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Posted by Joan Russow
Monday, 31 December 2012 04:37

by Joan Russow- Global Compliance Research Project


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Prime Minister Harper has had an epiphany and will now work for Peace Earth 

and Justice. Here are his recently revised New years resolutions with a little help from his friends.







(I) I resolve to adhere to the United Nations Charter and work to prevent the scourge of war, and I thus resolve not to support the US in its aggressive interventions in other states and its disregard for international law and I am willing advocate moving to Chapter 6 - peaceful resolution of disputes- of the Charter on the United Nations. I also resolve to take the US to the international Court of Justice to prevent any US unilateral action


(ii) I resolve to work towards the dismantling of NATO for years of illegal acts of aggression, for holding a first strike nuclear position and for its other acts of violation of international law.


(iii) I will propose, at the UN, a resolution, calling for the delegitimization of war, and for at least a 50% reduction of the global military budget; I resolve to cancel the F35 because Canada will no longer need to replace the F18s, and I will cancel the contracts for the construction of navy frigates.

(iv) I will no longer use guises for military aggression such as was done with “human security" (Iraq, 1992), with “humanitarian intervention (Kosovo, 1999) with responsibility to protect” (Haiti, 1994, Libya, 2011) or with right to intervene (???)

(v) I will further the concept of true security -common security (as envisioned by Olaf Palme- with the following objectives;


(a). to achieve a state of peace, and disarmament; through reallocation of military expenses

(b) to promote and fully guarantee respect for human rights including civil and political rights, and the right to be free from discrimination on any grounds

(c ) to enable socially equitable and environmentally sound employment, and ensure the right to development and social justice; labour rights, social and cultural rights- right to food, right to housing, right to universally accessible not for profit health care system, and the right to education

(d) to ensure the preservation and protection of the environment, respect the inherent worth of nature beyond human purpose, reduce the ecological footprint, and move away from the current model of overconsumptive development.

(e) to create a global structure that respects the rule of law and the International Court of Justice;

To further Common Security, the member states of the United Nations including Canada have incurred obligations through conventions, treaties and covenants, made commitments through Conference Action plans, and created expectations through UN General Assembly resolutions, and declarations. Member states of the United Nations have incurred obligations, made commitments and created expectations

The blue print for Common Security has been drawn; the issue is compliance and implementation.

(v) I resolve to discharge obligations under the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Arms treaty (NPT) and support the removal of Article 4­ the peaceful use of nuclear energy and the prohibition of future sales of CANDU Reactors around the world


(vi) I resolve to stop production in Canada of military armaments and end the international sale, by Canada, of arms and major weapons components. In addition, I resolve to phase out sunset industries while establishing a fair job transition program for those affected by the ban


(vii) I resolve to no longer obstruct international Conferences on the prohibiting of weapons systems, or undermine the convention for the trade in small Arms

and I resolve to end the international arms trade Fair, CANSEC, AND to end war games, such as Exercise Trident Fury.


(viii) In addition, I resolve to phase out the mining of uranium acknowledging continued contribution, by Canada, to the development of nuclear weapons, and I resolve to immediately ban all circulating and berthing of nuclear powered and nuclear arms capable vessels from Canadian waters


(ix) I resolve to revert to the previous government’s position to support the UN Resolution calling for a nuclear arms free Middle East and to reverse my position and recognize Palestine as an Observer State at the UN






(i) I resolve to recommit to the Kyoto Protocol


(ii) I resolve to discharge Canada’s obligations under the Framework Convention on Climate Change by conserving carbon sinks and by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from 1990 levels by the year 2015 through the following actions:


(iii)  I resolve to conserve carbon sinks by preventing all logging in old growth forests and destruction of bogs


(iv). I resolve to discontinue all subsidies to the fossil fuel industries and redirect federal funding to the promotion of environmentally sound renewable energy


(v) I resolve to initiate a nation-wide campaign to move away from car dependency, and to redirect federal funding to the promotion of public transit

(vi) I resolve To end the strategy of substituting proposals of adaption to or offsetting of climate change rather than seriously addressing the issue of preventing climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

(vii) I resolve to phase out the use of fossil fuels, especially those from the unconventional sources such as the tar sands, reduce other greenhouse gas producing activities, cancel the Northern Gateway Project, including the proposed Enbridge pipeline and also, prevent the expansion of the kinder Morgan pipeline, and prohibit tankers along the BC coast, and oppose the keystone pipeline

(viii) I resolve to end the substantial contribution to greenhouse gas emissions caused by methane gas resulting from the dependency on animal protein.

(ix) I resolve to ban fracking across Canada,

(x) I resolve to discontinue the promoting of false “solutions” to climate change such as biofuels, large hydro projects, and nuclear energy which are not socially equitable and environmentally safe and sound renewable energy sources.

(xi) I resolve to address the failure of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to investigate and estimate the full impact of greenhouse gas emissions by the military, and to demand that each state release information related to the greenhouse gas emissions from the production of all militarism, from military exercises, war games, weapons testing, military aviation troop transfer, military operations, and waste generation, to reconstruction after acts of violent interventions etc.

