Monday, April 28, 2008

Daily Digest April 28, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN -
Passing up on 'The Boss' bad move
There is a big picture here, and unfortunately P.E.I. isn't in it.
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sc=103

CAPE BRETON POST -
Soldiers at war have rights too
http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=129639&sc=151

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Spending limit has limitations
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1052456.html

AMHERST DAILY NEWS -
Priorities are a matter of debate
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=129644&sc=61

TELEGRAPH JOURNAL -
Harper could lose on ethics
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/opinion/article/280030

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Apply existing laws against bad driving
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=2755770c-baf2-4377-9957-09bdd8f65c7a

"Safe drug" program should be renewed
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=49c69744-b473-41c4-a7ab-48ae49e5f3e1

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
In praise of privacy
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=30bcd781-af17-44bc-b719-ea5bd0839130

TORONTO STAR -
Second thoughts from the Senate
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/418629

A balanced ruling
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/418628

Safety on the job
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/418627

TORONTO SUN -
Don't just stand there -- panic!
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2008/04/28/5406361-sun.html

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
School boards need options
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/361032

K-W RECORD -
Tribunal ruling raises questions
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/342805

SUDBURY STAR -
The enemy within; PC Leader John Tory will have a hard time finding a safe seat
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1003964&auth=Christina+Blizzard

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
By any other name
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4166229p-4753861c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Takeover in 2011 by Afghan forces debatable notion
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=f406dd12-8a33-40da-acd8-5ad9aee1c9d3

REGINA LEADER-POST -
No more poor cousins in West's economic boom
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=7939042c-3e8c-4c42-9146-bf218d1f749c

CALGARY HERALD -
Court snuffs out common sense
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=329d38bd-7a6e-42c9-8021-2c4c60e48565

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
The 'New West' comes into its own
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=0df215a2-2d1c-4ab4-aa2d-d2e796e649e0

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
When are kids ready to drive?
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_10608.php

VANCOUVER SUN -
Getting a grip on NAFTA
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=3493a65d-045c-413e-bc3b-fbebbe77ef01

VANCOUVER PROVINCE -
When laws are held in contempt, we all suffer
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=c2a22ca5-86be-4c26-b58d-137d06b8a6cb

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Technology offers food crisis hope
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=91cd8c63-447d-4449-af39-a66bb600fe19

Misplaced health vigilance
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=4bd4d19b-47eb-4d24-895f-31c3cbb3dfd3


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
Living the dream
We're redefining what it means to be aboriginal
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/westview/story/4166160p-4753858c.html

Self-reliance is a gift
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=99f6a4d7-6bdd-43e5-8d53-e01a96436b94

Ontario judge to head aboriginal schools commission
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080428.wresidschools0428/BNStory/National/home

Natives paving way for clashes: Caledonia mayor
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/2008/04/28/5408876-cp.html


CANADIAN FORCES
Replacing Hillier — notable hopefuls and a dark horse
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1052477.html


CANUSA/USACAN
U.S., Cdn emergency responders plan 8-day exercise
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2008/04/28/5410351-ap.html

Slow Progress, Frustration Mark SPP Summit
Experts say the North American Security and Prosperity Partnership has become its own worst enemy.
http://www.embassymag.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/april/23/spp_summit/

Not a moment to waste
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=8b46bb4c-fdd3-4055-a91a-ad04380cf5d9


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Canadian banks 'receptive' to Flaherty proposal on regulation
http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=477829

CAW reaches surprise deal with Ford
http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=477895

A Deficit No Big Threat: Analysts
Policy-makers warned against drastic measures
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=477497

Credit crunch must be monitored closely, Flaherty says
http://www.reportonbusiness.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080428.wbanks0428/BNStory/Business/home

Rich prosper, society suffers
Up to $500 billion in tax revenue is diverted each year, sapping the ability of governments to act
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/418637

Canada fares well on competitiveness scale
http://www.thestar.com/Business/article/418987

Scams haul in $450 million
http://technology.canoe.ca/Columnists/Canton/2008/04/28/5407671-sun.html


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
UN leaders to tackle world food crisis
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=477846

UN officials blame market speculation for food price jump
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2008/04/28/5409681-ap.html

Doesn't it Take Two to Tango?
http://www.embassymag.ca/html/index.php?display=tp&tp_date=1208923200#/2008/april/23/tp9/

Backward no longer
Vietnam's communist party learned quickly that capitalism and free markets were the secret to success
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=d57b9912-74a3-4655-b027-47a9bf055c3b

Afghanistan situation 'grim': Rudd
Bloody year expected: Australian special forces in southern Afghanistan (File photo) (Defence Department: Rodney Welch)
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says the security situation in Afghanistan is "grim" and Australians need to prepare themselves for more casualties in a "difficult, dangerous and bloody" year ahead. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/04/28/2228850.htm

