Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Daily Digest October 17, 2006

Joe Hueglin wrote:
The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN’S to VICTORIA.

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - There go the gloves again
http://www.thetelegram.com/news.aspx?pname=Editorials&StoryID=52577

HALIFAX HERALD - China’s card
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/534939.html

HALIFAX HERALD - Grit hopefuls remove gloves
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/534938.html

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Internet commerce needs greater security
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=45038aa9-c4d9-4437-b552-7a7c2eaa75f0

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Debate was democracy at its best
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=2a923086-45f3-4dc4-a99e-a40f7dc26ba0

MONTREAL GAZETTE - If it seems too good to be true - it is
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=07b86c49-e4bd-4565-bd53-d23287640d2d

OTTAWA SUN - Grits stand idly by
http://www.ottawasun.com/Comment/Editorial/2006/10/17/2048523.html

TORONTO STAR - Prevention is key to reducing crime
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1161035409185&call_pageid=968256290204&col=968350116795

TORONTO STAR - Iraq's rush to ruin
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1161035409188&call_pageid=968256290204&col=968350116795

NATIONAL POST - Playing softball with Kim Jong-Il
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/editorialsletters/story.html?id=a4dd9de0-8e3e-42bc-a6a0-7371d558fef1

NATIONAL POST - Two-tiered justice
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/editorialsletters/story.html?id=7e94e683-c051-4af1-9633-06e507c8abab

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - Lifting a Drug Veil
http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1161035410431&call_pageid=1020420665036&col=1112188062581

K-W RECORD -A case to discuss
http://www.therecord.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=record/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1161035412537&call_pageid=1024322168441&col=1024322320546

WINDSOR STAR - Transparency: Tories forgetting promises
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=abe4ed9b-03ac-4869-a10c-bb92627f79ca

WINDSOR STAR - Funding and universities
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=9fa6507c-8404-41fc-a921-076e385460c0

SUDBURY STAR - Provincial fees would hurt forestry industry initiative
http://www.thesudburystar.com/webapp/sitepages/content.asp?contentid=233243&catname=Editorial&classif =

WINNIPEG SUN - Moderate Muslims need public's support
http://www.winnipegsun.com/Comment/Editorial/2006/10/17/2048280.html

CALGARY HERALD - Missile defence worth revisiting
North Korea's rogue behaviour makes case for joining U.S. plan
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=eefab672-8c44-406b-bc62-87759305d395

CALGARY SUN - More bad nukes
http://www.calgarysun.com/cgi-bin/publish.cgi?p=158735&x=articles&s=comment

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE - A step in the right direction
Drug-treatment courts a viable alternative to incarceration
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/1editorial.lasso

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Time for Harper to show courage
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=17e05712-66b3-4ef3-ad81-78e488efb47a

EDMONTON SUN - The big picture
http://www.edmontonsun.com/Comment/Commentary/2006/10/17/2048438.html

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Five bucks buys a say in future
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_4622.php

VANCOUVER SUN - Income trusts pose a dilemma for tax-hungry governments http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=08275744-149f-4fa5-981d-028ac89b8c60

VANCOUVER SUN - Profit from unwanted riches
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=fbc6c77a-276c-4419-bfa0-be3eeefa79e1


ISSUES

CANADIAN FORCES
Hastily trained Afghan teens to stand guard for Canadians
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=5787c139-42d3-4082-bbce-d7c24353da42

Afghan police a far cry from Canada's Mounties
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=1a68eb76-ef53-4175-92c4-7c31b300c2fd

Cash glitch delays Afghan work: General
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1161035409903&call_pageid=968332188774&col=968350116467

Harper defends slow pace of reconstruction in Afghanistan
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/061017/n101741A.html

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20061017/afghanistan_reconstruction_061017/20061017?hub=Canada

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20061017.wqpafghan1017/BNStory/National/home

Coast Guard can protect the North: Minister
http://www.politicswatch.com/north-oct17-2006.htm

Britain exits troubled Afghan district; airstrike kills 16 suspected Taliban
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/WarOnTerrorism/2006/10/17/2048827-ap.html


CANUSA/USACAN
PM meets U.S. intelligence official
http://www.politicswatch.com/terror-oct17-2006.htm

