The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.The legislation implementing the Budget is now available. In the United States of America it has long been the pattern to tack on provisions unrelated to the purpose of a Bill in order to facilitate passage. To vote against the Bill over the "tack-on" and the entire legislation is defeated. It is likely that opponents will swallow the bile they feel and vote in favour of the Bill, tack-on and all.
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In Canada, under a Parliamentary system voting down a Budget Bill not only defeats positive measures but generally results in an election. In the current situation there is some uncertainty because if the Government with only a minority in the House of Commons the Governor-General has the option of asking the official opposition to try to form a new government.
Read through what follows, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14 and Part 15; in your view are these relevant to the following stated goals?
"Canada's economic action plan will stimulate the economy by pursuing the following goals: investing immediately in infrastructure; cutting taxes and freezing employment insurance contributions; stimulating housing construction; improving access to financing and strengthening Canada's financial system; introducing measures to help Canadians; and supporting businesses and communities." http://www.pco-bcp.gc.ca/aia/index.asp?lang=eng&page=recent&doc=index/hansard-eng.htm .
The message to Ignatieff is to "Accept Bill C-10 or force an election".
This was hurriedly put together. There are other sections in the Act unrelated to Budget goals. One, I'm told, makes retroactive regulations in regard to student loan applications that could have serious implications for students who made errors on past applications - but you'll have to read the Bill yourself to find them.
Part 11 enacts the Public Sector Equitable Compensation Act and makes consequential amendments to other Acts. The purpose of the Act is to ensure that proactive measures are taken to provide employees in female predominant job groups with equitable compensation.
Part 12 amends the Competition Act. The amendments include
(a) introducing a dual-track approach to agreements between competitors, with a limited criminal anti-cartel provision and a civil provision to address other agreements that substantially lessen or prevent competition;
Part 13 amends the Investment Canada Act so that the review of an investment will be applied only to the more significant investments. It also amends the Act to allow more information to be made public. This Part also provides for the review of foreign investments in Canada that could threaten national security and allows the Governor in Council to take any measures that the Governor in Council considers advisable to protect national security, such as prohibiting a non-Canadian from implementing an investment.
Part 14 amends the Canada Transportation Act to provide the Governor in Council with flexibility to increase the foreign ownership limit from the existing levels to a maximum of 49%.
Part 15 amends the Air Canada Public Participation Act in relation to the mandatory provisions in the articles of Air Canada regarding constraints imposed on the issue, transfer and ownership of shares. It provides for the repeal of the provisions requiring that the articles of Air Canada contain provisions imposing limits on non-resident share ownership and the repeal of the provisions requiring that the articles of Air Canada contain provisions respecting the enforcement of these constraints.
CAPE BRETON POST -
Harper depicted as political villain
HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Slimy accusation sticks to Conservatives
Targeting dealers poppycock; let's buy poppy crop
After the bailouts, justice
AMHERST DAILY NEWS -
Accusations fly on big spending
MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Montrealers won't rush to give up fireplace use
OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Food safety is being swept under the rug
KINGSTON WHIG STANDARD-
It's smart to go green
BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Businesses need good plans, as do governments
Conservatives owe former Tory MP explanation for smear attempt
TORONTO STAR -
Clarity needed in trade debate
How high executive pay?
GLOBE & MAIL -
Trafficking in transit passes
Vital cultural practice
NATIONAL POST -
The protectionist virus
What happened to free speech on campus?
ST. CATHARINES STANDARD -
Only six more weeks of winter should excite us
K-W RECORD -
Canada needs a better environment strategy
SUDBURY STAR -
Governments don't know how to fix climate
THUNDER BAY CHRONICLE JOURNAL -
REGINA LEADER-POST -
'O Canada' -- we need to hear it
Science snub: little sign of intelligence
CALGARY SUN -
A climate of stupidity in Ottawa
GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE -
Climate of stupidity in nation's capital - Feds' emissions numbers simply don't add up
EDMONTON JOURNAL -
LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
Young lust fades, but pictures last a lifetime
RED DEER ADVOCATE -
We must protect the world's oceans
VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Border security bigger threat than 'Buy American'
Obama team outlines 'new realism' for Afghanistan
U.S. military chief still expects Afghan troop boost
Deadlier Taliban network surfaces
Everyone wants a piece of the Afghan war
PAKISTAN: Bracing For More Drone Attacks
Pakistan key to success in Afghanistan: Biden
Container terminals for Nato supplies shifted
Al Qaeda's paramilitary 'Shadow Army'
CANADIAN FORCES -
Afghan vote may lengthen Canadian battle tours
Military's recruiting efforts fall short
Canada mulls easing airline ownership rules
Majority would limit industry's right to challenge environmental policies
ECONOMIC AFFAIRS -
More evidence the sky refuses to fall
One quarter of Canadians fear layoffs
Job market takes years to recover from recession
FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
Biden Vows 'New Tone' in Foreign Policy
HEALTH CARE RELATED -
High food prices threat to health, report says
JUSTICE SYSTEM -
Charges laid over Alberta duck deaths
Fake documents flood Canadian visa office in India
FEDERAL POLITICS -
Ottawa prepared to provide additional stimulus
Bloc scoring in an empty federalist net
PM, Flaherty sending mixed messages on stimulus: Ignatieff
A Cadman update, of sorts
Grit leader grilled in Orillia
Parliamentary budget officer should be reined in, say Liberal and Tory MPs
Conservatives copy U.S. model of 'permanent campaign'
Libs reduce delegate fee, but expect low turnout at convention
Tories' Economic Incompetence Attacked After Big Job Losses
MPs to examine hate-speech provisions
Tories criticized for not spending money targeted for crime, disasters
PRESSURE POINTS -
Climate spending more hot air
Global warming a manmade political message to be etched in stone with stimulus package $400-million
OPINION AND INFORMATION -
The left's 'Original Sin'
This pandemic is entirely preventable
Put education focus on ABC not PhD
Harper's show of common sense hopeful sign
Eyes right, everyone
L'avocat de Khadr veut que Harper parle de son client à Obama
Semaine cruciale pour une Amérique en crise
L'OTAN n'atteint pas les objectifs de formation de l'Armée afghane
Contre le protectionnisme - Cannon est encouragé par les propos d'Obama
Mobilité de la main-d'oeuvre - Les Français du Québec se réjouissent
En bref - Site Internet des opposants à la bataille des Plaines
Vers un nouvel exode des cerveaux
Des erreurs de 3 millions $
Manège militaire: La crainte de l'improvisation
Agriculture : les ministres discutent à Ottawa sur les impacts de la crise