Sunday, May 17, 2009

Daily Digest May 17, 2009


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

EDITORIAL PAGEs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
At an impasse

House calls

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
Paying attention to a slow killer

Western tourism expected to grow

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN -
Long-term cure for the lobster fishery

CAPE BRETON POST -
Premier decides to write headline

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Tigers: Wave the white flag (2009-05-17)
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NDP platform: Cautious change (2009-05-16)
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Dhalla drama: Look beyond centre stage (2009-05-15)

SAINT JOHN TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL -
Political dramas dominate Ottawa

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Dumping Afghan general changes the ground game

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
An ending still unwritten

OTTAWA SUN -
Is the cup half full or half empty?
Will Canada ever sell its water in bulk?
http://www.ottawasun.com/comment/editorial/2009/05/15/9465131-sun.html

KINGSTON WHIG STANDARD-
'Embedding' journalists with soldiers leads to bad and biased reporting

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Mulroney's vision was on grand scale

TORONTO STAR -
Harper spins EI fiction

Negative ads coarsen debate

Knee-deep in political mud and still sinking

Still waiting for Flaherty's `immediate action"
 
NATIONAL POST -
 The cap-and-trade con game

The cap and trade racket

TORONTO SUN -
Computerized health records keep crashing
http://www.torontosun.com/comment/editorial/2009/05/14/9451741-sun.html

K-W RECORD -
Conservatives' ads aren't just an attack on Ignatieff, but on Americans

THUNDER BAY CHRONICLE JOURNAL -
Thunder Bay in a cultural crisis

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Changing generals midstream

WINNIPEG SUN -
Refugee board operating in shadows
http://www.winnipegsun.com/comment/editorial/2009/05/15/9465601-sun.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Releasing photos best for America

CALGARY HERALD -
When paying taxman too much is a scam

Status quo election in B.C. may be sign of future

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE -
Slippery slope created with new provincial law

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Tories should can attack ads

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
Attack ads from on high
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/content/view/59032/56/

RED DEER ADVOCATE -
The right to control thought 

The right to control thought 

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN -
U.S. president pushes possibilities

VANCOUVER SUN -
Celebrities give unwarranted boost to science-averse anti-vaccine groups

VANCOUVER PROVINCE -
Libs now need to do better

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Greens should recognize the party's over


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS -          
Natives sought for Canadian military

Huge challenges for First Nations


AF-PAK PROBLEM -
Almost everything is going wrong in Pakistan
CANADIAN FORCES -
Long-awaited combat action badge cancelled by Canadian Forces 


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS -
Toronto Sun's editorial board goes to Oshawa to hear directly from autoworkers
http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/rob_granatstein/2009/05/17/9483461-sun.html
  • GM labour talks 'very, very difficult,' says Lewenza
  • CAW frustrated 'to the point of despair'
  • Pension problem may persist after GM-CAW talks

FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
U.S. stirs a hornet's nest in Pakistan
http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/eric_margolis/2009/05/17/9483511-sun.html

Hands off our Arctic, Canada tells Europeans


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
Quebec's attempts to get National Assembly lands stalled

N.S. Tories step up campaign attacks on NDP

Ontario PC Party: Extreme makeover, Tory edition

Tories: Dream big, don't live in fear

Ontarians already resent harmonized sales tax plan 


FEDERAL POLITICS -
Calling all 'decent Canadians'

'Can't miss' Giorno is slipping on the political ice

Harper's chief of staff causing tensions in Tory circles

Negative ads work ...

Will Tory attack ads sting Harper?
CTV's Question Period : May 17, 2009 : House leaders Ralph Goodale, Libby Davies and Jay Hill
With every minorty goverment, election talk is a right of spring. This time around, EI has become a central issue in the opposition's confidence, with both the Liberals and NDP threatening to defeat the government if changes aren't made.
PROGRAMMES -
Government program misusing budget
http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2009/05/15/9475321-sun.html

Ottawa extends long-gun amnesty for another year

Calls for reform to EI growing louder

Laid off workers frustrated over EI discrepancies


PRESSURE POINTS -
Global warming word games


OPINION AND INFORMATION -
Just where is PM taking us? 

Harper is hampered by his lack of vision

Schoolyard tripe! Poisonous! Demeaning! Anti-American!

Snap election bad for pensions

Tories looking like narrow-minded bigots

Have your say: Put a sock in it, Ms. May

3 political dramas, one moral

The real moral of nannygate 

Political agendas everywhere in nanny saga 

The United State of Bilderberg INFOS -
Le chef de cabinet de Harper divise le clan conservateur

Les villes s'impatientent

Droits des Autochtones
Accentuer la pression sur Ottawa
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2009/05/15/002-autochtones-ottawa.shtml

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A question tto test your recall of Employment Insurance matters.

