Monday, December 03, 2007

Daily Digest December 3, 2007



CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - A harvest of anxieties for farmers print this article
This province has been built on agriculture and Islanders need to think carefully before allowing that foundation to erode.

CAPE BRETON POST - Veil reversal late but right

HALIFAX NEWS - Rewarding few Olympic athletes will cost many

AMHERST DAILY NEWS - Bill Casey could be the catalyst of real political change

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Refugee ruling should be appealed

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Don't waste away

         Practical faith

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER - Time for West to insist an end to rigid Islam and sharia law

TORONTO STAR - Rate cut long overdue

TORONTO SUN - Time to lose hug-a-thug attitude

WINDSOR STAR - Green levies
More evidence of bad policy

SUDBURY STAR - Leave parents to deal with trans fats

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Paying the price

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Lawyers' fight for democracy needs support

REGINA LEADER-POST - A Resurgence in Our Fields

CALGARY HERALD - Historical amnesia
Putin heralds teachers' manual glorifying Stalin as great leader

Apparently it's our youth, says researcher

        U.S. and Iraq: An 'enduring' relationship


        Video age
        What dollar value can you attach to restoring the public's confidence in the actions of the RCMP?

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN - Kyoto Accord was no mistake

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - We need Internet controls to stop child pornography


Native leaders challenge Ottawa
Letter from Indian and Northern Affairs Minister misrepresents principles of treaty negotiation, chiefs say

Air force runs out of props for 40-year-old rescue aircraft

Leopard tanks given workout

Balkans involvement all but forgotten

The Canadian military spending four times more than the American army for its private contracts in Afghanistan.
And no external evaluation of disbursements under these contracts have been performed, even though such investigations have revealed serious cases of overcharging in American contracts in Iraq.

Afghanistan: soaring purchases of ammunition

Sub dispute shows pork-barrel politics hurt our military

EI fund failing poor, critics say

Early diagnosis crucial

Will Conservatives let Tory stay on as party leader?

Ontario making health insurance more accessible for military families

The little guy who couldn't

Support for all leaders falters: Poll

Tories turn to ex-PQ premier for Bali talks
Move could be critical in Quebec, where Conservatives face heat for Kyoto criticisms

Liberal platform leans left

PM's moves could keep him in the minority

Saguenay area benefits from political largesse doled out by Blackburn

Canadian minister rejects poll that suggests Afghan support for NATO plummets

Tories' Ontario tactics perplexing to pollsters
It's odd to pick fights with a province needed for majority, some say

Flaherty returns to scene of crime

Get ready for battle of ideology, Dion says

Tories spent record $31M on polls, focus groups: report

Harper to dine with Atlantic preems

                          L'affaire Schreiber

MPs strategize over how to keep Schreiber talking before committee

Schreiber needs time to prepare, lawyer says

Mulroney's PR

Conservatives publicly distance themselves from Mulroney-Schreiber affair

Schreiber inquiry an ineffective means of finding truth: expert

Mulroney-Schreiber: the Nova Scotia connection

Mulroney, Airbus, Deport Schreiber

Schreiber worries former politicians

Charge Mulroney
If the former PM lied, he owes us $2.1 million.

Federal government set to adjust old citizenship laws
New bill could restore nationality to thousands of 'lost Canadians'

Bernard Lord to deliver 'independent' report on bilingualism

Youth law changes do 'nothing' to end release of dangerous teens: deputy chief

'Dirty bombs' and dumb politicians
MacKay's alarmist port warnings repeat the same old terror myths

Key climate summit opens in Bali

Climate talks 'last chance' to avoid catastrophe | comment | Prime Minister stands out as small man of humanity
Prime Minister stands out as small man of humanity

PM's own climate experts worried
Caution urged on eve of UN summit in Bali

Tories' hard line could deadlock climate talks

Ottawa must back oilsands' carbon plan without haste

New Australian government signs Kyoto

It's the Tar Sands, Stupid
Canada home to global warming's new ground zero.

Senate distraction

Home to roost

The House speaker must step in to bring MPs back in line

Dump Kyoto, Save Lives.

