Monday, February 09, 2009

Daily Digest February 9, 2009


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

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.

Joe Hueglin
905-356-3901
Part 10 enacts the Expenditure Restraint Act. The purpose of that Act is to put in place a reasonable and an affordable approach to compensation across the federal public sector in support of responsible fiscal management in a difficult economic environment.

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.

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EDITORIAL PAGEs

CAPE BRETON POST -
Harper depicted as political villain
http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=219909&sc=151

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Slimy accusation sticks to Conservatives
http://thechronicleherald.ca/forum/read/24/90887/90887#msg-90887

Targeting dealers poppycock; let's buy poppy crop
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1105527.html

After the bailouts, justice
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1105405.html

AMHERST DAILY NEWS -
Accusations fly on big spending
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=220233&sc=61

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Montrealers won't rush to give up fireplace use
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/Montrealers+rush+give+fireplace/1268230/story.html

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Food safety is being swept under the rug
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/op-ed/Food+safety+being+swept+under/1268490/story.html

KINGSTON WHIG STANDARD-
It's smart to go green
http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1426158

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Businesses need good plans, as do governments
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1426029

PETERBOROUGH EXAMINER
Conservatives owe former Tory MP explanation for smear attempt
http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1426379

TORONTO STAR -
Clarity needed in trade debate
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/584424

How high executive pay?
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/584423

GLOBE & MAIL -
Trafficking in transit passes
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090208.weTransit09/BNStory/specialComment/home

Vital cultural practice
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090208.weWood09/BNStory/specialComment/home

NATIONAL POST -
The protectionist virus
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=1267982

What happened to free speech on campus?
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=1267984

ST. CATHARINES STANDARD -
 Only six more weeks of winter should excite us
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1426585

K-W RECORD -
Canada needs a better environment strategy
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/484648

SUDBURY STAR -
Governments don't know how to fix climate
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1426685

THUNDER BAY CHRONICLE JOURNAL -
Connecting Ontario
http://www.chroniclejournal.com/stories.php?id=163644

REGINA LEADER-POST -
'O Canada' -- we need to hear it
http://www2.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=1fa4a9be-9ef7-4d3d-8e2a-5e9680c993c4

Science snub: little sign of intelligence
http://www2.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=6aaa4abd-8cb0-4a24-b72d-f4f7c667967f

CALGARY SUN -
A climate of stupidity in Ottawa
http://calsun.canoe.ca/Comment/POV/2009/02/09/8317501-sun.html

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE -
Climate of stupidity in nation's capital - Feds' emissions numbers simply don't add up
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1426918

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/Canada+stimulus+model+grow/1269005/story.html

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
Young lust fades, but pictures last a lifetime
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/content/view/30152/56/

RED DEER ADVOCATE -
We must protect the world's oceans 
http://www.albertalocalnews.com/reddeeradvocate/opinion/We_must_protect_the_worlds_oceans.html

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Border security bigger threat than 'Buy American'
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=575d1303-e4bc-4831-9876-5e3c20bc865a


ISSUES

AFGHANISTAN -
Obama team outlines 'new realism' for Afghanistan
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/feb/08/obama-afghanistan-us-foreign-policy

U.S. military chief still expects Afghan troop boost
http://in.reuters.com/article/southAsiaNews/idINIndia-37927620090209?sp=true

Deadlier Taliban network surfaces
http://www.thestar.com/SpecialSections/article/584508

Everyone wants a piece of the Afghan war 
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/KB10Df01.html

PAKISTAN: Bracing For More Drone Attacks
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=45709

Pakistan key to success in Afghanistan: Biden
http://www.paperarticles.com/2009/02/pakistan-key-to-success-in-afghanistan.html

Container terminals for Nato supplies shifted
http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=272010&version=1&template_id=41&parent_id=23

Al Qaeda's paramilitary 'Shadow Army'
http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2009/02/al_qaedas_paramilita.php


CANADIAN FORCES -
Afghan vote may lengthen Canadian battle tours
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=1267928

 Military's recruiting efforts fall short
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/584493


