Thursday, December 07, 2006

Daily Digest December 7, 2006

Joe Hueglin wrote:


ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Make ’em pay If Ottawa can demand it, why can’t we?

HALIFAX HERALD - Tackling youth crime

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Dion's loyalty should not be questioned

TORONTO STAR - Bailing Bush out of his Iraq folly

NATIONAL POST - Dion's insult -- to France

NATIONAL POST - Zaccardelli bows out

NATIONAL POST - Same-sex closure

TORONTO SUN - Dion's first mistake

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - No option but to go

WINDSOR STAR - Shocking audit: Tax dollars abused by public sector

REGINA LEADER-POST - Trampling on democracy

CALGARY HERALD - Much ado about nothing

CALGARY SUN - Riding for a fall

EDMONTON JOURNAL - RCMP chief right to resign

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Mixed messages on women  

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Resignation unavoidable

VANCOUVER SUN - Dion can't wish away dual citizenship controversy

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - New commissioner for RCMP must restore faith in the famed force


Province, natives to finalize three treaties

Top court upholds aboriginal logging rights on Crown land

Ottawa will 'deal with' Nunavut land-claim lawsuit: Prentice

Attack on Canadian troops kills bomber, civilian

Harnessing the power of the poppy

U.S. fisheries expert slams Cdn report

Canadian ambassador encouraged by power shift to Democrats in U.S. Congress

In the red: Canada's deepening trade deficit with China not a big issue

Loonie falls as data heighten worries

Dairy farmers should give up the high prices mandated by Ottawa and enter the world's vast export market

China's wood products flood market

American ship of state listing

Soviets continue to play same old spy games

Manitoba pushing ahead on Wheat Board vote

Stelmach should sink bizarre oilsands construction scheme

Toews to get copy of youth justice report

Ont. can't cut taxes without federal funds: Sorbara

Senate to be front-and-centre in next Conservative election campaign: Tory official

Backroom byelection jockeying probed
A party official bought Dianne Haskett's Internet domain name before she announced her bid for the Tory nomination.

Tory MP breaks ranks over deal

Ambrose says energy-saving programs are coming soon

Liberals see RCMP skulduggery
Some feel election was lost after probe revealed in middle of last campaign

Some other controversies in the RCMP's past:

RCMP chief insists he told truth about Arar

Mounties abuzz over who will rise to the top

Resignation does not make up for Arar's ordeal, critics charge

Super-watchdog over Mounties could emerge from bungled Arar case

Arar to speak on RCMP resignation

Harper surprised own ministers by long resisting calls for Zaccardelli's head

Zaccardelli says he told Day about mistakes in Arar testimony, plan to correct them

Liberals want to know if Harper protected top Mountie

Liberals say they should have fired Zaccardelli during election ...

Zac in the saddle no more

Zaccardelli steps down

Blunder costs top Mountie his job

Opposition wants say in commish's replacement

No political pressure over Arar testimony, Zaccardelli says

Day, Holland clash over Zaccardelli allegations

Walkom: Gone, but for wrong reasons (Dec. 7)

A rare chance to fix RCMP

RCMP involvement in the Maher Arar case

Resignation of a leader is rare; a commissioner under fire is not

The RCMP needs to be reformed

all 520 news articles »

House votes not to reopen same-sex marriage issue

Analysis: A vote Harper doesn't want to win

Harper says he won't revisit marriage issue

Debate over, move along  

Same-sex motion creates confusion, hard feelings

Gay marriage motion ripped
Dion: New Clark or new Harper?

Dion-led Liberals play well in Quebec

Orchard's strategic influence

Liberal party national director steps down

Voting NDP Just Got Harder

Ambrose calls on consumers to adopt environmentally friendly habits

Softwood deal behind mill closure: union

Border patrol urged
Trusts decision damage continues

Replacement staff hearing upsets CEOs

Alter trust tax rules

Pro-life doesn't mean anti-woman

Wheat board still stirs passions

Accountability Act clears final Senate hurdle, royal assent expected next week

Canadians must act now on global warming

Onward climate soldiers, marching as to war

Dire warning: We'll drown if globe warms

Harper deals serious blow to women's rights

It's Celebration Time, Come On!