Get serious about cities

A model to reform Canada's Senate

Needed: Police to fight identity theft


Langues officielles
Bernard Lord étudiera la question

L'opposition peu impressionnée par la consultation que doit mener Lord

Conférence de Bali
L'Australie ratifie le protocole de Kyoto

Les députés se demandent de quelle façon faire parler Schreiber

Le Saguenay bénéfice des largesses du ministre Jean-Pierre Blackburn

Il y a un an, la Chambre des communes reconnaissait le Québec comme nation

Conférence climatique de Bali: Pierre-Marc Johnson accompagne John Baird

Jean Charest espère que Pierre-Marc Johnson aura une influence positive

Les conservateurs lancent une nouvelle initiative sur les biocarburants

La ministre Bev Oda conteste les résultats d'un sondage sur l'Afghanistan

Les Canadiens sont cyniques mais appuient Harper

Afghanistan: flambée des achats de munitions

Les contrats privés accordés par l'armée sont mal encadrés


        Was a nation in the sense of a people or a land area that was recognized a year ago according to the article translated from French to English?
        Course it may be only me that cares which it is.



The Hill Times, December 3rd, 2007
Prime Minister Harper: stand up for environment

Progressive Conservatives argued that global warming induced climate change is a genuine threat and they were critical, justly, of Liberal inaction on the file. The Tories noted further, their disappointment that the Liberal government of Jean Chrétien did not follow the example of Brian Mulroney who successfully urged the elder Bush at Rio to address the threat of acid rain and to regard short-term domestic economic interest appropriately. The "new" Conservatives are not Progressive Conservatives and Stephen Harper deserves greater criticism than Mr. Chrétien.

Mr. Harper represented us at the Commonwealth summit as a toady of the discredited Bush administration. Lacking Brian Mulroney's international stature or influence in Washington, D.C., he usually can be relied upon to parrot the younger Bush. The New Realism of neo-conservatism would ensure that in any case, but more discreditably the role of the Harper government as a proxy for Mr. Bush, as we saw earlier in his free trade South American tour and now lining-up against our fundamental relationship in the Commonwealth, diminishes us. This applies across the whole range of public policy issues, but it was painfully clear in Kampala as it will be in Bali.

We should heed the warnings of science on environmental issues and be wary of those whose vested interest puts them along the way of denial whether that interest is ideological or economic.

Brian Marlatt

White Rock, B.C.

(The letter-writer is the Progressive Canadian Party candidate in White Rock.)

A year ago, the House of Commons recognizing Quebec as a nation

QUEBEC -A year ago, the House of Commons recognized that Quebec is a nation within a united Canada.

"This has not changed anything for Quebecers. Only in the dressing," Judge MP Jean de PQ in the National Assembly, Alexandre Cloutier. On the contrary, the Minister for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs, Benoit Pelletier, spokesman for the Liberal government of Jean Charest, believes that this motion passed by Ottawa was a "positive gesture".  It is a view shared by the head of Democratic Action, Mario Dumont, who sees "a gesture of openness."
Pelletier that Dumont noted that the gesture Ottawa is posed by "a forward for Quebec, even though it was a gesture mostly" symbolic ".

Specifically, the adoption of this motion had no immediate consequences. Ottawa has asked the same gestures that have the effect of further marginalize Quebec. For example, the federal government has proposed changes to the electoral map that will reduce further the representation of Quebec within Canada.

The idea circulating in Ottawa is to increase the number of seats in the House of Commons from 308 to 330 without adding a single seat to the 75 that currently owns Quebec. This will reduce the share of Quebec in the federal Parliament of 24 percent to 22 percent.

This is much less than the 25 percent of guaranteed seats in Quebec in 1992 in the Charlottetown Accord, an agreement rejected by Quebecers who deem it insufficient and by the rest of Canada, which thought it gave too much to Quebec .

It is also without Québec Harper that the government is now planning changes to the Canadian Senate. The federal plan seeks to amend how to choose senators. Unanimously of the National Assembly, Quebec intends to challenge the constitutionality of these changes or any law that Ottawa will adopt to implement this reform of the Senate.

The PQ Alexandre Cloutier, which is Constitutionalist, also notes that the recognition of Quebec as a nation does not fight Ottawa on the international scene the Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gases, an agreement that all parties Quebec political support enthusiastically.

Ottawa does s'embarrasse not from the point of view of Quebec rather than deal with the limitation of federal spending power. "The federal is not even capable of responding to requests of the Quebec Liberal Party, which is the less demanding political parties in this regard", argued in an interview with The Canadian Press Congressman Cloutier.

Positive Effect

For his part, Minister Benoit Pelletier believes that the adoption of the motion for recognition of Quebec as a nation a year ago has had "a positive impact".

"For many Quebecers, this recognition represents more respect from Canada for the nation they form. This is a very significant gesture," said Minister Pelletier at The Canadian Press.

For him, the gesture is first and foremost policy, "although it may have direct effects in the case of fiscal imbalance.  Pelletier also noted that the recognition of Quebec as a nation has impacted on the international scene, where the perception of Quebec has been improved.

