Thursday, April 10, 2008

yay Canada!

If you have read some of my previous blogs,
then you know that I love Canada.
If you wish to know some reasons why Canada is so amazing,
then read my blog from March (I think).
It is titled "87 reasons to love Canada" (or something like that).
And now again, I am proud of Canada.
Turning down a billion dollar deal with the United States.
You go Canada!
America stinks and needs a reality check.
I love you!
Canada has rejected a proposed $1.3 billion (820 million) sale of a division of the country's biggest space technology firm to an American arms maker.
Turn it down!
Industry Minister Jim Prentice confirmed Thursday that Minnesota-based Alliant Techsystems Inc. was notified that its bid for the space division at MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. was unsatisfactory.
"On the basis of the information contained in your application and other information I have about your investment, I am not satisfied that your investment is likely to be of net benefit to Canada," Prentice wrote in a letter.
MDA is the builder of Canadarm, the robotic limb used on the space shuttle and on the International Space Station, as well as Dextre robotics and the Radarsat 2 satellite, a remote-sensing satellite that allows observation of Canada's Arctic.
Oh! Canada so owns!
Prentice was not specific in the three-paragraph letter about what in the bid he saw as deficient.
Come on!
Like he really needs a reason.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper noted in parliament Thursday that the government has never turned down a single foreign takeover.
So America is special!
"No one should doubt the determination of this minister or this government to protect this country's interests," said Harper.
I don't doubt him one bit!
He is doing the right thing!
Turn down Anerica.
Make Bush cry like a little school girl!
Alliant, a major U.S. defense contractor, has 30 days to alter its bid.
I don't care.
Canada should NOT accept it.
An Alliant spokesman said in an e-mail that "the bottom line is the process continues." Company officials are expected to be in Ottawa next week.
Opponents criticized the deal when it was announced in January, citing a threat to Canada's Arctic sovereignty, the transfer of advanced security technology to the U.S. and because it would carve up Canada's domestic space industry.
Canada should just do its own.
Leave America hanging and begging at your feet!
Yes! Make America regret its horrid past!
The most valued asset in the sale is Radarsat 2, which represents at least a $438 million (275.9 million) taxpayer investment and decades of intellectual property development. It is also this asset that has security and sovereignty experts up in arms.
Although the Canadian government has firm contractual rights on Radarsat's data for the seven-year life of the satellite - launched in December - strict U.S. security laws could trump Canadian control.
Canada will not regret this move!
I know it!
Moreover, Alliant has acknowledged that it wants to build subsequent generations of satellites using MDA technology, and those satellites would be firmly under U.S. legal control.
Anything under US legal control gets messed up.
They are going to regret that move.
Now i love you a little less, Canada.
Marc Garneau, the first Canadian in space and former head of the Canadian Space Agency, told CTV's "Canada AM" on Thursday that the government made the right decision.
Yeah they did!
And then they messed it up!
Whats wrong with you!!
Its okay. I am just being dramatic at the moment.
He said taxpayers have helped build the Vancouver, British Columbia company, and if MDA's technology, expertise and intellectual property were sold to the United States, Canadians would have to rebuild a capability that took decades to achieve.
America is so horrible!
And Canada needs to protect what it worked so hard on!
Protect it like a baby!
Don't put it into the hands of the wrong person, or in this case, America.
Because who knows what will happen.
MDA has dominated Canada's space technology field in recent years, winning more than 50 percent of all contracts awarded by the Canadian Space Agency.
The company's president, Daniel Friedman, has insisted that MDA owes its success to contracts from the U.S. space program, and that only a U.S. owner could ensure that access.
Just so you know, I live in America.
And i know just how messed up everything here is.
If i had to go to another country, i would go to Canada.
Because everything is better in Canada!
You know, its that side where the grass is greener.
And i will continue to bash the US economy and society for as long as i live.

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