Border patrols by air begin
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/canada_world/story.html?id=0508ff45-dfe7-4b13-a361-634b4206ae45

U.S. suspends gun drills on Great Lakes
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20061016.wxlakes17/BNStory/National/home

U.S. studies passport card for Canada, Mexico trips
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/061017/canada/canada_usa_passportcard_col


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Project searches for ways to use flax straw
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/business/story.html?id=712896a9-3e0d-40d2-8b3a-496bfc16aa32

Forest firms soon awash in U.S. refunds
$4.3 billion US in duties is to be returned to Canadian companies
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/business/story.html?id=5f55f0b6-60cf-414f-89ee-81b5d1425ef0


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
N.Korea a product of reckless new era
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1161035409121&call_pageid=968256290204&col=968350116795


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Produce safety a growing concern
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/bodyandhealth/story.html?id=1d50112e-cc16-4c19-b954-39cad12f5215

Red wine may help limit stroke damage
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/bodyandhealth/story.html?id=cb9c6d51-9f46-4f7c-b7d7-be7ce4d5d9e2


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Three-time losers to face indefinite jail time under new government bill
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/061017/n101717A.html

Tories bring in bill to reverse onus for dangerous offenders
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2006/10/17/offender-bill.html

Towes says new crime bill 'not unconstitutional'
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20061017/crime_bill_061017/20061017?hub=Canada

Dangerous mix: Rohypnol and GHB are central nervous system depressants and, because they are colourless, tasteless and odourless, they can be easily added to drinks Use of date rape drugs can, in some cases, lead to death, particularly when mixed with alcohol or other drugs.
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1161035409850&call_pageid=968332188774&col=968350116467

Ottawa could've prevented crisis
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=b37ccbab-26f8-4c4e-87ea-135eb023ee11


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Ont. asks Ottawa to help investigate Six Nations cigarette billboards
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/061017/n101737A.html

Sask. premier sees ally in Newfoundland's Danny Williams over equalization
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/061017/n101753A.html

Former premier Lucien Bouchard questions Quebecers' work ethic
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/061017/n101763A.html

N.S. premier pitches for $400 million in federal funding for port, highways
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/061017/national/harper_atlantic_trade

Battle lines drawn
http://www.thetelegram.com/news.aspx?storyID=52576

Williams recounts 'heated' meeting with PM
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20061017.HARPER17/TPStory/TPNational/Atlantic/

Williams says Ottawa too cozy with big oil firms
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20061017.RNEWFOUNDLAND17/TPStory/TPBusiness/Atlantic/


POLITICS
Opposition parties demand emergency debate on Canadian Wheat Board
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/061017/n101735A.html

Ignatieff trip to Middle East cancelled after 'war crime' comments
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/061017/n101757A.html

Fisheries Department budget cuts to be deeper than thought: fisheries workers
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/061017/n101733A.html

Slow growth hurts Rae
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2006/10/17/2048648-sun.html

Grits should consider Stephane Dion
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Goldstein_Lorrie/2006/10/17/2048963.html

Three-strikes bill slammed
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1161079747916&call_pageid=968332188774&col=968350116467

Government `abusing public's right to know'
Researcher says people seeking information are being `profiled'
Commons committee investigating whether privacy laws are being broken
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1161035409694&call_pageid=968332188774&col=968350116467

Comparing political products
Bob Rae is the agent of incremental advances; Michael Ignatieff has bigger things in mind for the Liberal party
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1161035409129&call_pageid=968256290204&col=968350116795

Harper to probe phantom jobs
Move comes after revelation ministerial aides won free ride into public service
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=cfcd62e1-6aa5-4bac-ae40-5e7b282e39f1

As Dion tears into leadership rivals, Kennedy hopes to pick up the pieces
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20061017.LIBERALS17/TPStory/National


POLITICS - US
Bush signs bill to interrogate and prosecute suspected terrorists
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/WarOnTerrorism/2006/10/17/2049140-ap.html


PROGRAMMES
Tories to end enforcement holiday on 1981 auto regulations
http://www.globeauto.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20061017.wcleanair17/GAStory/specialGlobeAuto/home


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Confessions of a misguided hawk
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/issuesideas/story.html?id=a136eb68-224f-4dfd-9762-b62d9915f4b5

