Thursday, November 15, 2007

Daily Digest November 15, 2007

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Once again family comes first.  There will be no Digest until Monday due to our attending Happy Birthday festivities in Bradford.
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The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - They're just not getting it
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=80490&sc=80

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Getting the ground rules straight print this article
If our legislators are going to open up the debate about Sunday shopping, everyone should be clear on the legal boundaries.
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=80530&sc=103

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - The Brian cramp
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/984971.html

         Musharraf's Waterloo?
         http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorials/984970.html

OTTAWA CITIZEN - A threat to society
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=8120a4a4-4a07-4469-87ad-990250623e3e

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER - High-risk take-down is the sole option
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=776819

TORONTO STAR - Mulroney inquiry needs sharp focus
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/276564

NATIONAL POST - Stephane Dion and the art of (not) listening
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/story.html?id=7bf92984-982c-48c8-82a8-88f4781a7fa9

TORONTO SUN - Time to get adoption law right
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2007/11/15/4656968-sun.html

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - Let the RCMP do its work first
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/282117

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Focus the inquiry
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4077286p-4677565c.html

REGINA LEADER-POST - When the weapon has wheels
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=2abe1211-bb0e-4452-9f9d-618f1b5191d0

         Inquiry will clear the air
         http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=e27a37bc-09ad-4431-8875-a3759014f407

CALGARY HERALD - Responsibility will save Senate
No need to abolish chamber, merely make it accountable
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=3569303a-eb2a-4d27-8a1c-1b3a6c54bc45

        Public safety main concern
         http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=dbf07fec-dc04-4e11-8ef1-e06c6555784c

CALGARY SUN - MP seat shift addresses inequity
http://calsun.canoe.ca/Comment/POV/2007/11/15/4657203-sun.html

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE - Get ready to butt out
When Jan. 1 comes along, it's lighters out
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/354575.html

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Harper puts Canada back on inquiry alert 
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=4689b3cf-1f16-48df-92d2-e2f8a59119b1

         Safeguard cyber-privacy
         http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=aa54096d-9f58-48b0-bfdb-5af38fd8fd72

EDMONTON SUN - Alberta gets more clout in Commons
http://www.edmontonsun.com/Comment/Commentary/2007/11/15/4657509-sun.html

VANCOUVER SUN - Investigations into airport Taser death must ensure tragedies like this are not repeated 
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=f6858fb6-3f43-43d5-af90-ef16f633bf04

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Poverty belongs on national agenda 
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=39880260-61f9-4bb5-8836-f8c3c73c6337

         Getting tough on drunk drivers 
         http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=44af7027-e424-4014-ab65-007a4dc2646e


ISSUES

CANADIAN FORCES
'Credible' case of torture found in Afghanistan
Taliban fighter beaten after being handed over to Afghanistan authorities, Foreign Affairs says
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/276691

Opposition claims cover-up in alleged detainee abuse
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071115/afghan_prisoners_071115/20071115?hub=Canada


CANUSA/USACAN
U.S. confirms high-tech driver's licences will be allowed at border
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071115/n1115198A.html

U.S. security turning border into parking lot, envoy warns
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071114.wborderr1114/BNStory/National/home

U.S. border delay kept fire crew from blaze
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071115.wfire15/BNStory/National


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Bank won't rein in loonie
http://www.thestar.com/Business/article/276647

Learn to live with it
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/comment/story.html?id=202b7bf6-c011-49c4-b60b-95dc33b99a62

The Petroloonie
The Bank of Canada can't keep down a dollar that's now tied to oil
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/comment/story.html?id=b9306281-69f0-49fd-8260-578d0eabda21


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Who can save the American dollar?
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/984973.html

Russia ups missile threat
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=OO0UVGEJCLPIHQFIQMGCFFOAVCBQUIV0?xml=/news/2007/11/15/wrussia115.xml

Canada announces tougher sanctions against Burma
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071114/bernier_sanctions_071114/20071114?hub=Canada

Afghanistan, Iran, India, Pakistan and pipelines.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/IK15Df02.html


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Day orders taser review
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071115.wtaserreaction115/BNStory/National/home

No more two-for-one deals for pretrial jail time, justice ministers urge
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071115.wjustice15/BNStory/National/home

Two-for-one deals? Great thing for a hamburger chain to offer.
For criminals getting credit for at least two months for every month in remand? Not so much
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Columnists/Bell_Rick/2007/11/15/4657493-sun.php

