Friday, November 02, 2007

Daily Digest November 2, 2007


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Thou shalt not cheat
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=76762&sc=80

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - Excuse my lack of French
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/976022.html

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Time to clear the air, Mr. Mulroney
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=3b377151-123e-4881-ac07-92fa55f52da3

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Canadian mythmaking
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=6278973a-f369-4bf6-a04b-3ed0389a8e53

        A debate on death
         http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=4ccb4d28-ef5f-4cd4-a1ed-7e04132a0431

         Suffering from insecurity
         http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=d2d8cce3-e46b-4675-b584-707d8d2ce086

TORONTO STAR - Mulroney dealing warrants inquiry
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/272802

        PM's way or highway
         http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/272803

NATIONAL POST - Ontario is bad for business
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=1ebe7736-2c28-4792-831a-767a6d099edc

TORONTO SUN - Adoption law must respect privacy
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2007/11/02/4624524.html

K-W RECORD - The harsh nature of political life
http://www.therecord.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?GXHC_gx_session_id_=8039ac21fe3611aa&pagename=record/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1193987749200&call_pageid=1024321927354&col=1024322198380

         Helping the troops
         http://www.therecord.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?GXHC_gx_session_id_=8039ac21fe3611aa&pagename=record/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1193987749189&call_pageid=1024321927354&col=1024322198380

GUELPH TRIBUNE - Fascinating and brutal
http://www.guelphtribune.ca/trib/viewpoint/viewpoint_916961.html

WINDSOR STAR - AG and the border
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=96b073b5-108e-4591-b0ef-3fdb5b2f0f9b

        Gov't waste
        The $125-billion equation
         http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=3f9fba0a-3f3c-448f-be72-84554004f5e4

SUDBURY STAR - No more excuses for lax security
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=759669

         Mulroney's silence; Former PM's dealings raise a lot of questions, but few answers
         http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=759671&auth=Den+Tandt%2c+Michael

         Learning lessons from secrecy and abuse
         http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=759672

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Franco's legacy
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4069789p-4671397c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Voter turnoff spells trouble for Calvert
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=b336700f-b121-4164-8ac4-16bc7d786161

REGINA LEADER-POST - Decisive Digits
An exclusive poll done for the Leader-Post and Saskatoon StarPhoenix, viewed in context with earlier polls, indicates our province may well be on the cusp of an historical political shift. http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=e5c02f10-d013-4c20-a095-30b9e5c35293

CALGARY HERALD - Common sense at the table
Latest cancer prevention report should be taken in perspective
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=03a06e1f-e654-4d28-b3d1-24960b3a4fc4

        Not the most helpful label
         http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=202c7f80-035f-48d0-814e-39406e1e4459

CALGARY SUN - No more pussyfooting with criminals
http://calsun.canoe.ca/Comment/POV/2007/11/02/4624516.html

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE - Multicultural officialism?
A confusing issue indeed http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/351338.html

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Policy made on the fly
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_8704.php

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN - Playing to win
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=102386&Itemid=592

VANCOUVER SUN - Canada has to pull up its socks on security to ensure an open border
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=ca2da49d-4052-4f71-a38d-e92c77f703a2

        Cancer study confirms the obvious: Healthy habits mean healthier lives 
         http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=7f7a1e94-ae89-4ce0-b5ff-95745eb02044

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - It's time to stiffen sentences for multiple killers 
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=df268cca-6c4d-4080-be51-c039004b66e2

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Forestry plan offers little action
Lightweight strategy paper won't save the troubled coastal timber industry
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=122a97d2-7228-44e8-9e4f-5f193104afb6

        A veiled threat to Muslims
         http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=06c5bf35-d349-4d6c-b355-3afad10a72f2


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
AFN criticizes Harper for meeting with other native group
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071102.wharpernatives02/BNStory/National/home

Economic statement ignored First Nations' needs 
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=2fb3d9b6-7421-467a-83bb-9372de784741

AFN accuses Harper of "assimilation" agenda after he speaks to rival group
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071102/n1102158A.html


CANADIAN FORCES
Canadian soldier wounded as Afghan situation remains tense
http://www.canada.com/globaltv/national/story.html?id=1f759ce4-ad2d-424d-9b28-424555d4f981&k=56509

The Three-D Approach is Here to Stay
Janice Gross Stein and Eugene Lang say the policy of defence, diplomacy and development is not a one-off policy for Afghanistan, but is the future of Canada's military, aid and foreign policy. http://www.embassymag.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2007/october/31/threedapproach/

