Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Daily Digest October 16, 2007


A Strategic Counsel poll released late Monday
shows a fall election would likely result in another minority government.


CANWEST -
Throne speech pomp and ceremony centuries old
http://www.canada.com/story.html?id=587493bd-d1e3-432e-8d1c-22b182bc5103

Tories to get tough on crime, cut taxes
http://www.canada.com/globaltv/national/story.html?id=902fffd4-3a54-4db3-b610-02a6ee051171

Harper would curb spending in provincial areas
http://www.canada.com/globaltv/national/story.html?id=2b07bcb2-2c7b-4e43-b7e2-906fa01668c7

Tories vow to take on crime, terrorism
http://www.canada.com/globaltv/national/story.html?id=86925b37-c856-44b7-9fc4-f0d34c7f7f23

Complete text of speech
http://www.conservative.ca/EN/2888/


CNEWS
Tories pledge tax cuts, crime bill
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/10/16/4579920-sun.html
[] Tories say no way to meet Kyoto
[] Liberals in noisy disarray
[] Canada should stay in Afghanistan until 2011: throne speech
[] Sovereignty tops Harper's priority list
[] Full throne speech text
[] Northern leaders like that Harper has expanded view of Arctic sovereignty
[] Harper's new spending power plan is old story, say critics
[] Conservatives come of age and stop referring to themselves as 'new government'
[] Historic prime-time throne speech plays to an indifferent Senate audience
[] Honorary citizenship given to Aung San Suu Kyi


CBC
No 'poisoned pill' in throne speech: Ignatieff
Throne speech zeroes in on taxes, crime, extending Afghan mission

Tories promise tax cuts, sweeping crime bill; declare Kyoto dead
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071016/n1016233A.html


CP
Harper's puts sovereignty on priority list as Tories stoke nationalism
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071016/n1016213A.html

Kyoto is dead, but Tories say they'll clean up waterways
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071016/n1016229A.html

Canada should stay in Afghanistan until 2011: throne speech
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071016/n1016223A.html

Harper's new spending power plan is old story, say critics
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071016/n1016246A.html

Conservatives come of age and stop referring to themselves as 'new government'
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071016/n1016238A.html

Burmese prisoner of conscience to win honorary citizenship: throne speech
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071016/n1016214A.html

Northern leaders like that Harper has expanded view of Arctic sovereignty
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071016/n1016247A.html


CTV
Throne speech promises GST cut, Afghan vote
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071016/throne_speech_071016/20071016?hub=Canada
(Comments of readers follow the article)

Tory tax cuts may not satisfy business leaders
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071016/thronespeech_taxes_071016/20071016?hub=Canada

CTV News: David Akin on if the tax cuts are enough
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/HTMLTemplate?tf=/ctv/mar/video/new_player.html&cf=ctv/mar/ctv.cfg&hub=Canada&video_link_high=mms://ctvbroadcast.ctv.ca/video/2007/10/16/ctvvideologger3_192590043_1192586926_500kbps.wmv&video_link_low=mms://ctvbroadcast.ctv.ca/video/2007/10/16/ctvvideologger3_192590042_1192585523_218kbps.wmv&clip_start=00:06:00.56&clip_end=00:01:51.31&clip_caption=CTV%20News:%20David%20Akin%20on%20if%20the%20tax%20cuts%20are%20enough&clip_id=ctvnews.20071016.00217000-00217883-clip4&subhub=video&no_ads=&sortdate=20071016&slug=thronespeech_taxes_071016&archive=CTVNews

CTV News: Robert Fife explains who the speech was meant to appeal to 1:51
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/HTMLTemplate?tf=/ctv/mar/video/new_player.html&cf=ctv/mar/ctv.cfg&hub=Canada&video_link_high=mms://ctvbroadcast.ctv.ca/video/2007/10/16/ctvvideologger3_192590043_1192586926_500kbps.wmv&video_link_low=mms://ctvbroadcast.ctv.ca/video/2007/10/16/ctvvideologger3_192590042_1192585523_218kbps.wmv&clip_start=00:06:00.56&clip_end=00:01:51.31&clip_caption=CTV%20News:%20David%20Akin%20on%20if%20the%20tax%20cuts%20are%20enough&clip_id=ctvnews.20071016.00217000-00217883-clip4&subhub=video&no_ads=&sortdate=20071016&slug=thronespeech_taxes_071016&archive=CTVNews


