The Jazzer is mightily pissed off today.
It just hit the news today that since April 2006 the Royal Bank of Canada (CANADA folks, ya know, that huge country to the north of the US!) has been restricting access to US bank accounts to certain people with dual citizenship. If you are a Canadian who also holds Iraqi, Iranian, Cuban, Sudanese or Myanmarese (what is a citizen or Myanmar called?) citizenship, the Royal Bank of Canada aka RBUSP*, won’t let you hold a US account because you are considered a risk by… the US! Here's the story. Other banks are probably doing the same, not that that has been confirmed yet.
Yes folks, Canadian bank regulations are now being dictated by our neighbours to the south.
If there ever was any doubt that Canada is the US’s bitch, there is no doubt today. How can we even call ourselves a country when another country is dictating our policies?
I know what it is! We’ve been annexed and nobody told me about it! Yeah, that’s probably it. I’m a ‘Merican now… ‘cept I’ll be needing a passport at the end of the month to get into my neighbouring states**.
In other stupid government news, when the first overpass collapsed onto the highway a couple of years ago in Montreal, and the whole thing happened again last summer (I talked about it somewhere here, but I’m too lazy to go looking for it to link), the government said that Quebec infrastructures are in quite good shape. And the fact that in places the concrete on highway overpasses has crumbled to the point where you can actually see the rebar (very rusted rebar I might add)? Meh, it’s nothing, normal wear and tear is all.
Ironically, with elections fast approaching, the Quebec government has announced that it will borrow to invest $1billion in infrastructure renewal… Surprise surprise.
Who me, a cynic?
On a totally different note, when I got to the gym at 6:30 this morning, there was a line up in front of the Future Shop. There must be a new video game coming out. Not that I'd know.
* Royal Bank of US Paranoia
**I actually have no problem with the concept of needing a passport to get into the States, it is after all a foreign country. More and more so it seems.