Jail funding too confining
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Goldstein_Lorrie/2007/11/15/4657061-sun.php

Justice ministers agree on protocol for Amber Alerts that cross boundaries
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071115/n111560A.html


POLITICS
Mulroney ties to party an 'inconvenient truth'?
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/354577.html

Brian who?
http://www.politicswatch.com/mulroney-november14-2007.htm

Proposed rule changes for committees rile opposition
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071115.wcommittees15/BNStory/National/home

Dion may be down, but he's not yet out
Liberal leader loses to Super Mario in recognition survey
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=db574626-6db9-415e-a930-b6011773517b&k=0

Feds hit McGuinty with scathing letter over seats increase
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/11/15/4658501-cp.html

Slowly, the Liberals grow less afraid of their own shadows
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071115.WBwbradwanski20071115124741/WBStory/WBwbradwanski/

True Grits or twits?
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2007/11/15/4657060-sun.php

Dion needs to reconnect with party's greatest asset
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/276561

Casey's web of support  "Big Brother is watching," he jokes.
http://www.politicswatch.com/casey-november15-2007.htm

                          L'affaire Schreiber
                            all 633 news articles »


Schreiber extradition challenge denied
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071115.wschreiberextradite1115/BNStory/National/home?cid=al_gam_mostview

PM handcuffing Mulroney inquiry: opposition MPs
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/11/15/schreiber-inquiry.html

Liberals Call on Parliament to Examine the Harper Government's Role in the Mulroney-Schreiber Affair
http://www.liberal.ca/story_13319_e.aspx

Stephane Dion shows leadership in calling for Parliamentary committee to review Lettergate
http://puzzledcat.blogspot.com/2007/11/stephane-dion-shows-leadership-in.html

'He's the opposite of inflammatory'
Meet David Johnston: Given a sweeping mandate to shape a controversial public inquiry, the University of Waterloo president has a tough task ahead of him
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071115.MULRONEYADVISOR15/TPStory/National

Mulroney contradicts himself on Liberal vendetta
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/story/4077555p-4677793c.html

Bigger Than Airbus, Says Schreiber
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/canada/story.html?id=4e7adc1c-e3a5-428f-90a7-45335f1eb3a9

Video: Schreiber's shady past
http://video.canada.com/Global_VideoContentHTML.aspx?fl=1

Schreiber says he paid cash to avoid paper trail
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/276708

Brian Mulroney, Airbus Sleaze and Cash Galore
http://communities.canada.com/financialpost/blogs/francis/archive/2007/11/15/brian-mulroney-and-cash-galore.aspx

Toews dragged into scandal
Resurgence of Airbus affair puts Tories in hot seat
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/story/4076888p-4677105c.html

Mulroney sues Liberal for statements
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=a26d78d5-03bc-49f3-92e7-b69e8fdb55ba&k=2474

Mulroney review will consider bid to recoup cash from ex-PM
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071115/n1115184A.html

Letters to the PM don't go missing
Chretien's former mailman explains how it works
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/canada/story.html?id=284d7c72-f5e5-4ad1-b307-b8ada7cff087

Mulroney and Schreiber -- the politics of old men
http://communities.canada.com/nationalpost/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2007/11/14/charles-adler-mulroney-and-schreiber-the-politics-of-old-men.aspx

Probes net low returns at high cost
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/276700

Canada's new government haunted by its old ghosts
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/276676

Tories not on hook for Mulroney furor, Canadians say in poll
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071114.wpoll15/BNStory/National/home?cid=al_gam_mostview

Former Nfld. premier innocent in Airbus affair, Crosbie insists
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2007/11/15/moores-crosbie.html

News media botched scandal story print this article
Schreiber-Mulroney dealings covered inadequately for far too long a time
http://www.hfxnews.ca/index.cfm?sid=80444&sc=93

Mulroney wants a pricey probe over money he has yet to explain
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/columnists/story.html?id=586a4683-37ad-48c8-97f8-95645e5f40ae

One central disturbing image
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/276560

Harper puts Canada back on inquiry alert
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=4689b3cf-1f16-48df-92d2-e2f8a59119b1

Sorting out the truths
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=1beba1ab-5656-433a-a398-8bc0cd00df6f

Monster inquiry suits Mulroney fine
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=37816035-b2ef-4492-a420-15141d273727

So what's stopping you, Brian?
http://cathiefromcanada.blogspot.com/2007/11/so-whats-stopping-you-brian.html

