Mark Collins – CETA, or, Ronnie and the Walloons

Late October 24:

CETA deal cannot be signed ‘at this stage,’ Belgian PM says, but EU and Canada still hopeful

As Wallonia blows it out: “Wa-wah, Wa, Walloon”:

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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5 thoughts on “Mark Collins – CETA, or, Ronnie and the Walloons”

  1. Meanwhile SJW silliness about the Beach Boys at the NY Review of Books:

    “…Their best-known hits (say, “California Girls,” “Help Me, Rhonda,” “I Get Around”) are poems of unenlightened straight-male privilege, white privilege, beach privilege. It is hard to imagine that they helped anyone toward self-determination or achieving their social rights…”
    http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2016/10/26/looking-for-the-beach-boys-fifty-years-later/

    Gosh. The early stuff was just about “Fun Fun Fun”–which the NYRB author seems not to grok:

    Pity.

    Mark Collins

  2. In the end PM Trudeau goes to Brussels:

    The Canadian media, for their part, have been disgracefully arrogant ant condescending about the Walloons. Only four of our provinces have larger populations (ON, QC, BC, AB) yet our commentariat, in a country often bedeviled by problems concerning our provinces, laugh and roll their eyebrows when similar things happen elsewhere.

    What typical Canadian conceit and inability to grok reality. Fie. A petty people.

    Mark Collins

  3. Deal done, for now:

    As for that Canadian arrogance, if it’s “tiny Wallonia (its population is 3.5 million)”
    https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2016/10/28/walloon-acceptance-of-flawed-canada-europe-trade-deal-does-canada-no-favours-walkom.html

    then six out of ten Canadian provinces are far tinier with BC and AB not that much bigger:
    http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a26?lang=eng&id=510005

    Mark Collins

    1. And for all the Canadian media members giggling while saying “Walloon”, imagine the fun Euros would have had with “Saskatchewanian” if matters were reversed.

      Mark Collins

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