Is Steve Harper trying to engineer the breakup of Canada? That might be just what the prime ministerial bully boy accomplishes with his closet trade deal with China.
The deal, that no decent Canadian, emphasis on decent, would ever accept may be Harper's way to endow China with the leverage to coerce British Columbia into surrendering on the Northern Gateway pipeline/supertanker catastrophe in waiting. Out here it's already being called "economic treason."
The deal apparently empowers China to sue anyone and everyone who impedes their access to Athabasca bitumen. That, presumably, would target the people and province of British Columbia. We would be coerced, through lawfare, to bend a knee to Beijing and Ottawa. Harper has loaded the pistol and put it in Beijing's hand to hold to British Columbia's head.
This would also be the very last straw. It would shred the final bonds of confederation and spark a powerful sovereignty movement in British Columbia - or worse.
If Harper is abusing Canada's sovereign powers to beset British Columbia with the excesses of a brutal, totalitarian foreign sovereign power, what choice does British Columbia have but to proclaim its own sovereignty?
And for you who think this doesn't really matter, imagine how long it would take Quebec to join British Columbia in ditching this poisoned confederation.