Bucking the system

Tied in knots: String theory was supposed to provide a single, unified theory of matter. Four decades later, the math keeps getting in the way

The dawn of a new day

Stephen Harper promet qu'il ne rouvrira plus le débat sur le mariage gai
L'ambassadeur Wilson craint les dommages du passeport à la frontière

C'est aux consommateurs de sanctionner les pétrolières polluantes

Zaccardelli admet qu'il n'inspire plus confiance, mais il n'a pas de regrets

Le Sénat adopte la Loi sur la responsabilité et la renvoie au Parlement

Ottawa offre 5,4 millions $ aux producteurs de pommes de terre du Québec

Un attentat contre un convoi canadien tue au moins un civil

Fièvre électorale à Ottawa

GRC: démission personnelle ou politique?

Un attentat contre un convoi canadien tue au moins un civil


Progressive Conservative Party of Canada


Robert G Gauthier

Subject: Fwd: "Probe into Hill Journalists' contracts a 'waste of time,' Liberal MP sa...

Hello, Joe,

Mr. James Walugembe, President -Uganda Newspaper Editors and Proprietors Association (UNEPA), Board Member -WAN (World Association of Newspapers)

Perhaps readers of the Daily Digest may be interested in this latest plea (25th year) to our elected representatives in the continuing fight for an open media on Parliament Hill.

As our fellow publisher/editor from Uganda, James Walugembe, observed:

"Dear Robert,

I am concerned with your fate and feel sorry for this act. Whereas we strive to have a free press world over it's unfortunate that a democratic nation in its adulthood can do such a thing. I pray that you don't be tempted to give up your struggle for a free press, but continue and one time the trueth will bear fruits.

In Solidarity
James Walugembe
President -Uganda Newspaper Editors and Proprietors Association (UNEPA)
Board Member -WAN (World Association of Newspapers)"

Kindest Regards,

      Bob Gauthier

Robert G. Gauthier, Proprietor
The National Capital News Canada, est 1982
181 Bank St., rpo 71035
Ottawa, ON K2P 2L9

Chris Schnurr


         "That this House calls on the government to
introduce legislation establishing Registered Domestic
Partnership as the legal mechanism
         through which individuals may choose to
assume legal responsibilities for and to each other in
relationship to the laws of Canada."     

         Just my opinion, based on personal
interpretation of  Mark 12:13-17."

I completely agree, although without the biblical
reference.  Under law, the institution of "marriage"
is best left in realm of the churches.  On a
government level, a domestic partnership for all is
the way to go.

Chris Schnurr

Rosalie Piccioni


Issue A) re same-sex marriage debate (including some links that are my find.) : re Supreme Court Decision on Civil Marriage and the Legal
Recognition of Same-Sex Unions.  This was not necessarily the choice of the majority, but that of a small group of people. : The same-sex issue has nothing to do with the matter of equality.  Rather, it is the incorporation of a form of sexuality into our society that has not been recognized as the norm.  The fact that they can make that choice is an indication that there is no denying of the individual's constitutional rights but rather the allowing freewill exercising of it. The individual has the "right" to decide what that individual wants for themselves in the way of lifestyle.  But let us not make it necessary that their will be imposed on the rest of society.
The rest of us in the society remain within the constitutional right also, but in a different way: ie. we keep to the norm and to section 7 of the Charter that marriage is between a man and a woman. The same-sex marriage agenda challenges the international definition of marriage being the union of a man and woman that is legally binding and usually guarantees the formation of healthy families. In turn, the maintaining of this understanding is what constitutes a healthy nation.  Although there are breakdowns within families, history has shown that healthy and effective leadership comes from families that keep to the definition of marriage. :   The "Charter"(1982).  We can ask what are the "the reasonable can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society."  Various aspects of modern technology has shown recently how dangerous can be the changing of our society by incorporating radical changes to the "norm." Our children are at risk, as are even adults who are not as "informed" as others.I'm wondering since when a political Party, whether the majority or not, allows a minority group in the country to determine the flow of the country's government.  So, yes I believe that follow-up is necessary in this issue.
In the last vote, I contacted the MP (as well as the PM) with my vote in opposition to the change in definition of marriage. My vote as a citizen was ignored, as was the input from other citizens who wrote - an indication that the majority is not necessarily represented by the Party supporting the decision (in 2004 I believe). Therefore, a public voice in the decision-making is required.
Issue B) I feel that only time can tell how the "nation within a united nation" will affect all other provinces. Fighting over the recent decision will make no difference. Dion's attitue? No comment.
Issue C)  the Status of Women Canada has been in operation since October 1992. They have done commendable work in building awareness of what they were formed for: i.e. (Quote) ensuring that politicians and policy makers are informed of key issues affecting a society where women continue to be marginalized within key political, social and legal institutions..." (closed quote) There have been the changes they worked for.  However, if the work hasn't been completed in the 14 years since they were established, perhaps it is indeed time to find a more effective/efficient method.  For example, putting the money towards education for training women to take advantage of their new found status.
Issue D)  I understand that Dion has dual citizenship (especially with France)! An amazing revelation.  Michael Ignatieff was a professor in the U.S.A for 35 years, only recently coming back to Canada. If these "revelations" - and there are others, are facts, that indicates how effective our present Government has been: i.e. they have "put Canada on the map" - to such an extent that our country has drawn back all those who at one time probably preferred to call themselves from the U.S.A.  What is amazing is that they would draw fans.
These are my views and I'm glad I'm not a part of the CPC Caucus. Stephen Harper is too much of a gentleman to express what I have..

