Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Daily Digest June 2, 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 -
Legislative limbo
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=256729&sc=80

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
Events are conspiring
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=256607&sc=30

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN -
Merchants deserve better protection 
The federal government should bring in strong legislation governing the fees merchants pay for credit, debit card options. http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=256877&sc=103

CAPE BRETON POST -
Fear of chaos drives bail-outs
http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=257041&sc=151

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
N.S. election: Elbows and polls
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1125164.html

Pondering a majority NDP government
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1125179.html

AMHERST DAILY NEWS -
Trade issues could be tweaked  
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=256869&sc=61

SAINT JOHN TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL -
Health care needs healing touch
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/opinion/article/686094

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Terrorist lawsuits are unlikely to add up to much
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/Terrorist+lawsuits+unlikely+much/1653105/story.html

Economics for lefties
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/op-ed/Economics+lefties/1653116/story.html

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Minimizing the damage
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Minimizing+damage/1653186/story.html

KINGSTON WHIG STANDARD-
Finders keepers? Not always
LEGAL AFFAIRS: You may have heard that possession is 9/10ths of the law, but that isn't always true
http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1593585

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Yeah, right, we all want to vote again
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1593443

GLOBE & MAIL -
Canada, U.S. should take active role
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/canada-us-should-take-active-role/article1164204/

Keep some discretion
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/keep-some-discretion/article1164331/

D-Day: Not Franco-American
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/not-franco-american/article1164330/

NATIONAL POST -
More than just another country
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1652794

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
Infrastructure needs ignored
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/575805

ST. CATHARINES STANDARD -
Start spreading the eggs around
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1594138

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW -
No sympathy for GM worker facing pension loss
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1593663

K-W RECORD -
GM has to look to the future
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/546330

WINDSOR STAR -
HST's reception: Ontarians are paying attention
http://www.windsorstar.com/opinion/editorials/reception/1653371/story.html

SUDBURY STAR -
City library shouldn't have banned teens
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1594159

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Helping heroin addicts
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/editorials/helping-heroin-addicts-46706817.html

'Two-state' pact nearer in Mideast
Thttp://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/two-state-pact-nearer-in-mideast-46706767.html

Bailout equal to $14,705 tax on new car purchase
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/bailout-equal-to-14705-tax-on-new-car-purchase-46706757.html

Support for Chavez trumps democracy at the OAS
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/support-for-chavez-trumps-democracy-at-the-oas-46706672.html

Just think about Wiggles
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/just-think-about-wiggles-46706602.html

CALGARY HERALD -
GM's East German affair proves bailout just might work
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=acebb567-e367-44d6-8905-0e5e50857bb6

CALGARY SUN -
Allowing GM to fail wasn't an option
http://www.calgarysun.com/comment/editorial/2009/06/02/9646986-sun.html

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE -
Governor General full of heart
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1594695

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Can GM revive under old bosses?
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/revive+under+bosses/1654036/story.html

Passport rule no great burden
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/Passport+rule+great+burden/1654037/story.html

RED DEER ADVOCATE -
It's the dollar, stupid
http://www.albertalocalnews.com/reddeeradvocate/opinion/Its_the_dollar_stupid_46719052.html

Would Jim Flaherty's foes do any better?
http://www.albertalocalnews.com/reddeeradvocate/opinion/Would_Jim_Flahertys_foes_do_any_better_46719012.html

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN -
CN proposing to rail oil from Alberta
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/20090602194896/local/news/cn-proposing-to-rail-oil-from-alberta.html

VANCOUVER SUN -
There are boundaries to acceptable violence
http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=6e03091d-d056-43ab-a4bc-571adfc99208

Expect the Liberals to pounce when the economy turns around
http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=af433235-c7d2-4461-9e42-c57eb766f0fb

New GM just like the old: Success will depend on selling cars
http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=862ba04c-e4ed-4f2d-b3d6-9d92e77a4956

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Plucking taxpayers to reward bad decisions
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=bf3c6781-5688-425a-9488-58a583614c1e
 
Campbell gets pushy on EI access
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=e66fdfc0-b1b4-4714-83f5-f553959a2be4


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS -
Ottawa to change discriminatory Indian Act rules in keeping with Charter
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090602/national/indian_status

