A Very Special War Room for Canada-US Relations
June 13, 2017
The Players: PMO Prime Minister’s Office, Chrystia Freeland, Brian Clow, Simon Beauchemin, Diamond Isinger, Andrew Leslie, Jeremy Broadhurst, Katie Telford, Gerald Butts, PMO director of policy Michael McNair, Stephen Schwarzman of Blackstone Group, Brian Mulroney,his former chief of staff Derek Burney, and others.
There is no difference between the Conservatives and the Liberals. They are 2 teams on the same league, the Money League.
In January 2017, the PMO Prime Minister’s Office set up a very special war room for Canada-US Relations, apparently to deal with Donald Trump the “monkey with a machine gun” who wants to renegotiate NAFTA among other things.
This war room is not the same group as the Canada-US Relations CABINET Committee chaired by Marc “Space Cadet” Garneau, Minister of Transport. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia “Yappy Little Female Dog” Freeland is on the Cabinet committee.
This “special war room” group is led by Freeland’s former chief of staff, Brian Clow when they were at International Trade. They’ve been buddies for a long time and he has her ear and at least one other part.
Why all the Freeland punks in the war room together???
Brian Clow is one of at least 3 members in the little gang, who are moved over from Freeland’s office at International Trade. Two others are Simon Beauchemin, now Clow’s special adviser and Diamond Isinger, their special assistant.
Clow’s official position is Director – Canada US Relations for Prime Minister’s Office PMO.
Also playing a prominent role is Andrew “Psychological Warrior Uno” Leslie, retired Canadian Forces Lieutenant-General and Freeland’s Parliamentary Secretary for Canada US Relations. The connections to power are intricate and convoluted here.
On January 10, Chrystia Freeland was moved over to Foreign Affairs. Her mandate is “to restore constructive Canadian leadership in the world and to promote Canada’s interests and values…Maintain constructive relations with the United States, Canada’s closest ally and most important economic and security partner, and lead efforts to deepen trade and commerce between our two countries…Strengthen trilateral North American cooperation with the United States and Mexico. This will involve working with the relevant Ministers to enhance North America’s global competitiveness and facilitate trade and commerce within the continent, including with respect to the North American Free Trade Agreement.”
Brian “Born with a Gold Tooth” Clow
Brian Clow has already made quite a name for himself but we didn’t know about him. Did you?
This guy is touched by gold. He’s special like a rising star from Ignatieff to drag queens to Canada’s top war room re Canada US relations. Brian was a big campaign organizer for Kathleen Wynne as well as her advisor. Then he and a bunch of his cronies in T.O., moved over to Trudeau’s team where he has been doing a lot of organizing and advising.
Brian’s dad, Graham Clow sits on the board of directors of Barrick!! Gold that is. Gold all over the World!!! A Queens University grad, Goldie Graham has been hard at the mining industry all his life. He is Chairman, Principal and Principal Mining Engineer of Scott Wilson Roscoe Postle Associates where he is “responsible for all aspects of worldwide mining consulting practice from offices in Canada”. Among other things, he is Chairman of the Metal Mining Division of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum. He sits on many boards including Dominion Diamond Corporation and Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.
It was an obvious conflict of interest for Brian so he was quietly moved to this new position at the PMO which is more powerful anyhow. It was quite a juggling act all the way round.
“At the same time as Clow was moved into the PMO, former PMO deputy chief of staff and deputy principal secretary Jeremy Broadhurst—who ran the 2015 Liberal campaign and was the highest ranking political aide in the PMO after chief of staff Katie Telford and principal secretary Gerald Butts—was named chief of staff to Ms. Freeland at Foreign Affairs.”
This is the pipeline of communications to Freeland. Clow and Broadhurst
“are expected to work closely in their new roles to ensure tight coordination between political staff in the PMO and Global Affairs Canada (which includes both Foreign Affairs and International Trade), reaching out to the rest of cabinet, the public service, other levels of government, and relevant groups as the need arises.”
“Relevant groups” refers to corporations, not you and me.
Simon “Hiding behind the Beauchemins” Beauchemin and special assistant Diamond “Miss Social Media” Isinger
Although not widely known, these two eager youngsters are very active in their support work for Liberal politicians in the New Global Order.