GLOBE AND MAIL
Opposition hammers Throne Speech
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071016.wthronespeech1016/BNStory/National/home

INFOS

Sondage : les conservateurs en tête
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071016/CPACTUALITES/71016070/1025/CPACTUALITES

Une longue nuit de réflexion
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2007/10/16/007-discours-trone-opposition.shtml

Les cinq priorités du gouvernement
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2007/10/16/006-Discours-Trone-Harper.shtml

Dion n'annoncera pas ce soir s'il appuie ou non le discours du Trône
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071016/N101640U.html

Ottawa veut faire d'Aung San Suu Kyi une «citoyenne d'honneur»
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071016/CPACTUALITES/71016205/1025/CPACTUALITES

Le NPD votera contre le discours du Trône
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071016/CPACTUALITES/71016161/1025/CPACTUALITES

Le gouvernement promet des baisses d'impôt et annonce la fin de Kyoto
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071016/N1016249U.html

Les libéraux hésitent toujours après avoir entendu le discours du Trône
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071016/N1016251U.html

Voici les points saillants du 2e discours du Trône des conservateurs
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071016/N1016206U.html


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Machining the message
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=71644&sc=80

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - Take Bill back, PM
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/966218.html

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Returning veterans deserve help
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=7e86cc28-ec29-4026-b2b6-1195fbd8deb7

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Futile justice for Darfur
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=220abd6b-b303-4938-8a8f-df2bf6f14541

TORONTO STAR - PM's own media centre
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/267065

        Lack of progress on environment
         http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/267066

WINDSOR STAR - Afghan mission
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=d096625d-2377-43fe-8400-37812658b42e

SUDBURY STAR - Tory lost, but he ran with integrity
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=735411

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Harper shows power politics come at price
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=369bbc69-86cd-4b3f-ab9f-2ffe7259a499

CALGARY HERALD - Kids still need facts about sex
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=d6b7069b-05e9-49a8-abff-95f7a80e0c6c

VANCOUVER SUN - Opposition is in no position to topple the Tories over throne speech 
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=97046264-a8d2-4e45-9e48-d624937dc24a

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Manley's return is welcome
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=e3cda0e3-4ffd-4b8e-a806-82d26267a100


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
Angry native leaders threaten blockades
Beefs about treaty prompt warnings about highways, ferries and Games
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=afa81784-e663-47c5-86cb-1adf079fe8b2


CANUSA/USACAN
Officials say new protocols will mitigate any potato wart issue in PEI.
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071016/n101686A.html

Canada seen outperforming U.S.
Upbeat forecast from cibc world. Loonie flies briefly above $1.03 U.S. amid more evidence of solid domestic strength
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/business/story.html?id=a54bf633-f6fe-414c-9b3d-e6349d106e14


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Sharing UN power with the people is a timely idea, but won't happen easily
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=fd9e2e32-f51b-47f5-a795-a03903503773


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Death rekindles taser debate
http://www.canada.com/globaltv/national/story.html?id=902fffd4-3a54-4db3-b610-02a6ee051171 #


MIGRATION
Take a tip from U.K. on refugee approval
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=e7cc71f0-67f0-497a-a97d-3d42dca6ea0e


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
NDP, Sask. Party fight over same election turf
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=f5e5a6fe-bb90-4e8e-992f-d9dd76a149e4

Party similarities optical illusion
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=28c96c32-78e7-4abe-b6e8-8a3bba86e165

Promises pile up in Sask. election campaign
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/10/16/4581178-cp.html


POLITICS
'New' government becomes old news for Tories
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/10/16/new-government.html

Dion names senator as Quebec lieutenant; 2 MPs refuse job
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/10/16/proulx-out.html

Liberals atomizing in noisy disarray as Dion prepares for special caucus
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071016/n1016244A.html

