Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Daily Digest March 26, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
Living in debt View
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=120286&sc=80

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
Seal hunt starting again
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=120666&sc=30

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN -
Some federal cash to fix a bad odour
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=120397&sc=103

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Deadly serious
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1045693.html

RCMP fails on Taser data
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1045639.html

AMHERST DAILY NEWS -
Something really worth studying
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=120557&sc=61

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Confidential sources are essential
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=ddc14c16-069d-48f2-b2ca-c5057d8c6c52

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
The cost of failure
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=383db99b-eeae-49d6-bcc1-bb0866431240

Budget avoids money madness
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=1f820505-aff7-4bcc-a834-800da3e71940

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Taking Guergis off Martin case the right move
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=957110

TORONTO STAR -
A sound budget for tough times
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/350756

China drops the ball
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/350753

NATIONAL POST -
Fight we shall
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=399127

TORONTO SUN -
No money left for hard times
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2008/03/26/5105596-sun.html

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
Good choices for hard times
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/345026

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW -
Cautious budget for a cautious time
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=957159

Duncan delivers budget ... and a swift kick to Flaherty
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=957160&auth=Blizzard%2c+Christina

K-W RECORD -
Down, Jim, down
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/327729

WINDSOR STAR -
The budget
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=23f7b49a-bbf9-49aa-9ac0-1de8b42ced48

SUDBURY STAR -
Politics and Martin; Canadian prisoner in Mexico strangely partisan in her attacks
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=957281&auth=Hoy%2c+Claire

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Taser data worrisome
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4148537p-4738351c.html

Fix in, not made
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4148535p-4738339c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Right to protect sources' identity vital to free press
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=b4a37824-e702-4e03-8003-51bcd4be02c6

REGINA LEADER-POST -
Counting our blessings we stayed out of Iraq
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=07ff26ee-35f4-4466-ba23-1e1f0d263db4

Press freedom threatened
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=c51ee23c-6290-4ae1-96c1-5c13d2b43bc2

CALGARY HERALD -
No safe haven for U.S. deserters
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=4cd81485-2390-4474-b907-bc8ce23e6675

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE -
Taser stats alarming
Is weapon becoming too much of a go-to tool?
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/387486.html

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
RCMP loves both Tasers and secrets
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_10272.php

A new chill on the news
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_10261.php

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN -
Talking points
Thanks to the Conservatives, now anyone can talk just like a real Tory.
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/20080326124474/opinion/editorials/talking-points.html

VANCOUVER SUN -
Governments falling short defending press freedom
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=e7ef152e-1bfd-4515-82cc-b910f78f9130

VANCOUVER PROVINCE -
Happy Birthday to the paper that's served us so well for 110 years
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=f6d095c3-12ce-4bc1-9ee2-6ed3a4081ab8

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Protected sources and a free press
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=47a02257-c6d2-40ca-a19c-2f573ad0235d

ASIAN PACIFIC POST -
All Hans on deck in Tibet
China desperately needs to make Tibetans their ethnic minority.
http://www.asianpacificpost.com/portal2/c1ee8c4418e1e94f0118ecbbfb750073_All_Hans_on_deck_in_Tibet.do.html


ISSUES

CANUSA/USACAN
U.S. praises Canucks for securing Kandahar
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/story/4148549p-4738373c.html

Military agreement ignored by media
http://www.yumasun.com/opinion/forces_40617___article.html/one_armed.html


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Railways gouging farmers for grain transport, groups charge
Wheat Board study argues that CN, CP have taken more than $100-million annually in 'excessive returns'
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080326.wrailway26/BNStory/National/home

Ontario manufacturing ills spreading
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080326.NATIONALBUDGET26/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Rising prices make crops tempting target for thieves
http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=401673


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Same game, new rules in Afghanistan
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JC21Df01.html

Taliban again threatens spring offensive
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/War_Terror/2008/03/25/5094056-ap.html

Military tells Bush of troop strains
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080326/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_iraq;_ylt=AjMZhkW8a_I8m1L0z1YfJDes0NUE

Afghan ambassador sees mission success by 2011
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080326/afghan_success_080326/20080326?hub=Canada

