Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Daily Digest June 13, 2012 030


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.
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OPINION AND INFORMATION
_____CANADA
Rae says not running for Liberal leader is best for party
'It hasn't been an easy decision,' Rae says. Bob Rae opted out of running in the Liberal leadership race this morning and
said it is best for his party if he sticks to the promise he made when he assumed the interim leadership.
MORE...

Bob Rae: The real reason he won't run for the Liberal leadership
 For years, Bob Rae wanted to be prime minister of Canada.
MORE...
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Ten things Stephen Harper hopes you forget by 2015
Bob Rae needs to decide if the Liberal leadership is worth seeking

Neo-con policies drive financial inequality
Late night sessions, parliamentary shenanigans part of democracy in action

The power of one MP
Federal budget 2012: More subterfuge hidden inside The Trojan Horse bill

Omnibus bill exposes 'pragmatic' Stephen Harper as a radical
The Conservatives' arrogance will come back to bite them

Ominous omnibus budget bill will impact millions
Europe and its debt crisis will get no sympathy from Harper

Canada is 'back' on the world stage? Hardly
Beware politicians preaching restraint

Austerity alone won't solve a structural debt problem
Inflammatory rhetoric poisons climate for mature debate of public policy issues

Toronto plastic bag ban is a great start, and sugar's next
Harper defends Del Mastro over campaign expense allegations

Voting endlessly oddly appropriate way to protest abuse of Parliament
Tories treating Parliament with contempt, 'playing games to avoid scrutiny,' says Queen's professor Franks

Defiant Levant stands by Spanish slur
Jason Kenney publicizes Colombian refugee's private data over disputed news story

Kenney rebukes newspaper, lectures reporters on 'incomplete' work
Auditor-General sounds alarm on House and Senate contracts

Auditor general finds contracting problems in House, Senate
Weaknesses in House contract procurements: AG

Conrad Black's visa wasn't handled specially, files show
Pssst... Wanna see Jean Charest's re-election plan?

Russia must stop impeding UN sanctions on Syria, Harper says
Stand up, sit down, repeat: What to expect from budget all-nighter

Broadcast regulator raps Sun News, Levant for on-air obscenity
PM Harper's sweeping omnibus budget bill lays political track for next federal election, say Nanos

Kenney rebukes newspaper, lectures reporters on 'incomplete' work
Thomas Mulcair's Dutch Disease warning supported by OECD report

Long-fought audit of MP and Senate expenses set for release, won't name names
Auditor set to pull back curtain on Parliament's spending

Tories tap former auditor to oversee revamped fighter-jet purchase
Three F-35 questions the government can't answer ­ despite what Ambrose said

MPs greet all-night voting session with stoic dread
Unity candidates against Tories urged by local groups

Oil sands must do 'heavy lifting' to meet climate goals, Ottawa told
Panel sends Harper "reality check" on global warming

Del Mastro denies campaign spent $21k on Holinshed
Ottawa: Ship deal isn't leaking

Manitoba politicians seek reprieve from federal government for Riel House
MP Kent: 'Riel House is not closing'

Harper mum on campaign for second bridge to Detroit
Star exclusive poll shows Saskatchewan most satisfied with health care, Newfoundland the least

Harper's public-sector wage curbs subject of legal appeal by federal lawyers
We 'blew it', military police official says of suicide note coverup

Tories join call for Munich massacre tribute
Parts of Alberta oil spill may never be cleaned up

Can't speak English or French? Expect a tough time on job market: report
Ottawa falls short on salt intake: provinces

By-election loss may give Quebec Liberals pause
Wildrose leader attends Pride event, won't apologize for former candidate's fiery comment

Toronto Councillor Adam Vaughan seeks ban on bullets in wake of Eaton centre shooting
Canadians pay more than Americans for Canadian-made vehicles

Fetal gender testing offered at private clinics. Raises fears that gender selection happening in Canada
How a Decent Meal Can Keep People from the Brink

2012, Year of the Television Apocalypse?
Seven Reasons to Support Low Tuition Fees

With the federal budget vote looming, a quick look at some of the numbers
RCMP and BCCLA clash over First Nations injury investigations

Waiting for Flaherty: CPP IB Questions for the Minister of Finance Read more...
Killing Canadian Democracy: Ontario Bill 55 Renders Legislature Obsolete Read more...

