Monday, November 06, 2006

Daily Digest November 6, 2006

Joe Hueglin wrote:


HALIFAX NEWS - Killing underscores need for more cops

HALIFAX HERALD - China’s lack of conscience

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Time to speed up immigration changes

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Fish stocks must be protected

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Quebec needs more super-nurses

OTTAWA CITIZEN - The ultimate safety net

NATIONAL POST - Faith and politics

TORONTO SUN - Salute to predator hunters

K-W RECORD - Harper's trouble with the "S" word

SUDBURY STAR - Time for boys on the Hill to grow up =

WINNIPEG SUN - Truth about soldiers

CALGARY HERALD - First Nations last to get help
Too many reserves still burdened with boil-water advisories

CALGARY SUN - Time for Conservative candidates to show some leadership on this pressing issue
Debate good for our health

Republicans hoping conservative base will win the day

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Canada stands to gain at poor’s expense

VANCOUVER SUN - Canadians can roll with the punches in the quest for human rights


Afghan army ‘wafer thin'

O'Connor says military 'scrambling' to find soldiers for Afghanistan

NATO fighting the wrong battle in Afghanistan

NATO takes the fight to Pakistan

Sharing Afghan burden top concern for NATO summit

Canuck cash lured Afghans to farming

Silly to recruit overweight for demanding soldier’s work

Afghanistan becoming as difficult as Iraq

Democratic gains wouldn't affect relations with Canada, says U.S. ambassador

Free trade a boon to Canada, study concludes

Ins and outs of Canada Pension Plan

Seniors must learn to adapt
New stance on trusts throws curve into retirement planning

Retirement redefined

Trust carnage could have been worse

In the aftermath of the Lebanon War

This Was A Guilty Verdict on America As Well

Obesity: Learning from tobacco
Fraser Institute position on taxing junk food makes assumption that becoming obese is a choice made by adults

Mexico’s President-elect recruiting Canadians

Que. says it won't be muzzled at climate conference

THE HOUSE on Income trusts

Trust changes rip into Harper approval scores
Income splitting welcome, trust taxes 'touch nerve'

Ambrose attends UN climate conference in Kenya

Flaherty apologizes for income trust tax turmoil

Harper on income trusts

Memo to Doug Finley

rejects NDP offer of safe passage to EU summit
Opposition pairing would have let Harper discuss global warming at talks in Finland

NDP pushes Harper to attend EU summit; Kenney says PM not afraid

Canada raises Kyoto eyebrows by killing EU summit

Open federalism needs all hands on deck, Harper tells provinces

Garneau urges Liberals to deal with Quebec

Michael and Bob: Isaiah Berlin's the fox and the hedgehog

Grit MP McGuinty lobbying for one-member-one vote

Ignatieff fined $1,000 for accusing Rae team of fraud

The GOP's woes

Bush may become lame duck

Battleground USA

Election Monitoring Agency to Observe US Polls

Harper invokes Flanders Fields poem to back Canada's Afghan mission

Ottawa needs to make specific commitment to public transit: advocates

Law Commission of Canada isn't needed, says justice minister

Ottawa spending $10 million to help keep Quebec kids away from gangs

Accountability Act 'overreaction,' say some experts on government

UN summit to tackle global warming

CSIS: We did not 'in any way' contribute to Arar affair

Environment is top Canadian priority, poll finds

Central myth of Canadian diplomacy - Contrary to popular belief, Lester B. Pearson was actually a creative problem solver who respected great-power politics and was unafraid to champion Canada's national interests

Lost a bundle on trusts? Blame Bell

Bloggers' bile clogging reasoned discourse

Dos and don'ts for Canada learned from Iraq quagmire

Many want gov't to take action

Breaking trust on trusts and other progressive ideas
Conservatives switch from pandering to corporations to pandering to seniors

Income trust fallout will continue into the future


# Les élections US n'affecteront pas les relations Canada-US, dit l'ambassadeur

# Québec prend le leadership du soutien aux francophones de tout le pays

# Flaherty est désolé d'avoir créé des remous sur les marchés mais reste ferme

# Les propos de Rona Ambrose sèment la confusion sur la position d'Ottawa

Harper évoque la Grande Guerre en appui à la mission du Canada en Afghanistan

La Commission du droit du Canada est inutile

Harper refuse de se rendre à une conférence sur le climat

Des accusations de fraude non fondées coûtent 1000 $ au camp Ignatieff

Federal Byelection

May looks to make history


Candidates descend on mall
The byelection battle for London North Centre heated up Nov. 4, as New Democrat Megan Walker brought in the party's top gun to back her up.

Do drop in!
The Parachute Club is landing in London North Centre.

Haskett touted as prudent
Stephen Harper's political minister for Ontario dropped into London Nov. 3 to promote the byelection campaign of Conservative candidate Dianne Haskett.