Mediator may enter Mohawk-border impasse: MP
http://www.canada.com/news/national/Mediator+enter+Mohawk+border+impasse/1655493/story.html


AF-PAK PROBLEM -
Canada backs talks between Karzai and Taliban
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canada-backs-talks-between-karzai-and-taliban/article1164417/

Fighting the wrong fight in Afghanistan
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/KF03Df01.html


CANADIAN FORCES -
On June 6, 1944, nearly 15,000 Canadians -- at sea, in the air and on the ground -- joined the long-anticipated D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1652819

Military wants $5B for army's fleet
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/todays-paper/Military+wants+army+fleet/1653152/story.html

Availability of planes, helicopters worries defence watchers
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090602/national/aging_air_force

Air force data cast doubt on disaster readiness
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/644502


CANUSA/USACAN -
ECONOMIC AFFAIRS -
China seeks energy alliance
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1652803

Forestry workers demand help from feds
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090602/national/forestry_protest

Small grocers risk folding over credit card changes, feds told
http://www.canada.com/news/national/Small+grocers+risk+folding+over+credit+card+changes+feds+told/1655713/story.html

Challenge is how to sell cars, say marketers
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1652895

Canadian banks hike mortgage rates
http://www.canada.com/news/national/Canadian+banks+hike+mortgage+rates/1655823/story.html

STRONACH JACKS INTO ELECTRIC CAR
PETTY: CHRYSLER BANKRUPTCY AFFECTING CASH FLOW TO DODGE NASCAR TEAMS
GM FINDS BUYER FOR HUMMER

What the #!%*? Will GM keep on truckin'?
In this occasional feature, the National Post tells you everything you need to know about a complicated issue.
SAVING GM 'ALL OR NOTHING'
PM rolls the dice for taxpayers
Government Motors
Will taxpayers get their money back? 'We are not counting on that,' PM says.
http://www.thestar.com/business/article/643958
Government Motors_ The Quagmire Ahead
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/02/opinion/02brooks.html?_r=3&ref=opinion
Bankrupt G.M. Says It Owes $172 Billion
http://mre.pimpinturtle.com/2009/06/01/bankrupt-gm-says-it-owes-172-billion.aspx
Government Motors better make money
http://www.torontosun.com/comment/editorial/2009/06/02/9645326-sun.html
Welcome to Government Motors
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/welcome-to-government-motors/article1164007/
Bailout leaves taxpayers caught in headlights
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/643959
Generous Motors
http://www.ottawasun.com/comment/columnists/greg_weston/2009/06/02/9645431-sun.html
Auto bailout is lousy policy
http://www.torontosun.com/comment/2009/06/02/9645826-sun.html
GM bailout is ugly, but alternative is worse
http://www.montrealgazette.com/Technology/bailout+ugly+alternative+worse/1653104/story.html
PM, premier had no option on GM
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/643793

FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
China shaped by protests it crushed
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/643834

World food crisis unabated in many poor countries
http://communities.canada.com/vancouversun/blogs/globalization/archive/2009/05/15/world-food-crisis-unabated-in-many-poor-countries.aspx


HEALTH CARE RELATED -
Raitt not making any promises that hospitals will get isotopes
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090602/national/isotope_shortage

Another isotope distributor hikes its prices
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090602/national/isotope_price_hike

Expect a shortage in medical isotopes: Minister
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/644377

Secret federal documents reveal full AECL funding
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090602/raitt_documents_090602/20090602?hub=TopStories

Use backup reactors, company urges
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1654502

WHO will stick with criteria for declaring pandemic, but also assess severity
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090602/national/flu_pandemic_severity


JUSTICE SYSTEM -
Prison system near breakdown, watchdog warns
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/644515

RCMP chief apologizes for taser death
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1652781

Competition Bureau cracks down on fraudulent telemarketing businesses
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090602/national/telemarketing_bust

Force Internet firms to divulge names of child-porn distributors: report
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090602/national/internet_child_abuse


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
Provinces will likely follow Ontario and Ottawa into larger deficits: expert
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090602/national/ont_deficit_hst

McGuinty says he can't understand Harper's refusal to talk pension reform
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090602/national/pensions_mcguinty

Ontario's debt outlook 'negative'
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontarios-debt-outlook-negative/article1165773/

Auto bailout pushes Ontario $4-billion deeper into the red
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/auto-bailout-pushes-ontario-4-billion-deeper-into-the-red/article1163617/