_____FOREIGN AFFAIRS

UN monitors attacked in Syria as U.S. accuses Russia of aiding Assad
Mother-of-two, who spent $15,000 on butt injections, lifts lid on the secret world of black market cosmetic procedures

What I'd Ask JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon
What Would a Green Industrial Strategy Look Like?

Global Zero: The Road Ahead – Analysis
Palestine Party Leaders To Hold Unity Talks In Cairo

When Will The US Put An End To Killing Students? – OpEd
Macedonia Closes Another Critical Media Outlet

Nepal: Political Impasse: Prachanda Holds The Key – Analysis
UN Says Syria In State Of Civil War

Russia Rejects US Allegations on Arms Deliveries To Syria
South Africa: What's In A Label? – OpEd

Gunmen Kill Former Syrian FA President
Iraq: Bombs Kill 72 In Iraqi Different Cities, Shi'ite Pilgrims Targeted

The Truth About Libya, Gaddafi and the New World Order Slaves
Happy Birthday Muammar Gaddafi (+ Audio)

Queen Elizabeth: 21st Century`s Lord of Thieves
Burn the Banker`s Money! Free the People`s Secretary!

Libya: Ignorance is Strength, War is Peace, Slavery is Freedom
Mathaba Radio 1st Broadcast Discusses Libya Elections & Current Affairs

American sElections: Bilderberg Appoints US President Ahead Of November Polls
Water Fluoridation: Facts & Fallacies

Seif al-Islam Gaddafi and the Fight behind the Scene over His Fate
African Beauty, Threatened By Western Civilization

World Bank Warns Euro Fears May Slow Global Growth
US National Security Leaks Roil Capitol Hill

NATO Preparing Vast Disinformation Campaign
Nancy Pelosi Confronted Over the NDAA Indefinite Detention of Americans

DHS Agencies to Buy Up to 7,000 New 5.56x45mm NATO Personal Defense Weapons"
Could Israel Attack Syria Based on Falsified Chemical Weapons Claims? [] [] []

Agent Provocateur At Bilderberg 2012 Tried to Set Up Protesters With Fake Bomb Threat
Who Wants Peace in Colombia?


Climate Change: Hasn't Warming Happened Before?
Did Social Over Spending Cause the Euro-Crisis?

South Africa: What's In A Label? – OpEd READ MORE
Commonsense Wisdom From African Farmers – OpEd READ MORE

Why The US Economy Can't Get Out Of First Gear – OpEd READ MORE
A Regional Power Shift: Syria And Turkey – OpEd
READ MORE

The New Planet Hunters . Read more...
Obama's Intelligence Striptease Read more...

Confronting Iran, "Protecting Israel:" The Real Reason for America's War on Syria Read more...
Unspeakable Things: The Liberals' Clumsy Dance Across Obama's Killing Floor Read more...

Will Knowing the Truth of Syrian Massacres Matter? Insurgents Named Responsible for Syrian Massacres Read more...
Sanders Releases Explosive Bailout List Intro: "More than $4 trillion in near zero-interest Federal Reserve loans READ MORE

Microsoft and Yahoo Are Selling Politicians Access to You
READ MORE
GOP Front Group Suing States to Force Voter Purges READ MORE

Threat to Single-Celled Plants That Support All Life READ MORE
ACLU: Remove Detainees From Arizona Immigration Detention Center READ MORE

Live Coverage: Occupy Worldwide READ MO RE
Obama: Anyone killed by American bombs is a 'militant' Video: http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/10979.html

Russia Accuses U.S. of Supplying Arms to Syria Rebels to Fight Assad
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31573.htm
Between Imperialism and Repression. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31570.htm

'Shades Of Grey'- Rethinking The Houla Massacre. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31571.htm
Another Senator for Israel. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31572.htm

Hubris as the Evil Force in History http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31567.htm
The Perils of Ignoring History This Time, Europe Really Is on the Brink. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31566.htm

Why The Economy Can't Get Out of First Gear - The Rich Have Sucked It Dry. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31574.htm
Myth of Perpetual Growth is Killing America http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31568.htm