Afghanistan issue won't be solved by panel: Rae
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071014/manley_panel_071014/20071014?hub=QPeriod

Former federal candidate implicated in advertising scandal
http://www.gfwadvertiser.ca/index.cfm?sid=71416&sc=291

Playing politics, shrewdly
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/966303.html

Economic issues may trigger election
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=55237d88-f54b-4046-a3e2-ff81a3f22f33

Dion should dodge phony showdown
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/267070

Up to Stephane Dion to give Harper a 'mandate to govern' says Layton
http://www.ndp.ca/page/5787


PROGRAMMES
Clever ploy to extend the war
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/267071


PRESSURE POINTS
Nothing noble about this Nobel
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/966223.html

Canadian oil facilities an 'ideologically attractive' target: federal report
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071016/n1016150A.html


OPINION AND INFORMATION
What's more powerful than truth? Rumour.
Gossip is central to decision-making: study
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=7472e7f8-dbbc-4763-8019-551c00634e40

Not for glory but for principle
The notion that doing one's duty deserves no special praise has fallen out of favour
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=90969c80-78f7-4afe-8fa1-e18b43c4ee9d

While francophones get richer, anglophones get poorer
New study by a Franco-American challenges some old myths about Quebec
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=d93339c8-fc8d-4faa-9593-b505a13802ec

Ontario, Alberta out of 'proportion'
Governing parties aren't interested in reforming skewed systems that prop them up
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=7f30c323-bdbc-466c-b61f-32eddb227bf8

Curiosity about drugs shouldn't be a crime
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=ae3a671d-c39a-4ea5-83fe-c65c14b4a42f

Smiling's nice, but fear gets attention
Study shows brain recognizes horror before happiness
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/life/story.html?id=d2e03e57-c155-4e99-a8a5-5b55422a7ce1

Historic prime-time throne speech plays to an indifferent Senate audience
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071016/n1016236A.html

Dion Needs to Play Fabius Maximus to Harper's Hannibal
http://www.jameslaxer.com/2007/10/dion-needs-to-play-fabius-maximus-to.html

NIST Admits Total Collapse Of Twin Towers Unexplainable
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/october2007/161007_nist_admits.htm


INFOS

Parti libéral du Canada
Deux autres départs
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2007/10/16/005-Parti_liberal_du_Canada.shtml

Un accueil réservé à Québec
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2007/10/16/008-discours-reax-quebec.shtml

Céline Hervieux-Payette devient le lieutenant de Dion au Québec
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071016/N1016253U.html

Les conservateurs fédéraux ignorent les dirigeants locaux en Nouvelle-Ecosse
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071016/N1016195U.html

Pauvreté et logement: Harper s'en lave les mains, selon le FRAPRU
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071016/N1016243U.html


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From: Ernest Raymond

Dear Joe,
 
Wrt your Hypothetical Question - If the offer came from PM Harper I would turn him down as I have ZERO respect for the man. If, however, the offer came from the Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Riding Association I would humbly accept their request and work like the dickens to represent THEIR concerns to Ottawa in the example and tradition of MP Bill Casey.
 
Dear John Kruithof,
 
The fact that you were "certainly not interested in joining forces with the Alliance" as a David Orchard delegate is what made you so succeptible to Mr. MacKay's false promise at the deathknell PC Leadership convention of 2003. Left to your own devices (i.e. no endorsement by David Orchard) what would you and the other D.O. delegates have done in your opinion?
 
Vote MacKay, Abstain, or vote Prentice?
 
I arrived at the convention centre, as a Prentice delegate, just as the introductory speeches were beginning. I saw Craig Chandler direct his few delegates to Jim Prentice, but am unaware of the speech that you referred to by Craig Chandler the previous night. I DO know that the Craig Chandler endorsement was seen as more of a liability than a help to the Jim Prentice's leadership bid, but it did have a material effect as Jim Prentice only beat Scott Brison by 3 votes on the 2nd last ballot.
 
Jim Prentice clearly, and finally, distanced himself from Craig Chandler when he, Jim Prentice, after much input and deliberation voted to SUPPORT same-sex marriage.
 
