The loudest cry in Canada today concerning foreign ownership is that of the Committee for an Independent Canada. Mel Hurtig, federal Liberal candidate for Edmonton West in the recent election campaign, is one of the strongest Albertan - as well as national - advocates of an Independent Canada, and sits as a co-chairman on the Committee. Mr. Hurtig presents himself to the public as a rather fervent Canadian nationalist.
We believe that the electors of Edmonton West, and of Canada, are not being told the complete story regarding the forces behind the movement to make Canadian ownership of industry a political issue of major importance. To understand fully the nature and identity of these forces, we must go back to the evening of April 25,1968, when one hundred of the world's most powerful and influential men began slipping secretly into Mont Tremblant, Province of Quebec.
The event was the 1968 session of the Bilderberg Conference, a phenomenon all the more extraordinary for the fact that it has been enacted every year since 1954, always with a secrecy unrivalled in the political functioning of Western society. The first meeting in 1954 took place in the Bilderberg Hotel in Oosterbeek, Netherlands - hence the name adopted by the Conferences.
The chairman of the Bilderberg meeting is always Prince Bernhard of the Royal Dutch Shell Oil Corporation of strong Rothschild interest; always sitting at his side as co-chairman is David Rockefeller, head of Chase Manhattan, the world's largest international Bank - and of the Standard Oil Empire.
The most fantastic thing is that one hundred of the world's most powerful men could gather in Mont Tremblant for three days to ponder the fate of Canada - and effectively keep their activities as secret. Where was the Press? Incredibly, secrecy was maintained - and from the power centres of Europe and North America came an almost incalculable aggregation of wealth, academic brilliance and political power.
The guest list of this 1968 'world affairs' conference reads like a Who's Who in world - wide wealth and influence. In addition to Prince Bernhard and David Rockefeller, top bankers and industrialists from twenty-one nations attended. A preponderating share of the participants were International Bankers. In addition to David Rockefeller, were Baron Edmund de Rothschild of the House of Rothschild; Wilfrid S. Baumgartner, honorary governor, Banque de France; Louis Camu, president, Banque de Bruxelles; C. Douglas Dillon, president of Dillon, Read and Company; Allen T. Lambert, chairman and president, Toronto Dominion Bank; Robert McNamara, president of World Bank; Louis Rasminsky, governor, Bank of Canada; and Marcus Wallenberg, vice-chairman, Stockholm Enskilds Bank.
From Canada came such notables as Paul Martin, Lester Pearson, La Presse editor Claude Ryan, and newly 'appointed' Canadian Prime Minister - Pierre Elliot Trudeau.
Because of the secrecy and extreme security surrounding the meetings of these internationalist Conspirators, their actual nature and intent have remained an almost total mystery to the external world.
However, just recently a leak was made - and two of the 1968 secret documents of the Mont Tremblant Conference reached the 'outside'. These documents are designated 'confidential', and 'not for publication either in whole or in part.'
One document, a booklet of thirty-six pages, explained the organization, listed all past participants, and briefly described the agenda of the previous conferences.
The other document, 'Additional Agenda Item I', was entitled 'The Internationalization of Business.' This second document consisted of ten legal-size sheets and dealt entirely with the question of foreign ownership of industry, referred to in the document as 'the internationalization of business.'
The document outlines the Bilderberg plan to involve Canadian financiers in their operations relating to foreign corporations in advance of the general (Canadian) public becoming shareholders. In the words of the document, 'Perhaps forms of holding companies could, in certain cases, provide sufficiently malleable solutions. Such holding companies would, for example, regroup and control the ensemble of major American companies (Canadian) Interests.' This document also clearly states the Bilderberg intent to establish ownership of (Canadian) industry in the hands of Canadian financiers - but controlled through loans from international financial interests.
Historically, the foregoing strategy has been that employed by socialist and communist 'nationalization' of industry in countries where they have seized control. Speaking in Edmonton, Alberta, William Kashtan, leader of the Canadian Communist Party, upheld the policy of capital borrowing from the United States, declaring, 'We're against foreign ownership, not foreign investment' (Edmonton journal, 18 October 1972, p.21). The parallel with Bilderberg policy is immediately apparent.
Under such a proposal, while ownership would appear to be in the hands of 'Canadians', the ultimate control would reside with the International Bankers. The interest that would be payable on such debt capital to these International Bankers would far exceed the amount now taken out of Canada in the form of profit - and this accumulating debt would be impossible to repay.
In the light of the increasingly evident agreement of 'Reds and Bankers' on the policy of centralized control (total monopoly), the perceptive, if perhaps novel, claim that communism is simply the theory of modern business extended to its logical conclusion, is thoroughly vindicated. That is, both Finance and socialism / communism have a common objective, viz., monopoly control achieved through centralization of power.
Thus, there is no real contradiction in the action of Mr. Eric Kierans - past president of the Montreal Stock Exchange and former federal Liberal cabinet minister of long-standing socialist leanings - in announcing his support of the New Democratic Party candidate in his riding for the 30 October 1972 federal election. Socialism serves Finance as the ultimate instrument of power centralization. Mr. Kierans has endorsed Mr. Mel Hurtig's Liberal candidacy in Edmonton West - a circumstance that is interesting to note.
We do not know exactly what transpired following the 1968 Bilderberg meeting - other than that a few months later an organization called The Committee for an Independent Canada came into being. Walter Gordon, a former Bilderberg participant, emerged as Chairman; Claude Ryan, editor of La Presse and a 1968 Bilderberg participant, assumed the position of co-chairman.