FEDERAL POLITICS -
Government 'incompetence' might force election: Ignatieff
http://www.canada.com/news/national/Government+incompetence+might+force+election+Ignatieff/1656035/story.html

Ignatieff rattles election sabre over economy
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090602/national/liberals_tories_showdown

Bleak economy makes it easier to get EI, so no need for threshold change: Finley
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090602/national/ei_finley

Federal Liberals optimistic heading into Quebec fundraiser
http://ww w.canada.com/news/national/Federal+Liberals+optimistic+heading+into+Quebec+fundraiser/1655917/story.html

No 'fire sale' of Crown assets: Flaherty
http://www.canada.com/news/national/fire+sale+Crown+assets+Flaherty/1655888/story.html

EI system fine, Finley says
EI system fine, Finley says

PROGRAMMES -
Federal ad campaign targets foreign cash
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/federal-ad-campaign-targets-foreign-cash/article1165815/

Canada Deficit May Swell To C$168B Through FY13/14 - Report
http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20090602-708916.html

Ottawa digging a $172-billion hole in deficits, TD Bank says
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090602/national/federal_deficit

FEDS MAY SELL OFF CBC VIA RAIL & NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/fp/Port+could+sold+documents+show/1653014/story.html


OPINION AND INFORMATION -
DNA matchmakers say love is in the genes
http://www.canada.com/news/national/matchmakers+love+genes/1656028/story.html

Vote 'no' to another election
http://www.edmontonsun.com/comment/columnists/mindelle_jacobs/2009/06/02/9646676-sun.html

Mockery of justice
Parole review board fails in serving victims, public
http://www.winnipegsun.com/news/columnists/tom_brodbeck/2009/06/02/9647496-sun.html

Harmless, but useless
Why the government's new anti-terrorism legislation probably won't achieve much
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/blogs/radwanski/

Tories wield the deficit truncheon
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/643832

'The General' surrenders at last
GM files for protection, signalling the end of an era and fresh resolve to get things right this time
http://www.thestar.com/business/article/643821


INFOS -
Élections estivales: Ignatieff se décidera bientôt
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200906/02/01-862368-elections-estivales-ignatieff-se-decidera-bientot.php

Le Bloc a une nouvelle cible: Michael Ignatieff
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200906/02/01-862237-le-bloc-a-une-nouvelle-cible-michael-ignatieff.php

Ottawa veut modifier la Loi sur les Indiens
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200906/02/01-862361-ottawa-veut-modifier-la-loi-sur-les-indiens.php

Ottawa veut permettre de poursuivre les commanditaires d'actes terroristes
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200906/02/01-862233-ottawa-veut-permettre-de-poursuivre-les-commanditaires-dactes-terroristes.php

Neuf sociétés d'État scrutées à la loupe
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2009/06/02/001-societe_etat_privatisation.shtml

De la difficulté d'exporter aux États-Unis
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Economie-Affaires/2009/06/02/005-exportations-USA.shtml

La pression à son maximum
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2009/06/02/002-prisons-surpopulation-danger.shtml

Ignatieff décidera la semaine prochaine s'il provoque un scrutin estival
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090602/N0602196AU.html

Selon Diane Finley, il est plus facile de toucher de l'assurance-emploi
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090602/N0602206AU.html

Ottawa affichera des déficits de 172 milliards $ en cinq ans, estime la Banque TD
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090602/N0602116AU.html

Le Bloc appelle les libéraux à se prononcer sur la loi 101 et le Québec
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090602/N0602202AU.html

Manifestation: les travailleurs en foresterie veulent leur part du gâteau
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090602/N0602194AU.html


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As immediate and familiar as the U.S. has long been, it is still a foreign country
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/Passport+rule+great+burden/1654037/story.html