As a person who has been paying unemployment insurance premiums for years why would you reject the threat of increased payouts to the unemployed resulting in "massive increase in payroll taxes" ?

The Liberals -- by their own admission -- say the proposal would cost taxpayers $1.5 billion a year, but would only be a temporary measure until the economic storm subsides.

But Harper says what the Liberals are proposing amounts to a massive increase in payroll taxes -- something the government, business and workers cannot tolerate.
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090513/Harper_EI_090513?s_name=&no_ads=


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Subject: Re: CPC/Liberal e-mails for donations media comment on ads.
From: "Michael Watkins"

Conservative attack ads blast Liberal Leader Ignatieff for being
physically absent our country for many years. Wait for it: Liberal
counter-attack ads blasting Stephen Harper for being emotionally
unattached to Canada, seemingly for most of his adult life.

Could not Mr. Harper and his howdy-doody henchmen find something more
useful to the country to do?

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From: The Natroses
Subject: Re: CPC/Liberal e-mails for donations media comment on ads.


Hi Joe,  Harper started the campaign early for a good reason. I bet he is losing supporters and it is those conservative supporters that cannot get IE, or stuck in a re-training program where one has to move far away to obtain a job or discovered his or her taxes went up despite the new tax credits. Many more reasons not to have a paid membership in the Conservative party. This is where the Liberals can slip in and do their own negative advertising - just on the record. Besides IE reform, the stimulus money and how it is handed out is a bone of contention. Not too many of the smaller municipalities can afford their 1/3 share, and if they did find a way, property tax is raised for operation expenses or upkeep. Plus, if a municipality does want to have a project, they have to pay for the expense and hiring of an engineer - that can run higher than $300,000. On top of that, the projects have to be new, so old recreational buildings and other buildings that needs major repairs are out. As for harbour improvements, especially in places like NL there is more money to be had BUT here again, it is unlikely for the smaller places to improve their harbours, if it unlikely it would improve traffic into the harbour. I am sure there is a few former Conservative supporters, that is ticked off at the 1/3 share.
As for Iggy, he too can dig into Harper's past and bring out the pearls of wisdom spoke by a much younger Harper. As far as I am concern, much more damaging than what Iggy has ever said in his younger days. At least he was working for a living, trying to sell books and teach at one of the best universities of the world. Compared to Harper's track record in work, Harper does not have one, or one that is comparable to Iggy's. Also Harper should be attack on calling himself an economist. He only has a master in economics, and like a person who majored in medical or health related courses in university, that person does not have the right to call himself a doctor. I believe the public should know the difference.   

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From: "Jim Calvert"
Subject: RE: CPC/Liberal e-mails for donations media comment on ads.

Joe:
 
I think maybe it's time to rename your publication Liberal/Communications/NET?
 
Publishing the fundraising letter from the Liberals complete with links to donate money?
 
Maybe you could have pretended neutrality by putting them in alphabetical order or something?
 
Have you looked at some of the speeches coming out of Iggy's mouth?
These aren't attack ads, they're facts.
He thinks he owns Britain as well as the U.S.
I don't think he even knows where he is half of the time.
 
Jim Calvert
 
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Jim,

The ad already being known the Lib letter was in response to it.

The Con letter stated the rationale - followed by the take of the
columnists on the letter.

This order may be fallacious to you but it was logical to me.

         Regards,

             Joe

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From:  Peggy Merritt
Subject: Re: CPC/Liberal e-mails for donations media comment on ads.

Hi Joe: I guess this might be the result of the recent review of of the 4 page article about Iggy's recent book in the G&M I noticed that not one columnists commented about the Liberal l leader claiming to be patriot and wrapping himself in the Canadiian Flag (after a 30 year absence) and stated that our Prime Minister was flawed. Thems words that require a response and if we don't get it from the media we do it ourselves. Peggy Merritt

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From: "Peter Robertson"
Subject: RE: CPC/Liberal e-mails for donations media comment on ads.

Joe,
 
                The silly season has started.  In Canada, we actually have three seasons: winter, construction, and elections.  I expect to find an empty pork barrel at the end of my driveway any time now.
 
                Harrowsmith Magazine used to advertise a manure spreader with the brand name, "The Politician".  I always thought it was appropriate.
 
                Incidentally, on a recent visit to Montreal, I encountered florists selling bamboo shoots (the kind that one places in water as an ornament) with a sign, "bye-bye Harper" attached.  I observed for about 15 minutes: they were selling well.  A small sign, perhaps, that Mr. Harper is not doing well in Quebec?
 
Peter Robertson.

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