I do not share your enthusiasm for the Harper Coservative government, Mr. Kruithof, having witnessed the fact that HE only pays LIP-SERVICE to the "multi-faceted aspects of Canadian thinking" of which you speak.
 
And, from all reports from inside the Conservative Caucus, it is ONLY HARPER'S opinion that carries any weight in the actions of the governing of the people of Canada.
 
Sincerely,
Ernest

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From Michael Watkins, Vancouver-Kingsway

Its interesting how two seemingly unrelated items - a current event
and an electoral policy - are related at their core.

Thomas Beeston writes about his problems with the proposed MMP
electoral reform referendum question that was soundly defeated in
Ontario:

> As far as I am concerned, "List candidates" is absolute trash.
> [Candidates] that are chosen by whom?,  I still do not know

The notion of a party leader or backroom hacks picking candidates to
"represent" us feels unseemly and thus many find the notion
unappealing.

Yet that situation is exactly what we have today, for all intents
and purposes.

In current events, the riding association supporting MP Bill Casey
reminds us that its really the Party Leader, not the people, who get
to choose their representative.

Thus the notion of "list candidates" isn't much different than the
status quo, except that the status quo offers at least the pretense
of being more democratic. On the surface.

Ultimately a "list candidate" isn't much different than the latest
red or blue "star candidate" foisted upon an electoral district
association. It just seems so.

Whether its floor-crossers like David Emerson, Belinda Stronach,
Garth Turner, Wajid Khan, or constituency boosters like Bill Casey,
the bottom line is the people who nominate and elect our MP's have
zero control over the outcome; the party leader has all the control.

That's not democratic

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From: "John Halonen"

North American Union
  
             
The past few years have seen Canada reach beyond our American neighbours, to a point where we will soon be the richer of the two.  The concept of a North American Union was formalized in Canada and the original thoughts of bringing Canadians to an equal economic footing with our southern neighbours no longer hold true.
 
              We only need our politicians to realize the reality of todays` world and squash both the NAU or SPP.  The world is our marketplace and we and our Politicians must not look at ourselves as the 51st State.
 
John Halonen
Oshawa, Ont.

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From: Ron Thornton

Hi Joe:

Well, to answer your hypothetical question, yes I would if there was no one else running and the local association was geared up and ready to go, with volunteers and a proper war chest.  However, if the local association indicates in a fashion that would convince me that Bill Casey is their guy, then I would hope the leader accedes to the desire of the locals.  I always prefer a man of the people than a man of the party.  By their actions, the Liberals and NDP don't agree with me on that, but the Conservatives should.

Harper's selection of Manley for his little committee was brilliant. 
Not so brilliant was Manley's acceptance.

In regards to Ernest Raymond, I simply reject the notion of proportional representation as long as we must vote for names from a party list without having the ability to chose who is on that list and where. 
People represent people, while political parties only represent themselves.  A system that gives the final say to the voters are large to determine who, as individuals, are elected to a legislative body is always better, even if it is first past the post.  However, to open the door to also include party leaders a seat is something that does have merit.  Ernest and I simply disagree on the threshold necessary to ensure such a party leader gets a seat after failing to earn one through the process of being elected by a constituency vote.  Awarding an additional single seat to to the party leaders (they would not even run for a constituency seat) whose party achieves such a threshold might be worthy of discussion.  If we used 5% as the cutoff point in Ontario, the leaders of the Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, NDP, and Frank de Jong of the Green Party would have won a seat for their party in the legislature. I could live with that.

Using the 5% cutoff, and without upsetting the apple cart while at the same time giving a voice in the legislature to such parties, Alberta Alliance leader Randy Thorsteinson would have picked up a seat in 2004, BC Green leader Adriane Carr would have claimed a place in 2005, New Brunswick's Allison Brewer would have claimed a seat in 2006 for the NDP, and David Karwacki would have given the Liberals a presence in Saskatchewan in 2003.  Again, it provides a voice for those parties that have worked hard enough to deserve one. One percent of the vote, in my opinion, does not.
I must admit, I do enjoy discussing political system reform, so I thank Ernest for bringing up the subject and prompting an interesting debate on the subject.

