Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Daily Digest November 29, 2006

Joe Hueglin wrote:

Ottawa, Charest at odds on meaning of 'Québécois'

Harper Tories woefully fuzzy on Quebec

A motion with consequences  

MPs dither over just who is 'Quebecois'  

Quebecois resolution means many things - or nothing

Conservatives moving Canada back to the future

Proudly Quebecois, clearly Canadian

Face the nation

Price of integrity

`I believe in one nation undivided'

Tories challenge Chong's account
Should have let Harper know he planned to quit over Quebec motion, insiders say

French language growing worldwide, despite concern

Quebec motion exposed limits of PM's one-man show: Rae

Critics slam Tory decision to close most Status of Women offices

Protect pensions: Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's economic update introduces an intolerable co-mingling of pension funds with debt measures  

Warning: report could cause bloating

Even Canada’s enforcers don’t follow rules

Starve the beast, ruin the country

Tories plan December vote on same-sex marriage

NATO finds handful of troops for Afghanistan; scraps limits on existing force

Allies edge closer on sharing load

NATO needs more soldiers in Afghanistan, former general says

Time to step up

The Hamid Karzai government has decided to raise the salaries of government employees in an attempt to rein in widespread corruption in Afghanistan.

NATO agrees to few new troops for Afghanistan

NATO countries must shoulder more equal load in Afghanistan  

Taliban attacks continue  

Nato hails shift on Afghan combat

Warning on Afghan drug economy

Nato looks for global role

Nato allies 'need to pull weight'

Nato still split over forces for Afghanistan

NATO Stresses Commitment to Afghanistan 

Britain to commit extra battalion to Nato

Afghans battle to combat threats of drugs and Aids


Complete coverage: Liberal leadership

Liberal leadership bash in Montreal kicks off with machinations and hoopla

U.S. Democrat Dean lobs barbs at Republicans, Tories to open Liberal convention

Explosive Quebec debate plan withdrawn

Green party confidence grows

Election meeting kept secret

`Hampel' a spy, agent says

Party must look to the future

Goodale backing boosts Rae bid

Ignatieff camp dismisses poll numbers

With delegates gathering today in Montreal, the Star invited each of the four front-runners to make their case for leading the party. Today, read Bob Rae and Gerard Kennedy's responses. Read Stéphane Dion and Michael Ignatieff visions for Canada.

Editorial: Rae our choice to lead Liberals

Perfect economic storm sunk Rae ship of state  

A class act:Bob Rae has all the right parts to lead Canada

The MIA MLA has Hung his hat on Snortin' Morton, vowing to deliver thousands of votes to the Tory candidate. Ted has, after all, the Right stuff

Vote a wake-up call

Fight for the right

Name calling a risky business  

Tory hopefuls turn up rhetoric over Ottawa

Dinning, Morton trading body blows  

Leadership race heats up in Alta.  

Foreign Affairs rife with anti-Americanism  

Canada as a Pacific power  

N.S. premier supports recognizing Quebec as a nation within Canada
HALIFAX (CP) - Nova Scotia's premier says he supports Ottawa's resolution to recognize Quebec as a distinct nation within Canada. The motion by Prime Minister Stephen Harper passed in the House of Commons on Monday.

Les Communes devront décider de rouvrir ou non le débat sur le mariage gai

La décision de fermer des bureaux régionaux de Condition féminine est décriée

Le démocrate Dean lance des piques aux rébublicains et aux conservateurs

Les libéraux enterrent la nation et ouvrent la porte au déséquilibre fiscal

Tout indique que Québec n'endossera pas la motion d'Ottawa sur la nation

Le Québec est une nation. Encore.

Condition féminine: la décision de fermer des bureaux est décriée

Les jeunes s'intéressent peu au débat sur la nation, dit McGuinty

Le ministère de la Défense promet de s'améliorer en matière de bilinguisme

Le congrès débute par des intrigues contre Ignatieff

Les libéraux enterrent la nation et ouvrent la porte au déséquilibre fiscal

Paul Martin presse le prochain chef de se faire rassembleur

Paul Martin sur la nation: «On doit passer à autre chose»

Confusion sur la nation

Une nation libre... au sein du Canada

Une nation, deux nations, trois nations...

Québec n'endossera pas la motion d'Ottawa

Une «nation» de pure laine?

La guerre des motions se poursuit

Les francophones hors Québec disent non



That motion, which recognized the "Québécois" as a nation, was passed with a heavy majority in the Commons. Since then, however, politicians of all stripes have been weighing in on what they think it means.

Mr. Harper's senior Quebec minister, Lawrence Cannon, said Monday the nation is not all Quebeckers, and suggested it includes only francophones. On the other hand, the government's Senate leader, Marjory LeBreton, said "nation" does include all Quebeckers.

In Quebec City, however, Mr. Charest said no one should have any doubt about who is in the Québécois nation.

"Let's not stumble over what it means when we talk about the Quebec nation. We are talking about every citizen regardless of their origins. We are also talking about the First Nations as well as the Inuit," he said in Quebec's National Assembly.

"This definition of nation is inclusive. It doesn't seek to exclude anyone. . . . And in no way does it contradict our Canadian identity."

Mr. Charest tabled a motion yesterday stating that the National Assembly was "delighted by this significant gesture," insisting that it "represented an important progress for Quebec."

The Quebec Premier has argued that recognizing Quebec as a nation could eventually influence how the Supreme Court interprets Quebec laws. The province has a different approach than the federal government on a number of important issues, from the way Quebec treats its young offenders to its claim over offshore drilling rights in the St. Lawrence River. Mr. Charest suggested that he could use his newfound status to argue his case before