In the following report, a strategic overview is laid out with the explicit purpose to inform and activate leading citizens and policy makers towards the strategy needed to re-align our nation from the shackles of the British Empire’s collapsing monetarist system, towards the new paradigm exemplified by the BRICS and China’s New Silk Road. The full program for the New Silk Road which this report is meant to compliment can be found in the 2014 EIR Special Report The New Silk Road Becomes the World Landbridge and the accompanying 2015 The US Joins the New Silk Road 38 page report.
This re-alignment is necessary not only to reconstruct our self destroyed physical economic base, but to lift humanity out of British geopolitics, and closed system thinking which is driving victim nations within NATO towards a thermonuclear world war.
The editors of the Canadian Patriot are proud to present the following report as a blueprint for the survival not only of Canada, but of all humanity. Our report begins with the presentation of several strategic mega projects which will allow us to return to the path of pro-scientific and technological progress which was abandoned during the post John F. Kennedy era of “post industrialism” and “consumerism”.
The views expressed in the Canadian Patriot Review are inspired by the philosophy and strategic outlook of Lyndon LaRouche and the International Schiller Institute, the specific policy propositions for Canada contained in this report are those of the authors of the Canadian Patriot Review.
In a strained world looming on the brink of collapse and thermonuclear war on the one hand, and a new paradigm of mutual development and peaceful co-existence on the other, Canada’s close geographical relationship to both the United States and Russia provides an ideal opportunity to act as a bridge uniting two parts of the world around advanced scientific, cultural and nation building endeavors centering around such programs as space science, nuclear energy, and arctic development. The lynchpin for these programs cumulatively driven by the World Landbridge (expressing itself as the “New Silk Road” program of China already under construction), remains a centuries long program called the Bering Strait Rail Tunnel, has been heralded by Lyndon LaRouche for over three decades as beacon of hope for world peace.
What would accepting the Russia/China offer to build it entail for Canada? What will be reactivated within our nation building history which Canadians have forgotten during 40+ years of post industrial rot?
First and foremost, this New Silk Road program would mean abandoning the post-industrial system that replaced the 1945-1971 policy scientific and technological growth. The 40 year cage of oil exploitation for global geopolitical manipulation under the post 1971 “petro dollar” has created a speculative instability within the entire world which has resulted in Canada’s near implosion recent years culminating in the meltdown of the Alberta “oil economy”.
The Bering Strait Development Corridor demands a systemic top down evaluation of Canada’s potential, not merely as a resource exporter, but as a driver of fundamental scientific progress in order to increase the energy flux density of humanity as a whole. Our frontiers obviously are found by pressing on the boundaries of human knowledge, in the atomic field on the immeasurably small, and in the space field on the immeasurably large. Geographically, the boundaries determining the last frontiers of earth are established by the Arctic.
Before proceeding to the most optimal choices of least action pathways and projects available for Canada within the context of a new emerging paradigm, it is important to take a brief inventory of the nature of the phyisical economy that we are dealing with. On a geographic level, The layout of Canada’s development has to take into account the three fundamental zones:
1) Urban- Industrial where 80% of our population is located,
2) Rural to the end of the tree line in the mid Canada corridor and
3) Arctic where less than 1% of Canadians live
True nation building must begin with the most underdeveloped region as the driver (the Arctic), which will then permit the mobilization of resources in order to “leapfrog” older technologies towards the cutting edge high energy flux density
The cornerstone of the World Landbridge, of which the Russian and Chinese led New Silk Road and New Trans-Eurasian development are vital components, is the construction of the Bering Strait Tunnel running from Russia to Alaska. Canada’s vital contribution to this international project necessitates the completion of 1800 km of unbuilt rail, preferably high speed, from British Columbia, through the Yukon and into Alaska.