CAMPAIGN NOTEBOOK: Layton makes stops in London



The salient reason for the CPC obtaining seats in the Quebec City area earlier this year was the expectation the Government of Quebec would be enabled to
be a full participant in international gatherings in its competencies, the word used in Quebec for jurisdictional powers, for such was the promise made by
Stephen Harper as Leader of the Opposition

Reality struck the plan when it was found the rules of UNESCO are that only independent countries can be full members. An arrangement was worked out that Quebec would have a quasi-independent position on the Canadian delegation.

The now Prime Minister restated his view of Dominion-Provincial relationships in the exercise of constitutional powers in Quebec this past weekend in these words:

Since we formed the government of Canada, I have wanted to practice an open federalism, inspired by the spirit which gave birth to the Canadian confederation.”

That includes respecting provincial jurisdictions and the sharing of responsibilities, he said.

“You know that open federalism is not a constitutional theory or an electoral slogan,” the prime minister added. “It's a new approach that allows partners in the Canadian federation to work better together in the realization of projects.”

One project of significance is the approach to dealing with climate change. The Charest and Harper governments have differences in this field of shared
jurisdiction. Differences not only in the approach within Canada but in what should be said at the meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.

Based on the words of the Federal and Provincial Ministers below it will be interesting to see just how the theory of open federalism that “It's a new approach
that allows partners in the Canadian federation to work better together in the realization of projects.”
works out in this instance.

'We'll be meeting (this) week to have discussions for him to provide input to me on Quebec's views on a number of the issues related to the discussions in Nairobi and he'll obviously be there with me,'' said Ambrose. ''But Canada speaks with one voice.''

''The federal government can say what it wants, but it's not true that Quebec will stay quiet on the international stage,'' Bechard said. ''It (the environment) is a shared jurisdiction, we have leadership, a good plan, and we will defend it wherever we must go.''


Stephen Harper wears two public hats. The one is that of the partisan Leader of the Government Party. The other The Prime Minister of all Canadians.

Reading the quote below from a speech delivered to-day troubled me. Maybe it's just me that perceives that what ought to have been the speech of a
Prime Minister was not. The full speech with the portions particularly disturbing is appended.

My reaction has not yet crystallized into words. When they do they may form the basis of a separate post or maybe not.

As I said it may be only me that sees the speech as overly partisan for the occasion.

Agree with me or not let me know. Please.


"They stood up for Canada. So how do we honour them? We remember them. But we must do more -- we must follow their example,"


The Hill Times, November 6th, 2006

Prime Minister will be damaged by broken promise on income trusts: reader

Is Harper trying to control increasingly restless caucus?

Progressive Canadian Party wants Ind. MP Turner

Mark Garstin

Subject: RE: Bob Taubman's rant for today


If you re-read over my submission you will not find that I labeled anyone who is against the war in Afghanistan as “
misogynist beasts“. I only labeled pacifists as being selfish (there is a difference there). I also did not link the war in Afghanistan with WWII, I only used Neville Chamberlain as an example of a pacifist who negotiated away other people’s rights and freedoms in an effort to secure their own.

As for the pole that shows a majority of Canadians against the war in Afghanistan, just how many of those people who are against it have been over there to see what is being accomplished? No, I have not been over there myself personally but I do have close family who was over there and who is seeking to return again to continue the work.

But perhaps that article that was attached to my submission has told it all. It’s title was “Lost on critics” and it gave the assessment from Canada’s ambassador to Afghanistan on what good has been done over there and how the critics of the war simply ignore those facts and turn their backs on the people there (BTW, the link that I provided to the DD took you to the second page of the article, you had to press the “Previous” button at the bottom of the page in order to get the first page, sorry about that folks… my bad).

Bob, perhaps your rant should make all people really think about this and where their values are. There are millions of children in Afghanistan (a third of which are girls) who are now attending school who were banned from school by the Taliban just 5 years ago. There are now 13,000 communities with clean water and educational facilities where there were none before under the Taliban. There are now 1,000’s of kilometres of road and the country’s legal GPD has doubled since the Taliban have been rousted. Women are allowed to work today in Afghanistan, there is even a female member of the government where under the Taliban rule not only were women shot in soccer stadiums for being outside without their husbands but they were made to cover themselves up so much that they suffered from Vitamin D deficiency. And then they were not allowed to see a doctor for any medical treatment whatsoever. All of that is now gone, real freedoms are already abounding there for them.

Now, I’m certain that there is no one in this country, pacifist or not, who would not think that that sort of progress is wonderful and marvelous. But it has only come about at a price and that price has been tax-payer dollars, flag draped coffins and civilian casualties. So Bob, and all of us here in Canada have to look deep within our souls and ask ourselves the question; “Is the progress that has happened and is happening in Afghanistan worth the price that we are paying?”.

