Former Canadian Govt. For Sale


 Wanna buy a used government? Some of the parts are a little rusty, but the influence peddling and boardroom style personal money laundering components are as strong as ever. Prime Ministers – Ministers – high ranking civil servants,  political aides and advisors are all available for your latest eco- stripping, resource destroying Capitalist Dream Project.

Former Prime Minister Jean Chretien has joined the ranks of those who appear to believe that Canadian Politics and the spirit of this great land can also be a great quid pro quo back scratcher between the money/business/corporate class and the former servants of the people.

From The Canadian Press via The Globe and Mail:

The Canadian Press Last updated on Wednesday, Jul. 08, 2009 02:12PM EDT

Former prime minister Jean Chrétien has been named as senior international adviser to Ivanhoe Mines (IVN-T9.350.384.24%) and its affiliated companies, the Vancouver-based international mineral developer said Wednesday.

Mr. Chrétien will provide advisory services to Ivanhoe Capital Corp.’s affiliates through a contract with Global Mining Management, a private service company based in Vancouver.

Global Mining is jointly owned by several companies, including: Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. and its subsidiaries, SouthGobi Energy Resources Ltd. (SGQ-X12.00–%) and Ivanhoe Australia Ltd.; as well as Ivanhoe Energy Inc. (IE-T1.440.010.70%) and the privately held Ivanhoe Nickel & Platinum Ltd.

Mr. Chrétien has been active in Canadian and global development circles as a lawyer with the Canada-based international law firm, Heenan Blaikie, since retiring from politics in 2003.

“Jean Chrétien was instrumental in advancing relationships between many Canadian businesses and rapidly industrializing China and its neighbour nations through his hands-on, prime ministerial leadership of a series of successful Team Canada trade development missions,” said Ivanhoe executive chairman Robert Friedland.

“We believe that Mr. Chrétien’s experience and knowledge will be a prime asset in assisting the Ivanhoe companies to continue to build their businesses through opportunities that will be encountered in the energy and mineral resource sectors around the world during what is becoming the Asian Century,” Mr. Friedland added.

Ivanhoe Mines, an international mining and exploration company, is focused on mining, development and exploration projects in the Asia Pacific region, including Mongolia, China, Australia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and the Philippines.

The Brian Mulroney model of used government is still available at fire sale prices but its lost a little luster and influence over the years. No one is interested in the Mulroney version these days, because – as is obvious – influence and access is the name of this game.

For the record, I have no doubt that Mr. Chretien will conduct himself in a manner above reproach as he involves himself in this unseemly activity.

Also for the record – a former Prime Minister of Canada has no business acting as a paid lobbyist for anyone.

Read Loon Theory posts Firewall The Lobbyists (O5/02/09) and Our Leaders Have Always Been Fools… (06/24/08)


Update: This is the link to the Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. website. As is usual with these resource stripping corporate websites, the pictures and images are superb – sometimes breathtaking – and you could be forgiven if you thought you’d stumbled onto a Eco or spiritual site. Enjoy the pictures but recognize you are being manipulated and don’t be fooled.

Update: Here is the Wikipedia page on Robert Friedland, the owner of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. I can’t vouch for Wiki accuracy but I find it both amusing and unsurprising that Friedland is apparently known as “Toxic Bob” and “The Ugly Canadian”. Figures.


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