The Alaska-Canada rail connector, with the construction of a development corridor extending 80 km on each side of the railroad, can transform the region in its entirety. Power lines, fiber-optic lines, and where necessary, freshwater pipes would be encased within the corridor. Cities, population, manufacturing, and scientific agriculture would be fertilized and harvested in this corridor as well. The Arctic North’s nearby abundant, but largely untapped, mineral and raw material resources would be made accessible, by rail link, out of the frigid ground for rational use in the Arctic North and the world.
This top down approach to rail creation sets the necessary foundation upon which any competent plan to reconstruct Canada’s dilapidated municipal and interprovincial transportation infrastructure must rest. Magnetic Levitation trains connecting all major cities from Vancouver to the Maritimes would also provide a positive driver for nation building in tandem with a revived American and Mexican transportation strategy.
Were this program to be built, not only would countless productive jobs be created for the next generation, but a new breath of life for Canada and the world would result as an era of unbounded cooperation and creative discovery would necessarily result.
From 1952- 1972, BC’s great Premier W.A.C. Bennett fought a hard fought battle to ensure that British Columbia would finally become more than a colonial underdeveloped region as its British rulers had long condemned of her. Bennett was convinced that the opening up of the arctic and the industrial boom of British Columbia were possible if a policy of state directed investment into capital intensive infrastructure, social programs, and industrialization were made the focus of the national purpose.
Bennett’s clashes with the technocrats in Ottawa beginning with the sabotage operation against the Columbia River Treaty and continuing beyond the ouster of Diefenbaker in 1963 instilled Bennett’s resolve to use the vast powers of the Province over its economy to nationalize BC Power Corporation and create new BC-run institutions such as the Bank of British Columbia to execute his grand design. Bennett’s struggle to develop BC was also made possible through his association with John F. Kennedy who sided with Bennett over Ottawa’s civil service in regards to the Columbia River Treaty.
Using revenues generated from the Columbia River treaty, Bennett was able to invest in a vast rail expansion process that continued through the 1960s which opened up development corridors in previously inhospitable regions of the great north. While these projects were begun based upon the exploitation of fossil fuel, lumber and other raw materials, the creation of manufacturing industries had soon begun to appear with permanent cities in the Peace River region.
Alaska-British Columbia-Yukon conferences through this period were instrumental in advancing Bennett’s vision for an eventual connection between BC’s rail system and that of Alaska. Due to the sabotage of the rail system by W.A.C. Bennett’s son Bill Bennett, the great Canada-Alaska rail connection became forever known as the “rail to nowhere” ending in Dease Lake.
Completing Bennett’s rail vision in the 21st century is a necessary component to the Bering Strait Rail Corridor program proposed by the governments of Russia and China which will advance transportation corridors all the way from the Eurasian New Silk Road through the Siberian development belt and into the Americas connecting down into the west coast and New York. The Alaska-Canada rail connection is one of the greatest projects in the Americas and involves the 1800 Km construction of rail between Dease Lake and into the Yukon and Alaska.
Bennett astutely observed Canada’s destiny with Asia, when he said in 1971;
there are great mountains separating B.C. from Ottawa, but between us and Japan, there’s only the Peaceful Sea (Pacific Ocean).”
Ultimately, the opening up of the Arctic as the new frontier of human development requires that Canada learn from Russia’s current commitment to build the new nuclear powered domed city of Umka on the island of Kotelny only 1000 km from the North Pole. In order to meet the challenge of housing over 5000 workers and their families in the harsh arctic climate which requires internal climate control, waste evaporation, internal agricultural capacities and reliable energy, Russian designers have used the International Space as their model. This ISS design is important since the Arctic will play a vital role in the investigation of cosmic radiation, a galactic (and intergalactic) phenomenon driving both the evolution of the living and non-living material on the earth.
This model “city of the future” echoes back to the planned domed city of Frobisher Bay, Nunavut which Prime Minister John Diefenbaker had committed to build as an integral component of his 1958 “Northern Vision” campaign. Frobisher Bay’s design as produced by the Department of Public Works announced a domed city, encircled by 12 large towers housing 4500 workers and families connected by an underground network of tunnels. In order to ensure that this city were truly one of the future, recreation facilities, shopping centers and other amenities were included to ensure that the comfort of Toronto would be something accessible even in the Arctic.