From the teleprompter of Michael Ignatieff
Rick Mercer: 'The bridge between French and English Canada is the fluently bilingual Toronto Jew''
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/issuesideas/story.html?id=d3b38e6d-c5f6-481e-9c0b-2da94c7dec48

Governed sick
Physician supply management has come close to catastrophe. Centralized budgetary control is no cure
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=195c3425-9895-471d-8e42-8a287ba02699

Bishops seek role in gay marriage debate
Papal scoldings renew church's commitment
`We are guardians of tradition': Papal official
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1161035409699&call_pageid=968332188774&col=968350116467

Canada: An ecological scofflaw?
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1161035409126&call_pageid=968256290204&col=968350116795

Chasing the Dream Next Door
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=3bdf96be-08a2-4f14-b52a-60e0a9325de4

Water as urgent as clean air
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=638c9bf5-a644-47f5-9404-992f084a1956

Listen to what this woman has to say about same-sex marriage
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=818b9cc4-bb68-41a2-bce4-d6bdf14e58d6

The farmer's friend
Hugh Segal sounds the alarm bell on behalf of producers
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/westview/story/3732927p-4315049c.html

Wheat board has no authority to fight Ottawa
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/westview/story/3732926p-4315093c.html

Stephen Harper--divisive or decisive?
http://www.canadafreepress.com/2006/weinreb101706.htm


INFOS

Jean Charest et André Boisclair s'affrontent sur la souveraineté du Québec
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/061017/N101792U.html

Jean Charest et André Boisclair s'affrontent sur la crise forestière
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/061017/N1017122U.html

Lucien Bouchard rapporte des faits véridiques, dit le milieu des affaires
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/061017/N101776U.html

Le voyage de Michael Ignatieff en Israël est reporté à plus tard
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/061017/N1017138U.html

Harper justifie le rythme lent des dépenses de reconstruction en Afghanistan
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/061017/N1017120U.html

Opposition et syndicats dénoncent le plan fédéral pour les chômeurs âgés
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/061017/N1017118U.html

Bois d'oeuvre - L'accord entre le Canada et les États-Unis a été modifié in extremis
Une des modifications permet à certaines entreprises de continuer une partie de la bagarre du bois d'oeuvre devant les tribunaux
http://www.ledevoir.com/2006/10/17/120614.html

TRANSLATION Softwood - the agreement between Canada and the United States was modified in extremis
One of the modifications makes it possible certain companies to continue part of the brawl of the softwood in front of the courts
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Fermetures de scieries - Blackburn persiste et signe; Bernier le désavoue
http://www.ledevoir.com/2006/10/17/120610.html?333

Vic Toews dépose le projet de loi
http://www.canoe.com/infos/quebeccanada/archives/2006/10/20061017-204652.html

Harper discute de sécurité avec les Américains
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20061017/CPACTUALITES/61017130/1025/FRONTPAGE

Harper rejette l'idée d'un référendum sur l'avenir de la Commission du blé
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20061017/CPACTUALITES/610171950/1025/FRONTPAGE

Charest plaide en faveur du maintien du registre des armes à feu
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20061017/CPACTUALITES/61017116/1026/CPACTUALITES

TRANSLATION Harper rejects the idea of a referendum on the future of the Canadian Wheat Board
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PLAUDITS FOR PETER

THE QUESTION:
Can we know too, Mr. Minister? Did you agree or disagree?

THE ANSWER: DISAGREE - on the basis of environmental concerns about lead.

MacKay rules out joining missile defence http://www.politicswatch.com/missile-oct16-2006.htm

Interestingly some editorialists are scared silly about North Korea and want Star Wars II . Hang in on this one!

ANOTHER QUESTION: IBET and BLACKHAWKS

Just how, Sgt. Doug Dupin, are Blackhawks "keeping our border safe" as you say. Under IBET do they have the right
of hot pursuit?

"We are not militarizing the country. The borders have totally different histories, totally different concerns and
issues, and totally different relationships," he said.

Canadian border officials attended Monday's air branch opening. They expect to be involved in operations
conducted by the Great Falls detachment.

Sgt. Doug Dupin is a Lethbridge-based RCMP inspector in charge of IBET -- the International Border Enforcement
Team. He is confident the new air branch will help secure the border, on both sides.