Kandahar deal breakers: The Afghan poll is not a blank cheque
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071102.wcomment1102/BNStory/Afghanistan/?cid=al_gam_nletter_newsUp

Taliban quick to fill vacuum
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=375e98cd-8d3d-4260-9bc0-94addaa4cb0b

Afghan mission can fail, NATO general foresees
Taliban routed near Kandahar, Canadians say
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=1e6b2255-4dcc-4aaf-9835-a114e5dc73ae


CANUSA/USACAN
Canada's violation of deal with U.S. hurts industry
http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071101/OPINION02/711010306

U.S. expected to contest B.C. raw log export levy
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071031.RFOREST31/TPStory/Business

Fully secure border? Never
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=111a2c53-e12a-45c9-b354-8c4e63ad5114


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Flaherty's fables
The Canadian retailer is not to blame for the disparity in cross-border pricing; the villain is the federal government
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=70da43c8-5650-4628-b274-4cebf69f19dd

Lower taxes the answer, Flaherty says
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/273048

Retailers like Sears Canada and Rexall combat rising dollar with lower prices
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071102/n1102142A.html

FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Canada No. 2 in list of slain peacekeepers
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Canada/2007/11/02/4624863-sun.html

Things are coming unglued for Washington in Middle East
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=f84ca3ac-76cf-48e4-bcb1-da19eb07f4d1

Roots of the Kurdish struggle run deep
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/IK03Ak01.html


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Drug dilemma
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Columnists/Jacobs_Mindelle/2007/11/02/4624616.html

Health is now a 'B' ministry
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Harris_Michael/2007/11/02/4624613.html


MIGRATION
Canada set to boost `family' immigrants
Overall, immigration to remain steady next year as backlog of applicants has swelled to 850,000
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/272917

Reasonable-accommodation debate not limited to Quebec
Ontario and B.C. also have problems dealing with minorities
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=581c7d28-9f3d-47f8-aec3-e888d493d270


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Despite our provincial wealth, Alberta often seems beset by the turmoil American historian William Leuchtenburg famously labelled "the perils of prosperity." http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=0aa751c4-11ca-4219-a5fb-9d0da22a170a

Rise of will-not-votes threaten Tories
Opposition not gaining voters, but Stelmach will have to motivate his supporters
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=2a869fe1-5d92-48a7-8c6d-ff02fd4d8c42


POLITICS
Tories launch fifth negative ad campaign targeting Stephane Dion
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071102/n1102144A.html

New set of Tory ads take aim at Dion leadership
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071102/tory_ads_071102/20071102?hub=Canada

GST cut does little to buoy Tories in poll
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/story.html?id=f5e4c19e-b66b-4993-8c84-280bf0ea631b&k=91019

CTV Newsnet: Robert Fife on the new Tory ads 5:13
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/2007/11/02/ctvvideologger3_194001739_1194033424_500kbps.wmv&video_link_low=mms://ctvbroadcast.ctv.ca/video/2007/11/02/ctvvideologger3_194001738_1194032001_218kbps.wmv&clip_start=00:13:42.05&clip_end=00:05:13.61&clip_caption=CTV%20Newsnet:%20Robert%20Fife%20on%20the%20new%20Tory%20ads&clip_id=ctvnews.20071102.00220000-00220522-clip1&subhub=video&no_ads=&sortdate=20071102&slug=tory_ads_071102&archive=CTVNews

Mike Duffy Live: Conservative and Liberal strategists on attack ads and capital punishment 7:48
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/2007/11/02/ctvvideologger2_500kbps_2007_11_02_1194038987.wmv&video_link_low=mms://ctvbroadcast.ctv.ca/video/2007/11/02/ctvvideologger2_218kbps_2007_11_02_1194036895.wmv&clip_start=00:03:38.78&clip_end=00:07:48.16&clip_caption=Mike%20Duffy%20Live:%20Conservative%20and%20Liberal%20strategists%20on%20attack%20ads%20and%20capital%20punishment&clip_id=ctvnews.20071102.00220000-00220538-clip1&subhub=video&no_ads=&sortdate=20071102&slug=tory_ads_071102&archive=CTVNews

Tory brass won't let them run in the next election
What do elected Conservative candidates Brent Barr, Bill Casey and Mark Warner have in common?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071102.wtories02/BNStory/National/home