Ultimately, Diefenbaker`s Northern Vision which incorporated a bold “Roads to Resources”, and frontier science program was to be funded by a re-chartered Bank of Canada. Diefenbaker’s brilliant financing approach took a page from Alexander Hamilton and Lincoln’s Greenback system which involved public bonds issued by Canada’s National Bank in order to connect both old maturing WW2 Victory Bonds as well as new bonds directed towards Canada’s development. Diefenbaker’s vision for a true national credit system was encapsulated in his 1958 radio announcement:
This, the largest financial project in our history, offers an opportunity to all holders of victory bonds which were purchased as an act of patriotic faith during the war years, to re-invest them for the greater development of greater Canada. These monies that were advanced during the days of war, and which contributed to the victory, we now ask to be made available to speed the pace of peaceful progress and the program of national development… The action we are taking will make it possible for our nation to embark on a new era of peacetime prosperity far and beyond anything we have ever known.”
While this National Credit and Northern Vision program was sabotaged by a coordinated operation from London, Diefenbaker’s strategy is just as applicable today as it was in 1958.
Today Frobisher Bay plan remains the paragon of northern development, and complements the multi trillion dollar development policy of the Trans Eurasian Belt Development which Russian Railways President Vladimir Yakunin described on March 23 2015, must be an “inter-state, inter-civilization, project. It should be an alternative to the current (neo-liberal) model, which has caused a systemic crisis. The project should be turned into a world ‘future zone’, and it must be based on leading, not catching, technologies.”
Today, Russia’s Trans Eurasian Belt Development is fully integrated into China’s “One Belt, One Road” program (aka: The New Silk Road), and provides a model upon which the Northern Vision can be re-awoken bringing Canada into alignment with the BRICS on arctic development, space and nuclear research.
While this program was rejected by the Liberal Government of 1969, which chose at that time to move Canada into a “post-industrial” paradigm, it has, since 2002 made a comeback under the sponsorship of former Liberal MP Rick Lalibertee and groups of patriotic citizens around the leadership of Architect John van Nostrand.
Although General Richard Romer’s 1967 design is presented within a false closed system paradigm of “resources exploitation”, it is based upon a notion of permanent cities which would endure long after the original mineral which induced the town’s creation is tapped. Within the context of the global New Silk Road, and Canada’s arctic development strategy which necessarily blossoms from our participation in the Bering Strait tunnel, this program provides a valuable pathway for durable growth and is a far cry from the “temporary camp” model at the heart of the Alberta Tar sands in Fort McMurray.
In his 1970 book The Green North: Mid-Canada, Richard Rohmer stated the general intent of such a project in the following terms:
“Wouldn’t it be satisfying to know that we had a national goal, a national purpose for Canada? Such a goal exists in the creation of a second Canada”
The original 1967 blueprint introduces a concept of permanent development in order to populate and integrate Canada’s resource rich north with the rest of the nation. The original design sat upon a 4000 km rail track from Labrador through the northern provinces and into the Yukon which can naturally harmonize into the Alaska-Canada rail corridor and ultimately the Bering Strait rail connection which must drive this process. Under such a grand vision the Mid-Canada Development Corridor is a vital concept to revive once again.
It is no exaggeration to say that without an intensive expansion of next generation nuclear fission, with an intention to break through on thernonuclear fusion at the soonest possible time, then not only could no great project in Canada ever be brought into being, but not even currently mediocre levels of production and potential relative population density be maintained. High energy flux density energy sources such as atomic power provides a clear gateway towards true wealth creation and was understood clearly by such Canadian nation builders as John Diefenbaker, CD Howe, W.A.C. Bennett, Jean Lesage and Daniel Johnson Sr. as the only viable way to build our nation.