Diamond Isinger was previously involved in B.C. Liberal politics where she campaigned to get the Youth vote out for Cristy Clark. Diamond may be the “coffee and donuts” gal for the team.
Search results for Simon Beauchemin lead mostly to the Canadian Government. He’s not a mouth piece. He’s one of many Beauchemins working for the Canadian gov. How he came into the picture remains to be seen.
The most interesting info on Simon involves meetings with numerous corporate heads like Alex Mestres of IPEX Group of Companies which makes pipes. They are discussing rules and regulations and how to smooth the way for their money making.
Describing themselves as a “Leading manufacturer of thermoplastic piping systems”, this Oakville, Ontario based company employing thousands explains, “IPEX designs and manufactures one of the world’s most diverse lines of integrated thermoplastic piping systems—pipe, valves, fittings, auxiliary components and tools—all engineered from the ground up to handle the full range of today’s municipal, industrial, commercial and residential applications.”
The short version is they are a North American cartel in the piping business, whether water, oil or other. IPEX is privately held and they are hiring. They are also very busy lobbying the Canadian gov. Simon is the Gov Special Agent who meets with Al Mestres.
Being Vice President of Corporate Planning at IPEX Inc. is just one of Al Mestres’ 3 main jobs, all in piping of course. A Belgian national, Alex “Poirot” Mestres is Divisional Chief Executive Officer of Americas at Aliaxis S.A./N.V., a huge Belgian company based in Brussels right near NATO HQ.
The folks at IPEX could not have said it more clearly than Aliaxis, “We provide people around the world with sustainable innovative solutions for water and energy, leading the industry in a way that anticipates the rapidly evolving needs of our customers.”
What they are really saying is, oil or water, doesn’t matter to them, they’ve got the piping to do the job and they are even willing to run the whole show for you. They know there’s big business in water.
IPEX’ Al Mestris has been involved in at least 80 meetings with Canadian Gov officials including Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board and Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Clow’s entire team has also met with Al. What’s so special about them or him??
If you search “water markets” you will find a raft of material, quite alarming if you object to the commodification of water. In many cities around the world, the cost of water is already very high, contributing greatly to grim poverty, disease and death.
Indigenous communities are targeted for all kinds of feting, manipulating and confounding while greedy people view Turtle Island’s water with only $$$signs in their eyes. They figure there’s too much water in the north and not enough in the south so they are going to redistribute it whether you like it or not. This scheme has been in the works for some time.
Andy “Born with a Gun in his Hand” Leslie
Retired Lieutenant-General Andrew Leslie is now focused on Canada-U.S. relations too. As Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada-U.S. Relations), he is the point man for this operation, ie getting along with Trump. Andy attended Trump’s inauguration acting as Prime Minister Justinian Jagger Trudeau’s rep. which he does in various settings, especially where his military expertise comes into play.
Leslie has many contacts among senior U.S. generals from his military days, including in Afghanistan. According to the pundits, “Leslie is expected to help forge relationships with the new administration in Washington.” He will be most helpful with spending Canada’s new warmaking monies.
Andy is a member of the Privy Council as are Trudeau’s cabinet including Harjit, Chrystia and Jody. Andy pretends to be humble but is very arrogant and smug. He’s on the road a lot and is a strong supporter of NAFTA.
The military planners will be on hand especially when the water starts to move in the pipelines. And for all the other deepening crises of the domestic nature.
And here the web of deceit becomes more tangled. Don’t get the Brians mixed up.
The Commodification of Water and Impending Major Water Diversions in Turtle Island
Also at Barrick Gold with Graham Clow, (former Canadian Prime Minister) Brian Mulroney is senior advisor which he has been since he himself left the PMO with a trail of scandal behind him.
Everybody knows about Barrick digging up gold all over the world no matter what the locals say. Where there’s gold, there’s usually blood. Ditto diamonds which Graham is also into.
Brian Mulroney, despised though he may be among Indigenous people north of the Invisible Line, is a well respected oligarch all around the world. Besides being Chairman of Barrick’s International Advisory Board, Lyin’ Brian is on many boards including Chairman of the board of directors of Quebecor Inc. and Quebecor Media Inc., member of the board of directors of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation and Avis Budget Group Inc.