If we feel the price is too high then do we feel that way because it IS too high or are we just being selfish?

Heavy stuff to ponder.

(Wow, Garstin-ites, what a mind job; I didn’t know that I had an identifiable following)


Mark Garstin
Mississauga – Brampton South

"The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand."

- Frank Herbert

John Halonen

North American Union. from Wikipedia. ""

" The Independent Task Force on North America was a project organized by the United States Council on Foreign Relations, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, and the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations. It was chaired by former Canadian politician John Manley and advocates a North American Union, entailing a greater integration between Canada, Mexico, and the United States."

Canadian citizens, individually, today do not have the right to approve or disapprove of this Union, as the rights are well within the current Government umbrella. Senior ministers from both the former Liberal Government and the current Conservative Government are involved in the working committees.

NAFTA Super Highway from Wikipedia " "

"The International Mid-Continent Trade Corridor is a proposed international, integrated and secure, multi-modal transportation system. The supercorridor would link Mexico, the United States and Canada

Rene Moreau

To Joe;

re income trusts

Consider checking out the source of the news on income trusts.

After you do, prepare to be more confused than before, since it was Jack Mintz that advised the government to go ahead. Remember him, of the C.D. Howe institute? The pro-corporate think tank? This one will take some real close watching!

The corporate people are obviously being told to scream and yell and jump up and down for corporate lobbying, and have in all the media, but there is more to this than meets the eye. The corporate hacks talking about the public good? Give me a break!

The common citizen may yet figure it out, with perseverance.

Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)


From the Prime Minister's Web Site ( )

Prime Minister pays tribute to Canada’s fallen soldiers at launch of Remembrance Week

November 6, 2006
Ottawa, Ontario


Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, students, veterans and members of the Canadian Forces.

And thank you, Flight Sergeant Brooks (Tanya), for your kind introduction.

I have the honour of welcoming you all here today.

But it is more. It is a privilege to be in the presence of so many people who have done so much for our country.

We are gathered here in the magnificent new Canadian War Museum to mark the beginning of a week of remembrance.

Remembrance Week will climax next Saturday…

…at the eleventh hour…
…of the eleventh day …
…of the eleventh month…
…with two minutes of silence…

…as Canadians pause to remember the more than 116,000 men and women who have laid down their lives for our country.

Canada’s tradition of remembrance began 88 years ago with the end of the Great War.

Today the tradition continues as strong as ever. In fact, turnout at Remembrance Day ceremonies has been growing in recent years.

Much of the credit for the durability of this tradition goes to those Canadians who dedicate themselves to the teaching of history.

They pass our story on from generation to generation.

They are social studies and history teachers, authors and filmmakers, archivists and researchers, and songwriters and poets.

No single storyteller has contributed more to our tradition of remembrance than Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.

His immortal poem, "In Flanders Fields," was inspired by his aching grief for a fallen comrade.

When we hear his words…
“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,”
We cannot fail to be moved by them: every schoolchild has been taught them.

The families of our veterans have lived them. They are carved deep into the Canadian soul.

McCrae speaks on behalf of the tens of thousands of ordinary Canadians who, throughout our history,

Have volunteered to fight and die to defend our society's fundamental values,

Freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

Every one of those brave young men and women has a story to tell.

Most are almost anonymous, their stories known only to their families,

Who pass them down through the ages like precious heirlooms.

One such story is that of Private James Teskey.

Born and raised in Deloraine, Manitoba, and Okotoks, Alberta, he was just 17 when he volunteered to fight for king and country.

Wearing his uniform, and a proud smile, he left his family behind on the farm, shipped across the Atlantic, trained for weeks in England,

And then found himself surrounded by death and destruction in the bloodiest war the world had ever known.

After 34 days of horrific trench warfare at the Battle of Arras in June 1917, that war consumed him too.

He was not yet 19 years old.

I know his story because James Teskey would become my wife’s great-uncle.

This summer Laureen and I visited his grave in northern France.

Seeing the cross with his name on it for the first time brought the family stories of her childhood to life,

And almost a century later his sacrifice still moved his grand-niece to tears.

Because we are Canadians. We remember.

We remember that the Dominion of Canada was barely 50 years old when nearly 100,000 of her 8 million citizens fought the famous Battle of Vimy Ridge.

On Vimy Ridge, the Canadians succeeded where others had failed.

It was the most imported Allied victory at that point in the war. But for Canada, it was much more.

That day marked the beginning of a new era for our country.

Brigadier-General Alexander Ross, commander of one of the brigades that stormed the Ridge, put it best:

“It was Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific on parade,” he said. “I thought then that in those few minutes I witnessed the birth of a nation.”

Six months later, Allied commanders called on the Canadians again, this time to break the stalemate at Ypres.

Twenty thousand soldiers fought in the neutral zone and captured the Village of Passchendaele.