Brains, not brawn, in Afghanistan
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JD29Df01.html

White House: 'Very Concerned' About Attack On Afghan President
AFP (04/28/2008)
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Hundreds held after presidential assassination attempt in Afghanistan
Times (04/28/2008)
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Bid to Slay Karzai Exposes Security Mess
Inter Press Service (04/28/2008)
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'The Taliban Are Celebrating a Symbolic Victory'
Der Spiegel (04/28/2008)
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Turkmen, Iranian Presidents Moving Ahead With Rival Pipelines
RFE/RL (04/28/2008)
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Brains, not brawn, in Afghanistan
Asia Times (04/28/2008)
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Taliban Evolves Into Network Of Groups
RFE/RL (04/28/2008)
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Afghanistan's irony
Khaleej Times, Editorial (04/28/2008)
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Afghanistan investigates deadly parade attack
AFP (04/28/2008)
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No Afghan spring
European Council on Foreign Relations (04/28/2008)
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Over half the population at risk of malaria - Health Ministry
IRIN (04/28/2008)
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Taliban bitten by a snake in the grass
Asia Times (04/28/2008)
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The Tragedy of Afghan Aid
Dissident Voice, CA (04/28/2008)
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Taliban ease mobile phone threat for Afghan summer
Reuters (04/28/2008)
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Intrepid trio tackle Kabul airport drug smugglers
Sunday Herald, UK (04/28/2008)
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Afghan President Says Fight Should Be Taken to Pakistan
VOA (04/28/2008)
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Warlords and US 'frightened' Taliban into re-arming in Pakistan, Karzai says
Quqnoos (04/28/2008)
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Leave Taliban alone, Afghan president tells West
The Guardian, UK (04/28/2008)
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Afghan president safe after fleeing gunfire
The Associated Press (04/28/2008)

HEALTH CARE RELATED
Studies shed light on risks of commonly used drugs
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=477970

Patients endangered in 'secret science' trials: study
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/2008/04/28/5410121-cp.html


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Judgment time
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=0ce26a2c-9656-4007-befa-d963362464cf

No charges against Albertan who killed home invader
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2008/01/14/4772770-cp.html

Legal battle to protect Vancouver's safe injection site
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/2008/04/28/5408116-cp.html


MIGRATION
Immigration and Canadian identity
Tom Kent took your questions
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080425.wessaydiscussion0426/BNStory/specialComment/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20080425.wessaydiscussion0426

Immigration system needs tune-up, minister says
http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/419220

Teens spark debate about Sikh politics
Some wonder why students wore T-shirts with quote from controversial leader who called for independence
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080428.wbcsikh28/BNStory/National/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20080428.wbcsikh28


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Why you should care about the fate of Canadian TV
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1052542.html

Protests dog Alberta PR campaign
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080427.wenviro28/BNStory/National/home

Rule changes diminish Legislature
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/418638

Tory in political wilderness
Pressure mounting on PC leader to send jolt through restless party, says one insider
http://www.thestar.com/News/Ontario/article/419050

N.L. looking for federal plan to prevent EU seal products ban
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/2008/04/28/5412121-cp.html


POLITICS
Election fever heats up as MPs return to House all 96 news articles »

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/04/28/house-resumes.html

It's decision time for Dion
Liberal leader has two weeks to make up his mind whether to send Canadians to the polls this spring
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/419097

Trust issues could seal election By NIK NANOS
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/2008/04/28/5406391-sun.html

Tories insist old ruling justifies election spending
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080428.welectionQP0428/BNStory/National/home

Some 11 Tory 'in-and-out' MPs received full rebates in last election
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/cover_index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/april/28/rebates/&c=1

Grits accuse Tories of deliberately bringing country near deficit
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/2008/04/28/5411056-cp.html

Tories link large surpluses with higher taxes
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080428/government_economy_080428/20080428?hub=Canada

Liberals study use of carbon tax to fight emissions
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080428.wdion28/BNStory/National/home

Toews' appointment as TB president stalled labour negotiations by nine months
But Treasury Board says the federal government is 'committed to collective bargaining process.'
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/cover_index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/april/28/civiccircles/&c=1

'Shelf-life is over' on Tory media strategy, says press gallery's president Brennan
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/cover_index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/april/28/brennan/&c=1

Liberal grassroots energized, but top Grits say no decision on an election, yet
But Grits could have own problems as RCMP sets sights on Liberal Party hierarchy too.
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/cover_index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/april/28/grassroots/&c=1