We saved Brian’s best for last. Lyin Brian Mulroney is on the board at Blackstone Group where he has close ties to top dog Stephen Schwarzman, one of Trump’s main economic and policy advisors and in our view, his hands on handler. Stevie and Don Don are both New Yorkers. Apparently, Don Don owes Blackstone big $$$. Blackstone is about making money out of thin air.
Mulroney brought in NAFTA with a lot of help from guys like Kevin Lynch who now heads BMO. Brian Mulroney has no problem with big water diversions. Neither does Don Don!
According to author, Joyce Nelson,
“While campaigning in California last May, Donald Trump told the crowd of cheering supporters, “There is no drought” – a stunning claim that invited his listeners to deny their own lived experience. Since 2011, drought in California, Texas, and much of the southwest have led to draconian crackdowns on everything from lawn-watering to car-washing to water-hoarding.
“You have a water problem that is so insane,” Trump said. “It is so ridiculous where they are taking the water and shoving it out to sea … If I win, believe me, we’re going to start opening up the water.”
Mulroney and his buddy Steve Schwarzman have huge investments in water enterprises thru Blackstone’s special group, Global Water Development Partners, started by Blackstone in 2014 “as the first formal attempt by a mainstream private equity player to support companies with critically needed capital to create long-term and sustainable water facilities, develop desalination facilities and large-scale wastewater treatment for industrial customers, and identify, develop, finance, construct and operate large-scale independent water development projects.”
In other words, Blackstone is intimately involved in the commodification of water by developing cartels in the rapidly growing water industry. Steve and Brian will soon own your toilet too.
$$$teve met with the entire Trudeau Cabinet in Calgary back in February.
If you ever wonder why Freeland became Minister of Foreign Affairs, there may be at least part of the answer in this arena. Former Minister Stephan Dion, a relatively congenial man, was replaced by a belligerent woman who is banned from one of the largest nations on Earth, Russia. Freeland who has well known Ukrainian ties, is an outspoken supporter of Ukrainian nationalism and the false narrative against Russia. What may be equally important here is that Dion was adamantly opposed to bulk water exports. He’s just too old fashioned for these folks thinking.
Here’s another bit from Nelson, “Site C may provide energy and water for fracking and tar sands mining in the medium term, but in the long term Holm says that “the end game” of Site C is bulk water export because that water “will have a far higher value” than oil and gas.”
It sure looks to us like water is a major theme for this very special war room at the PMO. The profiteers on Parliament Hill are getting ready to cash in. They are very clever but may be entirely heartless. They need to stop the pillage and plunder.
The members of the Canada-United States Relations Cabinet Committee include: Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale (Regina-Wascana, Sask.), Government House Leader Bardish Chagger (Waterloo, Ont.), International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne (St-Maurice-Champlain, Que.), Science Minister Kirsty Duncan (Etobicoke North, Ont.), Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland (University Rosedale, Ont.), Democratic Reform Minister Karina Gould (Burlington, Ont.), Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen (York South-Weston, Ont.), Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay (Cardigan, P.E. I.), Environment Minister Catherine McKenna (Ottawa Centre, Ont.) and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan (Vancouver South, B.C.).
This is the Hill Times article in full:
PMO’s New Canada-U.S. Relations ‘War Room’ Unit Seen as ‘Smart,’ Considered Unprecedented
February 7, 2017 0
The Canadian trade minister’s chief of staff is the son of a Barrick Gold director.
Brian Clow works as Director – Canada US Relations for Prime Minister’s Office.
Brian can be reached at 613-992-4211
Simon Beauchemin works as Advisor, Canada-US Relations for Prime Minister’s Office.
Simon can be reached at 613-992-4211
Diamond Isinger works as Special Assistant, Canada-US Relations for Prime Minister’s Office.
Diamond can be reached at 613-992-4211
Former Freeland chief of staff to lead Canada-US relations at PMO
Brian Clow played central role in leadership campaign of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne
Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
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Leslie’s maternal grandfather, Brooke Claxton, was a decorated First World War artillery officer and Canada’s longest serving defence minister – he was in the post from 1946 to 1954.
