America if you've ever wondered why the hell a Canadian would be so involved in the affairs of the United States of America, well the same corporate forces that are destroying your country are at work here in Canada trying to destroy our country.
The future of our half century old publicly run health care system is at stake in a major new trial . Private for profit clinics’ have started a constitutional challenge, with the aims to end government ban on extra billing. Extra billing means the doctors want the right to bill extra charges to patients over and above those charges set out by the Canada Heath act, which now under law forbids extra billing . Most of private clinic operating in Canada are based out of the United States, these private clinics contrary to the Canada Health act , were allowed to get footing in our country by the previous right wing conservative government, who have been trying to subvert our public health care system since its inception in 1965. This will the thin edge of the wedge in the destruction of our publicly paid for health system and the ushering in of 'private for profit' US style health system. You can believe me when i tell you no matter what the courts decide any attempts to unravel our single payer public health system, will be met by a Canadian revolution.
Our newly elected youthful liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after lending his ear to the US pipeline corporation Kinder Morgan has been testing the waters of the public stating "I am very interested in the Kinder Morgan pipeline, the Trans Mountain pipeline that is making its way through. I certainly hope that we’re going to be able to get that pipeline approved.” This pipeline is the link to the climate and environmentally damaging tar sands projects in Alberta Canada.
This is the US based company found guilty in the United States of endless crimes. Kinder Morgan has been named in numerous air and water acts of pollution in the US. In 2003, according to dockworkers, company officials bribed a ship captain $1,100 to haul 159 tons of a toxic fertilizer component out to sea and dump it. Nearly five years later, Kinder Morgan finally pled guilty to violating the Ocean Dumping Act and settled withthe US Attorney’s Office, agreeing to pay $240,000.
In another case settled in 2007, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fine Kinder Morgan $613,000 for violations of the US Clean Air Act after regulators discovered that the company had been illegally mixing an industrial solvent—a dangerous hazardous waste described as a “cyclohexane mixture”—into unleaded gasoline and diesel. The company distributed 8 million gallons of to contaminated fuel to the public.
TThe most tragic Kinder Morgan mishap occurred in November 2004 when an eexcavator ruptured a pipeline carrying gasoline in the town of Walnut Creek, CCalifornia. When a welding torch ignited the fuel,the pipeline erupted in an ex explosion, killing five workers.The courts convicted the Kinder Morgan subsiduary that operated the pipeline on six felony counts related to the explosion and ordered the firm to pay $15 million in fines. If you or i even had a drunk driving charge against dating back ten years , neither of us would be able to even enter each others country, but somehow the US corporation can be convicted of 6 felony deaths, serious toxic chemical dumping violations and virtually hundreds of more environmental violations and because the are a corporation skirt our laws and set up business here in Canada.