Ron.

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From: "anne"

Subject: Bill Casey

Mr. Casey should be welcomed back to the caucus.  For the Federal party to continue acting in what appears to be a "spoiled child, I'm not inviting you to my birthday party" attitude is offensive to our province.

We have voted PC many time over the years but that is very likely not going to happen in the next Federal election.  Whilst our two (2) votes won't make a difference to your party, do understand that what was done to Mr. Casey with the subsequent actions on the Accord will have been duly noted all across the country.  Many politicians will wonder if they could be next if they dare to disagree!!

Anne V.

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From: "Rosalie Piccioni" <rosypic@telus.net>

Subject: Re.  D.D. October 15, 2007

Joe,  
 
    Re:  "HIAS KUENTZEL: HITLER'S LEGACY: ISLAMIC
ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE MIDDLE EAST- THE IMPACT OF THE MUSLIM
BROTHERHOOD
By  • Matthias Kuentzel " 
 
which appeared in the DD of October 15th, 2007.
 
    I hope that many of your readers read that article, and that
 
they will pass it on:  i.e.  not because of warmongering, but
 
because they looked at and received insight into the world
 
situation.  The reality of the information in the article is
 
relevant to countries not mentioned, including Canada.  We
 
cannot any longer deny what is happening in the rest of the
 
world.  When signs of  war appeared in the late 1930's, overwhelmingly
 
signalling atrocities that would soon encompass North America as well as
 
Europe and Russia, our government chose to keep a blind eye to
 
what was happening.  The rest is history.
 
    As I read another article in the Cdn.D.D. of the same date,

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Mr. Manley goes to war
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4057856p-4662345c.html ,
I detected the subtle inference that the Canadian population is
 
still questioning our role in Afghanistan. 
 
    There have been so many references in the media as to what is going on,
 
war-like events of bombings, threats of violence of all kinds, kidnappings and
 
killings, and so on.  Yet, it appears that people cannot understand that there
 
is a streak of violence permeating the world.  As I see it, what the government
 
is doing now says, "We want to be ready" and "We must help where possible
 
to strengthen areas against the danger."  As the Israelis say, "Never again!"
 
How long will it take, how many atrocities will it take to make people
 
realize that this is not at all about Canadian politics, but about a terrible
 
destructiveness towards what we all want - peace and the right to live in it.
 
    These are my views on what I am reading and am praying over.  As I
 
learn of other world events, I am grateful that Canada has been established
 
with so many natural resources, resources that put us in a strategic position
 
in the world.  We have all heard of "balance of power."  We can be self-reliant,
 
as well as give and take.  We are indeed blessed that we have those choices,
 
and a government that takes notice.
 

Rosie

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From: Michael Watkins

Subject: Re: Pre-Budget Quickie

The government says it plans to introduce legislation to permanently
restrict federal spending power in areas of provincial jurisdiction.
Absent of details, lets just muse:

If said legislation had been in place in 1966, would the Medical
Care Act have been put before the House and passed as law? Would the
1984 Canada Health Act ever have been devised and implemented?

Would the BNA act of 1940 have created a national unemployment
insurance program?

This is a serious question to ask of a party whose brain trust
envisions reducing the limits of the Federal government to some
bizarrely (or opportunistically) strict and out of context
interpretation of the 1867 British North America Act.

Canada is a country of people who mostly share a common sense of
identity borne of fairness and of generosity to one and all in the
dominion.

Federal spending power is one of the principal tools available to
the federation to ensure that all people in all areas of the country
will benefit from that shared spirit even when, from time to time,
governments at other levels do not act in a manner Canadians would
like to see.

Whether or not that power is always used wisely is another matter
and a problem from time to time; but permanently tying the hands of
the federal government by weakening the power of the purse is not
the cure.

Put more simply, permanently tying the hands of the federal
government will more or less assure that no significant, certainly
no even mildly controversial, program is ever proposed nationally
again. Who will willingly take on the provinces when it becomes
necessary, if stripped of such a key tool?

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