Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Daily Digest December 5, 2006

Joe Hueglin wrote:


ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - The play's the thing

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - The challenges ahead for Stéphane Dion
Rallying the troops in time for the next election is his most pressing task

HALIFAX HERALD - Down to business

HALIFAX HERALD - Steady Eddie at the helm

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Top court should rule on marriage 'get' case

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Conventions are the best process  

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Strike against common sense

TORONTO STAR - PM's divisive motion

TORONTO STAR - Grassroots victories

NATIONAL POST - Master of platitudes  

NATIONAL POST - Ottawa shouldn't ban replacement workers 

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - Substance over style

K-W RECORD - Canadian politics are turning green

K-W RECORD - Stelmach offers steady course for Alberta

WINDSOR STAR - Lines drawn: Stephane vs. Stephen  

SUDBURY STAR - Annan bids adieu as leader of UN

WINNIPEG SUN - Don’t discount Stephane Dion

CALGARY HERALD - One man, one vote: just one big circus

CALGARY HERALD - Mugabe's rights abuses not on Ottawa's radar screen  

CALGARY SUN - Dion’s no pushover


EDMONTON JOURNAL - Province ready for new approach

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Every vote mattered

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN - Every vote mattered

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - British Columbians need more freedom of medical choice


Suicide bomber hits foreign troops in Afghanistan

In December 2001, a new future for Afghanistan was mapped out at an international conference in Bonn, beginning with an interim government to replace the Taleban. This week we look at how much has changed since then. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6205220.stm

UK marine killed in Afghan clash

Military still doesn't do right by killed, wounded  

General says Canadians ill-informed over Afghan debate, defends mission

After 300 years, English-Scots ‘matrimonial’ strains showing

With a hand to India, U.S. also sends a message to China 

Scenes from an emergency room

Canada's spending on health care to reach $148 billion this year

Migrants face new 'Britishness' test

Leader: Examining Britishness

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Life in the UK test: Sample questions

Stelmach vows to fight for same rights as Quebec

Alberta wakes up to Eddie's world

The people spoke


Welcome to Ed's World

Royalty watch

Steady Eddie's big challenge  

Stelmach's stand worries oilpatch  

Stelmach will fight for Alberta 'nation'

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Calvert to question Dion about equalization  

Get ready to run
Dion wastes no time drawing battle lines

Dion faces early heat on proposed strike law

Dion said unlikely to sweep West but could add seats

Dion poised to allow Liberals free vote on reopening same-sex debate

Dion makes show of unity  

Dion goes on the attack

Dion won't rush federal election

Dion `not committed' to Afghan role

Dion faces same-sex debate

Quebec politicians agree Stephane Dion has work to do to win over Quebecers

One thing's sure in Quebec  

Clouds forecast for Charest, Dion  

Quebec a hurdle for Dion: Charest

Liberals can't win on green issues alone, experts say  

Holes show in Dion's plan  

New leader steps into the fray

What Dion must do right away

Can this decent, smart geek sell his vision ?

Environmentalists see green over new leader  

Dion must win over party 

Dion ups intellectual ante

Dion will work on fiscal gap: Preem
Dion survives the cut

Dion may be gaining ground on nation's political landscape 

Leader's debut sees attack on Tories


I stood with Iggy

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Harper's bid to rescind same-sex marriage appears doomed

Prentice gets a rough ride from natives

Wheat Board accuses Conservatives of ignoring farmers, law

Ottawa's wheat board plans already hurting farmers, CEO says

Senate, Bloc key to trust policy
Harper's $30B blunder may yet be corrected

Tories to limit debate on same-sex marriage

Feminism hits a cold shoulder

PS watchdog to probe all ministerial staffers back 20 years

RCMP chief admits ‘mistake' in Arar testimony

PM promises to probe RCMP chief's flip-flop

RCMP chief has some explaining to do about Arar: MP

Harper 'surprised' by RCMP chief's story change, says he's examining options

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The notion of a nation in a motion

