Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Daily Digest September 3, 2008


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.
ARCHIVED at http://cdndailydigest.blogspot.com/

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
And it starts all over again

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
Off to the polls we go?

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
U.S. election in stretch run

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Russia's natural gas keeps Europe in its thrall


OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Medical morality


KINGSTON WHIG STANDARD-
Harper must answer critics

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Politicians around world need to keep eye on melting icecaps

TORONTO STAR -
Just what is PM's agenda?

GLOBE & MAIL -
Harper's election
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080903.wefixed03/BNStory/specialComment/home

MISSISSAUGA NEWS -
Harper election a waste of time

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW -
Confidence in food inspection has been undermined

The Bully versus Mr. Bean

K-W RECORD -
Let Greens into national debates

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Boring it's not
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4221339p-4818550c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Election call still a gamble for ruling PM


Canada's shrinking might

CALGARY HERALD -
Dion lost sight of the economy


EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Election gives voters chance to re-engage


LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
Greens get MP through backdoor

VANCOUVER SUN -
Why now? Because Stephen Harper thinks he can win


A brief, green, cynical marriage of convenience

VANCOUVER PROVINCE -
It ain't broke . . .


VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
It ain't broke . . .



ISSUES

AFGHANISTAN -
Deadly strike signals surge in Taliban confidence
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080903.wsoldiersafghanistan0903/BNStory/Front/home

General: US forces to up Afghan winter offensives

Deadly 'foreign raid' in Pakistan

Pakistani border remains a threat to Afghan nationhood, envoy warns
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080903.AFGHANAMBASSADOR03/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

NATO troops successfully escort hydro dam turbine through Taliban ...

How the Taliban gave a French lesson

A sting in Pakistan's al-Qaeda mission


Pakistanis claim US helicopter-borne forces assaulted village in South Waziristan
http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2008/09/pakistanis_claim_us.php

Reported US attack pushes Afghanistan war into Pakistan
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/sep/03/pakistan.afghanistan1

British forces thwart Taliban to deliver turbine. But will it be worth the effort?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/sep/04/afghanistan.waveandtidalpower


CANADIAN FORCES
'Direct attack' kills 3 Canadian soldiers, wounds 5 in southern Afghanistan

Canadian Forces to cease flying Sperwer drones, which are being replaced
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=764637


CANUSA/USACAN
Canada well-placed for eventual U.S. recovery: PM

U.S. misled Canada over deportation: former RCMP head


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Canada ABCP parties seek swift top court hearing


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
New Cold War is a tiny step closer
Russia has disturbed geopolitical calm
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/428247
MacKay: Canada will play bigger role in defending Western HemisphereComment123
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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080903.wmackay03/BNStory/National/home


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Mixed private-public system best for Canadian patients ...


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Canada's health ministers to push Ottawa for health care help as election looms

With federal election looming, Ottawa and Quebec agree on infrastructure cash

Federal minister slams B.C. carbon tax
Contradicting party stand, Lunn calls Campbell's tax 'wrong approach,' says he doesn't think revenue will make it back to voters
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080903.BCCARBON03/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/


PARTY POLITICS
 Federal Policy
 Andre Bachand returned to the fold
http://www.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.radio-canada.ca%2Fregions%2Festrie%2F2008%2F09%2F03%2F002-andre-bachand-retour.shtml&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&sl=fr&tl=en

'Very troubled' Stephen Harper promises investigation into listeriosis outbreak
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080903/national/maple_leaf_recall

Harper testifies in court that he personally authorized Cadman offer
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080903/national/harper_cadman

Federal Tories still wrapping up nominations in four NS ridings

The Need to Win for Canadians

Flaherty stands by tax ahead of election

Dion announces changes to Liberals' main election plank

Harper pledges to help re-tool Windsor Ford plant

Harper accused of vote buying with loan to Ford in Ontario

Liberal Green plan offers $900M to offset energy prices

Election volunteers will be frustrated and poor if byelections cancelled

Conservative pre-election ad focuses on Harper, stresses leadership -


POLITICAL OPINION -
Can Jean deny Harper his election? Reader comments
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080829.wlivegg03/BNStory/specialComment/home?cid=al_gam_mostview

Does Harper hold a majority surprise?  See all stories on this topic

Looking for Harper leadership

Don't vote Conservative

Emerson, Hearn will not seek re-election

Stephen Harper: Prime Minister of False Pretenses

What is the Green Party ? See all stories on this topic

Harper is architect of parliamentary dysfunction

Harper's ambivalent appeal

Harper seen as better leader
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=764619

Stephen Harper's goal: self-preservation

Deregulation should earn Harper a game misconduct

Nomination pressure off local Tories in Casey's riding

Inconvenient timing 

Dion campaigns on wishful thinking


PRESSURE POINTS
Mounties shut probe into Arar leaks
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/story/4221417p-4821507c.html


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Fetal rights need clarity


Deft PR reprocesses tainted food crisis

Extraordinary rendition, extraordinary error


INFOS
 
Trois soldats canadiens perdent la vie lors d'une attaque d'insurgés afghans
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080903/N0903188AU.html

Politique fédérale
André Bachand rentre au bercail
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/estrie/2008/09/03/002-andre-bachand-retour.shtml

Dion dit avoir entendu les Canadiens et bonifie son Tournant vert
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080903/N0903162AU.html

Québec et Ottawa annoncent une entente de 4 milliards $ pour les infrastructures
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080903/N0903186AU.html

Le Parti vert pourrait aller en cour afin d'avoir sa place lors des débats
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080903/N0903207AU.html