"It's not only keeping their border safe, it's keeping our border safe," he said. "It works both ways. We set up our
assets and they set up theirs, and we both make use of them."
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/canada_world/story.html?id=0508ff45-dfe7-4b13-a361-634b4206ae45


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"Some may consider it picayune to protest the placing of the Conservative Party of Canada slogan on the web site of the Prime Minister."
- Joe Hueglin

Sounds like the bitter complaining of Old Timer Tories who denounce the Canadian Flag for being red and white Liberal.

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. . . always have been a contrarian. Still order meat by the pound, cook using cups and 1/4 cups - though I've learned 31' isn't freezing anymore.

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Ron Thornton

Hi Joe:

Just a thought or two rattling in my head caused by the Monday DD.
First, the Charlottetown Guardian's headline regarding payday loan companies reminded me of an actual job for governments, which is to protect the public. To loan out cash is a service, but to prey on the cash strapped is not. It is up to those who regulate to ensure that there is a difference. I'm afraid that about the only thing a person today can be sure of is that there is someone out there ready, willing, and waiting to screw them.

It would be nice to be able to trust somebody. There was the story from the Montreal Gazette that wonders why prospective patients can not get information from hospitals that tell us what we want to know, such as "infection rates at the hospital, or the number of medical mistakes made, or death rates at the institution." It is hard to trust someone when they do all they can to ensure you are kept from discovering the facts.

Are humans responsible for climate change? Maybe. Maybe not. I know we were not responsible for any of the ice ages, yet the climate changes regardless, yet I think we all admit that we have made some negative contributions to the atmosphere over the last two hundred years, or so.
However, who do you turn to to trust to get the real answers? The Toronto Sun's "Enough Hot Air On Kyoto" reminds us that this supposed solution is nothing more than a glorified welfare system more focused on transferring billions to third-world pollution belchers than to reducing anything but IQ points. Others tell us that even if we shut down every refinery; every car, truck, bus, plane; along with every furnace; we would not make any difference...other than to our own mortality. Anyone trust Big Oil to look after our best interests? Anyone trust a band of scientists hoping to hit the gravy train of funding that would come their way should this Kyoto nonsense be adopted? Who do you trust?

I married well, so I trust my wife. I raised my children well, so I can trust them. I was raised well, so I can trust my parents and my siblings, and they can trust me. I would like to trust doctors, lawyers, politicians, scientists, mechanics, and a host of others, but I don't. When I seek answers, they seem to believe that what I really want to hear is bullshit. Heck, you don't have to watch too many episodes of Mike Holmes to destroy your faith in any contractor not named Mike Holmes.
I'm not completely without trust. I trust that when a child breaks a window with a ball, or knocks one out the my car, or stabs another child at an unsupervised booze fest at some absent parent's house, not a single guardian will be dragged before any kind of tribunal to answer for the actions of their charges, to hold them responsible for abdicating their responsibilities. I trust my rights are secondary to those of criminals, except I am expected to embrace the right to be victimized.
Wouldn't it be nice to trust in the good of people, of society, and to actually have reason to do so?

If so, how? Lord knows we wouldn't want to trample on someone's supposed rights.

Ron.

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Robert Ede
To: mailto:info@bankofcanada.ca
Cc: "torstar \(torstar\)" mailto:lettertoed@thestar.ca
Subject: Interest Rate Announcement "prudent caution" or 'chicken' to take a stand

Dear Ladies/Gentlemen of the Central Bank,

Your announcement today is cautious and caution IS a well-known sentiment in Banking circles.

"The main upside risk relates to the momentum in household spending and housing prices. The main downside risk is that the U.S. economy could slow more sharply than expected, leading to lower Canadian exports. It is the Bank's judgment that, overall, risks around the inflation projection are roughly balanced"

But given your own acknowledged judgement that ~"changes made by the B of C take 6 -18 months to take effect" and given the primary "upside" risks that you cite today apply to the isolated Alberta and southern BC real estate markets, I think you could have been a bit bolder and cut rates at quarter or a half.

In my opinion, a cut of this magnitude wouldn't hurt the $C /exports etc either.

Lead the Americans this time!

