Friday, November 09, 2007

Daily Digest November 9, 2007

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

<http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=9d2891eb-b5af-46e0-8871-9b0c1e431688&k=12561>Airbus
is back

Investigation will scrutinize dealings between
former PM and Karlheinz Schreiber
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/275195
(VIDEO: Harper responds to Mulroney controversy on page /\)

CTV News: Robert Fife with Harper's surprise move 4:58
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/2007/11/09/ctvvideologger3_194643928_1194663961_500kbps.wmv&video_link_low=mms://ctvbroadcast.ctv.ca/video/2007/11/09/ctvvideologger3_194643927_1194662530_218kbps.wmv&clip_start=00:01:24.05&clip_end=00:04:58.46&clip_caption=CTV%20News:%20Robert%20Fife%20with%20Harper's%20surprise%20move&clip_id=ctvnews.20071109.00221000-00221668-clip2&subhub=video&no_ads=&sortdate=20071109&slug=harper_schreiber_071109&archive=CTVNews

Harper announces review of allegations against Mulroney
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071109.wharperpresser1109/BNStory/National/home

Transcript of Harper news conference
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071109.wtranscript1109/BNStory/Front

The new affidavit (pdf)
http://www.globeandmail.com/bnfiles/pdf/mulroney1109.pdf

Timeline: Three decades
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071030.wmulroneytimeline1031/BNStory/Front

Stephen Harper's stunning blunder
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Harris_Michael/2007/11/09/4641884.html

<http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071109.simpson10/BNStory/National>Cutting
him loose was PM's only option

<http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071109.mulroney10/BNStory/National>Harper's
dilemma: back Mulroney, or back down

<http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071110.close10/BNStory/National>Mulroney
casts long shadow in Harper circle

<http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=b3666589-e48b-4152-b761-b2ad8af9312b&amp;k=52275>Schreiber
alleges Mulroney sought Airbus cash

<http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=4822dad5-1b86-44ef-96fd-357b431ed9fa&amp;k=41396>NDP
wants ethics committee to probe Mulroney payments

<http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=c5b9838d-ad7e-4b47-bc83-7d0534147736&amp;k=27024>Harper
dismisses calls for inquiry into Mulroney affair

<http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=e7cc8028-5649-4887-ab79-4fd7f4ee6628&amp;k=12625>Opposition
grills Tories on Mulroney libel settlement

<http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=b3666589-e48b-4152-b761-b2ad8af9312b&amp;k=52275>Arms
dealer Schreiber hit by new Canadian setback

Case Mulroney-Schreiber
Harper announces review of allegations against Mulroney
http://www.politicswatch.com/mulroney-november9-2007.htm

Pas d'enquête publique No public inquiry
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.radio-canada.ca%2Fnouvelles%2FNational%2F2007%2F11%2F02%2F003-Mulroney-Harper.shtml%3Fref%3Drss&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

Harper wants an independent opinion
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.radio-canada.ca%2Fnouvelles%2FNational%2F2007%2F11%2F09%2F003-harper-schreiber.shtml&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

Le Devoir Case Mulroney: Harper wants to know
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ledevoir.com%2F2007%2F11%2F10%2F163973.html&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

Tories won't take questions about what they know about Mulroney and Airbus
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/071108/national/airbus_tories

<http://feeds.feedburner.com/%7Er/TheGlobeAndMail-National/%7E3/181936502/>>
Mulroney adviser asked Schreiber to transfer
Airbus funds, affidavit alleges
<http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/071108/national/airbus_tories>

<http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=b3666589-e48b-4152-b761-b2ad8af9312b&k=52275>>
Schreiber alleges Mulroney sought Airbus cash
<http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071109.DOUCET09/TPStory/National>
> Allegations pull Mulroney supporter into spotlight
<http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/275068>
> Legal tack won't help Mulroney settle this issue

<http://feeds.feedburner.com/%7Er/TheGlobeAndMail-National/%7E3/182389526/>>
Harper announces review of allegations against
Mulroney
<http://www.canada.com/topics/news/story.html?id=948bb479-c337-4217-89dc-667ca652d870>

<http://www.canada.com/topics/news/story.html?id=948bb479-c337-4217-89dc-667ca652d870>>
PM- Mulroney to be
investigated<http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071109/harper_schreiber_071109/20071109?hub=Canada&s_name=>

> PM announces probe into Schreiber allegations

<http://news.google.com/news?ned=ca&ncl=1122933954&hl=en&topic=n>all
182 news articles »

EDITORIALs

HALIFAX NEWS - Afghanistan worth Canadians' sacrifice View comments
http://www.hfxnews.ca/index.cfm?sid=78829&sc=90

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - A victory for Harper, too
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/977558.html

AMHERST DAILY NEWS - Putting the cart before the horse
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=78729&sc=61

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Free market is not so free for consumers
http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/editorials/

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Accounting from the top
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=014c6482-d9d1-47c6-a69c-b2eb85245be9

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER - Protect those who serve and protect us
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=768903