The minister welcomed Pelletier especially since the adoption of this motion has removed arguments to the sovereigntists.  "What would have happened if it had not been adopted? Sovereigntists would have served to boost their cause. Now, this recognition is significant. It is up to us to give him an even greater significance," at - he said, citing as an example the agreement Québec-Ottawa on the right to speak of Quebec at UNESCO, the international body that deals with issues of education and culture.

Quant au chef de l'opposition, Mario Dumont, il a noté que l'adoption de cette motion constituait une réussite par rapport à d'autres tentatives de reconnaissance du Québec, comme l'Accord du lac Meech ou celui de Charlottetown. As for the opposition leader, Mario Dumont, he noted that the adoption of this motion was a success in comparison with other attempts to recognition of Quebec as the Meech Lake Accord or the Charlottetown.

 Dumont notes that the impact of the recognition of Quebec as a nation are below what they should be because the Charest government's demands are too low.

The head of the Democratic Action also highlights the difficulties that the presentation of this motion in the House of Commons has caused the sovereignty movement. A political party that says work to advance the Quebec had difficulty recognizing this positive gesture," said Dr. Dumont about the Parti Québécois.

The motion, adopted on November 27, 2006 by the House of Commons, acknowledged that Quebecers "form a nation within a united Canada."

 The National Assembly "took note" of the motion three days later, on Nov. 30, 2006, stressing, however, that this motion Federal "in no way diminishes the inalienable rights, constitutional powers and privileges of the National Assembly and the Quebec nation. "

© La Presse Canadienne, 2007 © The Canadian Press, 2007

From: "Anne Dickinson" <>

Just to respond to Rosie's comments on Holocaust deniers.

I don't think there are many people today that go along with this,it has
been documented too well .

A friend of mine lost virtually his entire family in the camps. He said that
some portrayels of that time such as the movie Shindler's List , could not
show the true savagery of that time .

I  guess we got some modern day insight into that savagery during the wars
in the balkans as the former
state of Yugoslavia crumbled and hatred and cruelty of all kinds ran amok.

And so it goes around the world, Sri Lanka, East TImor, many places and
people of many different backgrounds.

The danger here for all of us is in allowing hatred to flourish, and
demonizing those of a different background than our own. Every age has its

By the way, many Arabs that live in Canada are Christian rather than Muslim
, so you should not assume anything. For example, the Lebanese Festival in
Ottawa takes place every year on the grounds of a large and beautiful
Orthodox Church.

But Christian or Muslim. they are our neighbours and it is important not to
stereotype them.

Anne Dickinson

From: "Robert Ede"
To:, "op-ed star" <>,
        torstar <>
Subject: Urban/o/phobia --fiscal & 'frastructure foibles

Your feature in the Saturday Nov 24/07 Star is a precis of the problems and a summary of the suggested solutions to the fiscal & (in)frastructure foibles of Canada's Big Cities, but, IMHO it lacks a "Big Framework".
I say make Greater Toronto a new province (ie with the watershed boundaries outlined in "Places to Grow" & "Greenbelt" plans).
Why continue to fight the existing constitutional jurisdictional battles over money and responsibility? - keep the same s.92 responsibilities for tax and spend and just create new city-based provinces.
Canada no longer looks like this nor like this - why do we not change the government system to reflect how we do live now!
I theoretically suggest provincehood for Greater Montreal, Greater Vancouver, Ottawa/Hull and a few other cities across Canada plus consolidation-into-provinces of some small/medium centres (eg the beggar-thy-neighbour cities along the 401 from Windsor to Kitchener), but dare not foist my outsider opinion on them.
Robert Ede,
Thornhill ON

From: "Suan H.Booiman"
Subject: Bernard Lord

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                                                         Suan H.Booiman C.C.D.H.
                                                             204-1220 Fir Street
British Columbia                                   White Rock V4B 4B1                              Canada
December 3, 2007
The Rt.Hon.Mr.Stephen Harper CPC MP.
Prime Minister of Canada
Ottawa, ON.
Dear Mr.Harper,
It seems so ironic to have to address you as the Prime Minister of Canada, which actually should state "French Canada", nothing more nothing less.
In your behaviour as an elected parliamentarian, whom, as leader of the Conservative Party, has the title of Prime Minister, one can only wonder were democracy is in this
As an appointed dictator you have chosen to be pre-occupied with the patronization of all that is French, Canada's first language is French, your speeches start of in
the French language, the use of tax-dollars has a French priority, today we learn about the appointment of a Bernard Lord as the "independent" Commissioner to
consider bilingualism. A person Quebecois by birth, fully bilingual and well know to support Trudeau's dictatorial enforcement of bilingualism. Clearly this political
corruption is not ready to disappear soon.
Few English speaking Canadians realize what they are facing with the taking over by the French speaking bureaucracy, so politically directed,  of which a large
amount of those of French heritage have neither a conception because of the, does one dare to say "Nazi style", power grab. Der unser Heimat.
What is next? The appointment of the French Ambassador in Canada to the special committee, to show the French speaking how obliging Canada is?
A British Columbian,
Suan H.Booiman