On a recent [i.e. early 1972 Radio CFRN - Edmonton] Jim Roberts Open Line program, Mel Hurtig stated that Canada requires a form of national development fund to 'marshal the savings of Canadians.' Did Mr. Hurtig mean this to be the 'holding companies' referred to in the secret Bilderberg document? On the same program, Mr. Hurtig also stated that he opposed equity investment in Canada by Americans but favoured instead - debt capital. Was not Mr. Hurtig really saying that he opposed the small American stockholder investing in Canada - and favoured instead the contracting of an un-repayable debt to International Bankers?
We concede that an alleged relationship between the Bilderberg Conference of 1968, the formation of the C.I.C., the appointment of two Bilderberg participants as chiefs of the C.I.C., and Mel Hurtig's statements which parallel Bilderberg policy, might be discounted as only coincidental.
However, the shocking and revealing events of 1971 appear to rule out all possibility of coincidence. On 22 April 1971, eighty-five of the world's top men again began their secret journeys to a common destination. On this occasion it was Rockefeller's Woodstock Inn at Woodstock, Vermont. Throughout April 23, 24, and 25, these international Conspirators again debated the fate of the world.
Prince Bernhard and David Rockefeller presided as usual. Baron Edmund de Rothschild was again in attendance. Also attending were a number of important members of the Rockefeller-controlled semi-secret Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) among them being Professor Henry A. Kissinger, officer of the Rockefeller Fund, former staff member of the CFR, and foreign policy advisor to American President Richard Nixon.
From Canada, unnoticed, slipped in Anthony Griffin, president of Triarch Corporation; Paul Leman, president of Alcan; Robert Bourassa, Premier of Quebec; Donald MacDonald, Minister of Defence; and Abraham Rotstein, Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto and co-chairman of the Committee for an Independent Canada.
Because of the extreme security maintained at the Woodstock meeting, no one on the outside knows exactly what was discussed - or what directives may have been issued. What is known is that soon after this secret conclave Abraham Rotstein somehow came into possession of a 'highly classified' Cabinet document of the Trudeau Government in Ottawa.
This 'secret' document was the Herb Gray Report which dealt with foreign ownership in Canada. Rotstein - a prominent socialist and mentor of Mel Watkins of the radical New Democratic Party Waffle Group - published this Report in Canadian Forum, the socialist intellectual journal for Canada, of which he is editor.
This study makes no accusations - but it does question the 'coincidental nature' of the relationships between the mysterious 1968 Bilderberg Conference concerning foreign ownership; the subsequent formation of the Committee for an Independent Canada; the instalment of important Bilderberg participants at the head of the C.I.C.; Mel Hurtig's zealous promotion of the C.I.C. and his statements on behalf of the C.I.C. which parallel major Bilderberg policies; Professor Rotstein's participation in the furtive 1971 Bilderberg Woodstock meeting and, upon his return to Canada, publication of the 'secret' Herb Gray Report not to mention the number of key Liberals connected with this Rockefeller-Rothschild Internationalist Bilderberg Conspiracy, including the man who received early and strenuous public support from Mr. Mel Hurtig, viz., the present Prime Minister of Canada, Pierre Elliot Trudeau himself.
The question may be asked: 'is it possible for persons who advocate nationalism at the tops of their voices to be, in reality, internationalists?' Perhaps the following quotation can shed some light upon this disturbing matter:
It is just because we are really attacking the principle of local sovereignty that we keep on protesting our loyalty to it so loudly. The harder we press our attack upon the idol, the more pains we take to keep its priests and devotees in a fool's paradise - lapped in a false sense of security which will inhibit them from taking up arms in their idol's defence. We are at present working, discreetly but with all our might, to wrest this mysterious political force called sovereignty out of the clutches of the local national states of our world. And all the time we are denying with our lips what we are doing with our hands.
These extracts are taken from addresses given in Copenhagen, 8-10 June 1931, by Prof. Arnold Toynbee, English Fabian Socialist and Director of Studies for the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, England.
The Canadian counterpart of the Royal Institute is its affiliate of common origin, the Canadian Institute of International Affairs. Mr. Mel Hurtig admitted, while campaigning in Edmonton at a University of Alberta federal election forum (October 1972) that he had been a member of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs - although, under questioning from the floor, he claimed that his membership had lapsed. In the United States, the counterpart to the Royal and Canadian Institutes is the powerful Rockefeller-controlled Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). In conclusion, the authors of this study wish to point out that the recent focus upon foreign ownership as a major political issue in Canada has not been conceived or instigated by rank and file Canadian citizens - but by Internationalists like Rockefeller and Rothschild. Are Canadians to be so foolish as to imagine that these power-centralizing individuals are primarily and truly concerned about the welfare of Canada? These men are internationalists - and surely they have demonstrated conclusively, by word and action, that their plan is to internationalize every nation in the world under their own firm economic and political control.
Mel Hurtig has stated that he believes the electorate will pay far more attention to individual candidates and their respective policies during the current federal election campaign. In fairness, Mr. Hurtig must be expected to publicly subject his own policies and slogans to full and open critical analysis.
A sovereign Canada is an independent Canada, but an 'Independent' Canada is not necessarily a Sovereign Canada.
The above article was published by the Canadian League of Rights, 20 October 1972. Most of the factual matter in the article was taken directly from secret Bilderberg documents and from the United States Congressional Record of 6 September 1971. Copies of the Bilderberg documents have been donated to the Legislative Library, Legislative Buildings, Edmonton, Alberta.