The Great Lie Video Documentary that challenges belief systems. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31565.htm
Jesse Ventura Slams The Political Gangs Taking Over The Country Video http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31576.htm

Expert Panel Reports False Accounts of U.S. Political and Military Leaders on 9/11. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31569.htm
Hard News attacks revive fears that Iraq risks sliding back into sectarian bloodshed. http://is.gd/GlqH7Q

British doctor branded a 'criminal' over death in Iraq: http://is.gd/ba9T1i
US attack kills 9 in Yemen: A US assassination drone has claimed the lives of at least nine people, tribal sources say. http://is.gd/fhMian

US kills 4 people in Pakistan, officials say: a U.S. drone strike has killed four "suspected militants" near the Afghan border. http://is.gd/0rosKq
Dead Man walking? New video features al-Qaida chief US believed killed in Pakistan drone attack: http://is.gd/3Yjg4L

A drones are attacking funeral processions and civilian and Taliban rescue teams in Pakistan. Video - A staggering report exposing the practice has outraged NGOs and legal experts, who are demanding international laws to govern drone warfare. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCQLTMmFIso

U.S. drones deeply unpopular around the world: New multi-nation poll finds that, more people disapprove of Obama's drone strikes than approve. Indeed, "the policy is unpopular in majority Muslim nations, but also in Europe and other regions as well"; specifically, "at least three-in-four [are opposed] in a diverse set of countries: Greece (90%), Egypt (89%), Jordan (85%), Turkey (81%), Spain (76%), Brazil (76%) and Japan (75%)." http://is.gd/0hAe5Y

NATO Occupation Force Solider Killed In Afghanistan: A NATO soldier was killed in the south of Afghanistan yesterday.  http://is.gd/tM8fox

NATO airstrikes on Afghan homes are banned, Karzai says: "Even if NATO forces are attacked, they cannot use airstrikes on civilian homes." He said such airstrikes were "completely banned, absolutely banned." http://is.gd/q2pc0n

U.S. Puppet put back in his box: Pentagon says airstrikes on Afghan homes will continue: The US Defense Department said Tuesday it would continue to conduct airstrikes aimed at civilian homes in defiance of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's statement banning such action. http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2246871&Language=en

Syria pushes rebels out from region, denies it's in civil war: SYRIAN forces pushed out scores of rebels holed up in a rebellious area near the Mediterranean coast yesterday and state television said they retook control of the region after eight days of fierce shelling and clashes. http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/?id=503702&type=World

France to propose U.N. Chapter 7 provision on Syria: France will propose making United Nations envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan for Syria obligatory by invoking the U.N.'s "Chapter 7" provision, describing the conflict there as a "civil war" http://is.gd/Z78m77

Clinton Threatens Russia: Russia must be constructive on Syria right now-US: Russia will put at risk what it sees as its vital interests in the Middle East if it does not move forward more constructively on Syria, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday. http://is.gd/NSLVQ4

Some UN monitors spying in Syria: Jordanian observer: A Jordanian member of the UN observer team in Syria says some of his teammates are carrying out spy missions by collecting information about Syria's military headquarters. http://is.gd/rEMc6t

Libya: Attack On Red Cross office wounds 1: In the second attack in two days on an international mission in Libya, the International Committee of the Red Cross said its offices in the city of Misrata were rocked by a dawn explosion Tuesday . http://is.gd/CY8Dx4

Video shows Sudan's scorched earth fighting: Rebels say video proves Khartoum's troops are trying to drive out southern province's civilian population. http://is.gd/Bx0Qb0

Israel PM criticised over Gaza flotilla assault: Government report criticises Netanyahu decision-making in 2010 naval raid on Gaza-bound flotilla. http://is.gd/a1YuOu

Thousands in Moscow march against Putin: Protest against Putin's return to Kremlin sees turnout of up to 100,000, a day after prominent activists were arrested. http://is.gd/Pqp0E6

Padilla Loses U.S. Supreme Court Bid to Sue Rumsfeld: The case "would draw courts into the heart of executive and military planning and deliberation," the appeals court said. The Constitution gives Congress and the executive branch control over national security and military affairs, the court said. http://is.gd/F0f1Iw

Ireland: Better off on dole: report.: The document, deemed a working paper, suggested that up to 44% of working parents could be financially better off on social welfare, when costs such as childcare and transport are taken into account. http://is.gd/ViCRpy