PM should stop being 'control freak'
Campbell urges Harper to trust his team
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=eee23ee7-45bc-4974-88df-d360e3adc5ea

Quebec just keeps getting better for the Tories
Conservatives have emerged as the real 'block-the-Bloc' party
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=272124d0-1807-4a3f-a60e-61003c5c5200

Looming slump to test Harper's credo
'Stay the course' washes with voters until jobs go, observers say, but it's not clear Dion can capitalize
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/419099

Gloomy outlook hurting Tories: Poll
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/418966


PROGRAMMES
Tories to spend $3.25m on anti-drug TV ads
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/419209


PRESSURE POINTS
Terror claims trap Canadian in Khartoum
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080428.SUDAN28/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/


OPINION AND INFORMATION
The end of American triumphalism
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/westview/story/4166162p-4753898c.html

Canada's water power
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/westview/story/4166161p-4753879c.html

The new spy game
Today's intelligence services have a great need for recruitment, and a different challenge in weeding out post-Cold War spies
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=3782954b-a4b1-4f76-be5c-04f91fcced0b

Policing thought in Ontario
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=477543

Kim Campbell: Harper 'competent but too controlling'
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=477495


INFOS

Le tiers des avions de recherche et de sauvetage de l'armée fonctionne
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080428/CPACTUALITES/80428013/1025/CPACTUALITES

Les craintes économiques: un problème pour les conservateurs
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080427/CPFRONTPAGE/80427067/1025/CPACTUALITES

Entreprises fédérales soumises à la Loi 101: la souveraineté avant la lettre
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080427/CPACTUALITES/804270340/1025/CPACTUALITES

Des fonctionnaires abusent du cellulaire
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080427/CPACTUALITES/80427051/1025/CPACTUALITES

Crise alimentaire: le Canada pourrait doubler sa contribution
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080425/CPACTUALITES/80425226/1025/CPACTUALITES

Les talibans ratent Karzaï
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/04/28/187239.html

Industrie bancaire
Grand sommet à Toronto
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Economie-Affaires/2008/04/28/002-flaherty_banques.shtml

Ghislain Picard et Richard Desjardins à l'ONU pour les droits des autochtones
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080428/N042825AU.html

Une femme d'Ottawa est impliquée dans une affaire de détournement Internet
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080427/N0427138AU.html

Le Canada condamne l'attentat de Kaboul
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080427/CPACTUALITES/80427073/5846/CPACTUALITES


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From: "Mel Christian"

Good after noon, Joe
 
To Stratos ( response 4/26/08 ).
 
Corporate strategy knows no limits.
Thus genetic modification knows no limits.
 
Today our society is driven by "greed not need".
 
Independent analyses has been suppressed.
Peer review has been suppressed.
 
We all are what we eat, this includes all, from the top of the food chain to the very beginning of all growing forms.
 
Soooo, stop and do some THINKING.
Do some honest balanced research.
I would love to find out that it is not true that- some animals that feed on GE food fail to developed to normal size.
                                                                        - some animals that feed GE food have GE components transfer into
                                                                                  their  metabolism.                                                                                                                                                         
                                             - that GE foods are modified foods.
 
These GM facts need in-depth research, without interference.
 
Also, there is a CBC documented ( taped ) report of a Health Canada meeting that clearly shows Monsanto trying to bribe the results of Health Canada's findings and decision regarding BHG ( bovine growth hormone ).
 
Mel Christian

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From: "Michael Watkins"


On Sat, April 26, 2008 6:21 pm, Joe Hueglin wrote:
> Do you support or oppose subsidies to producers of biofuels?
> Why or why not?

No.

No, because the subsidies serve no useful purpose except to distort a
market, and play a game of tit for tat with the U.S. administration (and
farmers) across the border.

No, because the utility of biofuels ought to be seriously questioned,
particularly in a northern country like Canada. No, because so little has
been invested in R+D to find, if possible, ways of "growing our fuel" that
make sense in a northern country like Canada.

No, because there is too little emphasis on reduction of energy use, too
much emphasis on replacement (of energy type).

Canadians are already the most wasteful lot on the face of the planet,
although we should acknowledge that part of our sorry statistical record
is directly as a result of our being the U.S. number one fuels supplier.

Total Primary Energy Consumption - 2005
                                                             toe /   % of world
                 mtoe                        population     capita   population
World   -        11,556.37       100%     6,477,000,000   1.78    100.00%
ex-OECD 5,505.83        48%      5,308,576,000   1.04    81.96%
OECD    -        6,050.54        52%      1,168,424,000   5.18    18.04%
  EU    -        1,949.26        17%      385,792,000     5.05    5.96%
  G7    -        4,534.67        39%      717,940,000     6.32    11.08%
  US    -        2,514.32        22%      296,410,000     8.48    4.58%
  CAN   -          357.29       3%       32,299,000      11.06   0.50%

mtoe - million tonnes oil equivalent
toe - tonnes oil equivalent
CANada is part of the OECD and G7 country groupings

Just how ineffective are we? One would think that Canada, a modern
economy, is using its energy wisely. Nothing could be further from the
truth.

