Friday, October 19, 2007

Daily Digest October 19, 2007



ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Canary in a coalmine

HALIFAX NEWS - Mentorship muddle needs clarification

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - Rodney leaves Bill behind

        A new face

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Reversing the Canadian brain drain

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Time for courage on the Hill

        Jolly green giants

         Competing with the best

TORONTO STAR - High dollar hurts ability to compete

NATIONAL POST - Unreasonable accommodation

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - Natives' threat is retrogressive

WINDSOR STAR - Parliament
Getting back to business

SUDBURY STAR - A slow and painful defeat; Stephane Dion now faces months of being trounced by Harper

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Mr. Dion's choice

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Ominous signs remind of world 100 years ago

REGINA LEADER-POST - Time to end rights exemption

CALGARY HERALD - A pragmatic decision
Dion had no other realistic choice than to prevent an early election

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Broken-in government

        Tough Dion refuses Harper's double-dare 

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Give voice to our poor

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Give chronic crooks a choice: Clean up or stay locked up

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Forest-land fiasco betrays taxpayers
It's up to regional government to try to undo the damage caused by the Liberals' giveaway


PM's use of aboriginal front group may backfire

Six Nations protest at Brantford building site

Mission Afghanistan
It's dangerous, dusty and unpleasant. Dozens of Canadian soldiers have been killed there. Of course I had to go.

U.S. irked about Chinese attack helicopters with Canadian engines
Manufacturer says they were sold for use only in civilian craft

U.S. leaders apologize to Arar

U.S. won't probe Canadian film subsidies: USTR

B.C. to extend film tax incentives
British Columbia said on Friday it plans to extend its tax incentives for film makers, which have lured movie production work from the United States and angered Hollywood unions.

Pork farmers hog the public trough
This is one part of the agricultural industry that taxpayers should definitely not be subsidizing

Medicare gives competitive edge in world trade

Flaherty takes centre stage in pricing backlash

Putin makes fresh threat to deploy new weapons
Despite warning, Russian president professes hope for compromise with U.S. on missile shield

Who Restarted the Cold War?

By Patrick J. Buchanan
We moved NATO onto Russia's front porch, ignored her valid interests and concerns, and, with our "indispensable-nation" arrogance, treated her as a defeated power, as France treated Weimar Germany after Versailles.

Is she a modernizing, secular leader or a fiend for power?

Auto insurers win big in Supreme Court ruling

PM urged to make killing fetus a crime

Canada and the question of extraordinary rendition
Human rights experts say the cases of three Canadians detained in Syria raise the question of whether an 'opportunistic' form of rendition has already taken place,

Refugee tide slows
Florida ad campaign aims to discourage asylum seekers

'Them' and 'us' split spreading nationwide, federal officials warn

Election creates illusion of three-way power struggle

MacDonald lambastes deal naysayers

MacKay insists Ottawa is committed to offshore deal with Nova Scotia

Stelmach defends royalty system

Royalty policy could spur Stelmach to call early vote

Bank warns Alta. about raising energy royalties

What has Big Oil fed Albertans? Plenty of fear mongering! Here's the real story? The royalty review panel has done our province well

Faith-based plank not mine, Klees says

Tories split on Tory

N.S. Tory MP's riding to consider options after party orders new candidate

Throne speech clouds weather, other websites
While you're checking Environment Canada's weather website, you might want to have a look at the Conservative government's throne speech. If so, it's pretty easy, because right above the weather map, there's a dark blue hot link: Speech from the Throne — Strong Leadership. A Better Canada

Flaherty Says Canada Still `Looking at' Capital-Gains Tax Cut

Liberals care about power and success
Dion and his merry band will sit on their hands rather than risk losing an election

Progressives aim to de-throne Conservative agenda
Progressive groups across the country made clear their own opposition to the agenda of the Harper Conservatives.

Throne speech fails to mention city concerns: Miller
Mayor calls some aspects of Conservative government's plans "worrying"

Garneau candidacy buoys sagging Liberals

Crime bill focus of throne speech

Premier plans to stay away from Casey's riding

Stéphane Dion's week started badly and just kept getting worse
Chrétien's book, caucus anger and Quebec defections are making leader's life a misery

Tories recycle massive anti-crime bill
Most proposals were approved during last session

Fears of Harper majority waning, poll shows

Dion's learning curve

Harper's shrewd strategy
Stephen Harper may yet have found a way to honour Canada's commitment to Afghanistan

Voters disturbed by PM's letters,
Thornhill MP says

Dion now looks down the barrel

Tories stacking the courts with their political friends, opponents charge

Tories taking private constituent files for party database, says MP

Federal Tories cut off dissident MPs from private constituency case files

Liberals waiting for a miracle

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Canada adds new tax onto legally downloaded MP3 files
Retailers grapple with making consumers pay

Tories face critical task of finding new CRTC leaders

Gov't unveils anti-crime bill

Deciphering Harper's crime bill
53-page document contains hundred of Criminal Code amendments

Tories say harmonized tax good for productivity

PM's blueprint fails to captivate nation

Canada joins WTO fight to protect aircraft support

Pathways to Environmental Solutions

In the global energy debate over supply, demand and emissions trends, there are no easy solutions. Rather, the pathways to improvements require simultaneous actions and behavior changes on many fronts, argues Jorma Ollila, chairman of Royal Dutch Shell, in this first installment of a two-part series.
(Part I)

(Part II)

No formal withdrawal from Kyoto, even though targets unattainable: Baird

Spare us scaremongering, please

Canada deserves big thinking

Welcome to the modern day freak show

Prof. Panic and Mr. Control Freak face off in Commons

Old books, new governments

'Genocide' doesn't mean the world will leap into action

Needle exchange an unmitigated disaster
For those who live nearby, it's a daily horror that authorities ignore