Army Reaches 70,000 Mark, As Taliban Vows New Offensive
http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/A6798F6A1CB3A8618725741800571175?OpenDocument

Troops to stay in Afganistan until 2012: U.S. general
Reduction in numbers could happen if local forces are ready
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=401682

Uphill battle to train local police in Afghanistan
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071207/workman_police_071208/20071208/

Sarkozy pledges more troops for Afghanistan
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=401524

Canadians 'doing the whole job' in Kandahar
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=401100

UN meeting rejects recognition of water as basic human right
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=03a8ea39-7bd8-49a0-a7e0-1b75d4f9b3d9


JUSTICE SYSTEM
A case built on lies
Newly released documents show that Omar Khadr likely never killed anyone. So why isn't Ottawa doing anything to bring him home?
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=399263

Ottawa fights Khadr ruling
Supreme Court justices pepper government lawyer with questions
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/351061


MIGRATION
Bill would transform immigration
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/350754

McGuinty warns feds not to shut out less-skilled immigrants
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080326/national/immigration_tories_mcguinty


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Harper Tories take fresh shot at Ontario
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080326.wont_harper0236/BNStory/National/home

McGuinty tells feds to stop attacking Ont. policies
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080326/Duncan_Flaherty_080326/20080326?hub=Canada

Harper-McGuinty feud puts strain on federation
http://www.thestar.com/News/OntarioBudget/article/350824

Ontario doesn't bite on corporate tax cut
Instead it offers a host of smaller measures to struggling manufacturing sector
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080326.RBUDGET26/TPStory/TPBusiness/Politics/

The Anti-Liberal Party of Canada
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080326.WBwbradwanski20080326182817/WBStory/WBwbradwanski/

Even in bad times, Liberals spend big
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=4c77d7f8-5257-409f-972e-030ac07b4ccf&k=77578

Two strategies, but will either one be enough?
http://www.thestar.com/News/OntarioBudget/article/350849

McGuinty banks on education over tax cuts
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080326.ONTBUDGETJOBS26/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Spending boost for hard times ahead
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080326.ONTBUDGETMAIN26/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Retail sales up, EI claims down
Sask. Party puts positive spin on economic news
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/story.html?id=a32ca7fb-aef2-4eda-a60a-b57ed63d9ee6&k=91374

B.C. sales figures rank dead last among provinces
One economist suggests January figures will only be a blip
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/money/story.html?id=3502f0dd-2f16-436d-ab35-09e986e6de3d&k=21937

Ready for a Slump?
As BC's economy cools, how well are we prepared?
http://thetyee.ca/News/2008/03/26/SlumpReady/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=260308


POLITICS
Dion's dilemma
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/columnists/story.html?id=3263d388-17c7-4a46-a401-417110645f93

Men just don't like Dion: poll
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=399168

Tories like Dion the way he is
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=399165

Quebec MP challenges Dion
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080326.wdion0326/BNStory/National/home

Dion unruffled by party unrest
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080326.DION26/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Liberals scoff at 'totally nuts' reports of Quebec revolt against Dion
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080326/national/dion_quebec

Stéphane Dion, an accidental king with no standing in his own province
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2008/03/26/l-ian-macdonald-st-233-phane-dion-an-accidental-king-with-no-standing-in-his-own-province.aspx

Only a centre-left 'common front' can beat Harper
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/columnists/top3/story/4148429p-4738331c.html

Federal Tories firm up Alberta lineup
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/story.html?id=7b673704-b433-494a-b21d-ea7164f8f231

Ottawa's attempts to blame Ontario for fiscal woes isn't winning votes: experts
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080325/national/ontbudget_analysis

For Tories, better the Dion they know
Coming byelections could spell out fate of Liberal leader
http://www.nationalpost.com/most_popular/story.html?id=399102

Harper not just blowing smoke
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=f800ee73-d7b7-425d-8d08-1c111a1a508e


PROGRAMMES
NDP, Greens join sub contract battle
http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotia/1045681.html


PRESSURE POINTS
Global warming causing stronger allergies
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=13cb2081-2291-4566-bb6b-19dd0ddcc38c

