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Canada: Making Saving Lives Cost Effective

 “Elected to form a minority government they didn’t want, these men promptly escaped from their political duties to the Ottawa Underground.

Today, still wanted to perform the duties of government, they survive as politicians of fortune.

If you have a problem – if no one else can help – and if you can find them – maybe you can hire the CAN-A-Team”

Amidst the turmoil in Egypt, governments abroad are scrambling to get their citizens safely home.

Portugal and Greece are sending military planes to evacuate their citizens.  China and Indonesia are sending commercial and charter aircraft to get their people out.  Hell, even Azerbaijan is sending a jet to collect their nationals.

The President of Iraq, the President of Iraq. Think about that for a second.  I’m not sure if there’s a more tenuous political position in the world than being President of Iraq.  The President of Iraq is sending his personal jet (who knew?!) to Cairo to evacuate stranded Iraqis and bring them home.

Meanwhile Canada, with some 6000 citizens in Egypt, ever protective of their citizens abroad (in 2006 they evacuated 15 000 from Lebanon at a 94 million dollar cost to the public) is expecting full reimbursement for charter flights to Europe, where on arrival citizens can buy their own commercial ticket home.  Canada: we’ll save your life, cash up front.

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