This doesn’t sound capitalist to me:
The various elements of Canada’s Fabian socialist liberal-left, various governments, and their media, all pretend that state-owned and state-run divisions of government are “corporations” simply by government fiat. That is, they call something a “corporation”, and therefore it is. Of course it’s preposterous—these are not “corporations” in anything like the true capitalist or free market sense of the word—they’re “crown” corporations—or communist-like divisions of government which are engaged in trade—market enterprise—almost always competing against their own citizens (as in the case of the CBC and countless others).They are engaged in—in many cases they actually OWN—the means of production, the distribution, the sales, and every aspect of competitive trade (against their own citizens).
A quintessential case in point is this story today which is written up in—lo and behold—another state-owned, state-run, “corporation—this one the socialism-reliant CBC.ca, on its web site. Throughout their creepy, Orwellian story, they make out like they’re talking about a private corporation, without ever once explaining that they’re talking—as one state-owned communist-like outfit about another—of a provincial government department. Moreover, they’re talking about this government division—this “corporation’s”—plans to delve even further into the erstwhile still somewhat free-ish markets. It’s about commerce and marketing and enterprise and competition —but yet never once do they explain that it’s really about a state-owned, state-run government department—instead calling it a “corporation”—and it’s about them competing against their own citizens.
It’s a story of government intrusion into the market place. But it’s disguised by the CBC and the government.
I’ve written about this phenomenon a few times now, especially after one citizen in BC decided to sue the BC Lottery “Corporation” (a division of government), and so confused was he that he was quoted as saying, “It’s about keeping corporations honest, that’s really what it’s about.”
See NewsQuip here (item#2), here (item#5), and a full-length article called “More blurring of lines: abject socialism (state-owned and run—shhh! “corporations”); and real ones”.
The story today is further proof my contention that the liberal-left in Canada—politicos, their media, and governments in power in Canada (and as in this case, their very own state-owned media) are together perpetrating a nefarious myth—an outright falsehood—a lie.
Here’s the story today, as presented in the state-owned CBC web site. When you know the truth, it reads like a Soviet Communist Party news release as printed in the former state-owned Pravda newspaper, and I beg someone to explain the difference to me in this case:
Last Updated: Friday, January 16, 2009 | 7:18 AM ET
NB Liquor is going to introduce its own brand of beer as the corporation attempts to stop New Brunswick consumers from crossing the border into Quebec to buy cheap suds.
The new brand will be available by the spring and cost less than regular beer at NB Liquor outlets. However, it will still be more expensive than that in the neighbouring province.
Nora Lacey, spokeswoman for NB Liquor, said there will be two types of the new beer available in 12-can packages and they will be brewed in-province.
“There’s no other liquor jurisdiction in Canada that has a private-label beer,” she said.
But who’s doing the brewing and what the products are will not be revealed until the brand goes on sale this spring.
Lacey said the NB Liquor beer will be of top quality and cheaper than the $21 cost for 12 cans of regular beer.
Lacey said the pending brand of beer will always be sold at a discount.
“We are going to guarantee that these 12-pack of cans will be available at the lowest possible price, $18.67,” she said.
Dana Clendenning, the company’s president and chief executive officer, told a legislative committee recently that NB Liquor is bleeding sales to Quebec because of its cheap beer. Even with this new brand of beer, NB Liquor said it won’t be able to beat Quebec’s price of $10.82 for 12 cans of beer before taxes and deposit.
Lacey said that’s because grocery and convenience stores sell beer in Quebec and each of those individual outlets can negotiate with breweries and set its own price.
Did the state-owned media—the CBC—write “its own brand of beer” as if they were writing about a private corporation? And did the government spokesman refer to “private-label” beer when actually referring to official state-beer?
Where does it explain that “NB Liquor” is a state-owned, state-run government division, competing against ACTUAL private labels and citizens and other jurisdictions? It doesn’t. On purpose.
The New Brunswick Liquor “Corporation” is 100% state-owned and state-run. It’s a branch of government. Its own web site says: “The New Brunswick Liquor Corporation is a Provincial Crown Corporation responsible for the purchase, importation, distribution, and retail activity for all beverage alcohol in the Province of New Brunswick. Alcool NB Liquor (ANBL) is directed by a seven member Board of Directors; six are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council [the government cabinet], and the seventh is the CEO. Decisions and directions from the Board are guided by section 6(3) of the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation Act.”
Another government web site admits: “Our mandate is to manufacture, buy, import and sell liquor of every kind and description. … There are seven Board members including a Chairperson, all of whom are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council [the provincial government cabinet].”
Their “Mission Statement” includes: “To responsibly host New Brunswick’s beverage alcohol experience.”
Pravda couldn’t have written it up better.
That doesn’t sound capitalist to me. In fact, how is this not communist?
This is nothing short of perfidy. The players are collectively engaged in an Orwellian sleight of hand and are purposely blurring the lines.
I think the people of New Brunswick should demand that the state get out of the business of liquor manufacturing, distribution, sales, and all those other aspects of the markets. Demand that their government stop competing against their own citizens and other Canadians, and American citizens, as a general matter (and isn’t this contrary to NAFTA anyway?), or monopolizing the market. And demand that the government stop controlling their lives, including even what they drink and how much they pay for it. And moreover, demand that the media, the liberal-left generally, and the governments of our provinces and our nation stop lying to us and trying to pull the wool over our eyes in their effort to gently push us toward full-on socialism —partially through shear deception and slight of hand.
In the meantime, I suggest the folks in New Brunswick do liquor runs to Maine.
What kind of government competes against its own citizens in business for profits?