TORONTO STAR - Unfair burden on poor
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/274956

McCallion leads while PM sleeps

http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/274953

NATIONAL POST - New era in suddenly booming province
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=df6c49b3-a5d7-4862-ba10-26896fd2f039

WINDSOR STAR - Voting on Canada's Senate
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=85293931-8957-4683-b172-f1a0986c8fb5

SUDBURY STAR - Senate referendum might actually work
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=769140

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Courting Tigers
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4074556p-4674953c.html

It was time to go

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4074555p-4674911c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Brave actions need to follow brave words
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=c002668e-a52c-4d9f-a7aa-7ac05324ba7e

REGINA LEADER-POST - Yesterday's leaders, and tomorrow's
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=2a65269f-c4f6-4f56-b948-f65571194d58

CALGARY HERALD - Liberal MPs offering wrong kind of aid, comfort
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=9256b3b5-5f21-49a9-a05f-01dd70d6158f

Killing a peace negotiator

http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=ee0e553c-c508-40ec-8720-81aa575bb2bf

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE - McCrae still resonates
He challenges us all to forget history at our peril
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/353143.html

Lest we forget
A story of courage

http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/353144.html

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Sometimes history is offensive
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_8769.php

VANCOUVER SUN - The only way to fix the Red Chamber is to shut it down
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=5f3efa25-0266-4c9e-8fd7-f80c09073632


ISSUES

CANADIAN FORCES
Taliban stage a coup of their own
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/IK08Df01.html

The defections worry Afghan army
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ledevoir.com%2F2007%2F11%2F09%2F163750.html&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
<http://www.politicswatch.com/index2.html#morningbrief>Federal-provincial
conference on economy in works

<http://feeds.feedburner.com/%7Er/TheGlobeAndMail-National/%7E3/182400674/>>
Federal-provincial conference on economy in
works<http://www.canada.com/topics/news/story.html?id=e8836808-8cc9-49fd-b57b-6b5be8d80caf>

> Loonie's grip starting to choke Canadian economy

<http://www.canada.com/topics/news/story.html?id=810d533e-346f-4830-8934-ec5d7a5e684a&k=86354>>
It's loonie - something's got to give
<http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071109.RDOLLAR09/TPStory/National>

> Harper urged to take action on
dollar<http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071109/trade_surplus_071109/20071109?hub=Canada>

> Trade surplus shrinks as dollar hits
parity<http://www.thestar.com/News/article/275070>

> Look on bright side, PM says, amid growing economic fears

Rising Demand for Oil Provokes New Energy Crisis
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/09/business/worldbusiness/09oil.html?_r=1&ex=1352350800&en=2581cab08e9b7843&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&oref=slogin

Cash-strapped cities welcome McCallion's move
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071109.CLAW09/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Ballard founder won't give up on his dream
http://www.reportonbusiness.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071108.wrballard09/BNStory/Business/home

Forestry's red ink shutting down sawmills
'The dollar is obviously kicking the teeth out of
the forest industry right now,' consultant says
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/business/story.html?id=489e2377-7c9c-454f-b92b-6c85e8978c8d


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Sino-Canadian relations dealt severe blowComment
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071109.wchina09/BNStory/International/home


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Slayings highlight need for crime bill: minister
'I want to get something done,' Nicholson tell Board of Trade
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071109.BCGANGS09/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

'We're finding firearms wherever we go'
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071109.bc-guns-ATL/BNStory/National/home

Mulroney adviser asked Schreiber to transfer Airbus funds, affidavit alleges
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071108.wschreiber1108/BNStory/National/?cid=al_gam_nletter_newsUp


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Saskatchewan's new leader makes nice with Ottawa
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071109.WALL09/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Harper rejects the idea of Charest
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ledevoir.com%2F2007%2F11%2F09%2F163748.html&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

N.S. premier endorses Charest's call for meeting on dollar
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/11/09/4643100-cp.html

Alberta Tories over the top with new bills
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=875449e3-43e4-41eb-bc14-0912424bb969

Darkness again and a silence
http://www.thestar.com/News/Ontario/article/275073


POLITICS
New poll puts Tories closer to majority
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/politics/story.html?id=5aa24bc5-5294-4411-b604-e7e361dafab2&k=71898

Harper agrees to meeting on the dollar
http://www.reportonbusiness.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071109.r-dollar10/BNStory/robNews/home

PMO clears media requests, some Cabinet ministers not allowed to talk
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/cover_index.php?display=story&full_path=/2007/november/5/pmomedia/&c=1

Dion to promise benefits to poor and working class
Appeal to voters sets anti-poverty goals
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071109.wdion09/BNStory/National/home

Debate over abolishing Senate full of sound, signifies nothing
More likely, Layton and Harper out to embarrass Dion
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=a81b3c01-c8de-4cb9-a583-7be555b59be0

Harper's happy talk
Biz buddies hear his vow to keep cuttin'
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Canada/2007/11/09/4642405-sun.html

Liberal reaction to Harper's Mulroney gambit
http://davidakin.blogware.com/blog/_archives/2007/11/9/3344720.html


