Friday, October 26, 2012

The Surplus Crown Assets Act (1985).

For half a century, the government of Canada has been selling and even giving away "surplus Crown assets." In 1954, a Greek billionaire named Aristotle Onassis bought a Royal Canadian Navy warship called the H.M.C.S. Stormont for $35,000 dollars. The Christina is now a tourist attraction on the Thames River in London, England.
During World War 11, Howard Hughes created a flying cargo ship called "The Spruce Goose", made almost entirely of wood. The Americans would never sell "The Spruce Goose" to a foreign tycoon, or to a lumber company, and the airplane is a major tourist attraction in Long Beach, California:

"The Spruce Goose" created by Howard Hughes.
The H.M.C.S. Bonaventure was decommissioned and sold as scrap metal to Taiwan:

H.M.C.S. Bonaventure
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird halted the sale of 22 paintings from Canadian embassies; but a few days ago I noticed an article in the Globe and Mail newspaper, "Sotheby's to auction up to $11 million worth of Canadian art".
Were these paintings hanging on the walls of Canadian embassies, national museums and federal buildings?
---see the article "Conservatives remove works of art from office walls" Postmedia News, October 23, 2011.
Canada and the United Kingdom will be sharing embassies abroad, so the paintings, sculptures, historic documents and tapestries at Canadian embassies are probably being shipped to Sotheby's and Christie's in  government diplomatic pouches, which cannot be searched or seized, according to the Vienna Convention. Any valuables that are too large for diplomatic pouches will be sold locally:
     Order-in-Council - March 10, 1994 - Financial Administration Act - Agreement with the University of London Library - transfer to the University Library the title and possession of the Canada House Library Collection at the Canadian High Commission in London, England. (From: a Privy Council Order-in-Council volume at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa.)

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