Robert Ede
To: "Rt Hon Stephen Harper" <>, nationalpost <>
Subject: Coyne -any point to MP's voting in a vacuum
Cc: "ensign bulletin board" <>,      "Joe Hueglin Daily Digest" <>, Realwomenofcanada <>

In a Dec6/06 column in the NatPost, Andrew Coyne correctly asserts "But the Supreme Court ... has yet to decide the issue -- in fact, it pointedly refused to do so when asked --"
For Canadians who really wish a full discussion on the Charter legitimacy of the 'traditional definition" and for those who support the "new definition",  is there any point in calling a vote without the Supreme Court's answer to Question #4 " Is the opposite‑sex requirement for marriage for civil purposes, as established by the common law and set out for Quebec in section 5 of the Federal Law-Civil Law Harmonization Act, No. 1, consistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? If not, in what particular or particulars and to what extent?" 

The Supremes answer to this question, without the threat of proceeding with the new definition regardless of the Court's answer, is the next logical step .... not a (doomed to fail) Parliamentary vote in a vacuum of nescience.
Robert Ede
25 Dersingham Cres
Thornhill ON

Barbara Reid


Hi Joe,
I like your questions and glad you got a lively reaction. He's playing politics, not discussing life values or direction. 
One country - one nation!!!  English and French speaking, with one central government to run the business end of things.  To set an economy to care for those who are needy,  to assist young families to thrive and care for our ill and aged. To present an honorable caring successful society on the world stage.   We have freedom of assembly to meet with like minded people, such as shared cultural values et al which I don't see the need to discuss in parliament. Same gender people have all the perks now including  the word "marriage" .
We are not Americans. A Can Lit 100-01 [Canadian Literature] course is enlightening . . . . Americans hit the eastern beach and went west gung ho shooting Indians, California or bust, and  that basic drive is still often evident.  Canada was entered carefully maneuvering up the St. Lawrence without even a language that could describe the landscape for letters home.  With everything new and fresh,  they were careful, explorers with a vision through all the treacherous landscapes.  Tough sharp winners while showing empathy for unfortunates  ---  peace keepers!!!.  Corny maybe but  "Been there, done that" we're more adult or realistic.  Too many confuse the choice to be "nice" with "soft".  Our natives here in the west have totem poles, not easily moved and without scalps as trophies . . . solid and valuable people live here.  
We can also be excellent neighbors and share some concerns with the US such as continental security, for instance the old Dew Line took nothing away from us and a similar co-operation helps both without silly border security between friends, often family, and vital commerce back and forth.  This does not make us one of them.  Is the dislike mainly between Quebecers and New Yorkers?.    
Dion came on like an America with both guns blazing.  Blasting away giving nothing new to aim for.  He looked scared stiff and didn't even introduce his wife. He mentioned his poor English and commented that it was time we realized what they have been putting up with in our French attempts.  Not necessary to say at all, and at least we made an attempt in our schools as opposed to the attitude in Quebec.  Not even polite while he seems interested only in power, an academic that Chrétien took to Ottawa so more of the same old stuff.  A citizen of Canada/France giving photo ops for the press with nothing of value to contribute when we can figure out what he's trying to say.  Naming his dog too cutesy especially when we're trailing the US so badly.      
Pooh on his frivolous attacks.          
Barbara Reid,
British Columbian.
3rd generation Canadian.   

Michael Watkins, Vancouver Kingsway

Regarding Linda from North Vancouver's comments:
> My comment on Dion would question why, if he sought the Liberal leadership
> and truly has aspirations to become the next PM - why has he not renounced
> his French citizenship as the GG was "pressured by Canadians" to do on her
> appointment?

I wonder how many current and past parliamentarians have held dual
citizenship. It is likely, I should think, that a great many have held at
least British citizenship; perhaps there are some Yanks in the mix too.

Pressuring the GG to renounce citizenship of another country was typical of
how superficial the level of political debate has become in this country.
Once upon a time we talked about ideas; now Karl Rovian-style attack politics
- the politics of hate and division - suffocate any chance of reasonable
debate. Just watch Question Period for a daily reminder.

I want to point out the dual standard which the chattering classes are
perhaps unaware of.

Ted Morton became a Canadian citizen in 1991, and as far as I know, like my
wife, Morton has not renounced  his U.S. citizenship.

Ted Morton, an ideological soul mate of Stephen Harper, very nearly became
Premier of Alberta this past weekend.

Where was/is the self-righteous indignation and gnashing of teeth over his

Caspar Davis

Subject: Taxes are good for a nation's health

Hi Joe,

I'm sure that many readers won't agree, but this analysis agrees with my observations of the last 50 years.

Caspar Davis
DECEMBER 6, 2006

Taxes are good for a nation's health and well-being-study

OTTAWA-Canada is falling behind a number of OECD nations in a wide range of social and economic areas, and a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives points to tax cuts as the culprit.

The study, by Neil Brooks and Thaddeus Hwong, compares high-tax Nordic countries and low-tax Anglo-American countries on 50 social and economic measures and finds the high-tax Nordic countries score better in 42 categories.

According to the study, tax cuts are disastrous for the well-being of a nation's citizens. For example, the high-tax Nordic countries have:
  • lower rates of poverty, more equal income distribution, and more economic security for their workers;
  • a higher GDP per capita;
  • higher rates of household saving and net national saving;
  • greater innovation, including a higher percentage of GDP spent on research and development;
  • a higher ranking on their growth competitiveness by the World Economic Forum;
  • higher rates of secondary school and university completion; and
  • less drug use, more leisure time, and higher life satisfaction.
"By cutting taxes the Conservative government is taking Canada in the wrong direction," says Brooks. "It wants to make Canada more like the United States, yet our findings show that Americans bear severe social costs for living in one of the lowest taxed countries in the world."

The U.S. falls near the bottom of the 21 industrialized countries in a strikingly large number of social indicators. It also ranks as the most dysfunctional country by a considerable margin.

In contrast, Finland ranks near the top of the industrialized world in most of the social indicators and has been named the most competitive country in the world by the World Economic Forum four years in a row.

"The tax cut lobby has it backwards," says Hwong. "Not only do government social programs create a healthier society, they also create the conditions for a vibrant-and competitive-economy."


The Social Benefits and Economic Costs of Taxation: A Comparison of High- and Low-Tax Countries is available on the CCPA web site at

Neil Brooks is a CCPA Research Associate and Osgoode Hall Law School Professor. Thaddeus Hwong is a Professor at the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies at York University.
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
75-Albert Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 5E7
tel: 613-563-1341
fax: 613-233-1458

John Halonen

Subject: Just a comment

Isn't it amazing that one can tell the TRUTH on the internet yet our
FREE? Canadian Press cannot comment or publish items that are of
concern to all Canadians.

Who controls Who?

John Halonen

Caspar Davis

Hi Joe,

Mark Garstin writes in part:

What I did hear on the radio yesterday was an attack by Dion against Harper accusing him of copying all of the bad policies of George W. Bush. Sheeze, I really did think (hope) that Dion was going to be different and that the tone of politics was going to change for the good. Unfortunately, it sounds as if Dion is going to take up the old and tired tactic of slamming the Americans for political gain. Why is it that the Liberals are so perpetually anti-American, it is almost racist how they hate our closest and best neighbour? How would we feel about the Americans if their government continually attacked and slammed Canada as openly and as brazenly as do the Liberals.

As an American-Canadian who has long been in despair over Bush's contempt for international law and the US Bill of Rights, his almost magical transformation of nearly universal good will towards the US after 911 into nearly universal dislike or even hatred, and his wasting American lives and treasure on the illegal and incredibly stupid invasion of Iraq, I cannot imagine a greater insult than equating criticism of Bush's disastrous policies with "slamming Americans."

Whatever faint justification there may have been for identifying Bush's disastrous policies with "Americans" evaporated with the recent American election, and the release of the Iraq Study Group report.

As to "How would we feel about the Americans if their government continually attacked and slammed Canada as openly and as brazenly as do the Liberals," I am certainly outraged when American politicians continue to rant about all the terrorists coming from or through Canada because - unlike most Canadian criticisms of the US government's policies - they are false and malicious, and they are having disastrous consequences with respect to our border with the US.  Consequences that are being implemented in spite of the fact that the open border with Canada poses no danger, and despite both Martin and Harper's cozying up to the "North American Security Perimeter" and the other measures towards "integration" with the US.

The fact is that most of the people who vote for Bush (and many who don't) have no idea where Canada is, especially if they live south of the northern tier of states.

Caspar Davis

        HALIFAX HERALD - Dallaire?s message
         From the text: "If Canada pulls out beyond 2009 without having a guarantee of security for the Afghan government, then I think it's abandoning the Afghans and it's     abandoning the sacrifices that we already have committed to it," Mr. Dallaire said during an interview with Chronicle Herald reporter Chris Lambie. What, these days    sacrifices get committed, not made? That apart, Mr. Dallaire's statement on its own doesn't make sense ... must Canada necessarily stick around until 2009 or   beyond until Afghanistan is secured? Or can't any country replace it on a rotating basis?
        Also from the text: "Afghans, and people in wartorn countries elsewhere, were exploited for centuries by colonial powers." Sorry, Mr./Ms. Lambie, Afghan never did      get over-run by colonial powers (nor by the Russians or anyone else during the 19th and 20th centuries, until the USSR's invasion in 1979, which aimed to prop up       Dr. Najibullah's Communist government). Mind you, "exploitation" doesn't mean conquest, strictly speaking. But Afghanistan being even more remote than it is now        and being just as poor and otherwise uninteresting, there just wasn't anything worth exploiting there. (Note: There was occasional tussling over there when the         Russians' advance into Central Asia spooked the British in the 19th century).
         NATIONAL POST - Free advice for Stephane Dion
        The amusing thing about reporters giving free "advice" is that they don't seem to realize how ridiculous they look when they give it. ("Look, Ma. I've gotten my        journalism degree, so now I can tell politicians what to say and do." Uh-huh ...) State your opinions, boys, but leave the advice business to astrologers.
        SUDBURY STAR - Happy Harper; Dion's victory in Liberal leadership race was best result for prime minister
        "It's true! It's in the stars and planets ..."
LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Hot colour this fall is a deep shade of Green
        Who said that it doesn't matter who's in power? A year ago, the liberals were in power and the "Green" referred to would be dollars, not the environment. (And, as a    reminder to myself of how old I am at 43, I take this opportunity to tell young readers that we used to have green $1 bills before we had loonies. That's right, back   when we used stone tools ...)
        For Heaven's sake, I still remember from a few years back a cover from Frank Magazine, on which Jean Chretien was holding out a fistful of $20 bills and saying         "Dese are some of my policies." As they say, it's funny cuz it's true.


         Natives protest loss of funding
         In the text: "Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice wanted to show his good faith by addressing the crowd, but was so thoroughly booed that his message was barely       audible.

         NDP leader Jack Layton received a warmer welcome.

        In his remarks Layton wondered how a country as rich as Canada, "where banks make billions in profits," could let its First Nations people live in poverty."

        I'm being churlish by choosing the text above by I can't help but take a poke at Jack-O.

        1. Banks make billions, which has nothing to do with Natives. What do you suggest ... taxing the banks out of their profits? Or force them to lower their prices?       Speak. And since we're alluding to Canada being rich and that too much money winds up in the wrong places, how about that salary of yours, Mr. Layton? Ever     thought of giving a lot of it away to Native groups? No? I didn't think so ...

        2. Banks make so much money that they don't know what to do with it all (or more specifically, they don't find anything worthwhile/profitable to do with the excess).   Because of that, they give out that large excess as dividends, which are a big source of $$$ for Canadian pensions funds and individual savers and investors. Do you    have better ideas to propose, Mr. Layton?

         Injured troops still awaiting their danger pay
        What's the danger in being injured? Are the hospitals THAT bad?
        Seems to me that Mr./Ms. Reporter should be sayIng that troops (period) are waiting for danger pay.
        ( All get it until wounded - then cut off )

Dion to push for Afghan Marshall Plan

From the text: "A key problem in the nation, he said, is the proliferation of the opium poppy crop which now makes up half of the Afghan economy, and provides money for the Taliban's operations. Canadian troops can't just focus on fighting Taliban militants who slip over a porous border with Pakistan, he said."
Seems to me that Mr. Dion would be more accurate in referring to a Plan Colombia rather than the Marshall Plan. In the former, which is presently underway, the idea is to undermine insurgent/criminal financing by eradicating coca crops through various methods (spraying, farmer subsidies to raise other crops, etc). The latter involved getting Europe back on its feet after it having pulverized itself during WW2 ... no agricultural eradication and little counter-insurgency was involved. But hey, I'm not an ex-professor of constitutional law, so ...

People in highly taxed countries better off: report
Because they're able to pay high taxes and their governments are strong enough to do so. Higher taxes = better off reverses cause and effect, I believe. Or the two form a virtuous circle if the the taxes are well-enough used.

Filling the female void in China
Now THAT'S progress. China is to become a net importer rather than a net exporter of mail-order brides. What's the world coming to?

Devise new equalization formula 'as soon as possible,? Atlantic premiers say
Code words for "Give us mo' money!"
A Calgarian asks: Why do they hate us?
Because jealousy is the weaks' compliment to the strong. And the poors' to the rich. Grin and bear it ...

Arar saga sure to haunt RCMP despite Zaccardelli resignation
And well it should ...

Harper surprised own ministers by long resisting calls for Zaccardelli?s head
And he did the right thing. There's no better way to lay to waste employee morale than to headhunt until the facts are settled. It's sad that unrepentant incompetence gets protected by this (but only for a while if investigations work out right and the proper actions follow), but that's the necessary price price to pay. Except in cases of obvious, gross negligence or incompetence, of course.

Former RCMP complaints commissioner calls Zaccardelli "incompetent"
See above.
Canada set to keep gay marriage despite new debate
Tories under attack from right and left over same-sex marriage motion
Time to bury this issue once and for all and to do it the CORRECT way. Make marriage a "religious" thing by enabling churches/whatevers to recognize "marriages" that meet their criteria (which might not require that "marriages" be held in churches/whatevers, mind you). Governments would be responsible for legislating civil unions exclusively. So from a legal perspective, civil unions would be all that matters. But from a religious one, "marriages" could be what matters ... that would be for the churches, etc., to tell. (Want them to offer better "service" to their members? Set them to compete against each other.)
One thing would have to be looked into: could churches recognize people and being married without their being civilly united?
(For the record: I'd "civilly married" in the sense that I didn't have a church wedding.)
Dion allows free vote on marriage for MPs
Liberals get free vote on same-sex marriage motion: Dion
Well, that's the FIRST minefield he's avoided.

Dion keeps French citizenship  
And well he should. Who really thinks that he'll acknowledge Jacques Chirac as his secret master, anyway?
Liberals say would reinstate wheat board
Hey, wait 'til it's gone at least ...
Strahl says wheat board doomsayers are undermining market for ...
... Wheat Board assets that will be up for sale?

Lone gunman: The Ecole Polytechnique massacre was a freak tragedy. So why is every man made to feel guilty for it?  
Hey, I don't feel guilty. And I graduated from Polytechnique three years before all that happened ...

La lune de miel de St phane Dion se poursuit
Stephane Dion's keeps on lasting. And it's been almost a week!


                 THE MOTION BEING DEBATED:
                 "That this House calls on the government to introduce legislation establishing Registered Domestic Partnership as the legal mechanism
         through which individuals may choose to assume legal responsibilities for and to each other in relationship to the laws of Canada."     
Hhhhmmmm. Could there be a hiccup arising from the "Registered" part? What about common-law spouses? Otherwise, Caesar's is Caesar's, and all that.

                 Just my opinion, based on personal interpretation of  Mark 12:13-17.
Or if anyone needs more convincing, read Genesis to find out what happens to the cities of the Plain after God's angels get an .... uuummm ... exuberant welcome from the folks in Sodom. ("Aw, c'mon Lot! Your guests are kind of cute. We just want to know them!". "Forget it ... here, have my daughters instead". Yow, the Bible reads better than Danielle Steel and Jackie Collins!)