Crisis has thrown back US families 20 years: The financial crisis of the past four years has thrown American families back two decades, according to figures provided by the Federal Reserve Board in its triennial Survey of Consumer Finances. http://wsws.org/articles/2012/jun2012/pers-j13.shtml

Atlantis – More Proof Undeniable Proof Of Atlantis – More Proof  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChiDottZ0cw&feature=player_embedded#t=0s

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16h10 - Course à la chefferie du PLC · Bob Rae ne sera pas candidat
        C'est ce qu'il a confirmé mercredi lors d'un point de presse dans le foyer de la Chambre des communes après en avoir informé le caucus  libéral. Agence QMI
15h39 - Armes · Toews se prépare à mettre fin à l'enregistrement
        Le ministre de la Sécurité publique, Vic Toews, promet des mesures «dans les prochains jours» pour mettre fin à l'enregistrement des armes      d'épaule en catimini. Agence QMI
14h05 - Projet de loi 81 · Les enfants adoptés pourraient avoir plusieurs parents
        Le gouvernement Charest propose des changements majeurs au modèle québécois d'adoption. Agence QMI
13h41 - Selon le PQ · Charest veut diviser les Québécois
        La stratégie du gouvernement Charest consiste à faire perdurer le conflit étudiant pour réaliser des gains en vue de la prochaine élection générale     selon l'opposition. Agence QMI
12h31 - Manifestations étudiantes · Le salut nazi dénoncé
        Le député libéral de D'Arcy-McGee, Lawrence Bergman, juge inquiétants les saluts nazis exécutés par certains manifestants devant les policiers  antiémeutes de la ville de Montréal. Agence QMI
10h54 - « Carré rouge de l'intimidation et de la violence » · St-Pierre fait son mea culpa
        La ministre de la Culture reconnait que ses propos « ont peut-être eu l'effet d'un électrochoc ». Agence QMI
08h20 - Dépression · Assis sur une bombe
        La dépression et l'anxiété figurent parmi les motifs les plus fréquents de consultations médicales.  Agence QMI
08h01 - Santé | Prescriptions · Accros aux antidépresseurs
        En 2011, un nombre record de 14,2 millions d'ordonnances ont été délivrées par les pharmaciens.  Agence QMI
05h39 - Police · Messages surveillés
        Un rapport presse Ottawa de faciliter l'espionnage électronique par la police. JDM
05h24 - Climat · Des emplois risqués
        Certains travailleurs sont plus affectés par les changements climatiques. JDM

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A REQUEST.
The Omnibus Budget Bill Debate is underway to-day.
Please forward for inclusion in the Digest articles
on stating those that are supporting its passage so
that a balance of reporting can be maintained here.

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From: Robert Ede
Subject: Rae --Analysis: Lethal mix
To: susan.delacourt@thestar.ca

Dear Ms D,
 
Thanks for Lethal mix of attack ads, fractious party culture helped bring down Bob Rae
 
Bobby the Rae-of-Sunshine didn't want to be Peter MacKay (last leader of PCPC) - he wants to be S. Harper (first leader of combined Lib/NDP)
 
Robert Ede,   

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From: Joseph <joseph@commonground.ca>
Subject:  TOWN HALL - Enbridge's Northern Gateway Project: Economic Benefit or Liability?
... go figure !

Thought you might be interested in this event.

Begin forwarded message:

Last month there was shocked silence when Economist Robyn Allan ended her talk at the MP Breakfast Connections! Could it really be true that Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipeline submission to the National Energy Board review is "deceptive" and inaccurate? Are Enbridge's proposed economic benefits in reality a massive wealth transfer from the pockets of Canadian consumers, commuters and businesses - and into the bank accounts of foreign-owned oil producers?

Come and find out on Saturday June 16, at a Town Hall featuring Ms. Robyn Allan, respected independent economist and former head of ICBC. Whether you are concerned about the environmental risks of this pipeline route, or whether you consider the risks to be manageable, join us for an in-depth look at this important issue facing BC residents. Find out what you can do to ensure your voice is heard.
WHEN : Saturday June 16, 2012
10:00 -11:30 am
WHERE West Point Grey Community Centre Gym
4397 West 2nd Avenue 
map

Please RSVP to joyce.murray.c1@parl.gc.ca or call 604-664-9220.