PROGRAMMES
Ottawa blasted for killing long-gun registry contract
$10-million thrown 'into the trash can'
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071109.wguns09/BNStory/National/home

Harper rejects financial aid for cities
http://www.thestar.com/News/Ontario/article/275075

Harper to reintroduce Senate reform bills even as he flirts with abolition
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071109/n1109106A.html


OPINION AND INFORMATION
From Nova Scotia to Flanders Fields
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Letters/977273.html

Lord Durham's deletion a danger to democracy
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=55056c7a-56e8-47f0-89df-80ee9c6a26d6

New tax cuts hurt us all
http://www.mcgilldaily.com/view.php?aid=6655

Transfer GST-cut money to cities, mayor urges
The real fiscal imbalance is between the province and cities
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=33451e7d-1be2-46c4-ad0a-c90c569b097a

Tax incidence in Canada, 1990-2005
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2007/11/08/tax-incidence-in-canada-1990-2005/

Harper's media misanthropy
PM's distrust of media suspicious, possibly a 'deal breaker' for next election
http://www.queensjournal.ca/story/2007-10-30/opinions/harpers-media-misanthropy/

Harper condones corruption on strictly partisan terms
http://caiti-online.blogspot.com/2007/11/harper-condones-corruption-on-strictly.html

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper
demonstrates continued ultra right wing
affiliations by blocking pro social justice Toronto candidate
http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com/home/Frontpage/2007/11/05/01929.html

The land is complacent
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=9c09fb7c-8ad1-4a20-b6b8-9748c3273c93

Erasing history
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=990a89ff-8333-4fd7-b0fa-bf0cf82f0419

Why he did it
posted by Garth Turner on 11.09.07 @ 10:04 pm |
http://www.garth.ca/weblog/2007/11/09/why-he-did-it-2/


INFOS

http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071109/N1109184AU.html
Harper demande une évaluation indépendante de l'affaire Mulroney-Schreiber

Stéphane Dion promet de réduire le nombre de Canadiens dans la misère
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071109/N1109154AU.html

Le partage du souvenir de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale devient plus pressant
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071109/N110947AU.html

Assurance-emploi : le Bloc et le NPD critiquent le mutisme de Dion
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071109/CPACTUALITES/71109109/1025/CPACTUALITES

Ottawa accusé de démanteler le registre des armes à feu
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071109/CPACTUALITES/711090792/1025/CPACTUALITES

Stephen Harper hésite entre la réforme et l'abolition du Sénat
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071109/CPACTUALITES/71109252/1025/CPACTUALITES

L'armée afghane a besoin de meilleures armes
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071108/CPACTUALITES/71108244/5846/CPACTUALITES

Les défections afghanes inquiètent l'armée
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/11/09/163750.html

Harper rejette l'idée de Charest
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/11/09/163748.html

Les blessures invisibles
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/11/10/163975.html

Affaire Mulroney: Harper veut savoir
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/11/10/163973.html

Solution ou ségrégation?
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Ontario/2007/11/09/012-ecole-noirs_n.shtml

Affaire Mulroney-Schreiber
Harper veut un avis indépendant
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2007/11/09/003-harper-schreiber.shtml

Affaire Mulroney-Schreiber: Pas d'enquête publique
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2007/11/02/003-Mulroney-Harper.shtml?ref=rss

Stéphane Dion prépare la guerre
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2007/11/09/001-dion-pauvrete-promesses.shtml


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The hour is late or early depending upon
how you term going on 2:00 A.M. EST.

The post from James Carson will be responded to - not now however.

There having been a 180' switch on the
Mulroney-Schreiber affair Mike Watkins' thought
bear watching. My reason for doing so is the manner
in which the Prime Minister employed the
word "consensus" in relationship to Afghanistan.
While most of us would take it to mean
general agreement his meaning was not this
but rather a majority in the House of Commons.

There may well be duplication in the
coverage of "Airbus is back "but time constraints
precluded me from checking every link out.

Joe

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

Joe,
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


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From: Michael Watkins
Subject: Mulroney

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.

Given this, Mr. Harper's chosen words today on
the Mulroney-Schreiber affair raise more
questions than they were perhaps designed to deflect.

Harper said that he and Mulroney "did not discuss
Mr. Mulroney's dealings with Mr. Schreiber during
that visit.", in August of 2006.

Harper did not say that he had *never* discussed the Mulroney-Schreiber affair.

Likewise, Harper went out of his way to say that
"Mr. Mulroney has never spoken to me on behalf of Mr. Schreiber".

Harper did not say that Mr. Mulroney had never
spoken to him *about* Mr. Schreiber.

"On behalf" is a curious turn of phrase to use,
one that implies a much different meaning than
"about". Is Mr. Harper using a Bill Clinton
language device here? Will we see a debate on
what the meaning of "is" is evolve in this case?

Will Harper come out and simply state that he has
*never* spoken to Mr. Mulroney about the
Mulroney-Schreiber affair? Can he state that without equivocation?

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