Grassroots complaints cited for Conservative candidates' rejections
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=faef2a00-c0fa-40bf-8072-acf9d77de942

Barr's bitter about party ouster
http://www.guelphtribune.ca/trib/news/news_916944.html

N.S. MPs to get accord briefing
http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotia/975943.html

Dion ready to welcome ex-Tory candidate
`It seems his values are very close to our values,' Liberal leader says
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/272920

MP who defied Dion faces no sanctions
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071102.wdiscipline02/BNStory/National/home

Mulroney probe would be costly
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/272919

Mini-budget a wasted opportunity
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/272902

GST cut dubious from every angle
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/272801

Liberals see low financial contributions
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=9fe3358f-b0fc-4560-a29f-76c868243915

Harper, wise like a fox
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/canada/story.html?id=71bc2065-893d-4dad-bb24-3ae82dd7b602

Tories brush aside
Dion demand for Airbus probe 
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/canada/story.html?id=d33b94c5-6511-4c4a-9c29-f97862091573

Let Hillier speak his mind, Liberals urge
Opposition slams government for reportedly rebuking top general over his remarks about Afghan army and Kandahar conflict
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071102.whillier02/BNStory/National/home

Controversial ads put minister on spot
Slogans take aim at Quebec City's 400th
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=02f32ed2-d047-4682-ab17-7a7764b1dc95

The Bloc is going down
Tories are tied with BQ, and the party threatens Liberals for some city seats
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=6aadf057-dcc9-4c52-bc16-e995fad18b91

Tory stance on clemency 'troubling'
Ottawa comes under fire after reversing U.S. death row policy
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=4ddee146-ddaa-40d7-aa5e-61e3db16eac9

Harper defends decision to leave Canadian killer in U.S.
http://www.canada.com/globaltv/national/story.html?id=ab8f6412-65f7-4725-b43f-195f3bdcec9b&k=36727

Harper denies Tories want to bring back death penalty in Canada
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/11/01/4623212-cp.html

Harper brags about strong economy as loonie continues to soar
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071102/n110274A.html

Layton to break the bank on campaign spending
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/politics/story.html?id=93e11dfe-64a0-45f6-9833-bcb18d7e3eca&k=46875

Harper says opposition too busy fighting to accomplish anything in Parliament
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071102/n1102160A.html


PROGRAMMES
Conservatives to fix glitch that could block rural voters
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/11/02/rural-voters.html

Military gem too big for hangars
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/272915


PRESSURE POINTS
Getting on the green parade
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=229ba006-a040-4ba4-b96f-fa7ada49d976

The fact that the North American GRID system operators have finally created DR programs that are funded to the same degree as new generation capacity and are accepted by the reliability councils is a positive step in the right direction. http://www.automatedbuildings.com/news/nov07/interviews/071030111101katz.htm

Why melting of ice sheets 'is impossible'
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/comment/story.html?id=73f39d90-644f-4117-880c-204c3a4fe4a3

Joint Commission says there's no evidence erosion is causing lower Great Lake levels
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071102.wlakes02/BNStory/National/home


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Eat, drink and be skeptical
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=0afc937a-9bdd-4dd8-9d47-e15c4cb40e6e

Canada as Energy Superpower an 'Empty' Idea, Experts Say
Conferencegoers agree Canada won't be powerful enough to set the rules of a global energy game, and that a national environmental energy policy is needed. http://www.embassymag.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2007/october/31/energysuperpower/

Expanding economy needs new nuclear plants
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/272794

Conservatives have written Toronto off
http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/272868

Oil and its peaks
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/comment/story.html?id=c0ae71d4-8581-4a09-a5e7-b1b46247e739

Gangster files show Canada's leading role
Book reproduces U.S. dossiers from 1960s
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=36c9827c-04bf-46b2-9ad5-710f8ea6a6d2

When the auditor calls
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=23972c2f-24d1-444d-b4b5-8b4acb7b4bb2

The burden of tax relief
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=32100c6e-39cb-4abf-9c1d-47e62a73f93b

When it's time to panic
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=cde35108-c2c4-4bf1-bd0c-b58441f8f306

Sounding the alarm, when it's alarming enough
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=e91467c2-917f-4de8-848b-169f57bf088e

Two points of light glow at the end of the Afghan tunnel
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=6449f999-29cd-4418-a2be-a64271d9c60a

