Monday, December 04, 2006

Daily Digest December 4, 2006

Joe Hueglin wrote:


HALIFAX NEWS - Underestimated underdogs win

HALIFAX HERALD -        Fortunately, the auditor earns her pay

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Auditor-general earns her pay

OTTAWA CITIZEN - The bookish Stephane Dion  

OTTAWA SUN - Dion’s no pushover

TORONTO STAR - A liberal agenda for Stéphane Dion

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - Federal Liberals step back from the edge

LONDON FREE PRESS - Dion may surprise

K-W RECORD - Dion's victory is good for Canada

SUDBURY STAR - No good reason to reopen same-sex marriage debate


CALGARY HERALD - Tough task ahead for new premier  

CALGARY SUN - It’s time to pucker up

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Welcome to a more conservative PC party

VANCOUVER SUN - Dion victory gives Liberals a clean start  

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - The world must act to combat killing in the deserts of Darfur  

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Military gears up for 20 years of overseas anti-terror efforts

Canadians battling Taliban and its propaganda in Afghanistan

Canuck tanks blow roof off target

More than 100 soldiers from CFB Valcartier leave for Afghanistan

How Bomber Command won the war

Recruiting drive will cause trouble

Fishermen face fewer openings, fewer boats  

So much for myth of a soft landing

Energy trusts' days of proping up declining assets are over

Russia frets over NATO expanding eastward


Victim Summit aims for lofty goal

Dark horse rides in Alberta

`Steady Eddie' wins in Alberta

Alberta's next premier built reputation of helping out and self-reliance

The Conservative divide  

Dinning plans long walks to help decide next move 

Nice guy 'has a hell of a lot of edge' 

Hometown united in joy for Stelmach 

Steady Eddie takes road less travelled

Charest says he hopes new Liberal Leader Dion will be sensitive to Quebec

Dion Liberals jump in poll

Dion dismisses critics with bold prediction: I'll win in Quebec

Rivals' big summer deal paved way to victory

Dion set for Conservative showdown

The master of proving people wrong

Grudgingly, Quebeckers come to respect Dion

Leader untarnished by Gomery inquiry


Liberals elect a real Liberal living in Canada as leader

Day one for Dion

Stephane Dion's victory is a double-edged sword

Scare-mongering led to outcomes  

We will be ready,' Dion says  

Dion says next federal election will offer choice between 'two clear visions'

Ignatieff, Rae to run for Liberals, despite losing leadership

Lapierre may not seek re-election

Power slips from the old guard

Question of loyalty

Dion is a good choice - if you're a Conservative

Healthy opposition is vital

Grit fuel for taxing oilpatch

Time for a pause in politicking

No way to treat our Great Lakes

Tortoise vs. bulldog

Why Liberals choose to win ugly on rights bill

The Dion downside

[] I'm election-ready: Dion (Dec. 3)

Green hue to Dion policy

Leadership loss may bring huge rewards for Kennedy

Party unity on menu at luncheon

Election campaigning has already begun

Quebec voters are likely to opt for native son

Quebec reaction fast and furious

Mixed reviews for Dion on green agenda

'The eggheads' square off  

For Kyoto, critical of mission in Afghanistan  

Kennedy intends to run for Parliament and help renew and unify the Liberals

Stephane is no Celine with voters in Quebec  

In Canada, all hail the meek, the geek

A political scientist's dream come true  

Ignatieff takes walk in the snow after leadership loss  

Dion vows to reach out to the West  

Dion won't say if Liberals will have a free vote on marriage

Lucky for Dion, Harper that McKenna didn’t run

Tories believe they can gain from Dion's hard line on unity

Tories slammed for hypocrisy over reception for big donors

Tory 'nation' resolution seen as gamesmanship

Tories `won't underestimate' Dion

NDP questions new leader's record

For Harper, a double-edged sword

Tory motion is set to reignite gay marriage debate in Commons

Canadian Wheat Board challenges gag order

Canadian Wheat Board asks judge to quash federal government gag order

Tories axe tattoo program at federal prisons despite AIDS concerns

RCMP chief changes course, claims he didn't know of mistake about Arar

Scientists unlock mystery of 2,000-year-old

Jean's journey

Efficient government is the next debate

New Liberal leader could face fractured Tories
Power slips from the old guard

People, 2. Politicos, 0.

