The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
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- Folding paper
- We await the unveiling of the secret agenda
- Picking through the entrails
- Discussing freedom of conscience
- The game has changed on Parliament Hill
- The same, but different
- Canadians trade in dysfunctional minority Parliament for more polarized model
- Layton should check his illusions at Stornoway's door
- A stunning election that will bring dramatic changes
- Tough to secure Kandahar prison, Afghan loyalty
- Voting day is payback time for six weeks of nastiness
- Grits' best strategy is to hang tough (2011-05-04)
- Canada votes: Double shake-up (2011-05-03)
- Canada votes: Receding red tide (2011-05-04)
- Vote mobs show voting is cool
- No common ground in Commons
- A big vote for change
- The Gazette's View: A blow for sovereignty, an opportunity for the future
- Profound change comes to the electoral scene
- Election 2011: Viewpoints
- Return to separatist message spelled doom for Duceppe
- Positive outlook for small businesses
- Liberals have a long road back
- One Green shoot
- A new political landscape
- The Ignatieff effect
- It's time to re-launch the campaign against terror
- A Tory majority at last
- Federal fall troubling for McGuinty
- Clear symbol of Ottawa's power shift
- Harper given his prize Prime Minister Stephen Harper now faces this test: Whether he can deliver on his promise to offer moderate, centrist government for all Canadians. http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3105749
- What we need is politics of civility and inclusion
- Farewell Michael Ignatieff, we never really knew you at all
- Hepburn: Recovery plan for Liberals
- Four years gives Harper chance to change his ways
- Pakistan's feeble denial
- Siddiqui: How Harper won and Ignatieff lost
- An opportunity to rebuild
- Liberals didn't have a clear message
- Elections don't confer a mandate
- Prescriptions for a sensible Conservative government
- Pakistan's perilous double game
- What really happened in the killing of Osama bin Laden?
- Jack Layton's delicate Quebec dance
- Stephen Harper's double victory
- Here's why Stephen Harper really won
- Harper visits Governor-General, says he's ready to form government
- Adam Radwanski: Vote splitting aside, Tories dominant in Ontario
- We don't need a centre party to prevent political polarization
- Harper's triumph: a realignment of historic proportions
- A progressive mix of orange, red and Quebec
- Jeffrey Simpson on the lessons of the 2011 election
- Riding by riding results and news
- FP's William Watson: Let's win over the NDP's accidental MPs
- FP's Jack Mintz: Set a new agenda
- Gary Clement on the current state of Liberal HQ
- Matt Gurney: Bin Laden's death makes India wonder why U.S. is on Pakistan's side
- NDP MP Thomas Mulcair questions Bin Laden pictures
- Winning immigrant votes part of Tories' 905-region success
- Ten lessons to learn from the 2011 election
- Graeme Hamilton: The end of Gilles Duceppe
- The Bloc falls silent
- Quebec ponders life after the
- 'Dirty' to be in power in Ottawa
- Green light for the Greens
- May's victory a game-changer for Greens
- Disaffected voters still unwilling to vote for Greens
- Must take time rebuilding, Liberal Party president says
- Liberal party may spend a long time out in the cold
- The Liberals' rough road ahead
- Kelly McParland: First order of Tory business, stop the free lunch
- Voters nail it, now, can Tories?
- Those elected to Commons must represent all Canadians
- U.S. won't release bin Laden photo
- European discomfort grows about bin Laden killing
- After bin Laden: What happens next?
- NDP is now bigger but less powerful
- NDP surge, a Liberal dirge
- NDP victory in Welland result of local factors
- Niagara Liberals need to rebuild
- Overtaxed Canadians need government spending curbed
- Poles apart in a new Parliament
- Another view: The death of Osama bin Laden
- Quebec saw value in NDP
- Layton clinched the Tory majority
- Ontario ombud needs wider authority over public institutions
- Different cultures have much to learn from each other
- Forget the story line, this election had four great tales
- Election truths put to the test
- A new day in Canadian politics
- In politics, waves wash in and out
- Brilliant outcome, Canada
- Justice for Osama comes at a price
- Unite-the-left idea good -- in theory
- Harper's historical demolition
- Cloud of suspicion over Mounties darkest in West
- Canada -- where news doesn't set you free
- Left punch -- to Michael Ignatieff's jaw
- Reaping what he sowed
The West gets in
- Editorial: Bin Laden's burial
- Editorial: A major victory for Harper
- Big change, tiny boost to turnout
- Clear Blue skies over Canada
- Osama reaps what he sowed
- Action needed for better voter turnout
- Harper in the driver's seat
- Harper wants us voting in fear
- The nuance in P.G.'s vote
- Bin Laden is dead but his hateful ideology continues to poison young minds
- Ignatieff deserves thanks for his foray into public service
- No voice in government
- Guest editorial: A massive shift in Parliament
- Harper majority and B.C. capital
- How Elizabeth May won
OPINION AND INFORMATION
- Tory backers push for 'truly conservative' government
- Auditor to make G8 report public in June
- Liberals urged to take stunning blow on the chin
- Harper promises to hit ground running with cabinet shuffle, budget
- Questions raised about rookie NDP MP's papers
- Ignatieff relents and 'has arranged to call Mr. Harper' with congratulations
- Judicial recount ordered in Quebec riding that could slip from Tories
- Can Preston Manning save the Liberals?
- Election Boosts Party First Quarter Fortunes
- Indian Affairs mulled ex-PMO aide's pitch for girlfriend's company: note
- Vote splits, Harper's majority and the fate of the NDP's hard left
- What Jack Layton has to work with
- No date set for Parliament's return, Harper says
- New GTA MPs up for cabinet consideration
- Trudeau 'undecided' about Liberal leadership
- Trudeau: Liberals hunting for leaders 'far too often'
- Scott Brison puts family ahead of Liberal leadership ambition
- Experts at odds over future of federal Liberals
- Is new Mississauga Tory MP Eve Adams poised for stardom?