Female validation of the gangster life is a big part of the problem
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=9ff36b23-68c6-43aa-9c38-aeaee1c71975

Mulroney letter asks Thibault to retract 'false statements'
http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotia/976101.html
        
Let's not make this official
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Columnists/Corbella_Licia/2007/11/02/4624640.php

Why I cough up cash for black-market smokes
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Woodcock_Connie/2007/11/02/4624606.php


INFOS

Peine de mort: Bernier contredit Harper et tous ses collègues
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071102/N110269AU.html

Québec voudrait que la Banque du Canada baisse les taux d'intérêt
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071102/N110253AU.html

Le taux de chômage a fléchi à 5,8 pour cent au Canada en octobre
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071102/N110267AU.html

Mulroney-Schreiber: les libéraux réclament une enquête publique
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071102/CPACTUALITES/711020539/1025/CPACTUALITES

Des pubs du 400e de Québec embarrassent Verner
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071102/CPACTUALITES/71102176/1025/CPACTUALITES

Confidentialité des sources: un projet de loi recueille un vaste consensus
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071102/CPACTUALITES/711020538/1025/CPACTUALITES

Les talibans quitteraient une région-clé
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071101/CPACTUALITES/71101173/5846/CPACTUALITES

Le nouveau mal du siècle
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/11/02/162843.html

Ottawa n'interviendra pas
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2007/11/02/001-Bachand-Raymond.shtml


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"I TOYED WITH THE IDEA OF VOTING PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE"

        Not watching TV nor listening to the radio I was unaware of the new set of attack ads until the following post came in on an address that is mine
        when I'm wearing another hat.

        The name is obviously been replaced by gibberish. Little can be concluded from one post but here are the thoughts that came whilst reading it.

        The most important is that four years and two elections going on four years into the existence of the new Conservative Party of Canada there are
        still those in the electorate who are unaware of the merger that took place on Sunday, December 7, 2003.  The writer considered voting for the
         Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.  How many yet unaware are there? No one knows, but they exist.

        How widespread will be the writer's reaction? Your guess is as good as mine.

        Reckon the pollsters will inform us of the effect of the ads on public opinion as they measure it.
        
                  Joe
ANOTHER GRANDCHILD IS SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE SUNDAY SO THERE BE NO DIGEST FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS
____________________
From: P'asjoa Hailwewer
To: <info@pcparty.org>
Subject: ATTACK ADS

ATTENTION STEPHEN HARPER, AND MEMBERS OF HIS ORGANIZATION:
 
YOUR ATTACK ADS ON STEPHANE DION ARE SO UNCANADIAN AND SO UNAPPEALING TO MOST FAIR-MINDED INDIVIDUALS.  MARK MY WORDS:  THIS WILL BACKFIRE.
 
THERE WAS A MOMENT WHEN I TOYED WITH THE IDEA OF VOTING PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE BUT THE MORE I LEARN OF THE TACTICS OF THIS GOVERNMENT, THE MORE I AM CONVINCED THAT WE COULD DO A LOT WORSE THAN VOTE FOR STEPHANE DION AND THE LIBERAL PARTY.
 
THANKS FOR HELPING ME MAKE UP MY MIND.
 
P'asjoa Hailwewer GLOUCESTER, ONTARIO
 
PS  YOU OVERLY UNDERESTIMATE THE FAIRNESS OF THE CANADIAN PUBLIC

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Oct 30, 2007 08:08 ET
Competition Policy Review Panel Releases Consultation Paper: Sharpening Canada's Competitive Edge

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 30, 2007) - The Competition Policy Review Panel, chaired by Mr. L.R. Wilson, today released its consultation paper: Sharpening Canada's Competitive Edge.

The Paper outlines the changing international economic context and presents what the Panel believes are the two principal issues for Canada's economic performance: How best to create the domestic conditions to foster the development of Canadian-based global businesses; and how to best position Canada to be a world-leading destination for talent, capital and innovation.

"Our Panel has been asked to provide recommendations on how Canada should adapt and move forward in a new environment of global competition," said L.R. Wilson. "We must ensure that our policies are modern and effective, to enable Canadian firms to maximize their productivity and competitiveness. The title of our paper, Sharpening Canada's Competitive Edge, is our guiding principle, and we are seeking input from Canadians and interested parties on how to maximize Canada's competitive position."

The Panel's mandate is to focus on investment and competition broadly, including the Investment Canada Act and the Competition Act.