Stephen Harper promet une enquête indépendante sur l'épidémie de listériose
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080903/N0903120AU.html

Les méthodes d'attaques des talibans inquiètent les autorités canadiennes
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080903/N0903222AU.html

Québec solidaire: tout sauf les conservateurs en cas d'élections fédérales
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080903/N0903118AU.html

Harper admet avoir approuvé une offre devant être faite à Chuck Cadman
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080903/N0903209AU.html

Dépenses préélectorales
Pluie d'annonces
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2008/09/03/002-elections-annonces.shtml

Soutien fédéral aux arts
La culture attendra
http://www.radio-canada.ca/arts-spectacles/PlusArts/2008/09/03/001-comite_patrimoine.asp

Présumé complot terroriste
Une procédure anticonstitutionnelle, selon la défense
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Ontario/2008/09/02/003-motion-defense-to_n.shtml

Avenir de Postes Canada
L'appui de la population
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/09/02/001-postes-canada-sondage.shtml

80 millions de dollars dans des installations de Ford
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080903/CPACTUALITES/80903229/1025/CPACTUALITES

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Dion announces Green Shift changes

Harper plans listeriosis investigation

Feds promise $80M for Ford engine plant

Greens threaten legal action over TV debates

Deputy leader of N.S's Liberal party may go federal

You can bank on Hillier

Bank of Canada holds interest rates steady

Emerson, Hearn will not seek re-election

Harper best pick for PM, most say

'Dysfunctional' or productive?

Lunn gets jump on campaign

2 OPP officers above the law

Airlines to lose nearly $10B by 2010: IATA

Military to dump $250 million drones

Harper to aid Ontario's ailing auto sector

Parties ready to make job loss election issue

'Atomic veterans' entitled to compensation


Delay in election spending case may benefit Tories

Election will doom contentious copyright bill

Liberal hoping to win over B.C. on Green Shift

NNW Insider: Squamish Mayor to represent Liberals


Baird makes political hay as Liberals try to pick opponent

Former NHL player to vie for Conservative seat

Tory MP Batters announces he will not seek re-election

SpongeBob SquarePants for Harper

'Anything but Conservative' campaign hurting N.L. Tories: source

McGuinty says he'll campaign for fairness

Feds' emergency planning slammed

Do the Tories fear Elizabeth May?. MORE...

Dion's true enemy: his own caucus. MORE...

Harper's ambivalent appeal MORE...

Why Harper's election call? Because he can. MORE...

Stephen Harper's goal: self-preservation. MORE...

The big split on the left plays right into Harper's hands. MORE...

Harper's telling action MORE...

'Green Shift' won't sell MORE...

Carbon tax sales pitch falls flat MORE...

Inconvenient timing MORE...

Just what is PM's agenda? MORE...

And now, on to the real issues. MORE...

Fall election will affect our troops MORE...

More Election Related  
Grits likely to target Alberta

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OPENING SALVOES

Jason was good enough to send an article to-day.  It relates a positive for the CP of C.  Someone who in his words "Stayed on shore" when the boat set sail has chosen to board it.

Not only was the article posted in the "INFOS" it was translated into English and posted under PARTY POLITICS.

Be assured that as was the response to Jason's information, so will be the response to either articles or opinion supportive of the C.P. of C. cause, posting on the Digest.

The contending view derogating the C.P. of C. will be as well - to the benefit of those who as of yet have not arrived at a definitive decision what to do on election day.

Andre Bachand coming on board is a significant plus for the YES position.

The Letter to the Editor below presents a NO view.

         Joe
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From: Jason Hickman
Subject: Daily Digest Tip

Not sure if this made the "INFOS" section of the last DD, but if not, perhaps in can go in your next edition - M. Bachand has decided to run for the CPC in the next election:
 
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/estrie/2008/09/03/002-andre-bachand-retour.shtml
 
Best,
 
- Jason.

=====
. . . many thanks.

PARTY POLITICS
 Federal Policy
 Andre Bachand returned to the fold
http://www.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.radio-canada.ca%2Fregions%2Festrie%2F2008%2F09%2F03%2F002-andre-bachand-retour.shtml&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&sl=fr&tl=en


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"on your side" poor choice as slogan for Conservative Party of Canada
 
  Niagara Falls, Ontario,
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
by: Joe Hueglin


The Conservative Party of Canada slogan "STRONG LEADERSHIP. ON YOUR SIDE" (1) is one that will not have universal appeal.

Those in towns dependent on lumbering will recall that while the promise was made "We will stand up for Canada" (2) on the softwood lumber dispute he did not do so.

Will western wheat growers who elected pro-Canadian Wheat Board directors see him as being on their side or for that matter will Newfoundland and Labradorians, when he broke his word to them?

"STRONG LEADERSHIP" does not promise three ice breakers then reduce the number to one nor announce critical replacements for 40 year old naval supply ships with fanfare, then cancel the orders on a Friday afternoon, nor call Ontario the 'last place' to invest. (3)
 
 
Will those negatively affected, the lumber industry, wheat farmers, ship builders and the citizens of Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario, have forgotten when the Prime Minister was not on their side? Such must be the expectation of Conservative strategists to make "STRONG LEADERSHIP. ON YOUR SIDE" the focus of their campaign.

  Joe Hueglin
 
References:
1. Conservative party web site : http://www.conservative.ca /  
2. HARPER HALIFAX SPEECH Wednesday September 7, 2005
http://www.gowlings.com/resources/enewsletters/govbrief/Htmfiles/governmentBulletin12092005.en.html
3. Flaherty calls Ontario 'last place' to invest; http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/03/01/flaherty-budget.html
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