The meek and a geek inherit leaders' crowns 

Religious tension growing in Britain  

There's nothing 'multicultural' about violence against women 

f=""> The supposed threats to Christmas are just hype by media extremists  

Stéphane Dion: «On m'a toujours sous-estimé»

Les deux votes qui ont changé l'histoire

Stéphane contre Stephen

Les attentes de Jean Charest

Du respect, mais des questions

Stéphane Dion entreprend son nouveau travail

Charest, surpris de l'élection de Dion, refuse toutefois de le critiquer

PLC: Dion promet à déput&eacut
e;s et sénateurs une victoire aux élections

Bernard Landry croit que Stéphane Dion a été élu grâce au débat sur la nation

Le présumé espion russe doit être déporté, ordonne la Cour fédérale

Plus d'une centaine de soldats de Valcartier quittent Québec pour Kandahar

Les conservateurs sont taxés d'hypocrisie

Ottawa met fin au programme de tatouage
sécuritaire dans les pénitenciers

Remontée du PLC dans les sondages

Ignatieff, Kennedy et Rae candidats au prochain scrutin

Ed Stelmach désigné comme prochain premier ministre de l'Alberta


"Same-sex" Marriage: Here's the motion!

An interesting debate among myself and New Conservative Party of Canada supporters who generally term me an oughta-be-Liberal. You just
        may find some small interest in that the motion's up for a vote this week.


HALIFAX HERALD - Chretien?s unity warrior slays Grit foes

John Christian's armoured saint slays the Rae zombie who'd risen from the dead (from an unhallowed NDP grave, no less ...) and then goes on to slay the incontinent, idea-spewing Iggy dragon. And Saint Justin, despite his pious cant, was unable to turn our man to heresy from Christian (Chretien) Orthodoxy . Now, the Liberal saint will have to found a new catholicity, despite the rumblings of factional heresy.
On the positive side, the moneylenders in the Quebec temple may get evicted soon enough (Denis Coderre!). QC's home boys and girls are aghast at Mr. Dion's win and haven't brought themselves to rally to his standard as of this morning. This includes Denis Coderre, Martin Cauchon, Liza Frulla, and Jean Lapierre. Helene Sherrer did come aboard, though unenthusiastically. Meanwhile, Alfonso Gagliana laughs in his grave ...
To tell you the truth, though, I think that the Liberals made a sensible choice. Mr. Ignatieff learned the way that dropping idea-bombs out of nowhere is more incontinence than inspiration. And Mr. Rae ... well, you only live once and he's already lived twice (once federally, once provincially). Mr. Dion isn't out of th
e woods by any means but he's the onbe with potential to grow. We'll have to see how things work out ... and personally, I'm happy that the QC Liberals are getting their faces rubbed in it. For too long, they've treated my province as if they own it. Let the Augean cleansing begin ...
On the bright side, my riding is hosting one who may be a future PM (I'm in Mr. Dion's riding). I disagree with him on just about everything policywise (most is messianic nonsense, I feel). But given that he's certain to win here (he gets 75-odd percent without lifting a finger), I can safely vote CPC and give it my$1.75 annual funding without qualms about the character of aCPC MP in my riding. It's true ... not being able to do anything really DOES relieve the mind. It doesn't reduce anxiety, though ...

Canadian tanks fire first rounds in battle for first time since Korean War
It took a while to scrape off those rusty shells but that new funding from the CPC came in handy. That, and those students on study break ... 
'Dozens of Taleban' die in battle
And now, Phase II ... dealing with those dozen-thousands left ...
StatsCan warned years ago about botched formula for inflation: documents
On the positive side, this means that indexed pensions haven't been as constly as they could have been. Imagine the millions saved and then used to pay off the debt. Or buy votes and bribe the NDP for budget support when the Liberals were in power.
Babylon is burning
It's like Cyrus and his Persians all over again!

Steady Eddie Stelmach's victory in PC leadership race gives hope to nice guys everywhere ... and leaves a hostile party takeover dead in its tracks.
Yup, third place definitely IS the place in the sun when running for office. Self-important blowhards of all stripes, take note.

Dion versus Harper:The table is set: Let the battle begin
Indeed. Federalist-friendly or
-neutral votes are finally up for grabs for bopth the Liberals and the CPC. Last time around was a brillant tactical breakthrough but now we'll see if the CPC can turn a breakthrough into lasting penetration.
As for the Bloc ... it's again on the strategic defensive, thanks to the 'nation' resolution. That, and its being underfunded, might be the end of it in the long term. Exciting times coming up next election, folks. At least here in QC, anyway.
God bless the Quebecois
Yeah! We've kept on providing Liberal leaders for the good of the country for decades now. We deserve SOME consideration ... and payback. (<-- Note: Irony). Heck, even John Turner was one of us, sort of .. he was a Montreal lawyer before he went for the Big Time.
Mahmood Elahi

Subject: Fw: Allies had to outbomb the Germans to win

Interestingly enough, J.K. Galbraith, the world-reknowned economist who passed away recently, said that bombing had little effect, as witnessed by Germany's continually INCREASING production during the latter war years. Mind you, he didn't go on to explain how that production was achieved (imported quasi-slave labour from conquered countries, etc.?). Either way, there was no way to know that ahead of time. If I'D been in Bomber Harris' place and I'd been authorized to go ahead, I'd have done the same thing. And faced with hundreds of thousands of "instant" enemy dead against potentially more than a million Japanese and US dead (not to mention having the USSR ready to over-run parts of Japan), I'd have nuked Hiroshima and Nagasaki too.