We hope to see you there!

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject:  israel killed Palestinians, including children,  with banned chemical weapons, but that was ok???
 
Could Israel Attack Syria Based on Falsified Chemical Weapons Claims?
http://theintelhub.com/2012/06/12/could-israel-attack-syria-based-on-falsified-chemical-weapons-claims/

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From: "Wayne Clutterbuck"
Subject: Insighting new democratic steps - Daily Digest June 12, 2012

Joe:
Good news!
Conservative dominance has potentially reduced voter selection to two parties when voting, so a true indication of voter preference between conservative and liberal thought prevails. Apparently, Peterborough spiriting this (could their MP's bookkeeping have stimulated a coalition of Green, Liberal and NDP?) and Kitchener-Waterloo is interested also...so next election only 2 candidates per riding on ballot. Wow! Truck-on, dude!
Let the good-times-roll!
Best regards,
Wayne

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From: Robert Ede

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Finance Alerts (FIN) < financealerts.fin@ontario.ca>
Date: Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 8:27 AM
Subject: 2011 Census Highlights - Factsheet 1 and 2

The Census Highlights section includes multiple fact sheets on demographic characteristics of Ontario's population from the latest available census data.

Factsheet 1: Population Counts: Canada, Ontario and Regions

Fact Sheet 2: Population Counts: Census Subdivisions (CSDs) in Ontario

Questions?
financecommunications.fin@ontario.ca

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: no one to vote for

I am in no way defending the Harper dictatorship but in looking up AdScam this morning I came across this article that states the Liberals still owe the Canadian taxpayer $40M.  This article also states that it was the Liberals who first signed the contract for the F35 jets.  More proof that no matter who we vote for we still get crooks and liars.
becky

What a waste this election will be
http://www.reddeeradvocate.com/opinion/What_a_waste_this_election_will_be_118868354.html?mobile=true

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From: "Claudia "
Subject: Death of Democracy in Canada
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/06/13/michael-harris-ten-things-stephen-harper-hopes-you-forget-by-2015/
 
Michael Harris has received much acknowledgement for his written observations. This is a dandy
 
With the passing of Bill C-38 ---the so called Budget Bill-- in just a few days. I begin the mourning period. Democracy in my Canada has passed away.
 
Claudia 

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From: "Stephanie McDowall"
Subject: My 1 day employment

I have noticed that as we age we also become more inclined to  say what we really do think.
Woe to those companies that hire the 65+.     I can hardly wait.
 
Perfect subject for CBC or Rick Mercer to create a skit on.
 
----- Original Message -----
Your chuckle for the day !
 
My 1 day employment

So after landing my new job as a Wal-Mart greeter,
a good find for many retirees, I lasted less than a day....
About two hours into my first day on the job a very loud,
unattractive, mean-acting woman walked into the store with her two kids, yelling obscenities at them all the way through the entrance.
I said pleasantly, 'Good morning and welcome to Wal-Mart.
Nice children you have there. Are they twins?'
The ugly woman stopped yelling long enough to say,
'Hell no, they ain't twins. The oldest one's 9, and the other one's 7.
Why the hell would you think they're twins? Are you blind, or stupid?'
So I replied,
'I'm neither blind nor stupid, Ma'am, I just couldn't believe someone slept with you twice. Have a good day and thank you for shopping at
Wal-Mart.'
My supervisor said I probably wasn't cut out for this line of work.

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From: Henry Atkinson

Begin forwarded message:

Subject: Councillor calls for ban on sale of bullets - The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/councillor-calls-for-ban-on-sale-of-bullets/article4254528/

Give Toronto independence and give it to whoever is stupid enough to want it, perhaps Argentina or Jamaica.

Begin forwarded message:

Subject: Poll | Toronto Sun




Do you think a ban on selling bullets in Toronto will have any effect on gun crime?

http://www.torontosun.com/poll/do-you-think-a-ban-on-selling-bullets-in-toronto-will-have-any-effect-on-gun-crime

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From: GRANT CEPURAN
Subject: Re: Daily Digest June 12, 2012

Hi there;

Welcome back.
I'm glad to hear from you again.
Haven't received an email from you since April 24th.

