Sunday, October 22, 2006

Daily Digest October 22, 2006

Joe Hueglin wrote:


ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Writer’s warning has its own dangers

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Canada should join in missile defence

OTTAWA SUN - Tory right on the money

TORONTO SUN - Cleaner air: Let's get on with it

WINNIPEG SUN - Face the nuclear threat now

CALGARY SUN - Clean Air Act promises refreshing change from craziness of Kyoto Protocol

EDMONTON SUN - Need tax relief

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Let's not overdo banning kids' fun for safety's sake

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Urinals a sign of changing values
How much should we accommodate the behaviour of a few drunken louts?


McGuinty and Sorbara looking for help from Ottawa to resolve native standoff

Higher toll, deadlier clashes: the new reality for Canadians in Afghanistan

Military considers longer tours of duty in Afghanistan

General heads for war zone
Every Canadian soldier can expect a tour in Afghanistan, change of command crowd told

Some sacrifices may be going unnoticed

Federal cabinet minister visits Afghanistan, announces funding for projects

Minister's brief stay in Afghanistan won't allow for tour of funded programs

Travel restrictions too tight for aid workers in Afghanistan: MacKay

Afghanistan's war of words
Rudyard Griffiths thinks self-serving analysis of Canada's mission is poisoning the public debate

Pakistan playing a 'double game'
Should Canada keep fighting. For peace, security in Afghanistan when solution lies in pakistan?

Better the Kim we know ... North Korea could fall into anarchy without him

Ready, Aye Ready!
The Canadian navy is capable of leading an international effort off Korea

'We have a legal system more than a justice system'
Forum addresses crime-and-punishment agenda

Harper sets byelection dates for two vacant Commons seats

Green leader to contest Ont. byelection

It's time to restore decorum in Parliament: MPs

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Analysis: Has political debate gone to the dogs?

When pushed to explain hawkish writings, Ignatieff goes personal

Quebec as 'nation' divides Liberal candidates

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Getting rid of maverick MP could turn out to be Harper's big mistake

The real skinny on Bob Rae ... After five years of NDP rule in Ontario, nobody, and I mean nobody, was laughing

Ignatieff in attack mode in French debate
Front-runner takes aim at Bob Rae, his old friend and fellow candidate in the race for federal Liberal leader

Layton urges MacKay to 'fess up
NDP Leader, whose wife was hit by a dog slur, backs Stronach demand for apology

U.S. arrogant, stupid in Iraq: American diplomat

Bill for settlements, payouts hits $765M over five years

Three-strikes' law will make streets safer

Federal waste in picture

Peter MacKay's comment wasn't pretty, but it's hardly worth the howls of outrage

The Chasm of Islam ... Deadly divide between Shiites and Sunnis is both religious and political

Tories should reduce capital gains tax

Health-care fearmongers way off track

`Axis of Oil' more important to Prime Minister than health of planet, says Linda McQuaig

Bill signals Kyoto is dead for Canada — and so are unrealistic emission targets, says Rondi Adamson

Authoritarian currents swirl in debate on veil
Historically, the veil has most unnerved the worst despots, says Haroon Siddiqui

Consider the cost of cuts
A message to Canada's New Government from Canada's New Governed

Hungarian community remembers heroes of revolution 50 years later

Medicare works: Keep it public

Tory cabinet frugality raises questions about who's paying for what: ethicist


Dans l'espoir de regagner Québec, Duceppe évoque des projets grandiose

Charest dit que Boisclair et Duceppe cachent la vérité sur la souveraineté

Des complémentaires auront lieu dans Repentigny et London-Centre-Nord

L'apparente frugalité des ministres conservateurs suscite questions et doutes

Une visite de Josée Verner

Peter McKay, un mauvais exemple pour les garçons

Un forum est créé pour les autochtones

Six mois après l'accord sur l'UNESCO
Québec n'a toujours pas de représentant


Jason Hickman
Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 18:47:59 -0700 (PDT)

For the DD:

Joe, I wouldn't ask you to breach any confidences from your time as an MP, but I'm sure folks would appreciate your thoughts in *general* terms as to the importance of confidentiality and loyalty in a parliamentary caucus.

