Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Martin Signs Canada Up for One-World Order

Prime Minister Paul Martin signs Canada up for one world order United Nations
by Judi McLeod, Canadafreepress.com
November 26, 2004

In office as Canadian Prime Minister for not quite a year, Paul Martin made it official that’s he’s signing Canada up with the one world order-advocating United Nations, on Friday.
With intentions that not even President George W. Bush--due for an official state visit to Canada within the week--will have to read between the lines, Martin is now openly heading his nation down a bold new path, through his vaunted position with La Francophonie.
"Today, having existed for over 40 years, La Francophonie finds itself at a crossroads. At a time when a wave of reform is sweeping the multilateral world, starting with the United Nations, our Community must stake out its position as a globally important political forum," Martin told the opening of the Tenth Summit of Heads of State and Government using French as a common language, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Africa.
"We adopted the Charter of La Francophonie in Hanoi, the Luxembourg Declaration on Women, and the important Bamako Declaration on peace, democracy, human rights and good governance, which marks a fundamental milestone in our organization," Martin said. "There was also the confirmation, at the Beirut summit, of La Francophonie’s role as a driving force behind UNESCO’s plans to adopt an international convention for the protection of cultural diversity" (emphasis added).
Officially taking Canada in a new direction is made all the bolder in consideration of the fact that Martin holds only minority status in a Liberal government, courtesy of voters who went to the polls only last June, and by the fact that since the federal election, Martin’s Liberal government remains mired in a multi-million dollar sponsorship scandal.
But no one should be surprised to find Martin following in synch, step for step, the one world march of the Kofi Annan-led, anti-American United Nations. It’s no secret that the Canadian Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is under the steady influence of senior Annan advisor, Kyoto architect Maurice Strong, who plays the same role in the PMO–senior adviser to Martin.
Nepotism in the Canadian PMO dates back decades, and embraces the nation’s last two prime minister’s ties, through Strong to powerful Canadian businessman Paul Desmarais. In Canadian politics, all roads lead back to Desmarais and his Montreal-based Power Corp. Desmarais is also the major shareholder and director of TotalFinaElf, the largest corporation in France, which held tens of billions of dollars with the deposed regime of Saddam Hussein.
Chretien’s daughter, France is married to Andre Desmarais, son of Paul Desmarais.
Martin replaced Prime Minister Jean Chretien on Dec. 12, 2004.
Strong hired Martin in the 1960s to work for Paul Desmarais at Power Corp.
According to respected Financial Post columnist Diane Francis, "In 1974, Desmarais made Martin president of the Canada Steamship Lines. And then in 1981, he made him spectacularly rich by selling the company to him and a partner for $180 million." The day to day operation of Martin’s shipping company, estimated to be worth $424 million, was handed over to his three sons last year.
Much more pro-UN than U.S. if only subtly until Friday, Martin reminded the African summit that "the French fact in Canada has never stopped evolving.
"Our commitment to the Francophonie community is a key element of Canada’s presence on the international scene."
Martin singled out La Francophonie Secretary General Abdou Diouf, ex-president of Senegal, who replaced former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros Ghali.
"Under his leadership and with a targeted strategy," said Martin "La Francophonie will become more than ever a relevant, sought-after and credible partner on the world stage."
Martin spoke glowingly of how Kenya’s Wangari Maathai became the first African woman ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, in recognition of her environmental work.
" This award symbolizes everything that brings us here together today: the search for economic progress in Africa, continued efforts to achieve sustainable development, contribution to democracy and peace, and the emphasis on women’s rights."
The crisis in Darfur, he said, "calls into play the Responsibility to Protect, a humanitarian concept being studied by the United Nations".
Martin announced Quebec City as the site of the next summit in 2008.