Good to hear from you again.
Thank you for keeping me informed.

Hope all is well.

All is well overall, thanks. Dom'tknow why the lapse - save my e-mail in case it happens again.
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From: "S Booiman"
Subject: consultation

just wondering "is any one responding to it?"
Suan

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From: "Stephanie McDowall"
Subject: Giant nuclear cover-up? Explosions, military helicopters filmed near elevated radiation zone at border of Indiana and Michigan

A cover up ? A hoax ?
Readers comments indicate different opinions as to whether this happened or not.
http://www.naturalnews.com/036158_nuclear_explosion_Indiana_radiation.html
Once you get past some of the more bazaar statements, this is a very interesting article re underground tunnels/cities.
http://www.heartcom.org/200under.htm



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From: "Tom Brewer"

Yes, the Cons arrogance will come back to bite them! It should when you consider each and every MP is there to do a job yet the Cons thrust an omnibus bill at Canadians.

Just perhaps dear old Harper will get the message... Indeed you may win the battle but lose the war!

Far too many of Harper's MP's have abused their position, in my opinion. Our Defense Minister for one... Then how about the dude and the robo-calls scandal. I dare not forget Bev Oda... She needs to pick some of those oranges instead of drinking the nectar!!

The public may have loved the Cons but I'm afraid quite a few can see through their sunglasses they are and have been abused! It is shameful wherein the Cons have abused their power, in my opinion. Shameful that anyone would do as has been done to keep their seat.

In my opinion parliament has become a sham! Few truly understand the roles played yet opt to falsely accuse one another in an attempt to keep their job!!
They all should be ashamed of the games played!!!

Tom

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
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Subject: RUSSIAN WARNING SHOTS DD

The first MP to speak in QP today was Mulcair(hotair??) regarding the evil being done by Assad. If this is what our braindead MPs believe we have no hope--Canada will be leading another 'humanitarian' mission. Do these idiots never do any research or do they just parrot what their controllers want them to say?
I believe one of the main reasons that the USI/Canada want to attack Syria is because Russia and China support Syria and this would instigate WWIII, which is what the controllers want.
Becky

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Subject: C38 discussions on CPAC

MPs from every Party keep bringing up OAS--the CPC say that it will be good for seniors and there will be no problems, the rest of them argue against it, but the thing that is glaringly obvious is that not one of them mentions their own pensions (that we pay for) that they can start collecting at 55. They are all play-acting and we mean nothing to them They are only in this argument for the votes.
Becky

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From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Survey shows world peace improved in 2011; Canada at 4th place, The Canadian P
ress

Re: Survey shows world peace improved in 2011; Canada at 4th place, The Canadian Press, 06/12/2012
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/survey-shows-world-peace-improved-in-2011-canada-at-4th-place-158535655.html
According to Simon Fraser University's 2009/2010 Human Security Report, a decline in intrastate violence has been largely caused by a great increase in diplomatic interventions, peacemaking and post-conflict programs, and UN peace operations. Canada was a participant in every UN peacekeeping mission up to 1995, but since then our role has steadily declined. As of April 2012, Canada's contribution ranked 55th in the world, with only 30 military personnel and 130 police deployed. Canada should take a leadership role in promoting world peace by re-engaging in UN peacekeeping, where our skilled troops are sorely needed and where our help could save tens of thousands of men, women and children.
Larry Kazdan,

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From: Gord Elliott
Subject: PM Harper's sweeping omnibus budget bill lays political track for next federal election, say Nanos

PM Harper's sweeping omnibus budget bill lays political track for next federal election, say Nanos
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives are 'laying political track' for the next federal election by stuffing their first majority-government budget with dozens of controversial measures and ramming the legislation through the Commons at lightning speed with Parliament set to adjourn on June 22 for a three-month summer recess, says Nanos Research pollster Nik Nanos.

