Thursday, February 21, 2013

The monumental loss of "Canada's Eiffel Towers"---the CNR hotels.

CN Real Estate was created in 1981, to manage and sell the real estate holdings of the Canadian National Railway. The CNR was a federal Crown corporation, therefore, THE PEOPLE OF CANADA owned the land, railway stations, train tracks, rights-of-way, hotels, bridges, CN Tower, office buildings, tunnels, air rights...that were sold before 1995. (The Crown corporation was privatized in 1995.)
In 1988, the CNR hotels were transferred to the Canadian Pacific Railway, through several orders-in-council--- OIC's are "instruments that serve notice of a decision made by the executive arm of government.".
The February 4, 1988 orders-in-council that transferred railway hotels to the CPR.
The Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa, 1985.
Prime Minister Diefenbaker thought orders-in-council were undemocratic, because they bypass Parliament.
     "There should be a standing committee of the House of Commons whose responsibility it would be to vigilantly examine and report on all orders-in-council that would diminish the freedom of the individual."
    "Without an Opposition, decision by discussion would end and would be supplanted by virtual dictatorship, for governments prefer to rule by order-in-council to Parliament, and bureaucrats prefer to be uncontrolled by Parliament or the courts." (October 27, 1949 speech given by the Right Honourable John G. Diefenbaker, to the Empire Club at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Ontario.)

      The multinational corporation Fairmont Hotel's and Resorts is the owner of:
The Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario.
Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper, Alberta.
The Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton, Alberta.
Hotel Vancouver in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec.


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