Sharpening Canada's Competitive Edge poses a number of questions about competition and investment in Canada, the answers to which will inform the Panel's eventual recommendations.

The Panel invites written submissions from Canadians and interested parties on the issues presented in the paper. Submissions will be accepted to a maximum of 20 pages (including attachments), until January 11, 2008.

Sharpening Canada's Competitive Edge is available at: www.competitionreview.ca

Submissions should be directed to the Panel:

By email:  Competitionreview@ic.gc.ca

By post:   Competition Policy Review Panel
           280 Albert Street, 10th Floor
           Ottawa, ON
           K1A 0H5

The Competition Policy Review Panel was established by the Government of Canada in July 2007. Joining Mr. Wilson on the Panel are Murray Edwards, Isabelle Hudon, Thomas Jenkins and Brian Levitt. The Panel is targeting to report to the Minister of Industry on behalf of the government by June 30, 2008.

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From: Phyllis Wagg

Harper said in 2004 - "We want to clean up internal party politics, beginning with grassroots democratic control of the nomination process."

Maybe this quotation is being misinterpreted.  I don't have the entire context and maybe in context the intended meaning is less ambiguous but Stephen Harper is a master of "trick language" in which there are double meanings. 
 
This could be interpreted as rejecting the concept of "grassroots democratic control of the nomination process
."  By rejecting grassroots control over the nomination process he may believe it would "clean up internal party politics."
 
From the very beginning of Harper's leadership he has been taking control of the nomination process through the prior vetting of potential
candidates.  It is when the central party makes what they see as "mistakes" in allowing certain candidate that we see the dismissal of already nominated candidates.  The question is just how many others have had their candidacy rejected during the "application for candidacy" process.  There have been media reports of at least some who were rejected for unspecified reasons.
 
Harper has indi
cated in the past that his concept of party is as "a disciplined, professional, hierarchical organization."  When asked about the term "grassroots" he avoided answering the question by basically attacking those who use the concept, rather than addressing the question, when he said:  "That term has been abused.  I've never believed that grassroots means anarchy.  There are people who use the term to violate any conceivable decision-making process, and the people that do that aren't very democratic in the way they run their own corner of the world."  [Stephen Harper:  the Report Interview, January 6, 2002]
 
People need to be very
careful not to miss these potential double meanings. 
 
Phyllis Wagg

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From: Ernest Raymond
Subject: The results are in!!!

Hi Joe,
 
The results to the question:
 
Do Prime Minister Harper's centrist moderations represent:
1. a permanent and pragmatic shift of his core values, OR
2. the well used, and continually practiced technique of 'Manipulated Consent' pointed out by Ron Thornton in the Oct. 21 DD?
Based on the responses in 'Below (30)' of the Nov. 1, 2007 Daily Digest, The results are as follows:
 
Stephen Harper is a MANIPULATIVE TACTICIAN whose core values are:
1. The end justifies the means, and
2. Power at all costs.
 
On another note, MY PREDICTION:
Stephen Harper will personally run in Toronto Centre (the General is going to be launching a full frontal attack in Ontario and he is clearing out key Ontario ridings for his Lieutennants... Halton is already clear)
 
So the choice facing Stephane Dion is:
1. Move Bob Rae to Harper's old riding in Alberta after Harper declares his candidacy in Toronto Centre to launch a counter-attack on Harper's base, or
2. Stay and fight putting his best Lieutenants up against Harper's Lieutenants.
 
If I were Stephane Dion I would do the latter - Fight off Harper and his Lieutenants directly in Ontario. Ontario is way too important for Liberals and disaffected Progressive Conservatives like myself.
 
Sincerely,
Ernest Raymond

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A.N.Onymouse

There was a Don Plett registered in the party, expiring in 1998,
however that was to someone with a Calgary address - which I traced
as the offices (currently - perhaps not back then) of a firm called
Decision Dynamics Technology. Perhaps its a different Plett, perhaps
not.

His website notes some involvement at the provincial party level,
and some exposure to campaigns at the federal candidate level.
http://www.donplett.ca/Don-Plett.aspx

But mostly CA experiences.

No Plett was registered in our party at dissolution - I don't have
complete records from 1998 onward but do have the last few years of
party data, and, according to the membership data I was instructed
to transmit to Canadian Alliance technical folks in December 2003,
Plett was not a member then.

Craig Chandler was registered (remember him?) but not in his home
province or city...