I've always imagined that most MPs take that sort of thing *very* seriously - but unlike most of the DD-getters, you've *been* there.

So, any thoughts?


The Caucus in which I sat included individuals holding a wide range of views. There would be vigourous debates.

My recollection is that at some point when all views had been expressed "Mr. Consensus", Lincoln Alexander, who sat mid-way on the centre aisle, would stand.

"Now it seems to me" would be "Linc"'s opening words - followed by statement of the contradictory views expressed and then the middle path as he saw it. A path that synthesized that which had been said, a position melding views in such a manner all could see positions they held included.

There were differences of opinion that at times were unresolved within Caucus. In one instance, voting on a reaffirmation of bilingualism the Liberals had brought in to divide the PC Caucus, a number of members voted what they and those they represented believed. They were not suspended for doing so.

Confidentiality and loyalty to parliamentary caucus have been at times superceded by individuals choosing to act as "insiders" or "informed sources" to the media. This is done usually for internal partisan purposes. There are leaks as well. "Balloons" by the powers that be to gauge reactions. "Leaks" aiming at influencing directions. There may have been staffers dismissed. No Member ever has been to my knowledge.

Are the statements "
anything less than substantial compliance with our commitment will cause us no end of political difficulty during the next federal election" and "while caucus discussions are confidential, MPs . . . are intent on keeping their promise to get a new . . . deal for the province." contained within a leaked letter and to the media instances of lack of confidentiality and loyalty? Ought the perpetrators be subject to discipline for not having taken their positions seriously enough?

There are those with much greater knowledgeability than I but what follows is my experience. Members in provincial caucuses did not vote on matters, bring decisions to national caucus to be voted on and then surprise the Leader with their unanimous opinions.

Such is what is to be accepted as the protocol established as the decision making mechanism for discipline within the Conservative Party of Canada Caucus.

The Progressive Conservative Caucus of the 29th Parliament would never have acted unanimously in such a manner had it been mooted, nor would the Leader have been unknowing as we are told is the case to-day.

Personally I was never tested on speaking about what went on in Caucus, no one asked me.

Frailties in policies, Leaders and local candidates, being of the moment, could be accepted for my loyalty was to the Party.



Rosalie Piccioni

Dear Joe,

For a moment or two, I thought 2010 was a long way off for the change to be made in environment, but then I thought how we're almost into 2007, so that means in two or three months we wait only 3 years. That's not bad compared to the years already passed, and now the planning needed to implement the Government's plan. If we consider the many factors, industries and facilities involved in the preparation for implementation, it's mind boggling.

In the meantime, I was wondering if there isn't something we can do - we who are complaining about the environment, and about the time lapse needed before a truly effective plan can be put into motion. As I see it from the outline of the Kyoto Protocol, people are also responsible for the mess in the environment.

Maybe we as individuals can help. The thing is, how many of us are willing to go the mile. Let's look at using the car to go to the corner store or another activity where we can walk. Some of us are already riding the bus, Metro, and Skytrain, but more of us could park the cars or use bicycles when having to go a longer distance. It all takes some physical energy and inconvenience, but if enough of us participated in the plan, just think of the reduction in gas consumption and emissions.

Then, we look at the deforestation, and we can help by using a hankerchief as in the "old days" instead of reaching for a box of "Kleenex." And manufacturers can go back to 1-ply tissues of various kinds! How about using the electric hand dryers in washrooms, instead of the convenience of paper towels. This can apply in the home as well by using cloth towels instead of paper towels.

Has anyone begun asking yet if I've reverted to the Middle Ages? There's more.

We can think of the environment directly. How about using natural products for cleansing, deodorizing and sanitizing. For instance, baking soda is an excellent cleanser; vinegar is not only cleansing, deodorizing and sanitizing, but also polishes and is great in the washer instead of bleach and/or other "conveniences". Just think of the pollution that would be prevented by using these products alone!

