Saturday, November 10, 2007

Daily Digest November 10, 2007



NDP calls for full inquiry into Mulroney affair

Mulroney casts long shadow in Harper circle

Cosy relationship between Harper, Mulroney hits the skids

Harper orders Mulroney probe:A week after rejecting calls for a public inquiry,
the Prime Minister appoints a neutral party to investigate $300,000 in cash payments and distances himself from his political mentor

Schreiber sent letters to PM seven months ago
German-Canadian businessman's package sent to Harper's office detailed meetings with Mulroney

An affidavit, a story and the PM's volte-face

Brian Mulroney: The payments and the taxman

Harper orders Mulroney review to `protect' office

For Canadians, a decade late is better than never
Politics is as much about interests as friends. Yesterday, Stephen Harper's interests trumped his friendship with Brian Mulroney.

Schreiber seeks public inquiry

Harper keeps his distance

Review Called Into Mulroney Allegations


CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Offering our thanks to our soldiers

CAPE BRETON POST - War a backdrop to remembrance


MONTREAL GAZETTE - Battling inflation remains key goal

OTTAWA CITIZEN - The dark side of a high dollar

        The duty to imagine

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER - Let's not forget our Regiment

TORONTO STAR - Dion's ambitious poverty strategy

        Nix Senate referendum

NATIONAL POST - A time to remember

        Hands off the Bank

        Harper to cities: 'Grow up'

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - The reasons we remember &

LONDON FREE PRESS - Let's keep politics separate

K-W RECORD - All our veterans deserve thanks

        The line on clothes

WINDSOR STAR - The legacy
Heroism and courage

SUDBURY STAR - Soldiers' stories a privilege to tell - Editorial (add your voice)
         Freedom still demands a high price

         Religion and McGuinty; Will Liberals address the obvious unfairness in funding Catholic education?

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Remember them all

         Awkward inquiry

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Peace bought at heavy price around world


CALGARY HERALD - Fundamental flaws in the Act
One-size-fits-all youth justice act cannot address horrific crimes

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Fight crime before it's committed

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN - Lest we forget . . .

VANCOUVER SUN - The stories of war are still being written in the blood of Canadians

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Have your say on Afghan mission
Valid arguments both for and against Canada's military role in war-torn country


UK's new Afghanistan plan: pay farmers to ditch opium,,2208736,00.html

Judges question U.S. logic in Arar hearing

Soaring loonie hits business hard

Diabetes: A silent killer

Health Link Q&A

Canada's bogus welcome to talented immigrants
We're misleading too many skilled newcomers by luring them here and then denying them work in their field

Federal Tories lead in poll

Quebec support brings Harper closer to majority government

Dion reveals party's `bold goal'

PMO control has Tories chafing

Committee to find Conservative candidate for Casey's riding

Missing: Liberal program

In Quebec, the federalist vote may hang on Dion's shoulders

Climate change by Jupiter
The alignment of the planets, and especially that of Jupiter and Saturn, control the climate on Earth.

North Star yes, Toronto Star no

Abolition won't be easy
Leaders agree Senate change is overdue, but in reality, it's next to impossible

The old girl's up on the hoist

Premiers inflate their monetary expertise

The real odds: Tories implode, Dion next PM

Do good and keep quiet about it

Killing without regret

Harper is lucky he doesn't have to shoulder the burdens of King
Two premiers, most francophones and Montreal's mayor opposed WWII

Assessing Afghanistan -A History

Symbol of loss has been sullied 
The Mission: Halfway To Nowhere? 
The other faces of war 
Kabul as it's meant to be 
State of the Afghan Nation: Economy 
State of the Afghan Nation: Education 
State of the Afghan nation: Government 
State Of The Afghan Nation: Opium 
State of the Afghan Nation: Security  

A Tradition Of Duty - From Vimy To Kandahar 
The Afghanistan war is just 
Remembering a great war for democracy 
Remembrance is nothing without action 
The ageing face of sacrifice  

La FTQ inquiète

Affaire Mulroney-Schreiber
Harper veut un avis indépendant

Stéphane Dion promet de réduire le nombre de Canadiens dans la misère

Le partage du souvenir de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale devient plus pressant

Sondage: les conservateurs au plus haut

Cinq familles endeuillées se rendent en Afghanistan


From: "Dr. James Carson"
Subject: RE: Legacies?

 I fail to see why the brain trust of the Progressive Canadian Party, or Canadian Progressive Party cares in the slightest how the party apparatchiks of the CPC operate their candidates. Or their former MPs. The PCP or CPP (whatever) could and should have been able to get both Turner and Casey to join your caucus. Why spend time in your forum discussing these latest? james carson,  vancouver centre


On December 7, 2003 on a Sunday Chief Electoral Officer Kingsley accepted Stephen Harper and Peter MacKay bringing two political parties to an end.

The continuing P.C. Party would have no purpose were the directions of the new Conservative Party of Canada those that were the bases of the Liberal-Conservative Party of Macdonald and Cartier and which continued to be throughout nearly a century and a half: a Canada independent of the United States of America; a Canada in which the government of all Canadians was paramount in relationship to those of the parts.

The present government mirrors the actions of the current administration of the United States. It has and is acting to fulfill the aims of pressure groups within the U.S. of A.

The current Prime Minister's federalism is the antithesis of one in which the central government is paramount. All jurisdictional powers possible (including provinces representing their interests in international relations) would flow to the parts and the central government would be explicitly limited in its ability to act on a nation wide basis.