Veteran journalist says she's prepared to testify
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=a6527db7-6e00-407f-9d9d-f3fa8446e06b


PROGRAMMES
Conservatives to shift focus to crime bills
http://www.politicswatch.com/leg-update.htm

Tories transfer funding
'Shell game,' Critics say. Money for residential school victims goes to summer jobs program
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=b828dffc-c12d-4fd9-91d9-51d1f80808d3

Harper wants to add 2nd voting day
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/11/15/4658589-cp.html

Unclear if $2.5B scholarship program actually helped the most needy: study
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=80b17419-ef92-4a1c-aba4c66b133d1756

Let us approve summit sites, military tells government
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=9f283d3d-f07c-4862-8b67-7a7b8e58bb49

Tory plan would create 22 new ridings, but nobody knows just where
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/11/14/riding-boundaries.html

Flaherty to appoint sole regulator panel by year's end
http://www.canada.com/globaltv/national/story.html?id=3b49b153-dec3-4560-b91d-4d5bea786321&k=32656


PRESSURE POINTS
How urbanization changes green policy
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=4b39492c-e3e6-4a51-adb0-1c21c0e7b612


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Sometimes allies, sometimes enemies
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/issuesideas/story.html?id=4d34fbce-99e8-4be0-bdcd-9356afd37e89

The Horror And The Folly
Torture didn't work in Renaissance Europe. And it doesn't work now
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/issuesideas/story.html?id=e5892012-f4ca-455f-afd5-1acbc3d5c0f8

Oh Canada: Scandal and Farce
http://www.jameslaxer.com/2007/11/oh-canada-scandal-and-farce.html


INFOS

Ottawa accorde 15 jours de sursis à l'homme d'affaires Karlheinz Schreiber
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071115/N1115152AU.html

Craignant une élection précipitée, les libéraux s'abstiennent encore de voter
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071115/N1115175AU.html

Un jour de vote de plus aurait un effet marginal sur la participation
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071115/N1115139AU.html

Les ministres provinciaux de la Justice défendent l'utilisation du Taser
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071115/N1115177AU.html

La GRC devrait revoir l'utilisation du pistolet électrique, selon S. Dion
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071115/N1115121AU.html

Gilles Duceppe traite le ministre des Affaires étrangères de petit con
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071115/N1115169AU.html

Affaire Mulroney-Schreiber
Mulroney poursuit un député
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2007/11/15/003-Mulroney-Thibault.shtml

Arctique: les blâmes pleuvent sur Ottawa
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/11/15/164490.html

Mulroney: l'opposition critique les délais
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/11/15/164491.html

Schreiber lié aussi aux libéraux
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071115/CPACTUALITES/711150802/1025/CPACTUALITES


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Denial of Legacy

To Reformers, Mulroney represented everything that was wrong with Canadian conservatism. As Harper told party members during a 1991 Saskatoon rally, "We are here to fight Brian Mulroney."

That all changed three years ago when Harper was trying to become prime minister. To win, he needed Quebec. And to win Quebec, he needed Mulroney.

Hence the rapprochement. Hence the movement of Mulroney loyalists into the centre of the new government. Hence Harper's decision to entertain Mulroney at Harrington Lake last year, a decision that featured in the affidavit filed last week by arms dealer and alleged fraudster Karlheinz Schreiber and that ultimately forced Harper to call a full-scale public inquiry.

Harper is trying hard to insulate himself. He has ordered his ministers to have no contact with the former prime minister. But it's not that easy. As Mulroney often liked to say: "You dance with the one that brung you." http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/276676

        
        The new Government of Canada is now shunning the most successful Leader of the Party of Macdonald and Cartier since Sir John A. died three months after
        winning his fourth consecutive election in a row in 1891.
        
        You may hold the view that Martin Brian Mulroney played no role in the two Legacy parties becoming one.  It may be your belief  he was of no assistance in
        the new Conservative Party coming into power. To you the saying "You dance with the one that brung you."" is not relevant because the facts are "He's not
        the elder statesman of the party. He's a former prime minister back in 1984 to 93.
" and ''Different party, different time. It wasn't my party when these        things happened, and it's not now,'' ;
        
        Brian Mulroney is a part of the legacy of the Party of Sir John A. Macdonald.  Deny him as an elder statesman. Claim he is not a part of your Party now as some
        do in the articles below. Know this, however, through denying him you give up thereby claim to the entire legacy of his Party from 1854-2003.
        