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From: The Natroses

Hi Joe,
Some interesting articles on the topic of  anti-Semitism and Israel. Again the readers are being exposed to a rather simplistic viewpoint of anti-semitism, where the points are debated only from a Jewish viewpoint. Completely ignoring the fact that Jewish people no matter where they live in this world, are capable just like any other group of people to hate and have differing viewpoints towards others that are different from themselves. What is tiresome, is the raising of historical events where Jewish people became the victims of the political ideology and business practices of the times. I absolutely abhorred what has happened to the Jewish people in the course of history, but it should not mean that the Jewish people should be raised above all other groups who have been subjected to the same kinds of hatred that the Jewish people have been exposed to. Genocide is still occurring in other parts of the world, and our world leaders have chosen to ignored it, for political or business reasons.  Political and business decisions regarding trade and operation practices, where sub-standards is the norm depending on what part of the world one lives in. The victims in this case would be the working poor and middle-class where the elite controls and have the power to dictate to the regular citizens what is in all aspects of life, regardless of political ideologies of countries. The article in the Star, called "Ethical behaviour unites us all" is intriguing, until you read, "Too many people are caught up in speculation about the nature of God instead of seeking to follow the teachings. The temptation to think theologically can obscure the responsibility to act ethically." The rabbi, Dow Marmur points he is making falls apart at this point, by making an assumption that generally people make decisions in the light of their current theology, belief systems of God, and dogma. He goes on to say, " But remembering that the Torah was given in no man's land at Sinai to make it accessible to all people, I know how close I can be to both my secular and my non-Jewish religious neighbours – if they only let me show it." 
Once again, he is playing the victim portraying himself and others as not having access or opportunities to become close to their secular and non-Jewish religious neighbours. The trouble here, is he and others like him are not prepared to have a two-way conversation that respects each other's beliefs, traditions, which leads to greater understanding and tolerance. Instead, they scream anti-semitism if anyone questions anything relating to the Jewish culture, and this alone breeds intolerance. The Jewish people are not alone, and groups based on other religion, political dogma have all been guilty of it throughout history and currently in today's society.
Using the Ten Commandants as the basis for ethical behaviour among us, is the general rule among us peasants. But to use it to preach to the lowly masses, when the problem comes from our political, religious and business sectors who are never above taking the low road whenever it is to their advantage in some way. It is why we are in an economic mess and other messes such as war that the world is in, where tolerance and acting ethically is a rarity among our elite.
The rabbi is right in one thing, if the world fellow the Ten Commandants and acted ethically within them - The world and its people would not have to be worried about wars, starvations, depressions, recessions, crime, and all the other things that makes life miserable and creates needless hardships for the people of the Earth. But, and it is a but - how do we force the people of the elite who are in positions of power and influences to act ethically even when the price affects and alters their beliefs, traditions, cultures, and lifestyles?
 
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Please read.

Canada mulling asset sales: report - Yahoo! Canada Finance
http://ca.news.finance.yahoo.com/s/02062009/6/finance-canada-mulling-asset-sales-report.html

Will Tories sell the CBC?
http://thetyee.ca/cms/Blogs/TheHook/Media/2009/06/01/ToriesSell/

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From: Tom Brewer

I for one am sick and tired of seeing and hearing the slam ad Harper has on the Liberal leader. I originally thought the ad was childish but now it is like little kids throwing sticks and stones to the point I'm sorry to suggest it is nauseating!
 
Enough is enough. Give it a break please! I could only hope someone can find Harper out there with a flock of sheep! It would serve him right to be mocked as hard as he has been giving it to the Liberal leader. I hope you notice I am not suggesting Harper has his pants down to his ankles either!
 
If his people can infer about the Liberal leader can we too mot infer about him and the sheep?
 
tom

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Subject: RE: Daily Digest June 1, 2009
From: "Efstratios Psarianos"

Can 'Government Motors' succeed where GM failed?
'Government Motors', hahahaha. Good one! And one for the archives.

Layton sliding into irrelevance in Quebec
http://www.thestar.com/canada/columnist/article/643402
A tendentious statement ... strictly speaking, he's never been relevant in the first place.
 
There HAVE been stirrings of interest before the past two elections, as people who weren't interested in voting Bloc and who we're 'stereotypically' on the the left were looking for a home. (I say 'stereotypically' because this 'left-right' thing doesn't explain adequately what modern politics are about). But low percentages of votes cast, strong leftist-nationalist competition from the Bloc (in a sense, it's "Quebec's NDP"), and its overall alienness (it's flavour is a holdover of the British labour movement) make it hard for the NDP to take root here.
 
PROGRAMMES -
(From the article ...)

In its fiscal update last November, the government announced that it would launch a review of its Crown assets, including so-called enterprise Crown corporations, real estate and "other holdings."