- Meet Canada's youngest MP in history
- Ontario gave secret wage hike to public-sector workers, documents allege
- Politics a 'blood sport' that Ignatieff didn't understand
>>>>>>>>>>INFOS <<<<<<<<<<23h07 - Photos du cadavre de Ben Laden · Mulcair doute de leur existence
MERCREDI 04 MAI 2011
MERCREDI 04 MAI 2011
22h03 - Inondations en Montérégie · L'armée au secours des sinistrés
20h55 - Selon l'organisation · FTQ Construction: la crise est finie
20h34 - «Ce qui traîne se salit» · L'UMQ souhaite rétablir le lien de confiance entre les élus et leurs citoyens
20h18 - Fédérales 2011 · Recomptage judiciaire: un 103e député du NPD, à Montmagny?
19h45 - NPD · Les documents de candidature de Brosseau falsifiés?
19h01 - Fédérales 2011 · Harper ne perd pas une minute
16h29 - Selon l'Institut Fraser · La subvention aux partis politiques devrait déjà être éliminée
16h13 - Politique · Muguette Paillé croit encore en la souveraineté
15h23 - Leadership au PLC · Justin Trudeau ne sait pas s'il est l'homme de la situation
14h29 - Rapport sur l'intégrité des gouvernements · Le Canada recule du 11e au 19e rang
12h52 - Élections fédérales · Josée Verner n'en veut pas au maire Labeaume, mais ...
06h01 - Commentaire · Le Bloc est mort...
06h01 - Élections 2011 · Le survivant du bloc
06h01 - Élections 2011 · Mulcair, le professeur
06h01 - Élections 2011 · Députée introuvable
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Has/will Stephen Harper mellow?
Harper's historical demolition
Has/will Stephen Harper mellow?
Harper's historical demolition
In physics, so too in politics, as Canada's 41st federal election proved Monday night.
The long era of brokerage politics that began with Confederation in 1867 has closed. Instead of consensus-builders, Canada's dominant parties now occupy opposed ideological ground -- Conservatives on the right, New Democrats on the left.
The transformation, begun with Stephen Harper's Conservatives' first minority victory in 2006, took just five years to complete, demolishing 144 years of alternation between Canada's historic two big political tents, the Liberals and the Progressive Conservatives, parties that had dominated Canada since before Confederation.
As they contemplate their new political reality, Canadians can take heart from hints his goal of majority won, their elbows-up prime minister might mellow.
His speech to the Calgary faithful late election night carried traces of consensus, compromise and conciliation.
Having pummelled the loathed Liberals into the ground, Harper managed to express some generosity to the second member of his despised triumverate of "Liberals, socialists and separatists," the new Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, Jack Layton, praising the fact the New Democrats' amazing sweep of 58 of Quebec's 75 ridings had dealt a body blow to the Bloc Québécois.
One robin does not a spring make, however, and Harper has a lot of ground to cover to abandon his scorched-earth policy towards Parliament and any and all critics he treats as enemies of the state.
Less than two weeks before the election, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives published a disturbing commentary by University of Ottawa law student Maria Gergin, entitled Silencing Dissent: The Conservative Record.
"Over the past five years, exercise of the fundamental freedom of speech in Canada has been curbed and discouraged by a federal government increasingly intolerant of even the mildest criticism or dissent," Gergin writes.
"Particularly affected have been organizations dependent on government funding, which advocate for human rights and women's equality. Their voices have been stifled, some completely silenced, by cuts to their budgets... The Harper government's now lengthy record of silencing -- or attempting to silence -- its critics also includes the removal of heads of government agencies, commissions and tribunals who insist on making independent decisions."
Academic freedom is also coming under attack. Professors who have spoken against government actions or policies have been targeted with freedom-of-information requests requesting details of teaching reviews and records.
"This blatant suppression of basic human rights by a government constitutionally responsible for guaranteeing their expression is unprecedented in Canada's history," she says.
Gergin's list of organizations, programs, agencies and individuals who have been cancelled, defunded, silenced and removed by the Harper Conservatives fills three and a half pages and numbers a staggering 93 -- from the 20-year-old Court Challenges Program, which advanced the rights of women, immigrants and refugees to the Law Commission of Canada to the Canadian Council on Social Development.
Equally worrying is Harper's unprecedented assault on Parliament itself. In the final days of the campaign, the prime minister repeatedly refused to answer when asked if he would accept the Governor General's decision to hand power to the opposition should he lose the election or a parliamentary vote. Journalists who dared to press the issue were jeered and booed by Tory supporters.
Also in the last days of the election, the prime minister's widely perceived antagonism to Parliament caused Peter Russell, University of Toronto professor emeritus of political science, to post a video on YouTube telling Canadians bluntly he "feared for Canada" given the prime minister's open disdain of Parliament.
"I've never been more worried in my entire life of democratic citizenship in Canada about the possible outcome of an election," Russell begins. "I really fear... if the Harper Conservatives were to win a majority in the House of Commons it would be an indication that parliamentary crime pays."
Russell notes the Conservatives had been found in contempt of Parliament by the Speaker of the House for refusing the most basic and historic of all parliamentary rights -- the obligation of the king to tell the Commons "how much things cost... We're the fourth-oldest parliamentary democracy in the world. I treasure it, but I would be afraid that our government would be in the hands of people who don't treasure it, don't respect it... I hope all Canadians really worry and think about it and prevent a majority."
Russell didn't get his wish. But now that Harper did get his, perhaps he'll mellow and govern for all Canadians, not just his angry base.
Frances Russell is a Winnipeg
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