Harper clears chartered flights for NHL only!
Old 09-29-2009, 03:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Angry Harper clears chartered flights for NHL only!

This is one of the things wrong with this country!



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Following a meeting at the White House between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama, the U.S. government on Sept. 18 lifted its ban on Canadian charter flights ferrying sports teams to multiple cities within the United States. But the change only reinstated the exemption for National Hockey League teams flying Air Canada and only for the 2009/10 season.

A senior official from the Canadian Embassy in Washington is meeting Tuesday with Roy Kienitz, the under secretary of policy for the U.S. Department of Transportation, hoping to get a better read on whether the U.S. is willing to extend its exemption on Canadian charters to other airlines and other sports teams outside the NHL.

If not, any teams not in the NHL, or not using Air Canada, may find the U.S. government won't let them fly between U.S. cities on Canadian charter flights.

That includes teams such as the NBA's Toronto Raptors and the Jays.
Canadian teams hope for travel clearance from U.S.
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Wow.

Must be the sports teams that are causing all the security issues in the US?
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Wow.

Must be the sports teams that are causing all the security issues in the US?
What's funny is that the NHL is majority Canadian/European players. While the other teams are by far mostly American born players.
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Old 09-29-2009, 04:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't like how Canada has been treated by the US since 1999.

Shit hits the fan and it's our security thats questioned?

American trained people pull off a terrorist coup and it's our fault?

Oklahoma City happened too, do they cancel all tractor pulls and NASCAR events to keep terrorist redneck activities in check now?

Bah. Too big a can of worms, but it's worth a thought.
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I'm pretty sure the article states that it's the US government who has only cleared charters for the NHL, not Harper. Therefore, this is an American issue not Canada's preference over hockey.
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I'm pretty sure the article states that it's the US government who has only cleared charters for the NHL, not Harper. Therefore, this is an American issue not Canada's preference over hockey.
Harper was there to talk to them and negotiate. You really think Obama said the NHL is allowed but the other sports (the ones he actually likes and has a clue about) are out. Please, the fact is there there only two pro sports teams outside of the NHL in Canada. Wouldn't it be easier to say Blue Jays/Raptors fine....but the 6 NHL teams, nahhhhhhh! To me the whole thing is stupid anyway, allow one allow the all. Since when is this an issue?
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I guess I just cannot imagine Harper solely defending the NHL and stating that the other teams (Jays and Raps), should be exempted for some reason. In actuality, the baseball and basketball players are wealthier on average than the hockey players. I would think that it would equate some level of status and lack of desire to commit some attack against either country. All in all it sounds ridiculous as a whole.
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Who cares about ice hockey... bunch of canadians putting on every pad invented FAIL
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Oklahoma City happened too, do they cancel all tractor pulls and NASCAR events to keep terrorist redneck activities in check now?
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doesn't MLSE run the charter
so if they have a deal it should affect all their teams
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was this the same meeting

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A deal may be imminent that will exempt Canada from the controversial Buy American provision included in the U.S. stimulus package, CBC News has learned.

According to Canadian government sources, Ottawa expects that the White House will use its discretionary power to exempt Canada from the clause very soon. In return, Canada would simultaneously announce that its provincial and municipal doors are now wide open to U.S. companies

During Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit with U.S. President Barack Obama last week, Harper again made a pitch for an exclusion for Canada from "Buy American" provisions.

Harper and Obama said the two sides were looking into ways of addressing the issue, including the possibility of including the provinces in a multilateral deal.

Offering guaranteed access

Last week, Obama suggested that Canada's provinces must open their local markets to American companies. Canadian officials say the White House first stated its terms last spring, after Obama's visit to Ottawa.

In August, it was revealed that Canada and the provinces were offering U.S. firms guaranteed access to procurement contracts, as long as Canada gets a waiver of the "Buy American" provision.
Buy American exemption deal in the works - *News - MSN CA
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