Glenn Harewood
Mark Hendriks
Subject: Prediction: Dion and his team will  defeat Harper.

Mmmmm. I'd say that everything's pretty much in the air. But Liberal victory is possible, yes. Or a Liberal minority-government quasi-victory.

Tribute to Canada

This is a good read - funny how it took someone in England to put it into words...

     Sunday Telegraph Article
     From today's UK wires: Salute to a brave and modest nation
     Kevin Myers, The Sunday Telegraph - LONDON

Until the deaths last week of four Canadian soldiers accidentally killed by a U.S. warplane in Afghanistan, probably almost no one outside their home country had been aware that Canadian troops were deployed in the region.  And as always, Canada will now bury its dead, just as the rest of the world as always will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly everything Canada ever does.
         It seems that Canada's historic mission is to come to the selfless aid both of its friends and of complete strangers, and then, once the crisis is over, to be well and truly ignored. Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge of the hall, waiting for someone to come and ask her for a dance. A fire breaks out, she risks life and limb to rescue her fellow dance-goers, and suffers serious injuries. But when the hall is repaired and the dancing resumes, there is Canada, the wallflower still, while those she once helped glamorously cavort across the floor, blithely neglecting her yet again.
         That is the price Canada pays for sharing the North American continent with the United States, and for being a selfless friend of Britain in two global conflicts. For much of the 20th century, Canada was torn in two different directions: It seemed to be a part of the old world, yet had an  address in the new one, and that divided identity ensured that it never fully got the gratitude it deserved.
         Yet its purely voluntary contribution to the cause of freedom in two world wars was perhaps the greatest of any democracy. Almost 10% of Canada 's entire population of seven million people served in the armed forces during the First World War, and nearly 60,000 died.
The great Allied victories of 1918 were spearheaded by Canadian troops, perhaps the most capable soldiers in the entire British order of battle.
         Canada was repaid for its enormous sacrifice by downright neglect, its unique contribution to victory being absorbed into the popular Memory as somehow or other the work of the "British." The Second World War provided a re-run. The Canadian navy began the war with a half dozen vessels, and ended up policing nearly half of the Atlantic against U-boat attack. More than 120 Canadian warships participated in the Normandy landings, du ring which 15,000 Canadian soldiers went ashore on D-Day alone. Canada finished the war with the third-largest navy and  the fourth-largest air force in the world.
         The world thanked Canada with the same sublime indifference as it had the previous time. Canadian participation in the war was acknowledged in film only if it was necessary to give an American actor a part in a campaign in which the United States had clearly not participated - a touching scrupulousness which, of ourse, Hollywood has since abandoned, as it has any notion of a separate Canadian identity.
         So it is a general rule that actors and filmmakers arriving in Hollywood keep their nationality - unless, that is, they are Canadian. Thus Mary Pickford, Walter Huston, Donald Sutherland, Michael J. Fox, William Shatner, Norman Jewison, David Cronenberg, Alex Trebek, Art Linkletter and Dan Aykroyd have in the popular perception become American, and Christopher Plummer, British. It is as if, in the very act of becoming famous, a Canadian ceases to be Canadian, unless she is Margaret Atwood, who is as unshakably Canadian as a moose, or Celine Dion, for whom Canada has proved quite unable to find any takers.
         Moreover, Canada is every bit as querulously alert to the achievements of its sons and daughters as the rest of the world is completely unaware of them. The Canadians proudly say of themselves - and are unheard by anyone else - that 1% of the world's population has provided 10% of the world's peacekeeping forces. Canadian soldiers in the past half century have been the greatest peacekeepers on Earth - in 39 missions on UN mandates, an d six on non-UN peacekeeping duties, from Vietnam to East Timor, from Sinai to Bosnia .
         Yet the only foreign engagement that has entered the popular on-Canadian imagination was the sorry affair in Somalia , in which out-of-control paratroopers murdered two Somali infiltrators. Their regiment was then disbanded in disgrace - a uniquely Canadian act of self-abasement for which, naturally, the Canadians received no international credit.
         So who today in the United States knows about the stoic and selfless friendship its northern neighbour has given it in Afghanistan ? Rather like Cyrano de Bergerac , Canada repeatedly does honourable things for honourable motives, but instead of being thanked for it, it remains something of a figure of fun.
         It is the Canadian way, for which Canadians should be proud, yet such honour