Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Daily Digest October 24, 2006

Joe Hueglin wrote:


HALIFAX HERALD - Lost in translation

MONTREAL GAZETTE - New Bloc ideas a whiff of old bribes

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Keeping talent at home

OTTAWA SUN - Opening old wound

TORONTO STAR - Canada's sudden Afghan burnout

TORONTO STAR - Fortier's big chance

TORONTO STAR - Tag's deadly scourge

NATIONAL POST - Let's get this byelection started

TORONTO SUN - They don't need @?*! computers

K-W RECORD - Ignatieff continues political stumbling
http://www.therecord.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=record/Render&c=Page&cid=1024322168441 #

WINDSOR STAR - Byelections: Harper makes right call

WINDSOR STAR - Floor-crossing rules

SUDBURY STAR - Third Option best course for Afghanistan's future
http://www.thesudburystar.com/webapp/sitepages/content.asp?contentid=242371&catname=Editorial&classif =

CALGARY HERALD - When religious freedom is right, and when it is not

CALGARY SUN - Johns should worry

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Serious action, or just serious delay?

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Clarity on trusts needed

EDMONTON SUN - Sizing up john law


Ottawa eager to fill front lines
Navy, air force personnel could see Afghan action
Defence officials exploring ways to beef up infantry

Dumb and dumber

Colonel urges patience on Afghanistan mission

Canada should boost Afghan mission, take lead in strategy development: paper

Taliban vows revenge attacks in Europe
'We will kill them and laugh over them'

Canada's Afghanistan mission destabilizing: James Ingalls
Opinion of the Afghan mission is shifting in Liberal caucus, says one Grit, as opposition parties step up their criticism of the mission.

UK 'broke pledges' on Afghan aid

Travelling with the Taleban
The BBC's David Loyn has had exclusive access to Taleban forces mobilised against the British army in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan.

Gross stupidity in Afghanistan

Cleanup not on Canada's agenda

Closer energy ties with U.S. urged
Review of foreign ownership rules also sought

Wind farm construction in Canada doubled this year

OPEC calls for Canada's help
North American investment, technical expertise sought

Trade, politics, security on tap
Asia Pacific Summit for academics, ambassadors and business executives

Blunt instruments
Economic sanctions work sometimes, but they can also make world

The skinny on Omega-3 fatty acids

Quebec may file AdScam charges

Ontario plans referendum on electoral reform in next provincial election

Ontario to ask feds for more than $25M to cover native occupation: McGuinty

Tories run 'Narrowcast' government: says pollster
But is the strategy working? Tories say they don't make much of a recent poll that found Libs and Tories tied

Liberals to pay off Quebec wing's $1.9-million debt
Sources say the party decided to bite the bullet and pay off the massive debt because the Quebec wing wasn't strong enough to do it on its own.

Accountability on menu at law and Parliament Conference
Accountability may be hot, but some MPs say Parliament is much less accountable than it was 30 years ago.

Tories muzzling officials, threatening free speech: opposition

Liberal senators table ethics act amendments

Baird dismisses Liberal senators' attempts to raise political donation limits

Turner won't switch to Greens for now, wants to try being Independent

Gay marriage critics, supporters lobby MPs ahead of free vote


Policy may be Liberals' undoing

Opposition pokes at
Fortier's refusal to run

Fortier defends decision not to run in by-election

Ignatieff rebound raises team's morale

Liberals don't let up on MacKay

Green Party eyes two seats in House
New leader to run in by-election
Still hopes to woo Turner to cause

Debate seals Ignatieff advantage

Bob Rae, 'the experienced guy,' starting to look good

Liberal Senate flexes muscle on Accountability Act

Baker signals U.S. exit from Iraq

Bending with the wind

Government legislation targets voter fraud

Tories consider income-splitting for seniors

Flaherty defers income-splitting action

Extend terror laws: MPs
Tories, Liberals unite in call to give controversial measures five more years

Anti-terror act requires fine tuning, panel says

Accused terrorist wins Charter case

Former Liberal minister contradicts RCMP chief on Arar affair


Environment watchdog overzealous

Harsh law set to live on, unexplained

Garbled green message

Evangelical schools ordered to teach Darwin

Canadian senators at work
Colin Kenny is chair of the Senate Committee on National Security and Defence.

Challenge aspiring leaders to reinvigorate democracy

Officer fights military over salute, toast to the Queen
Says public displays of loyalty are 'degrading'

Democratic or devilish?

