When I was growing up everyone hated communists. We used to have a CCF (Canada Comonwealth Federaration) sign on our front lawn during elections, the only one I’d see walking to school and back between Ossington and Dufferin. Maybe there were more CCF supporters than my father; a working man member of the CCF, the working man’s party as he saw it back then. But when I was a kid I thought everyone else was a Liberal or a Progressive Conservative, even though no one seemed middle class like doctors and lawyers. Anyone who might have sympathized with CCF ideas back then likely kept it to themselves for fear of being called a communist like me.
Now with everyone being middle class the CCF’s descendents, the NDP (New Democrat Party)and its supporters, have become middle class; in fact working class as my father and our family saw themselves has become an embarrassment like “the deplorables” down in the states. No, today everyone wants to be middle class answering the phone, telemarketing, unseen behind partitioned cubicles.
Today, June, 27, 2013; a BNN broadcaster informed me that Suncor was Canada’s biggest diversified energy company. And I didn’t believe him. And many perhaps weren’t paying attention, or many simply believed that Suncor is a Canadian company ( though it left Sunoco in 1995 a descendant of Sun Oil, & currently sells Petro Canada products, and leads the way in mining the tar sands) because TV broadcasters know more than their audience, or maybe no one cares that Suncor is really a metamorphosis of America’s Sun Oil Company that took over Canada’s Crown Corporation Petro Canada in August 2009.
Anyone wishing to know how Mr. George, originally from Colorado, managed to purchase Canada’s Crown Corporation Petro Canada for Suncor should read Mr. George’s book Sunrise.
Something called Carbon Capture Report comes up every so often when I put “peterderemigis” into Google. Today I opened it to see why my name was embedded, and found this: my old 2010 outburst about $150-a-barrel petrol when Canada’s currency was just about par with the greenback. Now oil has sunk to just over forty dollars per barrel U.S. along with the Canadian currency now worth scarcely seventy-five percent of the U.S.dollar as media celebrates the Climate Change conference of world leaders; with the leader of Canada’s Liberals about to pledge over 2 billion dollars for a future carbon free universe.
Amidst endless media concern about the dire consequences of global warming little or nothing is heard about how expensive oil has contributed to the recent world economic crisis. ‘”These are extraordinary times … the challenges we face have only just begun”‘says the governor of the Bank of Canada warning Canadians of the seriousness of the crisis. Of course as most economic commentators have said since the autumn of 2008 this recent world-wide economic catastrophe has been the effect of poorly financed mortgage loans in the United States, and not the third great oil shock caused by the price of oil rising to nearly $150 a barrel as food prices skyrocketed.