                  Joe
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Mulroney ties to party an 'inconvenient truth'?
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/354577.html

Brian who?
http://www.politicswatch.com/mulroney-november14-2007.htm

                          
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Letter to the Editor
http://ensign.ftlcomm.com/ensign2/politicsNpoliticalSc/Forum/forumcontributors/P/parks/parks011_099/parks016/images.html

The focus: images not issues
 
Victoria, B.C., Thursday, November 15, 2007, by : Eugene Parks

    During the 1993 election, Kim Campbell's personal attack on Jean Chretien's face was resoundingly condemned by both the media and the public – ending the Mulroney era. But in just 15 short years, the public and the media are now tolerating paid adverting by Harper Conservatives aimed at assassinating the character of Stephane Dion – an action unprecedented in Canadian political history outside the confines of an election period.

    If we are going to be subject to Harper's never ending trashy-talk advertising, could the media balance this with the facts of Mr. Harper's actions?

        * He ended all government environment-climate projects (cancelling the government's green project),
        * reversed position on Canadians on death row in the U.S.,
        * cancelled the Kelowna accord,
        * cancelled Pine Beetle prevention funding,
        * cancelled RCMP training courses,
        * agreed to a 15% export tariff on softwood lumber
        * is failing to mitigate the dollar-evaluation monetary crises that is costing tens of thousand of manufacturing and forestry jobs.
        * On the social side, he has failed to provide any meaningful healthcare initiatives or improvements.
        * He has cancelled funding for the arts, social development partnership programs, the Canadian wildlife service, the CBC, youth employment, adult literacy programs, and climate awareness funding (to give you the short list of cancellations).

    The Government of Canada's duty is to focus on good governance, providing fair and equitable programmes for all citizens.

    In contrast, Harper's government is fixated on demeaning Stephane Dion, pre-programming voters for an election campaign dealing not with issues of consequence to the electorate. Rather we are being prepared for a Harper Conservative campaign "who makes the best Prime Minister?" in terms of image formulated from personal attacks.

Eugene Parks
Reference:

        Rana, Abbas,
Conservatives want next ballot question to be: who makes best Prime Minister? November 12, 2007, The Hill Time

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From: "Peter Robertson"

Subject: RE: Daily Digest November 14, 2007

  Joe,
 
            Don Harron got it right:  We have a choice between the "Regressive Conservatives" and the " Fiberals". 
 
            I used to visit the Royal Ontario Museum to see the dinosaur skeletons.  Now I can visit Parliament Hill for our Canadian version of Jurassic Park.
 
            Peter Robertson.

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From: "Brian D. Marlatt"
Subject: As posted to the Globe & Mail forum re:
"Tories not on hook for Mulroney furor, Canadians say in poll."

Brian Marlatt, from White Rock, BC, Canada wrote:
'Another time, another party,' quoth former CA/Reform MPs distancing themselves from Progressive Conservatives who they otherwise claim 'merged' with their party. Of course, it isn't the former PCs who are being investigated, and for good reason since allegations of personal wrong-doing (yet to be proved) can not extend to the historic party. But it is revealing that the Harper Reformers, who so desperately wanted the true Tories Conservative branding and so eagerly encouraged the background support and imprimateur of the former prime minister, are so ready [to]ditch Mr. Mulroney and to admit that their's is 'another party.' Good news for Canada and genuine Tories if the unholy alliance, the marriage of duplicitous convenience, is coming apart.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071114.wpoll15/CommentStory/National/home#comments

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From: Michael Watkins
Subject: Re: Daily Digest November 14, 2007

James Carson wrote:

    Re; Warner, it is clear that Warner was determined to set his
    own policy agenda, contrary to conservative policy and basically
    dared the party to do anything about it.

Where did Mark Warner step outside party policy? Can you illustrate
where he is off message?

Warner is reported to be concerned about traditional large city
issues including housing, poverty, AIDS. Legitimate concerns for a
big-city riding.

Lets see what the CPC policy declaration has to say:

HOUSING:
- The CPC policy declaration contains, at times vague and notional,
  elements on housing (70.i-v).

POVERTY:
- There is no mention of "poverty" in the CPC policy declaration
  except in relation to foreign aid (106.iv).  Does the CPC believe
  poverty exists in Canada or only on foreign shores?

