Monday, October 22, 2007

Daily Digest October 22, 2007



CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Dion between a throne and a hard place print this article
Harper and other party leaders have been making life rough for the beleaguered Liberal chief.

CAPE BRETON POST - Loyalty is all

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Wait times must be reduced

         Baby-abuse sentence was a slap

OTTAWA CITIZEN - How to help Afghanistan

         Solidarity isn't forever

         Downloading taxation 

TORONTO STAR - Poverty reduction needs firm goals

NATIONAL POST - The truth about the Templars

TORONTO SUN - Tories get tough on crime

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - White House apology absent

K-W RECORD - The price is not quite right

WINDSOR STAR - Health care
A lesson from the front lines

SUDBURY STAR - The big labour experiment

         Leaders face troubled waters; Tory and Hampton won't be easily replaced, but they now have baggage

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Danger stewing

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Harmonizing taxes boosts productivity

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Savvy shoppers will help drive prices down

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN - Tories play coy with lust for power

VANCOUVER SUN - Canada can assume a leadership role in deciding how to tackle global warming

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Let's make sure we don't kill this fat Canadian goose


Hired gunmen protect VIPs in Afghanistan

Soldiers agree Afghanistan needs Canada past 2009, debate what mission can do

Forces fight dwindling numbers as troops quit
Ranks take a beating as 12% of soldiers leave every year, up from 8%

AFGHANISTAN: Battling the Taliban With Soviet-Era Weapons

AFGHANISTAN: To Mourn or Celebrate - Afghans' Dilemma

Canada 6th in military spending

Hillier arrives in Kandahar for surprise visit

Credit-takers mute when it comes to Afghanistan

Afghan coalition an unequal burden
Sharing load tough when `every country wants to feel its troops are doing a noble thing'

U.S. "will listen" to concerns over passenger lists for flights going south

U.S. lumber lobby group adds Nova Scotia to its list of complaints

Feds outsource Mexican truck safety
Trilateral trade association becomes chief inspector

Canadian ships play 'opposing force' in U.S. exercise

Consumer complaints key to price cuts: Flaherty

Deep rifts in largest trade unions causing labour pains across the country

Dodge sounds alarm on dollar's surge space

Dollar down after Dodge questions its climb

Harper's chance to showcase a new foreign-aid plan

UN pushes for support for peacekeeping force

Canadian docs perfecting heart valve surgery

Justice hamstrung by legal manoeuvres

Judge denies bail to accused in terror case

Time for a new approach to immigrants
Bringing more people into Canada won't solve our economic problems

Momentum builds to clear economic barriers between provinces arrow

The government's risky push for 'green power'

Tories likely to pass second throne speech test, as Liberals shy away from election

Crime bill being used as wedge, opposition says

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Duceppe wants Ottawa to recognize French as Quebec's official language

Operations suspended for local Tories

Harper's religious holiday outreach overlooks Muslim households: Islamic groups

Government's mega crime bill flouts Parliament, say critics
But government says it wants omnibus bill to get swift approval in both Houses.

Rodriguez, Coderre don't 'want to become captain of the Titanic'
Conservative MP Jason Kenney says Denis Coderre and Pablo Rodriguez are too smart to take over daunting Quebec lieutenant's job.

Expelled MP Casey says he mixed up budget vote, but glad he did
Independent MP Bill Casey says when he voted against his government's budget last June, he thought it was third reading.

Tory riding executive suspended in Nova Scotia

Head office steps in
Conservatives shunt officials aside in Casey's riding, will pick party's next candidate

Harper right not to take Casey back print this article
MP violated standard parliamentary protocol by voting against his party's budget

PM Harper's Tories want an election, can't pull the trigger
Tories are considering attack ads based on Jean Chrétien's book.

PCO killed 'Shoe Store Project' last fall due to cost, access concerns, says PCO
After the Prime Minister's surprise visit to the press theatre on Oct. 3, some speculated that Stephen Harper was trying to charm the press gallery in advance of a potential fall election

Harper, Tories riding high
Moderate throne speech was well received, polls are improving and the Liberals are in disarray

Dion has tricky week ahead to avoid election
Buoyed by stronger poll numbers, Conservatives schedule debates and votes to manipulate weaknesses in Liberal party

A Prime Minister at the top of his imperious game

Faithful of old PC party sue Toronto law firm arrow

Clash of the titans

Political power is the name of the game

Liberals will have a struggle with PM's decentralizing ways
Dion is portrayed as a centralizer, but he has shown flexibility in the past

'The election of Stephen Harper changed my life'   In the first of an occasional series, Kate Jaimet chats with the Green party leader to find out why she entered politics, how she learned to bake bread and, of course, the challenges of working with the Harper Tories.

Harper vs. Local Democracy: Lessons for Electoral Reform

Dion names former rival's supporter to top Liberal post

PM's shrug reminiscent of Trudeau

Government tables new security certificate legislation
Bill will allow special advocate to act on behalf of detainees

Canada to appoint advocates for terrorism suspects

Prison panel would curb early release after two-thirds time served: sources

Canada's drug bill could be cut if doctors knew prices: federal report

Conservatives tightening tap on flow of information, figures show space

Arar fallout shows anti-terror laws unjust, activists say arrow

Who speaks for the environment? Who will fight climate change?

Hardly 'junk' science: Royal Society examines climate change

Coal poses 'greatest challenge' to climate

Who is this man, and why is he always right?