(xii) I resolve to oppose the practice of member states’ relying not on the emerging scientific data, but on the IPCC 2007 report which was based on 2004 and 2005 data The emerging data now indicates the urgency of keeping the rise in temperature below the dangerous level of 1°C, [which is the point at which global systems on land, water and air will be so affected as to create vicious feedback cycles and destabilise many ecosystems and human societies]; whereas the IPCC 2007 Report had indicated that 2 degrees was the safe threshold. The emerging scientific data also indicates that there are more serious climate-induced events than anticipated in the 2007 IPCC Report.

(xiii) I resolve to oppose the climate injustice of using the atmospheric space of developing countries, and refusing to pay compensation

(xiv). I will oppose the misappropriation of agricultural land for the growing of biofuel and contributing to food insecurity, and prohibit the purchase and use of land for biofuels to serve foreign markets and undermine food security.

(xv)  I resolve to discharge obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity, and thus identify conserve biodiversity , and implement  the precautionary principle in order to prevent the loss or reduction of biodiversity, I therefore undertake to:

Including the following

a. Protect threatened or endangered species

b Ban the introduction of non-native species

c. Ban salmon aquaculture and transgenic Salmon

d. Avoid and minimize the threat to biodiversity by banning all ecologically unsound practices.

e. Restructure the current environmental assessment review process so that it becomes a legitimate environmental assessment and less a project review mechanism.

(xvi) to stop arresting citizens who attempt to enforce international agreements such as the Convention on Biological Diversity by protesting the destruction of significant ecosystems such as old growth forests


(xvii) I resolve to discharge Canada’s obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of the Production and Consumption of Ozone-depleting substances by phasing out the production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances.

(xviii) I resolve to abide by the Law of the Sea and its agreement the implementation of the provisions of the united nations convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the conservation and
management of straddling fish stocks and highly
migratory fish stocks, And I resolve to pass legislation to reinsert Article 35 (habitat Protection into the Canadian fisheries Act and reinsert the legislation to protect waterways

(xix) I resolve to act on the commitment at UNCED to support the development and use of environmentally sound energy by immediately ceasing all subsidies to the fossil fuel and nuclear industries, and transfer those funds into the development and use environmentally sound energy


(xx) I resolve to act on the commitment from the Rio Declaration to prevent the transfer to other States of substances or activities that are harmful to human health or the environment


(xxi) I resolve to implement the commitment made At the United Nations conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) 1992, to promote a "culture of safety" by preventing disasters. This commitment was reaffirmed at Habitat II (1996) when Canada undertook "to ensure adequate regulatory and other measures to avoid the occurrence of disasters..."



(xxii) I resolve to end the exploitation of Nature by reaffirming  that World :every form of life is unique, warranting respect regardless of its worth to humans, and to accord other organisms such recognition's, humans must be guided by a moral code of action (World Charter of Nature, 1982)

(xiii) I resolve to eliminate unsustainable patterns of production and consumption,; this pattern has contributed to poverty, to the inequitable distribution of resources within countries and between countries, has increased the vulnerability to natural disasters and has threaten the well-being of future generations.

(xxiv) I resolve to reduce the ecological footprint that has contributed to a socially inequitable and environmentally unsound world; end the conversion of nature into a source of raw materials, and the practice of “built-in obsolescence”

(xxv) I resolve to invoke the precautionary principle as a general and enforceable principle of law:

where there is a threat of irreversible harm the lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing measure to prevent the threat. (Rio declaration)

(xxvi) I resolve to invoke the reverse onus strategy which places the onus not on the opponent, to demonstrate harm. but on the proponent of an intervention to prove safety

(xxvii) I resolve to prevent Notec’s- natural disasters caused by technology or technological disasters caused by natural disasters and not rely on after-the fact attempts to reduce or mitigate disasters.

(xxviii)  I resolve, through the invoking the precautionary principle, to ban the
production and distribution of genetically engineered  food and crops,
the practice of bio piracy of genes of indigenous peoples ,and the dumping of GE food and adventitious materials [living modified
organisms] on developing countries. And remove off the shelves all processed foods containing genetically engineered material.

(xxix) I resolve to ban Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) which are bioaccumulative and toxic, and which are capable of traveling .long distances from their original source.

(xxx) I resolve to support the .prosecution of countries for violating the transboundary principle that holds that states shall be held legally responsible for any pollution, in other states, caused by activities under their own jurisdiction.

(xxxi) I resolve to end the practice of causing environmental devastation and then rely on restorative or clean-up technologies to remediate the environmental destruction rather than taking the preventive approach so as to avoid costly and inadequate subsequent measures to “rehabilitate” the site.

(xxxii)I resolve to end the unsustainable forest management, the conversion of forests into agricultural land and the expansion of large-scale agro-industrial monocultures for food, fibre and, increasingly, energy.

(xxxiii) I resolve to end land degradation, soil erosion, salinization, water logging, and soil pollution, which contribute to loss of soil fertility.