Leslie’s father, Col. Edward (Teddy) McNaughton, commanded the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Korea. His regimental biography says he legally changed his surname to Leslie to comply with the terms of an inheritance.
News Release / April 30, 2010 / Project number: NR-10.033
OTTAWA, Ont. – The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, is pleased to announce the selection of Lieutenant-General Andrew Leslie to the new role of Chief of Transformation. Lt.-Gen. Leslie will assume the position as of June 22, 2010.
“The development of a Chief of Transformation position builds on the Government’s commitment to modernize the Canadian Forces, as laid out in the Canada First Defence Strategy,” said Minister MacKay.
Katie Telford PMO
11 If Gerald Butts was Trudeau’s big-picture guy, Telford led the ground campaign, putting lofty ideas into action. She marshalled thousands of volunteers and candidates, and implemented a focus on data—collecting and analyzing copious statistics on doors knocked, supporters identified, signs ordered, calls placed, volunteers gained, and more—to gauge success and identify weaknesses. In the campaign’s final stretch, it was Telford who pushed to send Trudeau into long-shot ridings—like Parkdale-High Park and Beaches-East York, among others—that turned red. In Trudeau’s prime time victory speech, he thanked her by name, establishing her as one of the faces of the new Liberal regime.
Politics runs in the family. She’s the daughter of civil servants and got her first job as a page at Queen’s Park at age 12.
Brian Mulroney is on the board of directors of Blackstone Group
Blackstone Group buys water:
Familiar mega-banks and investing powerhouses such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Macquarie Bank, Barclays Bank, the Blackstone Group, Allianz, and HSBC Bank, among others, are consolidating their control over water…Previously, in September 2003, Goldman Sachs partnered with one of the world’s largest private-equity firm Blackstone Group and Apollo Management to acquire Ondeo Nalco (a leading company in providing water-treatment and process chemicals and services, with more than 10,000 employees and operations in 130 countries) from French water corporation Suez S.A. for U.S.$4.2 billion….The Citigroup is now entering India’s massive infrastructure market by partnering the Blackstone Group and two Indian private finance companies; they have launched a U.S.$5 billion fund in February 2007, with three entities (Citi, Blackstone, and IDFC) jointly investing U.S.$250 million. India requires about U.S.$320 billion in infrastructure investments in the next five years (The Financial Express, February 16, 2007)….JPMorgan is joined by Citigroup, the Blackstone Group, 3i Group (Europe’s second-largest private-equity firm), and ICICI Bank (India’s second-largest bank) (International Herald Tribune, October 31, 2007)….
Warren Buffet Buys Nalco, a Chemical Maker and Water Process Technology Company
Through his Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffet is the largest institutional investor of Nalco Holding Co. (NLC), a subsidiary of Ecolab, with 9 million shares. Nalco was named 2012 Water Technology Company of the Year. Nalco manufactures treatment chemicals and water treatment process technologies.
But the company Nalco is not just a membrane manufacturer; it also produced the infamous toxic chemical dispersant Corexit which was used to disperse crude oil in the aftermath of BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Before being sold to Ecolab, Nalco’s parent company was Blackstone…
Site C and NAWAPA
“Exactly the right place” for long-term continental water-sharing plans
March 14, 2017
Photo courtesy of DeSmog Canada
In her book Beyond Banksters: Resisting the New Feudalism, Joyce Nelson devotes a chapter to the looming issue of bulk water exports. Here she provides an update, given the election of Donald Trump and the possible re-negotiation of NAFTA.
Peter Grauer, chairman of Bloomberg LP, the parent of Bloomberg News, is a non-executive director at Blackstone.
Blackstone hasn’t been particularly active in Canada with only a handful of equity investments and mergers and acquisitions total $1.2-billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Those investments included most recently acquiring a minority stake in Stornoway Diamond Corp. last year for an undisclosed sum.
It has, however, invested alongside Canadian pension funds and money managers elsewhere, including the $5.3-billion purchase of New York City’s Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village with Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc., the real estate arm of Canadian pension fund Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec