Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Daily Digest February 27, 2007

Joe Hueglin wrote:
The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN’S to VICTORIA.

EDITORIALs

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Is this P.E.I. winter the new 'normal'?
We may have to take extra measures in winter to protect the soi
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=13626&sc=103

HALIFAX HERALD - Premiers seek passport delay
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/561507.html

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Ridiculous ruling on a head scarf
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=4c487ec1-2627-4eca-86d2-849f9d851bfe

MONTREAL GAZETTE - PQ is leading us to the precipice
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=9a5bb95b-546c-4c3f-9117-6c5ff3e78d12

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Dealing with difference
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=151c1d35-ba60-46dc-8e4a-0ae5a83e3aa5

TORONTO STAR - Shifting Afghan gears
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/185921

NATIONAL POST - Boisclair's 'consultations'
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/editorialsletters/story.html?id=4f2bbbb6-cb39-4e56-8184-272e9ce7b8b2

TORONTO SUN - Time to stake solid claim over Arctic
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2007/02/27/3672148.html

K-W RECORD - Rewriting security law no easy task
http://www.therecord.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=record/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1172531413811&call_pageid=1024321927354&col=1024322198380

WINDSOR STAR - Border passes: Get it right the first time
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=666a2e50-592f-4203-958f-11d18073215e

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - University starts early
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/3894142p-4503700c.html

CALGARY HERALD - Suzuki hurts his own case
Overheated shot at premier makes enemies, not allies
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=a5202114-bcff-4c45-abb8-9e263ec3ad9e

CALGARY HERALD - Fort Mac needs steady flow
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=812202bd-34ba-4fa1-b56f-e0e9ffd2711c

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE - X-ray vision
Travellers won’t be able to hide much from new airport scanner
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/1editorial.lasso

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Staff left hanging by unenforced rules
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=62a41101-1ef7-435f-906e-52a44da1ac6d

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Irresolute issues at CN
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=5efe9a3d-e443-495f-8c5f-0dadd948906d
ws/current/n.php

VANCOUVER SUN - Separatists dance around the real issue for Quebec voters
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=465c8811-b2b9-4344-89a9-37abb08b1bca

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - 'Green' Oscars add hot air to climate debate
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=4f2667b5-720e-43b9-8f73-d0715dff7cb9


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
Bringing Native history to life
Animated series receivesinternationalrecognition
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/story.html?id=a12fc472-f047-45b0-a22a-e76bdbe3faa0


CANADIAN FORCES
Aiming to win `hearts, minds'
$200M in aid will help pay teachers and boost justice system, but report warns thousands of extra troops needed for security
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/186041

PM to Pakistan: Stop insurgents
Says porous border offers safe haven between attacks
http://www.thestar.com/Article/186046

Afghanistan funding boost too little, too late?
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/185888

Bomb within earshot of Cheney kills 23
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070227/ap_on_re_as/afghan_explosion;_ylt=AnvFGMOeuTSDblwOdc5fI2bxrGIF

New probe into troops' actions
Forces accused of turning over Afghan prisoners despite torture risk
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=f77f7499-5b68-4e6e-a8e2-35dea63867ae

Afghan civilian killed
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/02/27/3672581-cp.html

Cash offered for bombs Canucks to reward Afghan tipsters
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/National/2007/02/27/3671732-sun.html

New equipment for troops in Afghanistan
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=CFNLCWHWSVDDTQFIQMFCFFOAVCBQYIV0?xml=/news/2007/02/27/wafghan27.xml

Bribery wrecks drive to root out opium
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=CFNLCWHWSVDDTQFIQMFCFFOAVCBQYIV0?xml=/news/2007/02/27/wafghan127.xml

Two reasons for the Taliban to take heart
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml;jsessionid=CFNLCWHWSVDDTQFIQMFCFFOAVCBQYIV0?xml=/opinion/2007/02/27/dl2701.xml

Tackle Taliban or else, Pakistan told
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=CFNLCWHWSVDDTQFIQMFCFFOAVCBQYIV0?xml=/news/2007/02/27/wafghan227.xml

Taliban offensive awaits British troops
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/article2308418.ece

More Funds for Development, Less for Security
KABUL, Feb 21 (IPS) - In the lead up to an anticipated Taliban spring offensive against the Afghanistan government, international assistance to the war-torn country has increased. http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=36661


CANUSA/USACAN
U.S. governors divided over licence proposal
Premiers seek alternative to passports
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070227.wxpassports27/BNStory/International/home


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
CN workers at odds over deal
http://winnipegsun.com/News/Canada/2007/02/27/3671911-sun.html

Income splitting has overwhelming support, poll shows
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=79f1a1ac-2280-49d4-ab9c-eafbe054fb6e

Report warns of shortage of skilled workers in life sciences sector
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/business/story.html?id=b468096d-9364-4e66-96ad-e86638d8428e

The 2007 C.D. Howe Institute Shadow Budget: Fiscal Tonic for an Aging Nation
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/February2007/27/c4754.html

CPP adopts new way of investing
Billions of dollars to be sunk into close relationships with companies
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/story.html?id=8fc61c44-446c-4832-a89b-ae24daf720c2

Greenspan: U.S. showing slowing signs
While not the best private-sector forecaster, ex-Fed boss still finds agreement among other economists
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/story.html?id=9111e875-30c0-4b5b-85fa-a0151fe16936

Gas distributor back in Canadian hands
Atlantic Canada's Fortis puts up $3.7 billion for Pacific coast platform
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/money/story.html?id=6a82c469-84a4-400a-bfd0-e6a775685037


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Canada often silent as rights trampled, report says
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/185925

Supporters seeking new lawyer for Celil
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070227.wxcelil27/BNStory/National/home


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Do we want to know our fate?
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Columnists/Jacobs_Mindelle/2007/02/27/3671963-sun.html

More seniors living longer: Report
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/186126

More can give the gift of life
Procedure expands pool of organ donors
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/185920

Bracelet's GPS keeps track of lost Alzheimer's patients
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/life/story.html?id=d3aa7ea6-e965-410c-bec5-4023f8c56c13


JUSTICE SYSTEM
SECURITY CERTIFICATES: Cool heads needed on anti-terror law
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/185887

PM plans to keep using security certificates
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/story.html?id=d2968ac9-f10b-4988-a194-aa015c55c7ad


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Tripping over the r-word
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/sports/story.html?id=3be1715e-2b10-49b9-b3b1-f5b75eb7e676

Headscarf ban inflames ethnic debate
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/186035

PM, Charest conspiring against Quebec, PQ says
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/186037

B.C., five states get together on green plans
Province expected to join in plan to trade greenhouse gas credits
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=e3bb7a78-ad6f-4c4d-9dcf-19a72b2431db

Will it take a flood to catch Ottawa's attention?
Gravel stays -- protected by all that red tape
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=43dd7718-5b4f-4d97-84b0-2b6eae89cd6a


POLITICS
MPs vote against extending anti-terror measures
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/02/27/terror-vote.html

Anti-terrorism powers face expiry
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/186044

MP's 'extremist' comment draws Liberal fire
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/02/27/extremist-liberals.html

TheStar.com - Unassigned - Transcript of Poilievre interview

Vote today: Liberal leader says party will reject extending 9/11 powers
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=08bba1ba-f4b8-47b6-9fe0-e5a4eec836e8

Not all Liberals will enjoy the kill
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=7b28f39b-ee1f-4e70-8f71-78400ff7191f

Grit record terror-ible
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Columnists/Jackson_Paul/2007/02/27/3672147.html

Flaherty in battle of the tax break
PM said to have quashed income-splitting
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=1247cc8c-366a-4b31-bb99-0869d236fbed

Opposition surprised by rapid deal at Canada Post
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=0ade67d9-9cdd-423e-a098-1158d8b25110

Dion may be one Quebecer too many for voters
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/185890

National security vs. Liberal ethno-politics
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/editorialsletters/story.html?id=3ffbc4b0-1129-420b-8b1b-cd95b9d1e2e1

Politics runs deep in ATM attack
What's real agenda in Tories' showdown with banks?
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/story.html?id=cbc9ec7c-cecb-4bac-b557-61ca7a46893d

Harper ducking stop-payments issue - Duceppe
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=1f22e5f7-50bd-454e-a677-38fa9d32e882

Liberals accuse Day of politicizing bureaucracy with partisan jibe on GOC website
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/070226/national/day_partisanship

Dion dismisses polls, eyes majority
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070226/wl_canada_nm/canada_dion_interview_col

Elizabeth May: Are Canada's Kyoto targets reachable?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070226.wcomment0227/BNStory/National/home

Hijab debate gets political in Canada
http://www.politicswatch.com/hijab-feb27-2007.htm

Dion vows to make gas-tax transfers permanent for all cities
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/national/story.html?id=a3d2abac-74b1-4162-97d7-350105664e26&k=16220

Spate of forced Tory Senate resignations creates turmoil in red chamber
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070227/n022793A.html


PROGRAMMES
$150,000 per gun: Here's how the costs of arming border guards add up
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2007/02/27/3671970-sun.html

MPs asked to OK $211B in spending
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/02/27/3672921-cp.html

Unions want feds to return pension cash
http://winnipegsun.com/News/Canada/2007/02/27/3671897-sun.html

Quebec firm poised to win deal to train air-force crews
Montreal company would net millions
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070227.wxaircraft27/BNStory/National/home

Ottawa's climate plans don't match promises, ex-watchdog says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070227.ENVIRO27/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Make environment commissioner independent- MPs
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070226/enviro_commissioner_070226/20070226?hub=Canada


PRESSURE POINTS
Kyoto Kultists note: King Coal still rules in Alberta despite protests from green groups
http://www.edmontonsun.com/Business/Columnists/Waugh_Neil/2007/02/27/3671800.html

CLIMATE CHANGE, Chapter III: Are we willing to pay?
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/National/2007/02/27/3671710-sun.html

The Eco-Industrial Power Complex
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=0cbe4210-7520-49e1-b142-f27f0ccbdeb4

Wind farms a beneficial 21st-century necessity
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/561513.html


OPINION AND INFORMATION
National ingratitude
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=d6ba486d-b507-4f80-909f-68c49f11edb3

Any of us could have been any of you
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=11bab3f4-67b9-4cb3-bc57-f92c4f0aff53

Manufacturing priorities
Every bureaucrat knows that any program worth its salt needs a communications strategy. The problem is, no one ever listens.
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=9bbfe011-c616-44e6-a942-4f06677d4a44

Armchair critics must halt drumbeat of defeatism over Afghan mission
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=c5b6d2fd-b637-43c2-b80f-e040e9dc3688

Praise the Lord and enter your PIN
http://www.christianweek.org/stories/vol20/no21/story2.html

'Mini-Y2K' fears accompany early arrival of daylight-savings time
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/money/story.html?id=6522d5e5-1557-45d5-bd21-131fb0089026

Military funding eaten up by Afghan war
http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1172531411703&call_pageid=1020420665036&col=1112188062581


INFOS

Vic Toews dépose les prévisions de dépenses fédérales pour 2007-2008
http://mesnouvelles.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070227/N022784U.html

Un nouveau programme pour les membres hospitalisés des Forces canadiennes
http://mesnouvelles.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070227/N022726U.html

Afghanistan: un attentat-suicide fait 20 morts pendant la visite de Cheney
http://mesnouvelles.branchez-vous.com/Monde/070227/M022741U.html

Justin Trudeau aura de l'opposition à l'investiture libérale dans Papineau
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070227/N022782U.html

Le débat sur les transferts fédéraux se poursuit et a des échos à Ottawa
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070226/N0226128U.html

Crise au Fonds canadien de télévision
Un comité du parlement souhaite le statu quo
http://argent.canoe.com/lca/infos/canada/archives/2007/02/20070227-163425.html

Agitation au Sénat après des «démissions» forcées
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070227/CPACTUALITES/70227172/1019/CPACTUALITES

Baird grondé pour sa parodie des Oscars

Presse Canadienne
Le ministre de l'Environnement John Baird a reçu lundi une mauvaise critique de la part du président de la Chambre des communes pour avoir tenu une parodie de la cérémonie des Oscars en pleine séance parlementaire. http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070226/CPACTUALITES/70226219/1025/FRONTPAGE

Ottawa appelé à mettre plus d’ardeur pour combattre le trafic humain
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070227/CPACTUALITES/70227031/1025/FRONTPAGE

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FOR ME TO-DAY A MIXED DAY OF UPPERS AND DOWNERS

THE UPPER
Subject: Request to be put on E mail list

A friend of mine introduced me to your mailings. I am very pleased to see what you take the time to do for a lot of like minded people who would otherwise not touch all the bases that you help them do in your mailings. I was wondering if I could have you include me on your E mail list. I would appreciate it very much. In any case keep up the good work. Regards

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. . . you are most welcome - as will be any you speak to who may find value in the Digest and wish to receive it.

You are invited to share your thoughts in the BELOW (30) section and indeed are encouraged to do so. The Silent Watchers as I term them, those who weigh the views of others but do not express theirs, will without doubt appreciate new perspectives.

My 'phone number is 905-356-3901 should you ever be of a mind to call.

Act under the assumption you've just moved into a new home and I'm a next door neighbour.

Joe
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THE DOWNER
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Small parties' stipend assailed as risky
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070227.wxcash27/BNStory/National/home

When the information contained in the article under the headline above was come upon to-day my first reaction was to place it
here. Upon reflection it has been posted below.

As most reading the Digest are aware some hundreds of card holding members of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada
applied for the re-registration of that Party as soon as legally possible .

When this was denied by the Chief Electoral Officer, determined to have a progressive-conservative party in the Federal political
arena, Plan B was put into action. The name Progressive Canadian Party, with the ballot name PC Party was submitted, accepted
and registered.

Due to a Supreme Court ruling after one candidate being nominated (rather than the 50 necessary prior to the judicial decision)
candidates were enabled to run with the party name beside theirs on the ballot.

A rule of the same nature as having to have had 50 candidates was this, that only parties obtaining 2% of the overall ballot obtained
monies from the government for each citizen casting a vote for them. "Smaller parties", to use the terminology of the article, did not.

This limitation on each vote carrying equal value was challenged in court. In October last year Ontario Supreme Court Judge Matlow
in his decision allowed funding to all registered political parties based on votes received during the last election. He wrote that all
"will be able to approach the next federal election on the same footing."

For whatever reason the present Government of Canada chose to appeal this decision.

Read the article paying close attention to the argument put forward by the Crown counsel. Judge whether the appeal as argued was
launched through concern for right, truth and justice. In your mind is there the expectation of having the Supreme Court overturn
the Matlow decision on this basis when the case is heard by it some months or years from now?

Your answer, I believe, will be no. If so, you have had presented to you one more reason why some oppose those launching the appeal
being able to fulfill their desire of possessing the power that comes with having a majority in the House of Commons.

Joe Hueglin
Advocatus Diaboli

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Ross Bateman

: I draw your attention to another editorial in the Simcoe Reformer that
you might find interesting enough to include in the Digest. It's today's,
Feb. 27, entitled "Divided We Fall". Thanks, Ross Bateman


Divided we fall
Perspective Monte Sonnenberg
Tuesday February 27, 2007
http://simcoereformer.ca/Editorial/290087.html

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Leo Chisholm

Subject: Stats & The Future

This video clip is about 6 mins in length. It presents some amazing statistics
(reliability of which has not been researched by me) .

I thought you might find it interesting.
http://www.scottmcleod.org/didyouknow.wmv

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Charles Tupper

Subject: Interesting...
http://www.breathingearth.net/

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John Halonen

Subject: SPP & Global Warming - Do not MIX

>From STEVEN CHASE
Friday's Globe and Mail
OTTAWA ­ "Canada and Mexico should accelerate efforts to import temporary Mexican energy workers to alleviate the skills shortage in Alberta and other provinces as oil sands development ramps up, top North American CEOs will recommend today."

From BILL CURRY
Friday's Globe and Mail
"Rather than absolute reductions, Suncor Energy spokesman John Rogers said, companies may be required to reduce the amount of annual carbon emissions by 2 per cent for each barrel of oil produced. Failing to do so would trigger a penalty of 25 cents a barrel, he said, citing conversations with federal officials."

Something to Ponder:
More Oil per SPP direction, and a .25 cent surcharge per barrel if carbon emissions are not met. Gosh, we certainly will be reducing Canada's carbon emissions based on these facts.