The Future is in Our Past - Mr. Fix-It strikes again

Women continue to face abuse

Two bills to kill  

No debate on Kyoto 

Carbon tax defeat  

Harper met ses troupes en garde contre Dion

Le commissaire Zaccardelli de la GRC prétend qu'il a été mal compris

Le Mouvement Montréal français veut raviver le débat linguistique

Les dépenses pour la santé atteignent 148 milliards $ au Canada

Une requête de Wal-Mart sur la syndicalisation est rejetée en Cour d'appel

Québec, comme Ottawa, permettra le fractionnement des revenus de retraite

Le président sud-africain félicite le Canada pour avoir nommé Michaëlle Jean

L'économie serait malmenée par une loi antibriseurs de grève

Un observateur électoral canadien blessé par balle en Haïti


Question of loyalty
New Liberal leader Dion deserves citizenship scrutiny


by DavidAkin on Tue 05 Dec 2006 06:03 PM EST  |  Permanent Link  |  Cosmos

New Liberal leader Stephane Dion is a citizen of Canada and a citizen of France. His mother is French and, under French law, he became a citizen of France by dint of the fact that his mother is French. He does not have a French passport.  In any event, the fact of his dual citizenship  has some wondering if someone who might one day be Prime Minister ought to hold dual citizenships. My colleague Robert Fife may have more on this on tonight’s national newscast.

Interestingly enough, Dion was not the only Liberal leadership candidate with dual citizenship. Joe Volpe and Maurizio Bevilacqua were born in Italy and Hedy Fry was born in Trinidad. Presumably, they are citizens of the country of their birth in addition to being Canadians.

In fact, there are lots of MPs who are citizens of Canada and some other country. Here is a list the reporters at Canadian Press compiled earlier this year of MPs who were born outside of Canada:

    * Diane Ablonczy, United States
    * Omar Alghabra, Saudi Arabia
    * Vivian Barbot, Haiti
    * Susan Barnes, Malta
    * Maurizio Bevilacqua, Italy
    * John Cannis, Greece
    * Raymond Chan, China
    * Chris Charlton, Germany
    * Olivia Chow, Hong Kong
    * Tony Clement, England
    * Libby Davies, England
    * Sukh Dhaliwal, India
    * Ujjal Dosanjh, India
    * Steven Fletcher, Brazil
    * Joe Fontana, Italy
    * Hedy Fry, Trinidad
    * Nina Grewal, Japan
    * Albina Guarnieri, Italy
    * Rahim Jaffer, Uganda
    * Jim Karygiannis, Greece
    * Wajid Khan, Pakistan
    * Maka Kotto, Cameroon
    * Gurbax Malhi, India
    * Inky Mark, China
    * Keith Martin, England
    * Tony Martin, Ireland
    * Maria Minna, Italy
    * Maria Mourani, Ivory Coast
    * Deepak Obhrai, Tanzania
    * Daniel Petit, Belgium
    * Yasmin Ratansi, Tanzania
    * Pablo Rodriguez, Argentina
    * Michael Savage, Northern Ireland
    * Mario Silva, Portugal
    * Peter Stoffer, Netherlands
    * Andrew Telegdi, Hungary
    * Lui Temelkovski, Macedonia
    * Myron Thompson, United States
    * Vic Toews, Paraguay
    * Joe Volpe, Italy
    * John Williams, Scotland

Harper met its troops keeps some against Dion

Joel-Denis Bellavance
La Presse

The Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave yesterday only one directive to his troops following the election of Stephan Dion as chief of the liberal Party: the new liberal chief should not especially be underestimated, even if he is not very popular in Quebec, is relatively unknown in the provinces of the West and does not have a perfect command of English.

Mr. Harper entrusted to his collaborators who it had succeeded in becoming Prime Minister of Canada against any waiting because the liberals and the observers of the political scene always underestimated it. He hardly intends to make the same boob by minimizing the forces of Stephan Dion.

Especially not in a few months of a possible federal poll.

But the Prime Minister has all the same an asset of size before unstitching some with Stephan Dion. This asset is called Mark Cameron.