FOOD WAR: Grain Prices Soar Globally Leading To Food Riots
http://www.thought-criminal.org/article/node/1437

Indian minister attacks biofuels
Indian Finance Minister P Chidambaram has said that it is "outrageous"
that developed countries are turning food crops into bio fuels
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7315308.stm

Biofuels 'will not lead to hunger'
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/5406458.stm

An unequal, punitive consumption tax
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=aa35104b-4ac3-42c6-8cbf-968a904184d1


Terror schemes exaggerated, lawyer says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080326.terror27/BNStory/National/home

Alleged participant at 'terrorist camp' told it was winter camping trip: factum
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080326/national/terror_trial

New details emerge in Ontario terror case
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080326/brampton_terror_trial_080326/20080326?hub=Canada

Defence in Toronto bomb plot case counters claims of terror training
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/03/26/toronto-trial.html


OPINION AND INFORMATION
In the Arctic, you can't go back to the future
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080326.wcomment0327/BNStory/Front/home

Justice a la carte
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=399185

Seven everyday graces for a sin-obsessed world
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1045661.html


INFOS

Taser: la GRC justifie la censure de ses rapports
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080326/CPACTUALITES/80326216/1019/CPACTUALITES

Destituer Dion n'est pas une «idée sérieuse»
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080326/CPACTUALITES/80326030/1025/CPACTUALITES

Duceppe souhaite voir les surplus placés dans une fiducie
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080326/CPACTUALITES/80326172/1025/CPACTUALITES

Le gros de l'aide à l'Afghanistan gaspillé en salaires
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080325/CPACTUALITES/80325209/5846/CPACTUALITES

Les avocats de Khadr disent que le Canada et les E.-U. ont violé ses droits
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080326/N0326105AU.html

Un accusé de complot terroriste à Toronto croyait se rendre à un camp d'hiver
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080326/N0326194AU.html

L'ambassadeur d'Afghanistan croit que le Canada dispose encore de trois ans
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080326/N0326200AU.html

Les conservateurs récidivent contre l'Ontario, parlant de caisse occulte
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080326/N0326190AU.html

NB: le fédéral verse 8,8 millions $ pour le recrutement des policiers
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080326/N0326101AU.html

Nouvelle torpille contre Stéphane Dion
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2008/03/26/003-dion-discorde-suite.shtml

Les libéraux fédéraux au Québec se déchirent sur la place publique - Dion lance un appel au calme
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/03/26/182175.html

Ce que tout bon militant conservateur doit dire
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/03/26/182177.html

l'Ontario ignore Ottawa
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/03/26/182179.html


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U.S. and NATO military officials dismiss the idea of a Taliban spring offensive and say
the only offensive that will take place this year is one by Western and Afghan troops.
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/War_Terror/2008/03/25/5094056-ap.html

        Those whose sources of information are limited would read what U.S. and NATO military officials say.  It's our side that will be the spear carriers this spring.

        The insurgents will not stand and fight in large numbers.  Would you if the other side had air power at its disposal?

        What would you do in the situation you found yourself in?

        Now planes, helicopters, tanks, armoured cars all have one common weakness, don't they?

        Read the excerpts below and you'll see the strategy being put to tactical effect.

        And one more thing, who do you think is more likely to be more apt to be telling things as they are? The "military officials" or the Joint Chiefs ?

                  Joe

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the Taliban, according to Asia Times Online contacts, will open new fronts in Khyber Agency in Pakistan and Nangarhar province in east Afghanistan and its capital Jalalabad. the historic belt starting from Peshawar in North-West Frontier Province and running through Khyber Agency to Nangarhar is NATO's life line - 80% of its supplies pass through it. From Nangarhar, the capital Kabul is only six hours away by road. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JC21Df01.html

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Some 40 road tankers supplying fuel to American troops in Afghanistan have been destroyed by suspected pro-Taleban militants on the border with Pakistan.
The attacks, at the Pakistani border crossing point of Torkham,  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7311064.stm

