Friday, November 17, 2006

Daily Digest November 17, 2006

Joe Hueglin wrote:


ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Alberta attitude
Let's hope it's all bull and bluster

HALIFAX HERALD - Ottawa: Stop dragging your heels

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Harper is right to press China on human rights

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Put AECL on the block

TORONTO STAR - Shocking sentences

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - Let's embrace and respect our differences

WINDSOR STAR - Human rights: Harper's welcome stand

SUDBURY STAR - Debate missing over two-tier system at many school boards =

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Canada wastes chance to seize world leadership

CALGARY HERALD - Take the time to get it right
Water concerns must be resolved in coal bed methane quest

VANCOUVER SUN - The almighty dollar can't be the only factor in trade with China

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - B.C. leaders must heed lessons from the Katrina disaster in New Orleans

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Showdown at a sacred cave


New Afghan police force deployed
The government says there are already 60,000 policemen in the country
The Afghan government has begun deploying more than 11,000 auxiliary police in the south of the country to combat worsening lawlessness.

Help on way, O'Connor believes
Minister optimistic about Afghanistan
`Confident' NATO allies will boost role

Bearing the burden in Afghanistan
U.S., British and Canadian forces are locked in a deadly struggle with the Taliban in Afghanistan. But while the three countries are left to the heavy soldiering, their NATO allies elsewhere in Afghanistan have seen little, if any, action. PAUL KORING reports on the questions being asked where the boots hit the dirt

NATO chief urges clearer view of Afghan mission

U.S. asks Canada to help restrain N. Korea
Naval patrols would target nuclear cargo on suspect vessels

Canada says could help patrol seas near N.Korea

U.S. to delay disputed Canada import rule: USDA

U.S. passport rule delayed again
Deadline missed for 60-days official notice
Ottawa, Washington to share gun crime data

Fp comment: Microcredit under the microscope

Harper must make trade a priority
Tension with China worries Chamber of Commerce

A war the West can't win

Asymmetric challenge to the US colossus

Fuel subsidies keep trawlers 'strip-mining' sea: report
Unregulated fishery gets $152 million US a year, UBC research indicates

Harper's on again-off again China meeting now seems on

Conservatives reversing Canada's position at UN
Three straight votes: Abstains from voting on 'anti-Israel' resolutions

The rules of dying
Manitoba doctors should rethink position on when to end a life

Consider legalizing drug use, panel says

Toews's move is vulnerable to challenge, expert says
Decision to reshape advisory committees goes against legal 'unwritten principle'

A handy boost for certificate

Asylum bids blocked at U.S. border
Study shows 55% drop in claimants
New pact flawed, refugee groups say

Doer blasts Ottawa over meddling in wheat board

30 years later: Success undermines PQ mission

Why health care is still the No. 1 issue

Ottawa fights quashing of electoral law

Harper's PR aide secretly asks cabinet staff to critique bosses

Tories mull media strategy
Prime Minister's communications policy frustrates MPs

Heavy-handed Harper upsets business

Electability main quality for Liberal hopefuls

Hate to say it, but I was right about Iggy

Czar Ignatieff
For three decades he dodged his political destiny, pursuing an international career as public intellectual. Now Michael Ignatieff has returned, but will Canada live up to his lofty expectations?

Tories amend accountability act to rewrite law they're accused of breaking

Opposition wary of talk of AECL sale
Tories deny nuclear agency will go private

Smaller trusts want meeting with Flaherty

Counter intelligence

Deceptions mar public discourse
Misleading Canadian voters on issues such as income trusts harms Conservatives as well as Liberals, warns Thomas Axworthy

Feds to probe rogue flight
National defence watchdog says alien's plane ride raises questions of safety


Harper multiplie les rencontres à Hanoi

Day veut limiter l’obtention de permis

Ottawa fournira 30 millions $ à la protection du saumon atlantique

Le cabinet décidera si la Marine pourra arraisonner les cargos nord-coréens

Washington demande l’aide d’Ottawa

La France défend le Québec à Nairobi

L'Afghanistan monopolise le débat

Federal Byelection

'Memo-gate' remains a mystery

Candidates for the smaller parties have trouble getting respect, it seems.

Favourites at the UWO debate were Liberal Glen Pearson and Green Leader Elizabeth May.
Haskett draws wave of boos

The Conservative candidate vows her party will crack down on crime and leniency in bail cases.
Haskett plays crime card


EDITORIALS         Editorials
Friday, November 17, 2006

Alberta attitude
Let's hope it's all bull and bluster

On CSI Miami Wednesday night, enigmatic forensic investigators worked away on the requisite dead and empty-eyed homicide victims.

The key part of the episode? Trying to see how a killer had managed to fool a pathologist about the time a victim died, so that he would have an alibi for the time of death.

The modus operandi? Turning the air conditioning down to its minimum, chilling the body, and then cranking the heat back to the normal range.

One channel down, something equally chilling was going on: a bevy of Conservatives were slugging it out in the only televised debate in the campaign to replace Ralph Klein as premier.

They were answering predictably loaded questions, some of them along the lines of "We work tremendously hard - how are we going to keep other freeloading, lazy provinces from getting their hands on our well-deserved cash?"

The answers were both cautious and condescending, with at least one taking the attitude that "We have to teach other provinces the same work ethic that we have here, so they can learn to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps."


The leader in the campaign right now, Jim Dinning, said, "We're the economic engine of the country and any notion that anyone's going to come along and do a grab of our resources, it's simply not on. ... The premier of this province has got to sleep with one eye open to make sure it never, ever happens again."

What Albertans seem to have forgotten is that luck and good timing were a crucial part of their financial success. The province has a $5.4-billion surplus, and thanks to massive energy profits and projects, taxes alone have risen by $1.2 billion so far this year.

But without the benefit of living atop an ocean of crude, Alberta would be just another struggling prairie province, tremendous work ethic or not.

It's a message that we should recognize, lest we fall into a similar pit of self-aggrandizement - we have resources, sure, and with that, surprising new fiscal clout, but that doesn't mean we necessarily work harder than people in other provinces, nor does it mean anyone should owe us gratitude or particular plaudits.

You can hope that the sabre-rattling Tories were indulging in a romp of home-crowd posturing, that the leadership candidates are far more pragmatic about the role Alberta has to play in this country.

At the same time, you worry that they may just believe their own hot air, that they actually have the hubris to think they're the only province that understands the concept of a nose to the grindstone and a shoulder to the wheel, and that the country matters less than their own piece of it.

Eventually, there's only so much Alberta chest-pounding anyone can watch before they have to give up the ghost and change the channel back to the mechanics of murder and mayhem.

The fact is, it's easier to watch the staged death of a stranger than the near-death of a country you know well.