Driving Arctic development at home, while reconstructing our lost infrastructure and manufacturing capabilities can only occur if we look at the global community with new eyes and recognize our most valuable technological contribution towards the new paradigm of development is also to be found in this field. Currently, Canada’s energy basket is heavily reliant on Hydro power, Coal, Natural gas and Nuclear. That distribution must break from fossil fuels, and especially government-subsidized “green” energies, and into advanced 3rd and 4th generation nuclear with emphasis on cutting edge technologies.
As BRICS nations are vectoring their entire development strategy around a vigorous pursuit of nuclear energy, with over 70% of global nuclear energy development occurring in the BRICS nations or their allies, Canada must use its advanced nuclear technology to immediately begin to assist our global allies from India, China, Africa and America in everything from nuclear desalination to industrial nuclear power production. The Malthusian moratorium on nuclear energy pushed by Prince Philip, Maurice Strong, the Club of Rome and the 1001 Club since 1968 must now come to an end.
5.1 GO FOR FUSION
Lastly, as the bubble of Canada’s resource extraction economy pops with the end of the shale boom, a vital change is needed now for not only Alberta, but all of Canada to survive into the coming decades.
A jewel exists in Canada’s province of Alberta more precious than all the oil in the province. This jewel is located in the Alberta Fusion Energy Program (AFEP), affiliated with the Alberta Council of Technologies (ABCtech). Although this highly underfunded program is not yet at the forefront of Canadian energy policy, ABCtech under the leadership of Dr. Allan Offenburger, led an assessment team in 2014 to explore major fusion programs around the world and invited international fusion researchers to the Alberta Energy Forum in the Autumn of 2014 to present this bold potential to the political and business community.
In a recent report, Lpac Science Research leader Ben Deniston made the point:
“By increasing what the American economist Lyndon LaRouche has defined as the energy-flux density of the economy, we gain control over processes of higher energy throughput per unit of area, as expressed in a wide range of technologies, infrastructure projects, and production methods. With the fusion economy, energy supplies become relatively limitless, since the fusion fuel contained in one liter of seawater provides as much energy as 300 liters of petroleum”.
The Alberta Fusion Program serves as a model for all other provinces which desperately need to participate in this cutting edge technology. Other provinces which had formerly had ambitious fusion programs such as Quebec’s Tokamak at Varennes (cancelled for budgetary reasons in 1998) must therefore be revived as well as the federal Fusion Energy Canada program which had been shut down at that same time. Alongside revived provincial and federal fusion programs working with the world nuclear community, Canada’s universities must be united and reformed around the same endeavour. Currently, only 7 universities have active fusion research programs, but this must expand in quantity and quality coordinated with the private sector such as the British Columbia-based General Fusion Inc., under the umbrella of a reformed National Reseach Council (NRC) and re-nationalized Atomic Energy Canada Ltd. (AECL) following the model of Canada’s “Minister of Everything” C.D. Howe from 1945-1958.
Given the fact that next-generation nuclear fission, breakthroughs in Fusion and mining Helium-3 on the moon are at the center of China’s economic policy and is the basis of the now globally-established BRICS alliance, adopting such a pro-fusion outlook for Canada’s energy policy would immediately propel Canada out of its backwardness as a raw materials exporter and into a pro-industrial dynamic centered on true anti-entropic global development.
The title “NAWAPA” refers to the proposal for a North American Water and Power Alliance, to bring water that flows from the rivers of Alaska and Canada into the sea, southward into the Canadian Prairies providing agriculture, power projects, shipping and also a cleaning of the polluted Great Lakes. It also would bring water to the driest areas of the United States and Mexico. Originally drafted in 1964, NAWAPA was never built, for political reasons. But with the scorching droughts of recent years, it is more urgent than ever.
We publish here the beginning and the end of the video of a 2012 Lpac educational video on the project.