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Torkham is a border crossing town in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan and the Khyber Agency of Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas, right on the Durand Line border. [1] It is linked by a highway with Jalalabad to the west, Peshawar to the east, and is linked the N-5 National Highway to Karachi - the town is only five kilometres west of the summit of the Khyber Pass. Torkham is the busiest port of entry between Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is also a major transporting, shipping, and receiving site between the two neighboring countries. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torkham

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The Joint Chiefs are particularly concerned about Afghanistan and an increasingly active Taliban insurgency.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080326/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_iraq;_ylt=AjMZhkW8a_I8m1L0z1YfJDes0NUE

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From: "Andy Rutherford" <andyr@mts.net>
Subject: SPP

The history of Canada is full of the struggle to create and maintain
an east west flow of trade in order to have a country. The building
of the CNR and CPR railroads was to effect that unification of the
country as a country in order to prevent the more natural geographic
pull of north south trade.  The forefathers of Canada, the people who
were loyal to Canada  and believed in the merits of  a sovereign
Canada, knew the east west trade route was a never ending struggle.
Current political leaders know that to abandon the protection of our
east west trade flow means the end of Canada. That is their goal.
That is why they permitted the selloff of our two national railroads
that ran east and west keeping Canada connected in all its
parts   .They no longer care if a Canada, sovereign, free and
independent, exists. Indeed, their actions suggest that they want
it dead. NAFTA was a white wash,the low dollar value was the only
factor in North South trade and where did all the trade go when the
dollar value rose. About the only thing that we Sell South is energy
 and what is left of our coporations.
 
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From: "Jacob Rempel"
Subject: "...We can't end up being there without one helluva fight!"
 
To the Editor, DAILY DIGEST
You write:
"The SPP is real and must be brought into the light.
We can't end up being there without one helluva fight!"
 
Joe, you and a thousand others should have joined us at the PC Party leadership
conventions when we nominated and voted for David Orchard for leader. Martin
and company might never have met in Waco Texas to sign the wacky SPP.
I hate to say "I told you so!"  Best Wishes
…Jacob Rempel

(How were we to know he who promised no merger would turn out to be a mendacious betrayer?)
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From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject: SPP. Tibet and One World 'government

http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2008/3513brit_eurasian_war.html

Joe--I have thought from the first blow that there was something that didn't pass the smell test of the tibet uprising.
This is one journalists opinion.  Don't know if I agree with his words, but he is probably on the right track.
As the world becomes a corporate-driven entity this becomes more plausible.
becky

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From: "Rosalie Piccioni"
Subject: 1 of the jokes can be told in church

An elderly woman died last month. Having never married,
she requested no male pallbearers. In her handwritten
instructions for her memorial service, she wrote,
"They wouldn't take me out while I was alive, I
don't want them to take me out when I'm dead."

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From: "R. Gagne"

Joe:

I read with interest the article from the Lethbridge Herald regarding the delivery of political messages by out-of constituency MP's.

I've had the same problem for months. Somehow or other, NDP leader Jack Layton's office in Ottawa has been sending me unsolicited
junk mail. For the life of me, I can't understand why Taliban Jack has taken such a liking to me.

Real

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From: "Claudia Hudson"
Subject: Will Canadians wake up, PLEASE?

http://www.mainemediaresources.com/ffj_03120801b.htm

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From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject: Higher energy costs?

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080325.wsaskharp0325/BNStory/National/home

This article makes me sick. The other day I was going throught my filing
cabinet. I found a glossy sheet of paper that the CA had sent out. It
states 'Kyoto is a scam', 'Say NO to Kyoto', 'How will I be
affected--NEGATIVELY', 'Will Kyoto work? No., 'Will our economy survive?
No one knows'--and on and on. It shows pictures of 'Kyoto's
Victims--Seniors, Workers, Public Transit Fares, and Families paying more
for groceries and fuel!' It is undated but we are supposed to contact
Harper, Leader of the Opposition and has the Canadian Alliance symbol on it.