I'm sure there are people who would say I've only touched the tip of the iceberg for how we can help. Maybe we should participate in such exchanges instead of leaving the whole job of making the difference to the New Government. Just another thought.


Andy Rutherford

Subject: Puppygate

I thought that the National post hit the mark on the 21st [Was that an undeserved compliment.]


Barry Douglas

Subject: Insightful

Probably not the type of item that would be appropriate for your Daily Digest.

But I am sure that you would appreciate viewing this.

This is one brave woman!

Wonder how long it will be able to be viewed!!

Ian Thomson

Subject: Indoctrination of our Children

Will ONTARIO be next?

BC Parents Will Have to Lie to Keep Kids out of Gay Advocacy Curriculum

by Hilary White

VANCOUVER, September 13, 2006 ( – BC’s Province newspaper, reports that parents in BC may not be allowed to opt their children out of school programmes promoting the homosexual lifestyle under the rubric of “respecting diversity”.

Surrey School Board Trustee, Heather Stillwell, predicted that the result of the legislation, denounced as coercive by activists, will be parents coming up with creative ways to keep their children out of the classes.

“Every year,” Stillwell told the Province, “there are lots of personal arrangements made between teachers and parents to let kids opt out of certain parts of classes that might not be helpful to those students," Stilwell said.

“This ... is going to take away that freedom. Parents are going to be forced to make a lot of daytime dental appointments to free their kids.”

“What it will force them to do is lie,” Stilwell told reporters. “There’ll be a loss of confidence in the community.”

As a result of a Human Rights Commission case brought by two homosexual men, a “married” gay couple called Murray and Peter Corren, the two men have been granted an extraordinary say in all school curricula from kindergarten to grade 12 in British Columbia schools. Their role is to ensure that all courses are inclusive and gay-friendly.

Although even government spokesmen were unable to say clearly what role the men will play, they two activists are likely to be in an exclusive position to decide what material and whose “experts” are consulted in the government’s curriculum review process.

The Education Ministry has ordered schools to comply with the Alternative Delivery Policy that outlines the reasons parents may withdraw children from school lessons. The restriction of those reasons to exclude any homosexual advocacy was part of the deal worked out between the government and the two men.

Stillwell is warning government that the requirements will put parents into an untenable conflict over their duty to protect their children.

“A strict application would say the teacher can’t (allow children to opt out), and we know that’s not right,” Stilwell said. “All of this time, we have made accommodations for parents and students. (The ministry’s) not looking at the wider ramifications.”

Murray Corren called for the new K-12 curriculum to include, “Queer history and historical figures, the presence of positive queer role models -- past and present -- the contributions made by queers to various epochs, societies and civilizations and legal issues relating to (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) people, same-sex marriage and adoption.”

The development imposes yet another extraordinary exception from normal rules because it has been insisted upon by gay activists. Homosexual activists have won special exceptions from laws regarding public nudity, sexual solicitation, public sex acts, group sex in their so-called "bath houses", normal medical safeguards to contain the transmission of dangerous communicable diseases, the posting of sexually explicit billboards and much more. B.C. children are certain to be gradually desensitized by the across the board school curricula changes to become accepting of these practices and other aspects of the highly sexualized gay culture.
Corren objected that allowing parents to remove their children from the classes will defeat the whole object of the exercise.

"There's no point in us making the curriculum more queer-positive if people can take their kids out," Peter Corren told the Province yesterday. “This is the public education system. The School Act is quite clear ... religion does not play a role in what is taught. We just want the policy to be followed.”

Read related coverage:

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Gov't Agrees to Mandatory Homosexual Curriculum with No Opt-Out for Students or Parents

B.C. Gay Couple Seeks Mandatory Homosexual School Curriculum Without Parental Opt-Out

Documents Reveal Government Signed Over Control of Education to Homosexual Activists