Strictly speaking, all par for the course: it's an overall review of Crown Corporations, with emphasis on those that '... are not financially dependent on .. subsidies'. And Heaven knows that some of those are due for a serious evaluation and possible sale; VIA Rail is a notable example.
 
Most of GM loan won't be repaid, Harper says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/most-of-gm-loan-wont-be-repaid-harper-says/article1163443/
So much for Daddy's confidence in little Gerry. Sounds like GM will be a sickly child.
 
What passport? Rule surprises Bush, Clinton
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/642976
Even to a 'seen it all' guy like me, this is a bit of a surprise, less so in the case of Mr. Clinton (he hasn't been President since 2000, after all). The thing about the US Government is that it's so big, ramshackle, and ARBITRARY that one can almost never tell where a decision's been made, and often that one evn HAS been made.
Still, though, one can reasonably expect that Mr. Bush would know SOMETHING about this, even if he wasn't driving it while Prez.
 
I tell ya, one thing that I admire about my country is its ability to cope with the stupidities of US governance at all levels ... US governments are DESIGNED to malfunction, which makes the US something of a '... stumbling, demented, child-king ...'* of a country.
 
* A fillip to Alice Cooper for the Vincent Price voice-over in his song, "The Black Widow".
 
From: Bob Taubman
Re: Mr. Duddy and the World Trade Centre;
 
Some people still believe the earth is flat.
 Bob Taubman,
Ottawa, ON
 Debunking the 9/11 Myths: Special Report
Popular Mechanics examines the evidence and consults the experts to refute the most persistent conspiracy theories of September 11. http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military_law/1227842.html
 
When all is said and done, the "it can't be a government conspiracy because this is too big for it to pull off with no one talking" explanation settles it all. The thought that a cabal sponsored by high-placed individuals in a democratic government and who could be so confident in every single one of themselves that none would talk is inconceivable. First, a fairly numerous group would be called to plan and execute this, and second, they'd all be dead if even one of them or a flunky were to talk.
 
Add to that that there are many other ways in which provocative incidents could be staged with much less risk. Shooting a US Ambassador in Saudi Arabia, say, or blowing some Kuwaiti prince would do nicely, for example. The thing would be INFINITELY less risky, it would be very provocative, and it wouldn't involve killing thousands of Americans and maybe laying low the world financial system.
 
Conspiracy theorists: give it up! It CANNOT have been a US Government conspiracy.

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From: alan heisey <hize@earthlink.net>
Subject: Re: Daily Digest May 31, 2009
j, real does not speak for what i know of the gta where i think the raprrochement of reform and pcs is complete! cz
Same here in Quebec. Then again, Reform was never a factor here in Quebec anyway.
 
Kudos to Mr. Harper on this one: he's skillfully overseen the fusion of 'two realities' that at first must have mistrusted each other.

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Your opinion stands (unless challenged)
Although the Reform Party was, at Manning's urging in the beginning, later absorbed into the current Conservative Party of Canada, the ideological divide between former Reformers and the Red Tories of the former Progressive Conservative Party remains as great as ever and is the cancer in that body politic that will sooner or later dissolve that unstable partnership.

It could happen, but I feel that it won't, at least not anytime soon.
 
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Valid travel document include a regular passport, a new passport card, a "trusted traveler" card or an "enhanced driver's license," which states the person's nationality. Currently, only Vermont, New York, Washington and Michigan offer the new enhanced documentation.
Quebec does too, if one's willing to pay $51 for an enhanced driver's licence.

The World Passport, which represents the inalienable human right of freedom of travel on planet Earth is not accepted for entry into the U.S.
It's a right? I dunno ... last time I looked, no 'real' country in the world has allowed people to cross its borders as they please. Pocket countries like Andorra, San Marino, Monaco, and Liechtenstein don't count ... their border policy is effectively that of their large neighbours (so France for Monaco, for example).

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From: Rene Moreau <rene.a.moreau@gmail.com>
To Joe;
From Rene Moreau;
re; Gordon campbell is right. Globe and Mail, Saturday, May 30
     So know you know why they HAD TO GIVE HIM A 'SANITIZER"!
      (Cynical, eh?
                                                       Rene Morea

Cynical, yes. (No offense meant). I'll write something about this later this week. Thanks for the input, Rene.
 