The price paid was extremely high – 16,000 fallen, including the great Canadian patriot from Quebec, Talbot Papineau.

Papineau, a brilliant lawyer and orator - whom many expected to one day become prime minister - was one of Canada’s most eloquent champions of the cause.

In defence of Canada's participation in the First War, he wrote:

"It is true that Canada has not heard the roar of German guns, nor been struck by deadly zeppelins,

But every shot fired against Belgium or France was aimed at much as Canada's heart as at the bodies of our brave allies."

As was the case two decades later, when the mother countries of our English and French populations were attacked once again.

In the Second World War, we mustered one million volunteers for the Canadian Forces – an amazing number in a country of just 11 million people.

By the end of the Second World War, we had the fourth largest navy on earth.

Our air force was almost as formidable, and we provided the training grounds for more than 130,000 Allied airmen.

Canadian troops took part in every major campaign against fascism.

We drove them out of Sicily and Italy,

We drove them out of Normandy and the Scheldt,

Out of the Netherlands and all the way back to Germany.

One of the Canadian heroes of the Second World War was one of my early mentors in politics: the late, great General Stan Waters.

He had been a member of the legendary Devil’s Brigade – and he led the victorious Allied troops into Rome.

Later he became the top commander in the Canadian Army, a successful business and community leader and the country’s first elected senator.

General Waters was an individual with an incredible courage of conviction, boundless drive and determination and the deep sense of humour of a man who believed he had cheated death more than once.

He believed in war, in the nobility of service in war, when the cause is just, when the purpose clear, and only when there is no other way.

Our military history is filled with larger-than-life characters like Talbot Papineau and Stan Waters.

And their achievements have forged the character of our country.

Our veterans have come from every part of the country, every walk of life, and every community that has found safe haven in this great country.

Among the hundreds of thousands of our countrymen who served in Europe from 1939 to 1945 were 7,000 Aboriginal Canadians.

Like in the First World War, Aboriginal Canadians enlisted in much greater numbers than their proportion of the country's population.

Native soldiers were daring fighters who excelled at marksmanship and fieldcraft.

One of the greatest was the Manitoba Ojibway Tommy Prince.

As a Special Force commando and member of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry,

Prince was decorated nine times for his service and valour in Europe, and for his heroics during some of the toughest fighting in Korea.

Teskey, Papineau, Waters, Prince:

The ordinary soldier, the commander, the war hero;

The small, the great, the might-have-been;

Because of their sacrifices and the sacrifices of tens of thousands of Canadians like them,

We are privileged to live in one the most prosperous, civilized and safest countries in the world.

They stood up for Canada.

How do we honour them? We remember them.

We remember them. But we must do more. We must follow their example.

As the poem begs of us:
“Take up our quarrel with the foe;
to you from failing hands we throw
the torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
we shall not sleep, though poppies grow
in Flanders fields.”

And, indeed, generations of young Canadian men and women have been inspired by our veterans.

Their example inspired us throughout the Cold War era, when we stood firm with our NATO allies against the Soviet forces – and won.

They inspired our peacekeepers – our blue helmets in the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Africa, the Balkans and Asia, to put their lives on the line to defend peace and security in the world.

Often in places where Canada had no direct strategic interest: where their motives were purely humanitarian.

But that’s the way it has always been.

When the cause is just, Canada answers the call.

And so it is today in Afghanistan.

More than two score of our troops have fallen since we joined the United Nations campaign to rescue that country from tyranny, terrorism and the Taliban in the months after 9-11.

This week we remember them, too.
Our grief is new and it is acute.
“Short days ago,” as McCrae wrote in 1915 of his comrades, these brave young men and women “lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, loved and were loved.”

Each casualty hurts – hurts us deeply.
But along with the pain comes an immense pride in today’s generation of Canadian soldiers.

Last month, our Governor General announced that the military valour decorations would be awarded to four members of the Canadian Forces.
These four members of the forces will be awarded the military valour decorations for the first time since these honours were created in 1993.

Their names are:

Sergeant Patrick Tower,
Sergeant Michael Denine,
Master Corporal Collin Fitzgerald, and
Private Jason Lamont.

Each one of them displayed exceptional valour and devotion to duty during separate engagements with the enemy in the Kandahar region this year.

As this is my first opportunity to do so in public, I wish to congratulate and thank these four, on behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians.

And I know I speak for all Canadians in expressing unequivocal support and sincere gratitude to all our troops and their families.

As they have been asked, they are holding the torch high.

They are keeping faith with our fallen.

And the brave Canadians who lie beneath the poppies in Flanders fields can rest in peace.

And now ladies and gentlemen, I would like to beg your indulgence for just one minute longer.

Today, we are unveiling the Remembrance Week Public Service Announcement,

Which will be broadcast on Canadian television channels throughout the week,

A tribute to those who have served and are serving our country.

So let us watch. And remember