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From: "Brian D. Marlatt"

Subject: Plett Extract by zoominfo


Conservative presidency candidates stress unity
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1110848558046_57/?hub=CTVNewsAt11

Published on: 3/15/2005   Last Visited: 3/15/2005
Don Plett
...
Don Plett
...
Plett, the current interim council chair of the Conservatives, has shepherded the party since the merger of the former Tories and the Canadian Alliance in December 2003.

The 55-year-old is a unilingual Mennonite who owns a small plumbing store in Landmark, Man. He is former Progressive Conservative who left years ago to work for the Alliance.
...
"He's been able to take the people, half from the PCs, half from the CA and make them an effective, functioning whole," Reid said of Plett.
...
I believe I did that before the merger, I was there from the very first days of the merger talks," says Plett.
...
Don Plett

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Fully secure border? Never
Roger Gibbons, Special to The Windsor Star
Published: Friday, November 02, 2007
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=111a2c53-e12a-45c9-b354-8c4e63ad5114&p=2

Recently, I participated in a discussion of the North American community and of the international borders within that community.

The upshot of this discussion is a conviction that we are making a terrible mistake in how Canada and the United States are managing their common border.

Prior to Confederation, the British colonists, in what is now Canada, built a series of fortifications to protect themselves from invasion by the republican rabble in the United States. However, in the 20th century, Canadians took a great deal of pride in sharing the world's longest undefended border.

The border was undefended for two good reasons: We did not have the military capacity to defend it in the event of an American invasion, and the Americans had no fear of Canadian armies sweeping south.

The world's longest undefended border reflected the power asymmetry between the two countries, but it also reflected a cordial relationship strained only occasionally by bootleggers and weekend shoppers with too many bags of spirits or merchandise. When Americans did face a northern threat after the end of the Second World War, it came from Soviet bombers, and Canadians and Americans locked arms in a Norad security screen that stretched north to the Arctic Circle. However, the border itself was largely unaffected.

All of this changed after 9-11. In response to the perceived risk of terrorists slipping in from the north, and in the name of Homeland Security, the border was guarded as never before. Sure, there are no tanks, but the level of surveillance has grown steadily.

This is a matter of acute concern for Canadians. Prior to 9-11, the Free Trade Agreement and then NAFTA spurred a dramatic increase in trade between the two countries, and a significant increase in integration up and down manufacturing supply chains. All of this works if the border is quickly and easily crossed.

The events of 9-11 ruptured this relationship. Suddenly, Americans perceived a security threat. In the post 9/11 environment, what had been a matter of bi-national pride was now a problem.

Canadians and Americans have tried to maintain a high degree of economic mobility and security by relying on greater technological sophistication. Passports have replaced drivers' licences and biometric identifiers are coming. Shipping containers are being X-rayed and electronic surveillance in all forms is being increased.

We realize if the border becomes a real barrier, we have a big problem. Even this prospect may discourage investment in enterprises designed for American markets. The very image of a border that can snap shut at the first sign of a terrorist or pandemic threat will discourage investment of this side of the border.

We are heading pell-mell down the wrong path. The border will never be 100 per cent secure and the more we try to achieve this unattainable goal, the more it will be a barrier to economic integration.

The vision of a high-tech Berlin wall, through which only those with the right biometric identifiers can pass, is wrong. It violates everything we know about two national communities bound together by an incredibly dense network of family ties, friendship, economic relationships, professional associations, and shared media, entertainment and athletics. It is a retrograde vision, a huge step backward.

Fortunately, there is another vision from the European Community, where national borders are little more than a matter of passing curiosity to members. This should be our goal, a step back to the future of the world's longest undefended border.

How do we convince the security-conscious Americans that we are heading down the wrong path?

First, we have to work with Americans to ensure that any persons or cargo containers arriving at Toronto or Vancouver are as thoroughly screened as any arriving at New York or San Francisco. If this means greater co-operation with Homeland Security, if it means some infringement on Canadian sovereignty, then so be it.

Second, we have to realize the threat of terrorism will not be met at the border. It will be met through police and intelligence work well behind the border, in both countries, and through co-operation.

None of this will be easy. However, if we do not convince Americans, and ourselves, that the world's longest undefended border was not only the right model for the last century but is also right for this century, we will pay a serious cost.

Roger Gibbins is president and CEO of the Canada West Foundation.


© The Windsor Star 2007

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