Robert Ede
Thornhill ON

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LaVonne Khayyat

Subject: WHAT YOU CAN DO to Save the Canadian Wheat Board (Defeat Bill C-300)

Today, I bought a jar of organic, certified non-GMO canola mayonnaise at my local Choices store. It came from California. That's what started me on this. It appears the Americans can save themselves a patch on which to grow non genetically modified canola.

As you may know, Bernie Schmeizer, Saskatchewan farmer, lost his case against Monsanto. We no longer have any non-GMO canola on the Canadian prairies. Any attempt to grow it will be ruined by wind-born GMO Monsanto pollonization. Don't let the Cdn Wheat Board cease to be the market and quality regulator of our hard northern Canadian wheat, famous in the world, and our barley. Please ask your MP to vote for defeat of Bill C-300.

Canadian Wheat Board in Jeopardy from Conservatives

WENDY R. HOLM, P.AG. THE HOLM TEAM
Economist, Agrologist, Writer
Agriculture. Economics. Policy. International Co-operation
web: www.theholmteam.ca

BC Agrologist of the Year (2000)
Double Queen's Medalist (1993, 2002)
Gold Award, Press Column, 2003 (Canadian Farm Writers Federation)
Bronze Award, Press Editorial, 2003 (Canadian Farm Writers Federation)
Silver Award, Press Editorial, 2004 (Canadian Farm Writers Federation)

From: "Wendy Holm, P.Ag."
Subject: Help Stop the Murder of the Cdn Wheat Board

Help Stop the Murder of the Cdn Wheat Board

THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA HAS SAID IT WILL ACT IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE CWB ACT.

THIS WILL DESTROY THE CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD, TRANSFERRING $800 MILLION A YEAR FROM CANADIAN FARMERS AND RURAL COMMUNITIES TO LARGE TRANSNATIONAL GRAIN COMPANIES AND THEIR SHAREHOLDERS .

IT IS TIME FOR CANADIANS TO COME TOGETHER IN SUPPORT OF FARMERS .

I have drawn information together on one web page:
http://www.theholmteam.ca/CWB.html

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Keith Coghlan
Belleville Ontario

Subject: Democracy Test for Harper

HI Joe:

Look forward to your emails each day. Here is a little comment for your next one.


Democracy Test for Harper

Last week Superior Court Judge Ted Matlow ruled that the federal law that allows for public funding of some federal parties is "undemocratic, unequal and stunts the growth of small parties for no valid reason".

Since the 2004 election some of Canada's federal parties received $1.75 per vote providing that they received at least 2% of the vote in a national election.That rule was great for any existing older federal party, but provided no assistance for the other 10 parties that Elections Canada currently lists on its web site.

Why would a vote for the NDP or Bloc Quebecois be worth $1.75 but a vote for the Christian Heritage Party or Progressive Canadian party provide no funding for those parties?

I would also think that many Canadians outside of Quebec could find it difficult to understand that the Bloc Quebecois which only runs candidates in Quebec is still provided funding thru this program. In addition the Bloc Quebecois received more money from the public funding of the party, then thru donations at some times.

So Judge Matlow has ruled the present system in violiation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In doing so Judge Matlow awarded Canada's other federal parties $500,000 for their votes received in the 2004 and 2006 elections.

It will now be up to the Harper government to decide if to accept the decision or take the issue back to court in a appeal of some kind.

Since the 2006 Election was one in which Mr Harper and the Conservative party declared they would make the system more accountable and open to the public.
This will be a very interesting decision for Harper. Since Harper has shown that he is very partisan in some of his actions, will he look at the legal foundation for this decision or will he look to the political impact?

I cannot see any reason for a long delay in the government excepting this ruling by the courts. I cannot see any democratic reason for keeping funding from the other federal parties that ran candidates in the 2004 and 2006 elections.

What would be wrong with Canadians possibly having more choice in the next election? What would be wrong with Canadians knowing that a vote for any party will provide that party with public financing . What danger is there in having more and different viewpoints presented to Canadian voters.

Mr Harper's suggested chances so far to the democratic process in Canada so far have been cosmetic.A bill to have elections every four years is very loose. Having looked at the presentation before the Senate committee, there is nothing in this bill to prevent the Harper government to call a election prior to the Oct 2009 date.

The Conservative House leader repeatedly told the committee the bill does not override the Prime Minister's power to call for a election.