AIDS:
- Or how about AIDS? Oops, Mr. Warner apparently cares about a topic
  that the party has declared taboo, as "aids" is referenced only in
  relation to "aids to navigation" and lighthouses.
 
  Mind you, when it comes time for a vote-grabbing announcement,
  Harper is all over AIDS. You'll recall early this year his
  sit-down with billionaire Bill Gates, announcing funding for
  AIDS vaccine research. Is Harper off policy?
  http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/02/20/aids-gates.html

YET... the policy declaration, contains, as its very last policy,
the claim:

    The Conservative Party believes true democracy involves vigorous
    participation by all citizens in the affairs of the country. We
    will commit to broad consultation with citizens across Canada to
    further the ongoing policy development process and ensure
    Members of Parliament have the fullest input from all Canadians.

If the input of the EDA means nothing, then Canadians at large can
be assured their input means nothing to Harper either, unless its
of course tied to votes in big chunks.

Lets get real here. Political parties care not one whit about input
from their EDA's, from various policy committees, from citizens
themselves. This is especially true of the CPC where Harper and his
proxies have total control on what gets thunk and said.

The party policy declaration doesn't limit Harper, for he is a
one-man-band, able to invent new policy on the fly. Policies don't
have to make sense, just earn votes, since he hasn't the personal
charisma to sell good but difficult policy. A few examples of
Harper's self-made policies or established party policy violations:

1. Abolish senate: No policy convention has EVER approved that, yet
Peter Van Loan made the unenforceable threat this week just the
same. Speaking of going against established or understood policy,
Harper breaks his own word in appointing Michael Fortier to cabinet
via the senate, despite Harper's own election "promise" on Radio
Canada (TV) that he didn't believe in such moves.

2. Free Votes: Harper's use of "confidence" of late has essentially
made it impossible for CPC MP's to benefit from policy 7 "make all
votes free, except for the budget and main estimates".

3. Tax Relief: No where in the policy declaration did members of the
party agree that cutting the GST was party policy. Income, business,
capital gains, and payroll taxes are specifically mentioned - in
line with generally accepted economic thinking, but not the GST.

Instead, Harper has used the GST tax cut as a wedge issue between
both him and the Liberals, and him and the old PCPC guard including
Mulroney. Its a populist vote-grabbing move that doesn't make sense
compared to alternatives, and isn't "party" policy.

Back to Mr. Warner, even when Harper does go off page and invents
his own policies, he doesn't follow them. In the 2004 election he
said "We want to clean up internal party politics, beginning with
grassroots democratic control of the nomination process".

How does that statement square with National Council this year three
times doing Harper's dirty work in denying the grassroots their
choice of candidate?

The Toronto Centre EDA selected Mark Warner as their candidate and
did so based on a fair evaluation of the candidates in context with
their riding's needs, expectations, opposition, and demographics.

The CPC National Council apparently knows better than the people who
live in Toronto Centre.

That's not real democracy.

Democracy isn't the goal of course, and if you are a CPC candidate,
you already know what to do. Shut up and smile.

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Anti North American Union protests planned in 7 cities for November 17th
http://www.usadaily.com/article.cfm?articleID=155589

Organizers are planning to protest the North American Union in 7 cities on November 17th. Protests are planned in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Yakima, WA.

The nation wide protest march is in opposition to the Security & Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) and establishment of a North American Union between the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

The website dubbed 'March for America' states:

"The SPP is a "hostile takeover of democracy" by the leaders of the United States, Canada & Mexico in collaboration with un-elected and unaccountable corporate elite "working groups" who are integrating and "harmonizing" policies and regulations between the three nations without any public forum or congressional oversight."

Critics have charged that the Bush administration has been attempting through Executive Initiative to replace U.S. representative government with a North American Union. The SPP was not authorized by Congress.

They see moves that have increased the power of the Executive Branch of government as a tool to be used at the behest of an international oligarchy. 

The proposed plan for a North American Union on the Council on Foreign Relations wevsite, calls for a 15 member council that includes five members from each nation, which will set the agenda for the president instead of Congress.

The plan also calls for replacing Congress with a North American Parliament and a North American Court to replace the U.S. Supreme Court as well as a new continental perimeter and a continental tariff. It also calls for integrated Homeland Security and Customs.

Former Mexican President Vincente Fox has said recently that he supported massive immigration into the U.S. in order to integrate the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, to further the long term goal of a North American Union. Visit the USA Daily Forum to discuss this and other issues