Merle A. Jacobs.
Joe, I think Dion is using his knowledge of the world in which we live and is not that out of touch with people issues. Perhaps I am biasd as he is someone who thinks as a political scientist and a sociologist and I see it in his world view.
The ability to understand and recognize how things have an affect on us and others
allows for a choice of how we resolve to live our lives. ~ Merle Jacobs.

Likewise here. It's not so much people issues but rather international (Mr. Harper's having "adopted GWB's bad ideas" ... like what, precisely?)and scientific ones (his "green" plan, among others). Mr. Dion's problems come down to happy-faced wishing problems away being inadequate when looking for real solutions to today's problems.
Zeb Landon

Subject: 'supply mnagement' of agricultural products newly threatened by CP?
I sense that what Harper and Chuck Strahl now want to do with the Canadian Wheat Board is castrate it, if not kill it outright.
Well, sort of. The CWB's marketing (competing in domestic markets, opening foreign ones, signing long-term supply contracts, market-timing of spot (one-off) sales for best price) may get scrapped and replaced by brokers and commodity exchanges.
That being said, individual farmers would be price takers, not price makers (i.e. they wouldn't have any power to influence market prices). But nothing prevents farmers from going into the brokerage business,  from forming co-ops to create their own mini-CWBs (in the marketing sense), and from signing long-term supply contracts at fixed or variable prices. With the Internet, this kind of thing is certainly possible, whereas it wasn't 10 years ago. Sure, the ADMs and Cargills would still be around but so could a host of small Canadian companies, too.
Not being familiar with western wheat farming myself, I nevertheless sense that eliminating an effective CWB would 'divide and conquer' the producers of wheat, and mean that Cargill or General Foods, or whoever normally buys wheat, would be able to get farmers to play a bidding war amongst themselves, resulting in lower prices for the producer-sellers of the commodity.
The CWB also has a second major function - grain separation and segregation. In brief, it collects all Canadian-grown grains that fall under its mandate, and it keeps different ones separate from each other. That way, buyers looking for particular kinds of grain (for example, pasta makers need "hard" durum wheat because of the "harder" flour that they can get out of it; softer wheats make mushier, pastier flou and are used for bread, etc. (I think)). This is actually a big deal in the sense that the Americans don't segregate different types of wheats and other grains ... they can only provide mixed, bulk grain that has a lower value than "pure" grains. Mind you, keeping grains segregated and shipping them to customers takes infrastructure and co-ordination, which come at a cost.
I'd figure that the CWB might survive in a reduced form so as to keep the grain-segregation advantage that Canada has. However, it might be handed over to private enterprise with appropriate regulation being set up, or it might be broken up and privatized. Stay tuned ...
So instead of helping the farmers, many of whom voted for CP, they will get shafted?
Not if the CWB's dissolved in the proper way. New enterprises, co-ops, etc., would spring up to take over the marketing side of things and maintaining the grain-segregation thing would take some thinking and effort. But governance (the governmental one), business practices and technology are evolved enough to make all this possible. And farmers are far from being too dumb to adapt and benefit from this.

Zeb Landon
Haldimand Norfolk
Beverley Smith
Hi Joe,
I just noticed the next election will be Jack and Gilles, Steve and Steve.  Sounds like we Canadians aren't very creative.
Hahahahahaha. Good one. Now, if we could only turn our Steves into Steve-Os like the one in the JackAss movies and TV shows.
As an aside, Greeks have a habit of anglicizing their names. My cousin Stratos (!!! We're both eldest sons named after our common grandpa) calls himself and me Stevie. Oh boy, my big chance .... add up the "I can't read so I'll mark a cross here" votes, plus the "Pox upon all their houses" and "Which Steve do I vote for" ones, I'll get MY five-six percent in Quebec. And I'll be competitive with the NDP and the Green parties here, too!
Then again, given that the upcoming campaign announces itself turgid, colour is what I'll need for my platform. Thus, I should run under my own full name ... Efstratios Angelon (<-- son of Angelos) Psarianos aka "The Greek Elvis". (My initials are EAP ... the same as Elvis' Elvis Aaron Presley. Uncanny, or what?). I'd best rent my suit right now. I've put on some weight so (sorry, ladies!) I'll have to run as Fat Elvis. I'll get my 10% for SURE! ANd now, to found my Elvis BYOB Party ....
Stratelvis Psarianos
Montreal, QC