(i)I resolve to comply with the Convention Against Torture and to oppose the redefinition of what constitutes Torture and thus violating of the Convention against Torture through Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,


(ii) I resolve to fully implement the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and thus to revoke the Anti-terrorism Act and to “not deprive a people of its subsistence” as has been done so often with first Nations


(iii) I resolve to fully discharge obligations under the International Covenant of Social, Economic and Cultural Rights by ensuring all citizens’ right to adequate, safe and affordable housing, and food, and the right to work and equal pay for work of equal value.


(iv) I resolve to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Migrant workers and their Families

(v) I resolve to no longer undermine the  Declaration  on the Rights of Indigenous peoples and will be bound by the articles and no longer treat the declaration as being only aspirational. And I resolve to meet with Chief Theresa Spence of Northern Ontario’s Attawapiskat First Nation and agree to the demands of the “Idle No More” movement; I resolve to reverse  Indian Act changes that would allow bands to lease out reserve lands without majority community support


(vi) I resolve to fully implement the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of racism


(vii) I resolve to fully implement the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of discrimination against Women


(viii) I resolve to fully implement the convention on the Rights of the Child


(ix) I resolve to extend the term “other status” in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to include, in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the following grounds:  social condition


(x) I resolve to remove the distinction between safe and unsafe states because under the 1951 Refugee Act, Article 1 states there should be no discrimination on the ground of country of origin




(i)I resolve to act on the commitment made at the UN conference on Women and the Habitat II conference to ensure that corporations including transnationals comply with international law including international environmental law. In addition, I resolve to discontinue all my corporate junkets where I am often flaunting Canadian industry that most countries do not need


(ii) I resolve to revoke charters of corporations that violate human rights, cause environmental degradation, deny social justice and labour rights or contribute to conflict or war, and

(iii) I resolve to propose the dismantling of  WTO and to abrogate NAFTA and to abandon so called  free trade agreements , other similar agreements that exalt economic interests of a few Canadians, and that undermine the principles of Public Trust international Law by transferring power from democratically elected government to corporations and “investors”.

(iv) I resolve to ensure that corporations operate within the parameters of public principles rather than merely by the pursuit of the greatest profit. Principle and rule must drive corporations rather than their being overruled by corporations


(v) I resolve to move away from using the Gross Domestic Product as a measure of economic health and to recognize that it can give a grossly distorted picture of the Economic and social health of the nation unless used in conjunction with broader indicators such as Genuine Progress Indicators or the Criteria of Public Trust


(vi)I resolve to redirect budget allocations away from socially inequitable and environmentally unsound practices towards socially equitable and environmentally sound practices. In addition, I resolve to relocate the military budget to increase funding for health care and education.


(vii) I resolve to embark upon a “socially equitable and environmentally sound” investment campaign that supports the adherence to socially equitable and environmentally sound principles, and that promotes preventive technology i.e. doing it right the first time, ecologically as well as financially and which discourages investment in any company that does not comply with the principles in all aspects of its operation.

(viii) I resolve to end the guise of using the notion that banks  and corporations are too big to fail  to justify the  bailing -out of corporations and banks, and oppose the reclassifying of function, by financial institutions, such as Goldman Sachs in order to take advantage of the bail -out

(ix) I resolve to prohibit the centralization of banks and the egregious funny money banking systems and abandon the capitalist, exploitative, competitive economic model, and prohibit corporate funding of politicians,

(x) I propose the ending of the shifting, by corporations, of their addresses offshore to lower their taxes, and of the evading, by corporations, of criminal charges by spinning off their companies.




 (i) I  resolve to prevent agribusiness and pharmaceutical companies, along with other corporations involved with biotechnology, and with environmentally unsound practices from sponsoring and influencing the direction of research at University, hospitals and other research facilities


(ii) I  resolve to support the efforts of organic and ecological agriculture associations in establishing organic/ecological farm practice codes, standards and certification processes, and in the preservation of seed diversity


(iii) I  resolve to phase out Agribusiness Canada and other federal research support for large-scale agribusiness chemical, pesticide and genetic and other bioengineering practices and refocus support on the development of family and community scale ecological agriculture models, principles and practices such as biological soil and pest management approaches such as soil rebuilding crop rotations, companion planting, intercropping, and perennial polycultures.  I resolve to support the banning of genetically engineered foods and crops, and the removal, in super markets, of all products which contain transgenes


(iv) I  resolve to phase-out  federal support for college and agency agribusiness educational programmes and refocus support on family farm and community scale eco-agriculture workshops, distance education, undergraduate and graduate and diploma.





(i)I  resolve to support a bill to ensure independent funding for the CBC and to increase funding to the CBC so that there will be sufficient funds to do in depth investigative reporting even though it may expose serious problems with government administration


(ii) I resolve to support a motion that requires the senators to seriously become a body of sober second thought and not require senators to vote on party lines


(Iii) I resolve to revisit the omnibus bills and never to present omnibus bills in the future


(iv) I resolve to put a motion on the floor of the house  to propose that for the 2015 election, h electoral system in Canada will no longer be first past the post but some form of proportional representation

(v) I resolve to no longer end a speech with God bless Canada




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