation of the socialized economy considered
both legal and illegal.
President George W. Bush represents an hereditary
ruler that almost everyone recognizes did not merit the position of
power and prestige he held and still occupies as former president. Bush
was promoted to a position of authority at a very specific time to
serve U.S. imperialism's global economic and
military expansion and to consolidate power within the executive
branch. His presidency of unending war crimes and attacks on the rule
of law never acquired widespread legitimacy. To overcome this problem,
especially internally, the U.S. oligarchy promoted to president a
member of the natural aristocracy, Barack
Bill Clinton represents a ruler who gained his
position through natural talent. He became president with the collapse
of the Soviet Union and used his considerable skills to rally U.S. and
other public opinion behind the dismemberment and invasion of the
former Yugoslavia, the isolation, bombing and
weakening of Iraq, the unleashing of unbridled U.S. monopoly greed and
interference worldwide and neo-liberal policies within the U.S. to pay
the rich and reduce investments in social programs. Clinton and his
partner Hillary have used their natural and developed skills to
manipulate their U.S. public service into
a personal empire of hundreds of millions of dollars.
The phenomenon of a natural aristocracy is far
more common today under conditions of mass industrial production and
education. President Obama and former Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice are examples of this trend in modern life, as the dominant class
on the best trained and talented to preserve its worldwide empire and
dictatorship over the working class. Obama has proved his allegiance to
the owners of monopoly capital as commander in chief of the U.S.
Empire's economic and military interests at home and abroad, his
enormous bailouts to the rich and constant
contemptuous derision of the working class as a "labour cost" to the
rich that must be reduced if their capitalist paradise is to be secured
A natural aristocracy, under patriarchal rule to
ensure heredity, has always been a feature of class society even during
those periods of the most autocratic rule. No ruling class can survive
without promoting some of the brightest and most talented of the lower
classes and allowing their skills to be developed
and used in the service of the hereditary class rulers. Those who throw
in their lot with the establishment are usually well rewarded, as long
as they remain active defenders of the status quo. Every ruling
oligarchy, today more than ever, shows off its natural stars as
justification for its continued existence and correctness
in blocking the path to progress for society.
Even during the present economic recession,
stories of natural stars in the economy "making it big" abound. Read
the following Globe and Mail account of a "math
whiz" who has learned how to manipulate the socialized economy to his
advantage and build a cartel of associates by sucking
added-value from distressed companies.
Those with great natural abilities such as the
"math whiz" are lauded for their capacity to profit from mass
industrial production even though their actions become factors causing
economic crises, nation-wrecking and growing impoverishment of the
many. The more the "math whizzes" are successful
the more their actions produce incalculable wealth, security and power
at one pole, and wrecking, poverty, insecurity and disempowerment at
The ruling hereditary and natural aristocracy
neither mobilizes the enormous capacity of the modern socialized
economy to guarantee the rights of all, serve the people, their
empowerment and progress nor does it build international relations
based on respect for sovereignty and opposition to war as
a method to solve problems and a rule of law that outlaws exploitation
of peoples, their nations and natural resources.
In contradiction with modern definitions and
requirements, the ruling aristocracy in the U.S. Empire and annexed
Canada blocks at home and abroad all efforts to open the door to a
human-centred alternative. Honouring the "math whiz" with incalculable
wealth and praise, honouring the hereditary war
criminal George Bush, and honouring the loyal natural aristocrat Bill
Clinton are aimed at sustaining an imperialist system of states that is
unconscionable and overripe for a human-centred alternative.
Math Whiz Figures to Play Major Role
West Face Capital CEO Greg Boland has built his
as one of Bay Street 's top hedge
fund managers. The key Canadian player in the restructuring dance at
CanWest Global Communications Corp. is a 44-year-old
math whiz with a knack for pulling big returns out of complicated
Greg Boland, the founder and chief executive
officer of West Face Capital Inc., isn't in it to be a media mogul. But
he and other CanWest creditors may yet decide the fate of some of
Canada 's most important media assets, including a national television
network and the pre-eminent daily newspapers
in Vancouver, Edmonton , Calgary and Ottawa .