Finding the Recognition We Covet


L'opposition accuse le gouvernement de museler ses fonctionnaires

Un juge invalide une partie de la loi antiterroriste canadienne

Reconnaissance de la nation québécoise - De quoi s'agit-il?

Les opposants au mariage gai intensifient leur lobby

Des accusations contre cinq individus reliés aux commandites?

Modifier la loi sur l'environnement comporte des dangers, dit un juge

Les partisans d'Ignatieff sont ambivalents face à l'idée de nation québécoise

Le ministre de la Justice critique vertement les trois partis de l'opposition

Flaherty se penche sur la question des revenus des couples du troisième âge

Le temps d'attente en santé continue à se détériorer au Canada

Byelection race taking shape

Dianne Haskett's road back was paved by Tory party officials in Ottawa.
Troops marshalling http://www.lfpress.com/cgi-bin/publish.cgi?p=158933&x=articles&s=elections

City council candidate jumps into federal race in London-North-Centre

Walker in NDP candidacy storm


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Jason Hickman

Hi, Joe. Thanks for your thoughts re: caucus, etc. I'm not sure I'd agree - I think if an MP was doing what Garth was doing, eventually he would have to be suspended. I don't say that with any enthusiasm, since I have liked Garth and many of the policies he has advanced over the years, but I think his behaviour crossed the line. I admit to having a hard time believing that Stanfield and others in his caucus would have put up with it, but like I said last time, you were there.

On another topic, I see the Libs are in high dudgeon over the PM calling by-elections in ON and QC during the Liberal leadership race. Pretty rich, coming from the bunch that called a by-election during the PC Party's 2003 leadership race.

I don't think either seat will change colours, given the margins of victory in each riding in Jan '06, though if London's former mayor does run for the CPC, and if she still has a base of support, it could prove interesting, as will Elizabeth May's campaign. I wonder if one of Bob Rae, Gerard Kennedy or Martha H-F (the 3 "seatless contenders") will take the plunge?

- Jason.

Robert Ede

Thanks joe

I wish I'd included this link to my piece on the evolution and history of the Re-definition of Marriage in Canada as a declaration of my intent and position

"HomoSex Marriage Act Saves Canada or, How I stopped worrying and learned to love the Constitution."

Rosalie Piccioni

Dear Joe, Re: OTTAWA SUN - Sympathy wears thin

After reading this article, I felt it might be of interest to the readers to know that there are First Nation population who would like nothing better than to get an education and work within our society like the rest of us. That's what they are - part of us, our population. Recently, I had a wonderful encounter with a young aboriginal couple who left me with that insight, which I have had to pass on. This, because a false picture of our Aboriginals is in the minds of most of us.

There are some who have graduated from high school and now, gifted and extremely intelligent, are stuck without the further education to support themselves as they would like; that includes family where there is wife and child. I believe the greatest gift we can give these young and frustrated people is to let them know that there is money available and that they should get that money from their leaders who are funded by the Government for the purposes of meeting the needs of their Band members. The tax payers are supplying the money for this purpose, and have done so for many years. This link also may be of interest http://www.naaf.ca/html/about_e.html .

It is true that the "white man" came and took the freedom the people had across a God-given land. Canada is a land "blessed" with all the natural resources necessary for abundance - enough for everyone. To continue allowing the original inhabitants of the land to feel that they have a right to all of it - and at the same time making them feel that they belong on reserves - I believe, is doing them a great injustice. The world has become too small for that; they too are part of the big world.

Wouldn't it be more appropriate and feasible to open up the world to them with the knowledge that there is the possibility for them to be whatever they desire to be, whether their dream is to be a doctor, CPA, technician - whatever they desire. Although posed as a question, this is a remark with foresight.

I believe that a programme should be initiated by the Federal Government informing each and every First Nation member what has been made available for them to have the life that many of them would like. Although the effects of such a programme would take a few years to become noticeable, at least this would be a beginning of the end of the generations of pathos and warring.

Just some thoughts.


Recognition of the Québécois nation - Of what act does?

Claude Morin
Former minister for the intergovernmental Businesses

Edition of Tuesday October 24, 2006

In the Duty of October 13, the minister Benoît Pelletier expressed noble feelings: “the Québécois indeed form a nation”, they “are nourished by a will to live and face in the future together”, it is “normal that a company, minority in addition, insists to be accepted and recognized for what it is”. And it added “to hope that the simple passage of time will make its work concerns the magic thought”.