Expressed as a ratio of GDP$ by mtoe, Canada ranks as being merely 1/3
more effective than the developing world, which includes countries like
Bangladesh or Sierra Leone. I call this measure Energy Efficiency (EE):
exOECD EE. Here's how the world ranks:

        energy effectiveness
gdp/mtoe         EE:exOECD EE
World            4,045,130,044.44        1.75
ex-OECD 2,307,142,182.07        1.00
OECD             5,626,651,206.31        2.44
  EU             6,457,069,567.85        2.80
  G7             5,588,988,532.65        2.42
  US             4,930,908,822.72        2.14
  CAN            3,075,582,251.07        1.33

(All figures from the OECD or US DOE EIA)

The EU generates more the *double* the GDP per million tonnes of oil
equivalent than Canada does, while sporting roughly the same GDP output
per capita. While the US generates more GDP output per capita, it does so
at an enormous energy cost.

So NO, I would not support subsidies for farmers so they can "grow" fuel
which is inherently even less efficient so that we, or our large customer
to the south, can be just as ineffIcient in generating GDP dollars as
we/they have ever been.

Lets first start talking about doing more with less. Clearly Canada has a
lot of ground to catch up.

(GWYN MORGAN is in agreement "The smouldering debate over biofuel")
http://www.reportonbusiness.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080425.wagendamorgan28/BNStory/robColumnsBlogs/home

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Mon, April 28, 2008
Trust issues could seal election
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/2008/04/28/5406391-sun.html
By NIK NANOS


"The time for accountability has arrived." That's the very first sentence from Stephen Harper in the 2006 federal Conservative election platform.

A combination of events -- the right message (trust us) at the right time (RCMP criminal investigation) resulted in the Harper minority victory. Canadians were mad at the Liberals and were ready for change. Harper and the Conservatives were perceived as not only an alternative choice, but an alternative approach to governing. Polling conducted by Nanos Research for CPAC during the election showed the Harper Tories strong on trust.

In the first year in Tory mandate, Canadians saw Prime Minister Harper roll out the Federal Accountability Act, which, beyond the details, was a symbol of how a Harper government would conduct itself differently.

Fast forward to 2008 and the political "trust" environment is quite different. A government which was in large part elected in reaction to the Liberals and the advertising and sponsorship scandal now faces a series of trust issues to manage, the most recent flare-up being the Conservative election "in and out" scheme that Elections Canada has questioned.

The challenge for the government is the emergence of a narrative that, although it may not be breaking the rules, it is pushing the rules to the limit -- be it having discussions with Chuck Cadman related to his vote in the House of Commons, or how it managed its advertising spending during the 2006 federal election.

CASUALTY

The first casualty of this narrative is likely to be the perceptions Canadians have of politicians and politics because it taps into a cynicism that already exists. The refrain "they're all the same" -- quickly comes to mind for many Canadians when they describe those we elect to represent us all.

The second casualty is the major distraction that results in the media and in the House of Commons. In January, Nanos-Sun Media polling showed Canadians were concerned about the strength of the economy in 2008. Although the broad economic indicators remain steady, polling indicates we are in a psychological recession.

As the opposition parties attempt to take political advantage of the Elections Canada investigation, there are some big issues such as the economy, Afghanistan, the environment and healthcare, to name a few, that Canadians are concerned about.

The only potential political beneficiaries of this environment could be the Bloc and the NDP. For BQ leader Gilles Duceppe, the potential erosion of trust for the Conservatives is strategically tailor-made. In one fell swoop he can attack both the Conservatives and the Liberals in Quebec.

The same holds true for NDP leader Jack Layton. On the trust issue, he can attack both the Grits and the Tories and increase his chances of holding onto nervous New Democrats who might consider voting Liberal to block another potential Conservative win. If the 17-year-old Tom Lukiwski anti-gay video is any indicator, Layton has to be careful how he attacks the Conservative government.

NDP TO GRIT

The most recent polling conducted throughout the focus on Lukiwski showed some NDP support in Ontario moving to the Grits -- very reminiscent of the 2004 federal election which Harper lost.

To paraphrase the Prime Minister, the time for accountability will come again -- at the next election. Canadians will judge all the leaders and parties -- not just on how they leveraged political advantage but what they have actually accomplished since 2006.

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