Moderate Muslims, speak up


Dion se ravise et nomme Garneau comme candidat dans Westmount-Ville-Marie

La commissaire s'inquiète de l'efficacité de la liste noire

Les conservateurs comptent mener la vie dure aux criminels

Amnistie accuse Ottawa de bloquer un procès sur les détenus afghans



Scott Armstrong is in error

        Scott Armstrong is accurate in acknowledging "that if his executive continues to defy the party's national council, then it could be forced out under the party's       constitution"

        Whether I'm accurate or not he is absolutely wrong in saying "one option is to call for an open nomination meeting.. . . that would mean that any candidate could       present themselves for election by the membership of the Conservative riding in Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley. "

        Is or is not my understanding correct that only those approved by the CPC National Council can stand for nomination? 

        If not correct then anyone can stand and be nominated by the Riding membership as the Riding President says.

        If correct someone had best inform Scott Armstrong that the ways of doing things federally have changed, otherwise his Riding Association may
        continue to be at loggerheads with where the decision making power rests and end up forced out.

        Scott Armstrong, the president of the riding association, said Friday that he is uncertain how the executive will respond, but one option is to call
        for an open nomination meeting.

        He said that would mean that any candidate could present themselves for election by the membership of the Conservative riding in Cumberland-    Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley.

        Armstrong said he's confident that in that scenario, Casey would win the nomination.

        Armstrong, who is also the head of the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Association, acknowledges that if his executive continues to defy the       party's         national council, then it could be forced out under the party's constitution

The New Conservative Party's partisan slogan "Strong Leadership. A Better Canada" on Government web sites is an abuse of power. Or not?
The image “  

From: Ernest Raymond

YES: Michael Watkins, Vancouver-Kingsway

It is VERY interesting how two seemingly unrelated items - a current event and an electoral policy - are related at their core. - the "list members" (which Ron Thorton and I both detest) and the "imposed" candidate in Bill Casey's riding against the expressed wishes of the Conservative EDA...

If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck... as you say Mr. Watkins...

That's undemo-quack-tic  ;o)


P.S. I still think the ARBITRARY 10%, 5%, or whatever you pick Mr. Thorton is unjustifiable... even 1/304 of 15 Million Voters, for a federal seat, is still approximately 50,000 votes required to get ONE 'popular vote' VOICE in the HoC in a Federal Election. An ideologically based pan-Canadian flegeling party would have to run at least 100 candidates to realistically generate 50,000 votes, but a regionally based party , like the Toronto Party of Canda, could probably run a few less candidates to get the 50,000. NOT exactly an easy nor inexpensive proposition in any case. And you can see that people could coalese around geographic parties that they choose, the Toronto Party or Sudbury Party or Norhtern Ontario Party to give voice, at Queen's Park or the House of Commons, to the geographic region they feel best represented by, rather than ideological parties (Conservative, Liberal, NDP which are converging towards the centre more and more these days) that only pay lip-service to geographic interests.

P.P.S. Couldn't agree more "anne" with respect to Bill Casey being signed off as the Conservative candidate by "spoiled child, I'm not inviting you to my birthday party" Prime Minister Harper. Don't the member's wishes count for anything anymore, or are they just good for fundraisers and GOTV exercises on election day?

P.P.P.S I will definitely be reading the recommended article Rosie - thanks in advance.

P.P.P.P.S. Excellent point about the tyranny of the Majority with the proposed loosening of Federal fiscal controls Michael Watkins. Hopefully there will be an election called PRONTO and PM Harper will be ELIMINATED from the Socially Progressive, Fiscally Responsible, Peace Ensuring, and Innovative Canadian landscape before he even gets a chance to think about implementing such a country-debilitating piece of legislation.

From: John Kruithof
Subject: Reply to Ernest Raymond's DD entry Oct. 16


I think Ernest Raymond will agree that I had no way of knowing at the convention the insincerity of MacKay's undertaking not to merge with the Alliance.  MacKay had campaigned in my riding for the leadership on several occasions; I had met him under differing circumstances a few times, and had formed a favourable opinion of him, enough to consider him, well before the convention, as second choice to Orchard.

As to Ernest's question "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? " raises the interesting issue of how much an endorsement is worth.  Like everyone else, I met delegates at the convention, and was struck by their individualistic integrity, and their inclination towards making up their own minds.  Having said this, just as Chandler's choice benefited Prentice, undoubtedly Orchard's benefited MacKay.  After the deal was announced, Orchard seemingly left his delegates to their own devices.  I was most often approached by MacKay supporters, who said there was now no longer an impediment to my voting for MacKay, and that I'd be welcome.  Prentice supporters made similar pitches on behalf of their candidate.  It's ironic that a vote for either would eventually wind up in unification.

Ernest says: "I do not share your enthusiasm for the Harper Conservative government."  Fair enough.  In my original DD entry, I had only ventured to "supporting the Conservative Party's direction of coming to terms with the multi-faceted aspects of Canadian thinking."  Would anyone support the continuation of a scary Party as
portrayed by previous Eastern media bias, with Chandler's diatribes as principle?  To their credit, the Conservatives have shown their mainstream was never that.

John Kruithof
Ottawa South

From: "Rebecca Gingrich"

Subject:A mirror image of Canada?
Government finally admits: Immigration IS placing huge strain on Britain

Subject: Now this is a way to make your vote work!
Myanmar (Burma) embassies receiving "Panties for Peace"