The second bill related to limited Senate terms to 8 years. Still has no wording for a elected Senate. There was some talk about the Harper government going ahead with Senate elections that would be used as guide to the Prime Minister. In other words Senate elections would take place and then Harper would appoint the winner to the Senate, however the Prime Minister would not be bound to the election results.

The decision on party funding of $1.75 for a vote received is very easy and straight forward. Show us Mr Harper that you have some commitment to improve our democracy and instruct the government and Elections Canada to proceed as quickly as possible with this court order.

Keith Coghlan
Belleville Ontario

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October 16th, 2006
To Joe;
From Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)

Weird, is it not that the only answers to that letter were critical of a stand against foreign ownership and control of OUR resources by foreign corporations?

Then to use the quote which I believe came from the C.D. Howe Institute, saying don't worry, 'Canadian's have more money invested in foreign countries than foreigners have money invested in Canada'. This is the same ' pro-corporate, think tank' that fed the investment industry the story that Canada represents only 3% of the world's wealth and we should be putting our money elsewhere, thereby letting the neighbours have their way, uncontested! (That particular tid-bit keeps showing up in much investment material and it comes from the days when there was a 20% limit on foreign investment in Canada and the C.D. Howe Institute, and american investors wanted to get rid of it.)
Actually, I said that sans C.D. Howe. Nice to know that C.D. Howe-quality now - I should ask for a sinecure.

Full disclosure, though. One of my uncles is a Fellow of the Institute. I've never gotten around to talking to him about what it's like there (and, for that matter, what he does there) but I really should, now that I've got more time. His philosophy: social-competitve democracy (sort of a purple-Tory one) is the way to go (social measures, coupled with competitive markets and industries ... hardly anything radical). He used to be the Dean of the University of Montreal's Economics Faculty so he knows a thing or two about the subject.


On the issue of no entity being big enough to be a problem, I read how Weyerhauser and Domtar merged in August , and it detailed the cutbacks necessary in Canada. Of course, as usual, both companies claim to be Canadian, since they are here and tell their staff to lie for them as well. This, of course is in the name of ASTUTE BUSINESS PRACTICES.
Well, if capital isn't as productive somewhere, what else is to be done? Plus, prices are dropping, from what I understand, which means that supply Is outstripping demand ... there's not much point in manufacturing something that people aren't that interested in buying.

This is where the government steps in. It can alter the nature of the game (tax exemptions, cor5porate support, training dollars, EI benefits, etc.) but modern practice is less oriented to setting up uneconomic plants than it used to be.

It is amazing how our own government even facilitates this ploy by letting our M.P.'s help the neighbours while hiding behind dual citizenship, and citizenship and immigration says we Canadians are not allowed to know if those such as David Emerson, Minister of International Trade, as a good example, is speaking as an American, when he praises the new lumber deal, or a Canadian.
As Minister of the Crown, it's pretty clear for whom he speaks, meseems.

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Stephen Thiele

Hi Joe:

The first municipal party for the city of Toronto continues to pick up steam. Since first appearing on your DD, discussions and meetings with community and business leaders indicates that the 2010 City of Toronto municipal will be very different from the current sleepy affair. The media has picked up on the need for municipal parties and in the past few weeks has started devoting some column space to the subject. Below is article written by Christopher Hume.

For those who are interested in showing your support for a municipal party in Toronto, please send me an e-mail at torparty@yahoo.ca.

Stephen Thiele
Party co-founder
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Wake up, voters, it's party time
Oct. 16, 2006. 01:00 AM
CHRISTOPHER HUME

Poor David Miller ­ the man gets blamed for just about everything that's wrong with this city. As a mayor he might not be tiny, or perfect, but it's not all his fault.

Regardless of who occupies the chief magistrate's chair, the fact is that Toronto governance is dysfunctional. It doesn't work. The post-amalgamation council might be one of the worst ever, but even if many of its members weren't so dismal, it still wouldn't work. As it's currently set up, we have 45 disparate voices screaming and shouting, largely at cross-purposes. Sadly, all this sound and fury signifies nothing.

In the meantime, there's a city to run. . . .

http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1160949009728&call_pageid=970599109774&col=Columnist969907619189

Christopher Hume can be reached at http://ca.f903.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=chume@thestar.ca

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