We live on a continent whose western part has a wide discrepancy of rainfall distribution due to the particularities of the Pacific Ocean weather system. The area stretching from Alaska and Yukon down to Washington State has 40 times the annual river runoff of the Southwest and Northern Mexico. To move some of this runoff to areas where there is little, it appears at first glance that a very long canal or pipeline would be required. Closer inspection shows that such a canal is already built! More specifically, there is a continuous stretch of naturally made canals, in the form of Rocky Mountain trenches and valleys, stretching from southeast Alaska through southern Idaho, roughly 2,000 miles.
All that is required is the construction of 31 dams, and a 2,000-mile route utilizing these topographical features can deliver 11% of the runoff water of Alaska, British Columbia, and Yukon to bring a new source of surface water to the U.S. Southwest and Mexico, that will last as long as the rain continues to fall in the northern mountains of the continent, an amount capable of doubling food production, saving cities, farms, and industries across the Southwest, and securing livelihoods for generations to come. The construction of the northern storage and power system will bring with it the independence and industrialization of Alaska, the rapid development of British Columbia, and the general development of the continent as a whole. Implementing the project will save and revive vital industries and technological capabilities, and create millions of long-term, productive jobs.
[The video proceeds to give an overview of the NAWAPA XXI plan, starting with the 2,000-mile storage reservoir system from Alaska through Idaho, and working southward to Mexico. ]
Returning to Canada, a major addition to the main storage route described integrates with the proposed development of British Columbia and supplies the Canadian prairies with needed water. Peace River runoff and other Mackenzie Basin streams, as well as potential flows from the runoff of the far North, would make possible a barge canal across Canada, connecting existing rivers with a 730-footwide canal large enough for barges, stretching from the man-made Williston Lake, created by B.C. Premier W.A.C. Bennett, all the way to Lake Superior. Sufficient water supplies will be drawn from the canal for the needs of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, and a branching barge canal will cross through the Dakotas and link up with the Missouri and Mississippi river systems, designed for flood control as well as for shipping and irrigation.
The seaway will stabilize the levels of the Great Lakes when excess water is available. Branching off from the canal, a seaway between Lake Winnipeg and Hudson Bay, and a canal between Georgian Bay and James Bay would create cheap transport routes for resource development. The extension of waterways into areas where existing access is achieved only by expensive overland transport, will open vast new areas to accelerated settlement and development.
Barge traffic connecting Lake Williston to a navigable Fraser River, through locks near Prince George, would make British Columbia an inflection point for world trade, and allow for material processing within the province, making use of the extensive 32 GW of surplus hydro-power possible through the system.
For the efficient construction of the NAWAPA XXI reservoirs, canals, pumping and power stations, the completion of the Alaskan-Canadian rail system, studied under former Alaskan Gov. Frank Murkowski, is immediately available for construction during the design, pre-construction, and site preparation phases of NAWAPA XXI.
The biggest problem with the Bennett design, Diefenbaker’s vision and Rohmer’s plan, is that they are all couched in the closed false nationalist matrix of “Canada first, we’ll see what happens after we build it second”. Compare that to the 2007 LaRouche speech to Canadians at the Canada and the Coming Eurasian World Conference regarding how we have to re-conceptualize our sovereignty around the Treaty of Westphalia and the global system of mutual interest being created:
If we love mankind, and can love the benefit given to the other nation, what are doing that’s good for them? If we can think in those terms, then we will get away from the dog-eat-dog tendency which we’ve seen again, lately, and get back to the idea that we are not animals; we do not breed progeny. We develop human beings, and we hope that the next generation will have a life better than ours, because we’ve made that improvement possible.”
Acting on this highest level of sovereignty means breaking the sacred cow established with Sir John A. Macdonald’s CPR rail programs that rooted our tradition of great projects deeply within a British geopolitical agenda keeping us only strong enough to not be absorbed by the American System or influenced by the Russians. In the new era that is now being shaped by the future orientation led by today’s Multipolar Alliance, this tragic colonial mentality and false sense of Canadian nationalism must end.