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From: The Natroses
On Sun, May 31, 2009 at 11:12 PM, The Natroses wrote:
Hi Joe,
 To "Efstratios Psarianos" : On comments, "Sad to say, but the best LONG-TERM solutions to getting people back to work is to help them be ABLE to get work and to assist them in getting them to where there IS work. Truth be told, if one's to make EI more effective, it seems to me that the Government of Canada should consider granting cash or tax rebates to people who move for a new job (or perhaps where there's work) to help with moving expenses, first-month deposits to rent an apartment, etc. etc. But turning EI into a permanent recourse for workers in down-and-out regions: no. That's what 'social security' is for if a provincial government's so inclined."
Thanks to the Natroses for their response. I'll write back later this week. Stratos

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Nine companies of State scrutinized

The CBC, VIA Rail and the National Arts Center are part of a group of nine companies of State deemed "unsustainable" (not self-sustaining), because not financially independent by the federal government. Ottawa is considering privatization thus reveal Tuesday the newspapers of the CanWest chain.

In its 2009 budget, tabled on 27 January, the Minister of Finance, Jim Flaherty, had reiterated that the Harper government would carry out a comprehensive review of government assets, including "the companies state enterprises [Editor's note: which operations are not dependent on parliamentary appropriations], real estate and other assets. " The process was formally initiated last fall.

The objective of the Conservative government of Stephen Harper, said the last federal budget, is to "ensure that the primary reason justifying their property by the government remains valid, that their activities are still effective and that their business plans are viable. "

However, a briefing note from the Ministry of Finance dated 2 December 2008, and obtained by the CanWest network through the Access to Information, said that Ottawa will consider the expenses of Crown corporations business, but that it will consider the privatization of Crown corporations that need public money to survive.

"This includes the Crown corporations that are not viable even if their activity is commercial in nature, can be read. The memo called the coup d'état nine companies that meet these criteria, including the CBC, VIA Rail, the National Arts Center and Atomic Energy of Canada.

As a result of recommendations of a committee to look into the future of the federal agency, the Harper government has announced last Friday its intention to restructure Atomic Energy of Canada and to sell some sector private.

Extract of the federal budget 2009

The reviews [of the assets of the government] is an assessment of the adequacy of current assets relative to the responsibilities of central government as well as its market value. Relying on these data, the tests will determine if a value can be obtained by changing the structure and ownership of assets, then they will report on a wide range of options including the status quo, changes in current terms or governance. In some cases they could reach the conclusion that the sale of assets to an entity in the private sector could generate more economic activity and provide greater value to taxpayers. The examinations will endeavor to ensure that assets are efficient, effective and focused on priorities and what they contribute to promote investment and expertise from the private sector.
The Globe and Mail, for its part, cites sources who claim that it is unlikely that the Conservative government, minority in the House of Commons, not addresses of the 'highly symbolic "as the CBC and VIA Rail.

In an interview in the network of information, the Minister of Revenue of Canada, Jean-Pierre Blackburn, argued that the sale of the CBC was not in the government's plans. He said not to have heard of such a project.

Minister Flaherty said in the filing of the last federal budget that he earn $ 4 billion by selling assets of the federal government. Since then, the government's anticipated deficit for the current fiscal year has swelled from 34 to 50 billion dollars.

The CEO of the CBC, Hubert T. Lacroix, announced last March that the public broadcaster was facing a shortfall of $ 171 million and should therefore cut jobs, change the programming and selling assets. Some 800 jobs, or about 8% of the corporation, will be deleted.

The owners of the CBC is not worried

Speaking before the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, Tuesday, the senior vice president of french Radio-Canada, Sylvain Lafrance, said it was not the first crisis that the CBC through.

Before this audience, he stressed that in 74 years, society has always managed to adapt.

He even refused to blame the government for these budget cuts and job cuts at Radio-Canada. He recalled that they were a consequence of falling revenues and rising expenses.

He stressed, however, that the federal government refused to Radio-Canada the flexibility that would have allowed him not cutting its spending and its staff.

The owners of Radio-Canada and remain optimistic about the future of public broadcaster, despite the difficult context of economic situation.

In the public service, it is normal that there are questions about the nature of public service, then in all countries of the world it arises. To me, this is not surprising that these issues sometimes emerge in a society. It is the nature of public services. We'll leave the debate take its course.

- Sylvain Lafrance
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