By Matthew Ehret-Kump

With the recent announcement by UK and Canadian foreign Ministers that many of the embassies of both countries shall be melded into single missions, Canadian based British agent and media mogul Conrad Black, unable to control his enthusiasm, has voiced a revealing op-ed in the right wing mouthpiece The National Post. The title of the op-ed reads: “The British Commonwealth Will Rise Again”. After re-writing history by making FDR appear to be an imperialist, and asserting that China’s “new imperialism” is meeting resistance with all of its neighbors, and predicting the breakup of Europe into two teams (winner and loser countries), Black writes:

“There will be regional powers like Brazil and Turkey, but the only other coherent force that could arise and occupy a role somewhat analogous to a great power of old would be some cohesive bloc of Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, India, New Zealand, Singapore and perhaps a few other Commonwealth countries. The talented Australian foreign minister, Bob Carr, is capable of advancing along these lines, and Stephen Harper and John Baird would do well to explore these possibilities also”.

It is worthwhile to note that while born in Montreal, Conrad Black is not a Canadian citizen, but rather 100% British. Having received dual citizenship in Canada and UK in 2002 when the Queen of England granted him peerage in the British House of Lords as a reward for his outstanding services to the interests of the British Empire. Black was confronted with an ultimatum by then Prime Minster Jean Chretien who had intervened with a citation of a 1919 resolution barring Canadians from being members of the House of Lords. After a short legal battle which Black lost, Black renounced his Canadian citizenship becoming Lord Black of Crossharbour.

Since his release from US Federal Prison in May 2012 after serving 36 months of a 48 month sentence for fraud and obstruction of justice, an unrepentant Black has found himself re-rising to prominence within the Canadian establishment quicker than one could say “Hail Britannia”. Having been granted an unprecedented Temporary Resident Permit from the Minister of Immigration, Jason Kenney, who is part of the Harper conservative apparatus installed largely through the direction of the Canadian Neo-con Sun Media that had been run by Black as part of his Hollinger media empire. Black has also been granted the use of all of his former Hollinger-Sun-Times media outlets to continue to mould public opinion among Canada’s “right wing” in line with his master’s interests.

The context of Black’s Fall from power

It appears that Conrad Black’s fall from power in 2006 occurred in the context of a faction fight had broken out within the Canadian establishment between the Liberal Party faction on the one side and Conservative Party faction on the other. Where the Liberal establishment was more interested in maintaining its local interests and local control outside of British foreign policy intentions, (witnessed by the Chretien Government’s decision to not participate in the Iraq war of 2002 and Paul Martin’s 1998 successful blocking of the attempted mergers of four of Canada’s five largest banks[1]), the Mulroney-Harper anglophile interests in the Conservative Party had been much more intent to do the obedient bidding of the City of London and British Foreign office. This faction fight led up to a collapse of the Liberal leadership of Paul Martin, and purging of relevant Liberal party controllers from power with the “Sponsorship scandal” of 2005-06. By 2012, the Federal presence of the Liberal Party has become almost non-existent, having been hammered by the 2011 elections that brought Harper’s Conservatives their majority.

The Fall of the Liberals

The Liberal slaughter continues on the Provincial level, witnessed by the loss of one of its last beachheads with the Quebec election of September 2012 that brought Pauline Marois’ separatist Parti Quebecois (PQ) to power. The PQ is infamous for their intention to separate from Canada, their anti-nuclear stance, and Cap and Trade policy. Of the two remaining provincial Liberal power holds left, British Columbia has found Liberal support at an all time low due largely to the failed HST debacle in 2011. The Liberals under current BC premier Christie Clark are preparing to be swept away in favour of the National Democratic Party (NDP) during the upcoming elections in May 2013. The challenging NDP of British Columbia, just like the PQ of Quebec are in favour of those resource grabbing policies which are expedient to the British Empire’s geopolitical interests (echoing the free market logic of the “fur trade”), yet push the green agenda of ‘renewable” energies (except nuclear), and cap and trade. It is indicative to note that NDP leader Thomas Mulcair has just been made a Privy Councillor to the Queen on September 18 2012, possibly in preparation to replace the Harper regime in 2014.

During this past year Stephen Harper (Privy Councillor since 2005) has stepped up the use of the broad power granted to him via his party’s majority government, to push through every British policy demanded of him in short order, rebranding the Canadian Military with the term “royal”, melding many Canadian and British Embassies around the world, converting Canada into an official fist of the Monarchy in the execution of wars with Libya, promoting wars with Iran and Syria, and falsely accusing Russia of trying to steal Canada’s arctic sovereignty.

Canada’s role as a chess piece in this “Great Game” involves returning Canada to its roots as an aggressive weapon in the Empire’s arsenal, not seen since the days of the Boer Wars. This colonial function demands Canada act as a subversive agency to the intentions of nations aspiring sovereign development. The accomplishment of this task involves 1) serving as canon fodder for imperial wars abroad, and 2) trapping unwitting nations into reliance upon its abundant cheap resources via the logic of the “fur trade” aka “free trade”. The question now worth asking is: will China and India fall prey to the seductive fly trap of Canada’s natural gas and resources in the context of Lord Black’s nightmarish vision? Or will they tighten their bonds of survival with Russia and help usher in a new age of development and peace?

A third question poses itself: In the context of an alliance for progress and peace among nations, will Canada finally throw off the yoke of our imperial traditions and become a mature republic once and for all?


[1] On December 14, 1998, then Finance Minster Paul Martin rejected the major bank mergers of Royal Bank of Canada with the Bank of Montreal, and CIBC with Toronto Dominion, citing “too much concentration of economic power in Canada in the hands of too few financial institutions.” Martin’s role in Canadian policy, nor the Chretien government he then operated under should be assumed to be a force for good. The sense of self-interest, and nationalist tendency within the party’s elders (while pragmatic more than principled) should not be missed when evaluating the anomalies which mark the changes in behaviour of Canadian policy.