Perfect! On did its impetus, the minister show dynamism? Did it invite us to a stimulative project? Alas not. Just after having evoked the sterility of the magic thought, it engulfed itself there while concluding by these disconcerting words: “One can only encourage the signs of opening to the aspirations of Quebec and respect and recognition of his own identity”… It is all. Not really strapping man like political good-will. Without counting that one wonders well where it detected these “signs of opening” which seemed to move it.

But, oh surprised, here is that the Québécois wing of the federal liberals has just decided in favour of the “recognition from Quebec like nation”! Opening or verbal easy way signs? I on top have already my small idea, but, unquestionable thing, it is a reality that neither Mr. Pelletier, neither his government, nor the federal liberals will be able to dodge: to have direction, the recognition of the Québécois nation must involve concrete changes. From where three conditions, overlapping ones in the others.


First condition: if it is wanted that it comprises durable effects, it is essential that this recognition fits in a document making authority, the Constitution. If not it would be, at best, a pious wish and, in the worst case, a cynical illusion concoctée to mislead the Québécois. Pious wish and illusion which one would try to mask while claiming to be able to go back some, in this vital matter, with the random results of transitory and specific administrative arrangements

Second condition: in addition to the container (the Constitution), one needs also contents for this recognition. Precise contents, not any wave and whirring politicking formulation. This is why the fundamental law of Canada would have:

- to issue the constitutional recognition of the Québécois nation (not question, as in Meech, of a simple cosmetic mention of Quebec like “distinct company”; Quebec from now on would be regarded not one of 10 provinces, but as the fatherland of people);

- to state explicitly that the purpose of this recognition is to create a new Quebec-Canada ratio, more constructive;

- to prescribe that it must guide the division of the capacities between Ottawa and Quebec as well as the tax and financial allocation of resources (end of tax imbalance);

- to confirm that the territory of Quebec is intangible and that it is up to the Québécois to determine themselves their future;

- to also confirm that Quebec is the Master of its business in the fields which are already them his under the terms of the present Constitution (that should go without saying, but that would be saying better it);

- to stipulate that this control extends to the field from the language where competences of Quebec were unilaterally reduced by the federal government and the other provinces in 1982;

- to specify that it would return to Quebec to define, in the light of the circumstances and of the problems to be solved, methods of application at his place of the federal capacity to spend in the provincial fields;

- to confer on Quebec, for the fields of its current and future competence, right to represent itself abroad, like that of speaking and engaging on its behalf in certain international forums;

- to envisage the participation of Quebec in the Québécois member nomination of the supreme Court and the Senate;

- finally, to guarantee that once registered in the Constitution the new provisions could only with the approval of the French National Assembly.

Third condition: to make sure that these contents correspond to the aspirations of the Québécois. Because it is their explicit support which will give legitimacy and impulse to the constitutional process to undertake. For this purpose, I suggest with the minister an approach that I described in a book in 2001 and began again, summarized, on September 13, 2003 in the Duty.

Its government could benefit from the next election campaign to ask, consequently occasion, with the public to come to a conclusion, by referendum, about a total proposal to present at the remainder of Canada, which would take as a starting point the the list which precedes. On the one hand, Ottawa and the other provinces would know the opinion of the Québécois whose it would be necessary any to believe that it would be mainly positive. In addition, the simultaneity of the two operations (election and referendum) would minimize the costs of a popular consultation.

Lastly, the question would be short and limpid, in the kind: do you agree, yes or not, with proposal X adopted by the French National Assembly on such date? Of course, the contents of the proposal largely would have been diffused and discussed before the consultation.

Such or such point of my list, or does its impact, remain obscure? That can be clarified. It would be necessary to amend the law on the referendums? Feasible. I forgot things or there is too much of it? The minister could say to us which to add or cut off. By explaining why.

To take the means

Our minister -- its owner too -- affirm that the Québécois form a nation and that consequently must be recognized, as it is appropriate, this undeniable characteristic historical, political, demographic and cultural. Then, that do they wait, if they want the end, to take the means?

No government forever presented at the Québécois the step suggested here. By its intention and its substance, it joined the roots of our history, relates to our identity, touches quantity of current files and others which fed the political debate at all the periods of our collective evolution.

Obviously, if the objectives were not reached, even after a positive referendum, the lessons to be learnt would be particularly lighting…