From: Jacob Rempel
To: "Editor DAILY DIGEST" <>
Subject: The real Schreiber outrage: How foreign money toppled Joe

Globe and Mail, December 3, 2007
(with password)

The real Schreiber outrage: How foreign money toppled Joe Clark

Back in 1983, when backers of Brian Mulroney were leading a campaign to unseat Joe Clark as party leader, Tory strategist Dalton Camp noted how something strange and alarming was going on.

He spoke ominously about how "offshore money" was fuelling the anti-Clark drive. It was a grave allegation - foreign interests hijacking the Canadian political process. But he offered no proof.

Since that time, however, we have learned that Mr. Camp, who died in 2002, was accurate in his claim. Karlheinz Schreiber issued a brief reminder of the subterfuge in his testimony before the House of Commons ethics committee last week. It need be noted because what happened in 1983 was an outrage, worse than the Schreiber stories of money handoffs to Mr. Mulroney that are being examined today.

Walter Wolf, an Austrian, and Mr. Schreiber, a German, secretly funded the dump-Clark campaign to the tune of estimates that run to the hundreds of thousands. Then-Bavarian premier Franz Josef Strauss was orchestrating the drive, and also may have helped bankroll it. Mr. Wolf and Mr. Strauss detested Mr. Clark's moderate brand of conservatism. They wanted him out and, with their plotting, they succeeded. Few words in protest were heard then - or since.

Mr. Clark, we recall, was facing a leadership review vote. On the surface, Mr. Mulroney was supporting him. But everyone knew that, behind the scenes, his team, led by Frank Moores, was working vigorously to bring down Mr. Clark.

The review vote was in Winnipeg in the dead of winter. The Conservative Party was barely breathing in Quebec at the time. Finding members keen enough to pay their way to Manitoba was no easy task. Not a problem, though, if Austrian-Bavarian interests stepped in. They did so, as Mr. Wolf and Mr. Schreiber have confirmed, with, among other things,
two Boeing aircraft. Quebeckers were flown to Winnipeg free of charge, shopping expenses for wives included.

In the review vote, Mr. Clark received 66.9 per cent support. He decided, strangely, that this wasn't enough, and announced both his resignation and his intention to run in the leadership convention that would follow. A convention was called, but Mr. Mulroney won.

It's a good bet that the foreign-funded airlift turned the tide, that it deprived Mr. Clark of the margin of 70 per cent he was looking for, that our history changed profoundly as a result.

In interviews some time ago with the CBC's fifth estate, Mr. Schreiber and Mr. Wolf are seen chuckling over what happened. Team Mulroney members were likely chortling at the turn of events, as well. During the 1983 review campaign, they were desperate to keep the story quiet. Covering the event, I recall how the mention of the name Walter Wolf
practically made their hair stand on end.

Mr. Wolf had been brought into the circle by Mulroney adviser Michel Cogger, who handled Mr. Wolf's Canadian legal interests, as well as the Quebec interests of Mr. Strauss. Mr. Schreiber came aboard after being introduced by Mr. Wolf to Mr. Moores, the former Newfoundland premier who was Mr. Mulroney's right-hand man. Mr. Schreiber said last week that
he provided his money to Mr. Moores.

In his book A Secret Trial, William Kaplan wrote that Mr. Strauss, chair of Airbus Industrie's supervisory board and a close associate of Mr. Schreiber, played a significant role in the campaign. "He was determined to do what he could to export his particular brand of Conservatism abroad, mostly by providing financial assistance to like-minded politicians. In Canada, Joe Clark, a red Tory, had to go - he did not fit the bill."

After the review vote, Mr. Schreiber, having provided such good service, drew closer to the Mulroney circle. His controversial entanglements with Mr. Moores and Mr. Mulroney followed. Airbus is remembered. The cash handouts are big news. But the Boeing airlift, the offshore outrage that toppled Joe Clark, and the most meaningful controversy, isn't.

The bitter irony, however, is not to be missed. Mr. Schreiber, who worked surreptitiously to get Mr. Mulroney to the top, became the one whose shady dealings have since threatened to bring him down.

Life's old lesson tolls again. What goes around comes around.