Canada signed the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 and committed to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions to 6 per cent below 1990 levels in 2008 to 2012. Emissions are now more than 30 per cent above that target.

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Robert Ede
To: Lgunter@shaw.ca
Subject: Great analogy - Carbon-credits and buying Indugences

The Suzuki Foundation could have chosen a smaller vehicle that used less fuel and produced fewer emissions, but, well, the holier-than-thou ecopreacher seems to like to travel in style. Dr. Suzuki's Sanctimony '07 tour is not even using biodiesel rather than regular diesel because, as Mr. Curan further admitted, that would void the engine's warranty.

Using a bigger-than-needed vehicle for comfort and eschewing environmental alternatives because of pragmatic concerns such as warranties: Why, the Suzuki-ites sound just like the consumers they like to deride for their lack of green consciences.

Like the Live Earth producers, the Suzuki tour has promised to buy carbon credits to cover its emission tracks. But buying credits is to reducing emissions what the medieval practice of buying indulgences was to absolving sins.

Whether rocking on stage, travelling the country or propagandizing to a bunch of school children, it is easier to preach green, then to be green
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/story.html?id=d07c5f6b-4e3f-4c66-a25a-3439e32bc63b

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Rene Moreau

re; Stratos, (in blue, last article, answering John Anderson, in black.

In military terms, I believe the ploy is called, muddying the waters. That way, in case anyone thinks they have a handle on what we're doing to the eco-sphere, the argument can be sliced and diced and stirred. It works great for corporate interests who are trying to put down opposition to their wishes, but what kind of human being wants to be tarred with the brush of corporate complicity?

Do the corporate 'think tanks' , C. D. Howe Institute, Fraser Institute, pay by the word?

Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)

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Bill Longworth

Subject: Have you read http://www.oshawaspeaks.ca/ today?

Have you checked the blog today. Think you'll like it..
Why not send it off to everyone in your mailbox.
The address is oshawaspeaks.ca

Bill Longworth,
Founder & Chair of VOTES (Vote to Eliminate Self Serving Politicians)
http://www.oshawaspeaks.ca/
Oshawa, Ontario

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KIRK MAKIN

>From Tuesday's Globe and Mail

A recent court ruling that gives small political parties $1.75 for each vote cast in their direction is ripe for exploitation by any mischief-maker or frat-house drinker who decides to run a fake party in the next federal election, a federal prosecutor warned yesterday.

Crown counsel Roslyn Levine urged an Ontario Court of Appeal judge to suspend the effect of the ruling until it can be appealed, because an election appears to be just around the corner.

Ms. Levine told Madam Justice Karen Weiler that any university student organization, golf club or pool hall can now declare itself to be a political party, run a single candidate and line up to collect "easy money" for each vote.

"One can only imagine that in a city like Kingston . . . a student union may decide it wants a bigger budget for beer," Ms. Levine said. "It can have 10,000 students vote for its Beer Party; $17,500 is not a bad take. I don't want to single out students, but it is open to abuse to any entity that wants to obtain public funds."

However, Peter Rosenthal, a lawyer who represents a coalition of small parties in the appeal, rejected Ms. Levine's argument as alarmist and futile. He said that the Supreme Court of Canada has already ruled firmly in favour of equal treatment for small political parties.

"If there is such irreparable harm to the public interest, why did it take the Attorney-General so long to apply for a stay?" Mr. Rosenthal asked. "They are valiantly trying to save legislation that the Supreme Court has said is undemocratic."

But Ms. Levine fought back, saying that once a fake political party spends its ill-gotten gains, it may very well be impossible for the government to recoup the money.

She said that a single, well-publicized incident involving a fraudulent political freeloader will "make a mockery" of the electoral process and do irreparable harm to the Chief Electoral Officer.

She said that the Chief Electoral Officer has been placed in a position where he has to probe the motivations and earnestness of new parties, and possibly deregister some of them he sees as insincere.

Ms. Levine also told Judge Weiler that Ontario Superior Court Judge Ted Matlow's ruling will likely apply to every region of Canada in the next election, because the federal Chief Electoral Officer has historically strived to ensure electoral "evenness" across the country.

"The spectre of having a decision by a single judge of Superior Court apply across the country without a fulsome analysis is not something that is in the public interest," she said.

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