West Face is one of three CanWest bondholders that
purchased $100-million in new debt from the company in a deal announced
Wednesday. The other two are U.S. investment funds GoldenTree Asset
Management and Beach Point Capital Management. The money, along with
from CIT Business Credit Canada Inc., allows CanWest to repay its bank
loans, gives it operating funds for the summer and, most importantly,
buys it time to craft a broader restructuring plan to reduce its
crushing $3.9-billion in debt (including a future obligation to pay a
large and still undetermined sum to the
private equity arm of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., a legacy of the 2007
deal to buy Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc.) Mr. Boland's
best-known successes are with companies that were already in bankruptcy
court or nearly so. His investment partnership bought 18 per cent of
Stelco Inc. when it was in bankruptcy
protection for less than $30-million. The steel maker was sold for more
than $1-billion in 2007, and West Face made a small fortune.
He was also involved in the restructuring at
Saskatchewan Wheat Pool (now Viterra Inc.) when that company was
subsumed by debt troubles in the early part of the decade.
[Boland is] a big shareholder of ACE Aviation
Holdings Inc., the 75-per-cent shareholder of Air Canada and also owns
a significant stake in ACE spinoff Jazz Air Income Fund.
In the mid-1980s, Boland was waiting tables at
Palmerston, an upscale Toronto restaurant, when the place hosted a
fundraising event for the University of British Columbia's portfolio
management foundation, which lets finance students learn by managing
millions of dollars of the school's money. The
idea stuck in his head, and before long he went to Vancouver in search
of a degree in computer science and finance.
The working class movement cannot end this
tendency towards a
natural aristocracy serving the dictatorship of the rich without having
its own worker politicians coming to power and changing the aim of
society. This requires nurturing a cultural and
social environment that eulogizes and cherishes those who use their
talents, hard work and skill to organize the working class movement for
emancipation, the advancement of enlightenment and the progress of
society in opposition to the natural and hereditary aristocracy. Such
heroes of the people have always existed
but their work and memory is vilified by those in authority, especially
the most powerful empires. The people must reverse this process
dictated by the aristocracy and denounce the real criminals such as
Bush and Clinton and honour the real heroes of our time who fight for
the rights of all. Every nation in the world
has produced heroes that have fought to their last breath for the
dignity of their people, enlightenment and social progress. But their
memory is vilified, in some cases distorted and used for reactionary
purposes by the ruling classes or simply ignored.
Who in Canada for example has heard of the
enormous contribution of Hardial Bains to the political and
intellectual life of the country? Comrade Bains was a man of
exceptional intellectual ability. No one who met him in a serious way,
in his capacity as a revolutionary organizer of the youth in Punjab
to founder and leader of CPC(M-L), doubted for an instant that if
Comrade Bains had thrown his lot in with the ruling aristocracy, he
would have been guaranteed a position of wealth and power in any field
of endeavour be it microbiology, bourgeois politics or business. But
Hardial Bains was steadfast his entire
life in his commitment to communism and the emancipation of the working
class. For his unwavering application of his incredible talent in
defence of the rights of all and to resolve the fundamental
contradictions facing humanity, Comrade Bains gained the deep affection
and respect of all those fighting for the new
and for fundamental change, and in sharp contrast nothing but scorn and
abuse from the ruling aristocracy and its mignons.
The working class must cherish leaders such as
Hardial Bains and others who dedicate their talents and energy to the
working class movement for emancipation, enlightenment and the
advancement of society.
The working class and its allies must become more
vocal in denouncing those such as Boland, Clinton and Obama who use
their talents and opportunities as a means to join the ruling
aristocracy, enrich themselves and block the advance of society.
All out in Toronto May 29 to denounce Clinton and
Bush and those who serve the ruling class in its wars, colonial
occupations and plunder of the world's peoples and natural resources!
Long live those who tirelessly serve the cause of the working class for
emancipation, enlightenment and social progress!