Canada’s imports from Panama totalled $28.7 million in 2007. Approximately 73% of Canada’s average imports from Panama from 2005 to 2007 consisted of petroleum and bituminous fuel, both of which enter Canada duty-free. Agriculture or agri-food products, such as bananas, melons and coffee, represent other top imports from Panama.
August 11, 2009 our Prime Minister was busy signing a deal with President Ricardo Martinelli. Panama was one of the fastest-growing economies in the Americas in 2008 with a real GDP growth of 9.2 percent. Several infrastructure projects are expected to contribute to Panama’s future growth, including the US $5.3 billion expansion of the Panama Canal. Canadian merchandise exports to Panama totalled $127.9 million in 2008, up 48.1 percent from 2007
Contrast this to the official opposition on August 10, 2009
We haven’t just grown the party. With our combined Q1 and Q2 fundraising results at $5.7 million we’ve already raised more funds than in all of 2008 – that doesn't even include what National Director Rocco Rossi called our “"best August (fundraising results) in a very, very long time."
Are these the priorites of Canadians?
On May 11, 2010 the Liberal Party makes this statement
Today I want to talk about choices—the choices that the Liberal Party is making, and the choice Canadians will face in the next election.
Those choices begin and end with Canadian families. They begin in the evening, after the kids have gone to bed, when mom and dad have to figure out how to pay the bills. That’s how my party sees the Canadian economy—the way Canadian families do.
This recession has turned Stephen Harper into a whole new man—a born-again believer in Liberal economic management. ( Did you miss the insult on the Christians?)
Inconvenient facts: The Liberal Party of Canada.
Liberal Entitlements Policy: Changing The Rules As They See Fit
Lights Stay On Political Party Welfare Culture of Entitlement
The Liberal Party is highly dependent on the political party subsidy unlike those mom, dads paying their bills.
Between 2004 and 2008, Canadians will have spent $290 million on subsidies to federal political parties. If subsidies continue, either because of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s reversal on the matter, or if a Liberal-NDP-Bloc Quebecois coalition takes power, Canadians will pay out another $260 million to parties between 2009 and 2013. That’s almost the price tag on another federal election fight between Ottawa’s warring forces.- Frontier Centre
..The BQ continues to depend on state subsidies like no other party: over 80% of the party's revenue comes from the annual subsidy. The Liberals are the only other party that gets a majority of its money from the state (though well behind the BQ at about 60% in 2008).
$ 39 million is still missing and unaccounted for according the auditor General Report/Gomery from Adscam?
Michael Ignatieff any chance you will agree with ending the Political Party Pay Subsidy, Audit The Board of Internal Economy and ask your MPs to repay their leadership debts from 2006?