There are those who supported the Progressive Conservative Party who are as yet unaware the party they support against the traditional opponent the Liberals has changed. The Progressive Canadian Party exists to offer them a positive alternative.

Why an interest in the workings of the CPC? To present to those who got on board the ship that sailed on December 7th four years ago the manner in which
power flows from the PMO downward.

I would have expected those coming out of the Reform legacy would be rebelling against the control over riding organizations and their selection of candidates. For whatever reasons they accept not only the selection of those who may stand in nomination by their party hierarchy but now the unseating of nominated candidates as well.

" Why spend time in your forum discussing these latest? " to remind those of both legacies of what has been lost. Both had institutions that  were from the ridings upward that no longer exist in practice.

The Progressive Canadian Party is insurance against the day there is an implosion.  Should the nature of the Conservative Party change from within there will be no need for insurance against the future. As matters stand however RALPH SURETTE is accurate in writing the paragraph that follows.

For those increasingly uncomfortable, when discontent develops to the point they can no longer stay on the ship, there is an alternative available an e-mail away.


The real odds: Tories implode. . .

The real hazards, however, might be internal. The instances of high-handed, autocratic manipulations practised by the prime minister seem to be accelerating, and at the same time wearing thinner. After two years, things start to stick, and it seems to me that any of a bunch of things could suddenly blow, the way they tend to do in politics – the resurgent Mulroney affair, the sudden cuddling-up to the death penalty, and the dumping of three Tory candidates for their less-than-absolute obedience to the party line being only three current examples.


From: "Merle A. Jacobs." <>
Subject: Fw: McLaughlin College Lecture:  Joe Clark, November 15 at 5:00pm

Hi  Joe:
Joe Clark is coming to York U ( is he now speaking out on issues?)  - see attached.

The Rt. Hon.
Joe Clark
Former Prime Minister of Canada
"Restoring a broadly-based Canadian foreign policy"
Thursday, November 15, 2007
5:00 pm
McLaughlin College Junior Common

From: "Jean  Pycock"

Subject: Re: Legacies?

Local nomination of candidates is important to democracy in my opinion.  Jean Pycock-

From: Rene & Tish Moreau

Subject: Emailing: g&mletteravi

To all that it may concern;and Letters to the editor;Globe and Mail

re; Think twice before imitating the Irish Miracle. By Avi Lewis, A23, November 8, 2007

Here in Canada, we have the Fraser Institute, and the president of the Canadian Medical Association, Brian Day to advocate for the idea of removing of government control of healthcare and the advisability of turning it over to the corporate world. Remember Enron, World-Com, Monsanto, etc., etc? Or Wendy Mesley's exposure of how corporate entities stand to make big bucks from cancer and so are probably not too interested in a cure?

In Britain, the Fraser Institute has equivalents that can work for the same cause. These are the Adam Smith Institute, Reform, Civitas and the Institute for Economic Affairs. Imagine the pressure these groups can put on government and the media there to privatize medicare, or two tier it. (One for the rich and one for the others)

In Canada, the Fraser Institute can even claim 'charitable status' with Revenue Canada, charities division, now called the Charities Directorate. (1-800- 267-2384) This means that interested corporate entities can further their goals by giving to the Fraser and 'writing it off', as a charity!

Neat trick eh?

Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)

From: John Kruithof
Subject: Re: Mulroney

Michael Watkins' points on Harper's semantics are well taken.  There are at least two elements at play here.  One is what Harper reveals, or covers up, by his carefully crafted words.  The other is that actions speak louder than words.  Does Harper's act of investigating Mulroney signify an attempt at arriving at historical truths, or is it a not so subtle reminder that the bygone era of Progressive Conservatives had its flaws too?
John Kruithof
Ottawa South
From: "Rosalie Piccioni" <>

Dear Joe,     
                                  Re:   HEALTH CARE RELATED
                                  Scientists sequence dandruff genes
    I know there are some more interesting articles in the November 8th Digest, but this one I have to write about because there are few people not plagued by dandruff.  And who is there that wouldn't like to have a way of ending the plague. 
    For the above reason, the article is interesting at the outset.  However, we soon begin to have the feeling of deja vu - the old story of scientific discoveries that give only enough information to keep us in suspense.  Reminds me of Tchaikovsky's music. which has the same effect, only with the music we can either take it or leave it without feeling too much cheated.  I would have appreciated "hearing" what the scientists have to say about the possible answer to resolving the problem of these "genes."   For example, what do they think of Tea Tree oil as an antiseptic strong enough to destroy them;  or even Oregano oil.
    I think a petition should be taken asking scientists not to release new discoveries, such as this one that affects the multitude, until answers are found to change the status quo.


Dear Joe,
    Re:  Michael Watkins
    Subject: Mulroney

(Quote)  Regardless of one's own political perspective,
most all would accept as a truism that Prime
Minister Stephen Harper is a very
deliberate,exactingly precise man, one who
chooses his almost-always tele-prompted words with extreme care.
(Close Quote)
    Very interesting comments in that until now there have always
been criticisms of the Prime Minister, pointing out that he was
opinionated and dispotic:  i.e. not allowing others the right to speak,
etc.  Mr. Watkins' remarks indicate recognition of Mr. Harper's wisdom
in thinking before speaking, and on the other hand being willing to
accept that there may be others with wisdom which he can adopt.
    I applaud Mr. Watkins for these observations.