CANUSA/USACAN -
Canada mulls easing airline ownership rules
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/090209/canada/canada_us_airlines

Majority would limit industry's right to challenge environmental policies
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090209.wpoll09/BNStory/National/home


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS -
More evidence the sky refuses to fall
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/02/09/david-akin-more-evidence-the-sky-refuses-to-fall.aspx
One quarter of Canadians fear layoffs
http://business.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090209.wjobworry09/BNStory/robAtWork/home

Job market takes years to recover from recession 
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/583781


FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
Biden Vows 'New Tone' in Foreign Policy
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/08/biden-vows-break-from-bush-era-foreign-policy/


HEALTH CARE RELATED -
High food prices threat to health, report says
http://www.thestar.com/healthzone/article/584718


JUSTICE SYSTEM -
Charges laid over Alberta duck deaths
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090209.wabducks09/BNStory/National/home


MIGRATION -
Fake documents flood Canadian visa office in India
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=1267980


FEDERAL POLITICS -
Ottawa prepared to provide additional stimulus
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090209.weconomy09/BNStory/National/home

Bloc scoring in an empty federalist net 
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/584494

PM, Flaherty sending mixed messages on stimulus: Ignatieff
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/02/09/ignatieff-jobs.html

A Cadman update, of sorts
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090209.WBwbradwanski20090209131951/WBStory/WBwbradwanski/

Grit leader grilled in Orillia
http://www.huroniabusinesstimes.com/businesstimes/article/128412

Parliamentary budget officer should be reined in, say Liberal and Tory MPs
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=2009/february/9/budget_officer/&c=2

Conservatives copy U.S. model of 'permanent campaign'
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=2009/february/9/copy_us_model/&c=2

Libs reduce delegate fee, but expect low turnout at convention
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=2009/february/9/libs_reduce_fee/&c=2

Tories' Economic Incompetence Attacked After Big Job Losses
http://www.thelinkpaper.ca/index.php?subaction=showfull&id=1234212498&archive=&start_from=&ucat=2&cat=2


PROGRAMMES -
MPs to examine hate-speech provisions
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090209.whumanrights09/BNStory/National/home

Tories criticized for not spending money targeted for crime, disasters 
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/584495


PRESSURE POINTS -
Climate spending more hot air
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1105413.html

Global warming a manmade political message to be etched in stone with stimulus package $400-million
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/8299


OPINION AND INFORMATION -
The left's 'Original Sin'
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=1268013

This pandemic is entirely preventable
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090208.wcohiv09/BNStory/specialComment/home

Put education focus on ABC not PhD 
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/583780

Harper's show of common sense hopeful sign
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/484647

Eyes right, everyone
http://www.ottawasun.com/Comment/2009/02/09/8316636-sun.html


INFOS -
L'avocat de Khadr veut que Harper parle de son client à Obama
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/justice-et-faits-divers/200902/09/01-825635-lavocat-de-khadr-veut-que-harper-parle-de-son-client-a-obama.php

Semaine cruciale pour une Amérique en crise
http://www.ledevoir.com/2009/02/09/232648.html

L'OTAN n'atteint pas les objectifs de formation de l'Armée afghane
http://www.ledevoir.com/2009/02/09/232645.html

Contre le protectionnisme - Cannon est encouragé par les propos d'Obama
http://www.ledevoir.com/2009/02/09/232630.html

Mobilité de la main-d'oeuvre - Les Français du Québec se réjouissent
http://www.ledevoir.com/2009/02/09/232629.html

En bref - Site Internet des opposants à la bataille des Plaines
http://www.ledevoir.com/2009/02/09/232638.html

Vers un nouvel exode des cerveaux
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2009/02/09/002-exode-cerveaux-science.shtml

Des erreurs de 3 millions $
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2009/02/08/001-Revenu-Canada-erreurs.shtml

Manège militaire: La crainte de l'improvisation
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Quebec/2009/02/08/001-manege-militaire-plan_n.shtml

Agriculture : les ministres discutent à Ottawa sur les impacts de la crise
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090209/N020953AU.html

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