Prime Minister Harper, "Deceivin' Stephen.", doesn't fool me: Duff Conacher, Coordinator Democracy Watch

Scientists a step closer to steering hurricanes

A devastating critique of Harper's imperious style

Speech from the Throne or run for home? A very tough call

It's loony at the top

An opposition vote at UN

Addicted To Government In an ongoing series, National Post writers are being asked a simple question: If you had the power to change a single thing about Canada, what would it be? In today's instalment, Lorne Gunter argues that Canadians' faith in government is misplaced.

Harper's crime of deceit
Ralph Goodale, National Post

The legend of Bill Casey grows


Meilleure défense pour les accusés

Fêtes religieuses - Harper omet de faire parvenir ses voeux aux musulmans

Répression de la criminalité - Un comité fédéral veut la fin des libérations automatiques aux deux tiers de la peine

La survie du gouvernement soulage bien des députés

Des pensions beaucoup plus généreuses que dans le privé

Langue officielle: le Bloc demande la reconnaissance d'Ottawa

Le général Hillier se rend en Afghanistan

Louise Arbour blâme le Canada pour son vote contre les droits des autochtones


From: John Kruithof

Thanks for articulating what is on a lot of people's mind.  I suppose everyone will come up with their own answer.  Mine is that Harper strikes me as a modern enough man to realize he must conform to what is broadly palatable to Canadian sensibility, or be turfed out politically.  Our task as citizens is to promote a cohesive culture based on philosophical principles worthy of support.  That involves rejecting prejudices ingrained in numerous obsolete practices and replacing them with enlightened thinking.

From: "Suan H.Booiman"
Subject: secrecy

Joe Hueglin agrees. How about you?
Am one of those that does disagree. To day we live in a society that has no limit. For us in Canada
we have the weakest security, we hand out after 3 years a 87 dollar five year insurance policy
without knowing who those people really are.
We learned from England arresting a man in a woman's Islam outfit.
More people show up here and there and we have no clue who they are, nor does the
government know where they live. If you have a clean life what is the secret, especially the
persons past.
Am not talking about finance or business as such, even though today businesses are not
always what it seems to be. Even within politics, remember the ADSCAM, just to name one.
Disclosure of information among secured sources is a necessity.

From: Mark-Alan Whittle
Subject: Qur'an Quotes

Hi there Joe,

I find it very interesting that of the twenty five variations of one work contained in the Holy Qur'an not one of them mentions beating the wife as a punishment for disobedience, not one. Perhaps Muslim men preferred their own wrong interpretation so they could abuse their spouses and say they can because of their interpretation of the book. To them I say it's snake-eyes once again.


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From: "Efstratios Psarianos"

Mystery solved: Why the car companies are gouging us

"Marcel Boyer is vice-president and chief economist at the Montreal Economic Institute and teaches economics at the Universit de Montr al. Ian Irvine teaches economics at Concordia University."
Well said, Uncle Marcel (he really IS my uncle. Fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute, too). Now, with him there, my plan is coming to fruition ... my takeover of the Bilderbergers. Muaaaah-hah-hah-hah ... then I will the new god to all Canadians. Muaaaah-hah-hah-hah ...

From: Gordon Marcott
Subject: RE: N.S. Tory riding executive suspended for defiance

Why would anyone vote fro a party like this?
You are finished in the next election. You need a leader who cares about the whole country and not just Alberta.
Gordon Marcott

From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject: RE: N.S. Tory riding executive suspended for defiance

This reminds me of Mannings statement when we did not agree with his
destruction of Reform--"Mark them well and leave them behind"!!!

From: Peggy Merritt
Subject: Re: N.S. Tory riding executive suspended for defiance

Hi Joe:  Everyone should play by the rules and Bill Casey who
certainly knew the rules, did not!He alone is responsible for the
mess that the riding association is experiencing. Why do all these
so called experts think that there is any question about the way the
Conservative Party executive is handling this problem?  Peggy

From: Michael Watkins
Subject: Re: N.S. Tory riding executive suspended for defiance.

CPC President Don Plett says that the Cumberland Colchester
Musquodoboit Valley (Nova Scotia) EDA's board has failed.

As I read various quotes from Plett, in hand with the CPC
constitution, the board and EDA's primary responsibility is to
nominate, support, and get elected a candidate.

According to that definition of success, it would seem that the
board has been entirely successful, and would be again if they were
allowed to pursue their mandate as a board, which would no doubt
result in the re-election of their current member/candidate, Bill

Instead Plett and his National Council hench-persons have decided to
overturn the will of the EDA membership, strip the board of all but
title, and put in place a hand-picked management committee that will
act as the board and do as they are told, despite the wishes of the
EDA's membership.

This is from a party which claims to stand up for democracy. A party
that can't get local EDA democracy right can't pretend to understand
what democracy really means for a country of 33 million plus people.

While its no surprise to party watchers that neither Plett nor
Harper have any time for real democracy, the members of the EDA,
like most members of most EDA's, no doubt had a reasonable
expectation that their voices are what matter most in the affairs of
their EDA which include the selection of a candidate.

With that fantasy having now been shattered by Stephen "all voices
must be silent but my own" Harper, aided and abetted by his
sycophantic National Council and silent MPs, perhaps there may yet
be a positive consequence: an awakening of party members to the
undemocratic path that the party, and country, are travelling upon.