So what we have here is a complete reversal of what we were told by Harper
et al. And OUR energy prices will increase? Perhaps if we let GW happen we
would be using less energy?

becky

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From: "Jacob Rempel"
To: <support@angusreidforum.com>
Cc: "GianCairo" <cairog@parl.gc.ca>,
         "MP:StephaneDionLiberalPartyLeader" <Dion.S@parl.gc.ca>
Subject: Benefits of NAFTA

My comments below the Angus Reid poll results
…Jacob Rempel, Vancouver
 
ANGUS REID ---
Canadians Feel U.S. Has Benefited the Most
from the NAFTA; Two-in-five Would Renegotiate
The majority of respondents want to stay in the trade agreement,
whether under current terms or after a renegotiation
 
Fourteen years after Canada, the United States and Mexico
formed the world's largest free trade area, the majority of
Canadians think their country has not greatly benefited from
the pact. In an Angus Reid Strategies online survey of a national
representative sample, 51 per cent of respondents think the
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has mostly
benefited the United States, while 22 per cent think the accord
has been better for Mexico. Only eight per cent of respondents
think Canada has secured the most positive results out of the
three countries from being a NAFTA partner.
Click here to read more
 
Dear Angus Reid:
I have generally well-informed layman opinions
about NAFTA benefits, and write a few comments
about NAFTA benefits which are the subject of
the AngusReid opinion poll noted above.
 
1.)
The opinion poll avoids critical questions about benefits
for Canadians. The simple question about benefits for
"all" Canada makes the poll respondents recall the usual
pro-NAFTA macro-information about massive increase
in cross border trade in Canada's favour, much of which
is an increase in oil exports which would have happened
anyway, and an increase in sale of auto parts, etc., which
was really a result of lower values of the Canadian dollar.
Certain people such as investors and senior employees
in  certain resource and manufacturing industries may
well have benefited in Canada and in the United States.
 
2.)
However, I question whether wage incomes of factory
and service workers, incomes of small businesses and
family farms have improved, and levels of funding for
schools, health services, social programs, community
amenities and other public services have benefited from
FTA/NAFTA in either country.
 
I'm certain that in answer to these questions, well-
informed opinion has a negative evaluation of the
benefits of NAFTA and related policies for most
Canadians, as distinct from the smaller number
of Canadians involved in certain large investments.
 
3.)
And of course Angus Reid  never asked about the negatives
of losing independence in domestic and foreign policy as a
result of the NAFTA and related deeper integration trends.
We have signed away control of energy and other natural
resources, and our independence to shift industry into
more sustainable and less wasteful product priorities.
 
4.)
As well, Canada is now deeply involved in military
industry and even war on behalf of USA foreign policy and
their war industry. This is not a benefit for Canada either. 
 
5.)
As well, NAFTA has hurt Canada with the loss of major
corporation head offices and R&D as FIRA became in-
operative, and crown corporations were privatized. NAFTA
came in con-currently with a general ideological shift against
public services and public ownership and regulation to favour
mega-corporation ownership and political influence as
political economic doctrines shifted away from John Keynes
and John Kenneth Galbraith to Friedrick Hayek and Milton
Freidman as the gurus for corporate and government elites.
 
I hope that opinion pollsters will explore economic and
political realities in more significant detail. The single
macro economic statistic about increased trade, quoted
endlessly by Tom D'Aquino and his CEO buddies and
their acolytes, just does not cut it with me. Never did.
 
P.S. Now the "Security and Prosperity Partnership" 
        is consolidating a deeper continental integration 
        of the Canada-USA military/industrial/cultural
        political economy. Has the eagle landed and nested?
 
…Jacob Rempel, Vancouver
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Canadians Feel U.S. Has Benefited the Most
from the NAFTA; Two-in-five Would Renegotiate
The majority of respondents want to stay in the trade agreement,
whether under current terms or after a renegotiation
 
Fourteen years after Canada, the United States and Mexico
formed the world's largest free trade area, the majority of
Canadians think their country has not greatly benefited from
the pact. In an Angus Reid Strategies online survey of a national
representative sample, 51 per cent of respondents think the
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has mostly
benefited the United States, while 22 per cent think the accord
has been better for Mexico. Only eight per cent of respondents
think Canada has secured the most positive results out of the
three countries from being a NAFTA partner.
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