Mr. Cameron is a director of the policies to the cabinet Mr. Harper. But it worked during one year for Stephan Dion when this one was a Minister for the intergovernmental Businesses. It claqué the door of the liberal Party in 1997 to adhere to Canadian Alliance, one parties founders of the preserving Party.

Mr. Cameron was used besides as intermediary between Mr. Harper and Mr. Dion, two weeks ago, when the Prime Minister consulted Mr. Dion on the resolution that the preserving government deposited with the House of Commons aiming at recognizing that “the Québécois form a nation within united Canada”, learned the Press yesterday.

“Mr. Cameron knows well the forces and the weaknesses of Mr. Dion. That to surely will be useful us to a given moment”, affirmed a Conservative strategist under cover of anonymity.

Even if the Conservative  strategists had not seriously considered the victory of Mr. Dion Saturday, they assembled an impressive sum of declarations of the former minister for the Environment in preparation for the next electoral battle. And they intend well to exploit to the maximum the bonds that Mr. Dion wove with the wire of time with the former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. They will try to associate the new chief last not very glorious of the liberal Party, in particular with the scandal of the mixed liability companies.

“Mr. Dion does not represent the revival. He belongs to the old guard. He was with the table of the cabinet when the program of mixed liability companies was created and he did not say anything”, summarized a conservative. “You remember the photograph of Stephan Dion on the scene in company of Jean Chrétien and Joe Volpe? That made of the good material of election campaign!”

As for the environment, the principal war-horse of Mr. Dion during his program with the direction, the conservatives left their calculator: the gas emissions for purpose of greenhouse increased by 6% in Canada when Mr. Dion was a Minister for the Environment. At the end of the first period of questions of Mr. Dion, yesterday, the conservatives had fun besides to stress that the new liberal chief had not attacked the Harper government on his green level, criticized of all shares because it does not go rather far in the fight against the climatic changes.


In Quebec, the conservatives intend to exploit to the maximum the position of Mr. Dion on the question of tax imbalance between Ottawa and the provinces. Mr. Dion refuses to recognize the existence of this problem, which places it at the antipodes of the resolution adopted by the liberal militants at the congress of the party last week. That also places it cantilever with the Charest government. Yesterday, the Prime Minister Jean Charest politely invited Mr. Dion to put himself at the listening of Quebec if he wants to obtain the support of the Québécois.

During the last election campaign, Stephen Harper committed itself regulating this file, without however quantifying this promise. The negotiations between Ottawa and the provinces advance with step of tortoise. But the James Flaherty, Minister for Finance, promised to attack this problem in his next budget by in particular increasing the transfer payments to the provinces as regards education postsecondaire and by raising the investments in the programs of infrastructures.

In front of the journalists, yesterday, Mr. Dion did not formalize himself to see Jean Charest making him remonstrances two days after his victory. “With me, there will be concrete results. There will not be semantic debates. () What counts, be figures, not words. Mr. Harper spoke about words. He cut the provinces for the nurseries. He cut them for the partnership on the climatic changes”, he affirmed.


In deprived, the conservatives fear all the same that the entry in scene of Stephan Dion does not polarize the vote between the federalists and the souverainists in Quebec because of the hard line only he recommends at the place of the movement souverainist. In such a case, the Conservative Party is likely to see its supports breaking down in the province after y to have made an opening with the last elections by gaining 10 seats.

When he was a Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien had used of this polarization of the vote in Quebec in order to stripe the Conservative Party of the electoral chart. In 1997, for example, Mr. Chrétien had declared, in full election campaign, that a majority of 50% plus one would be definitely insufficient so that YES carries it in a referendum on sovereignty.

This inopportune declaration had cut grass under the foot of Jean Charest, then chief of the Party progressist-conservative, at the moment when the supports with the conservatives increased in Quebec. Instead of gaining about fifteen seats, as envisaged, Mr. Charest had to be satisfied with five in Quebec because of the remarks of Mr. Chrétien. *

The conservatives took besides good note of the remarks of Mr. Dion. The new liberal chief affirmed that Mr. Chrétien was his mentor in policy.

* "NO MORE PMs FROM QUEBEC" signs shifted votes to the PQ.