By Tim Naumetz, Hill Times Online, Published: Wednesday, 06/13/2012 10:19 am EDT

PARLIAMENT HILL — Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives are "laying political track" for the next federal election by stuffing their first majority-government budget with dozens of controversial measures and ramming the legislation through the Commons at lightning speed with Parliament set to adjourn on June 22 for a three-month summer recess, says Nanos Research pollster Nik Nanos. "For the Conservatives, it's all about effective political sequencing, they're working on the timeline for the next federal election, it's not surprising their first [majority] budget is front-loaded with everything they need, including the kitchen sink, in order to set the table for the next federal election," Mr. Nanos told The Hill Times as MPs were bracing for a marathon of overnight voting Wednesday and while the opposition parties attempt to draw as much voter attention to the spectacle as they can before the long summer break arrives.

The NDP on Tuesday aimed to turn the drama unfolding on Parliament Hill to its own advantage, sending out a last-minute e-blitz for cash donations because "we need you on our side" as the opposition rails at the fact the 425-page budget bill covers so many controversial measures that more than 70 federal statutes are changed — including an entirely new Environmental Assessment Act that limits scrutiny of large resource projects and other measures that give Mr. Harper's (Calgary Southwest, Alta.) Cabinet new decision-making powers over oil pipeline approvals. "For weeks now, we've been asking the Conservatives to do the right thing — split up the bill and allow for proper study, but they didn't listen," said the NDP email solicitation for cash donations — "$25, $50, whatever you can afford."

As one of the final rounds of Commons debate began late Tuesday afternoon — scheduled until midnight under a government move that extended sitting hours for the last two weeks before the House recess — Liberal and NDP MPs continued accusations that the government was trying to prevent public consideration of myriad budget measures and bury contentious measures in the massive bill.

But, along with other Conservative MPs, Minister of State for Finance Ted Menzies (Macleod, Alta.) argued the short title of the legislation — the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act — symbolizes the government's overarching aim of introducing measures it claims will stimulate jobs and economic growth, particularly centred on the oil, gas, and other resource industries. Mr. Menzies defended the size of the document, arguing budgets usually require two large bills, and said the legislation is crucial to strengthen Canada's economy. "This is a momentous year for us," Mr. Menzies told The Hill Times. "We have been recognized around the world as being on the right track financially. We need to continue on that, it takes decisive actions."

The measures in Bill C-38 — which the NDP labelled the "Trojan Horse" bill — include everything from controversial new rules severely restricting traditional access to employment insurance in regions where seasonal work is the mainstay to Canada's withdrawal from the international climate change treaty provisions of the Kyoto Accord, and extend into areas the opposition says are unrelated to budget measures, such as elimination of the internal watchdog inspector general at Canada's spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

Under a motion the Conservative majority government passed on Tuesday to limit debate — the 26th time the government has imposed time allocation or closure in this Parliament — the final 10 hours of debate on the Commons Finance Committee's report to the House from hearings on the legislation will end at around 5 p.m. on Wednesday evening. That will be followed by up to 20 hours or more of non-stop voting on opposition amendment motions through the night into Thursday morning. NDP House Leader Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley, B.C.) earlier advised government MPs to "bring their pajamas."

The government is scheduling the final phase of Commons debate on the bill to begin on Monday at noon, with the last eight hours of debate to end at midnight, followed by a vote to send the bill to the Conservative-dominated Senate, which has already started its own committee hearings on the legislation. The Commons is scheduled to adjourn for the summer on Friday, June 22, and resume sitting again on Monday, Sept. 17.

Mr. Nanos said tactics the Conservative are using on the budget bill, including a late budget delivery that set the stage for a final stormy passage as the summer recess neared, are likely inherited from the right-wing Ontario government of former Progressive Conservative premier Mike Harris. "A lot of the Cabinet ministers sitting around the table are former Mike Harris Cabinet ministers. This is an effective strategy that's been used in the past by them," Mr. Nanos said. "Mike Harris was masterful at political timing. Many times he trailed the Liberals between elections but on election day was ahead."

Several of Mr. Harper's top ministers, including Finance Minister Jim Flaherty (Whitby-Oshawa, Ont.), were also close to Mr. Harris in his Cabinet. Others from the Harris camp are Treasury Board President Tony Clement (Parry Sound-Muskoka, Ont.), Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird (Ottawa West-Nepean, Ont.) and Mr. Van Loan, who was unelected to Queen's Park but served as the provincial Progressive Conservative party president under Mr. Harris. Several aides in Mr. Harper's government, including former chief of staff Guy Giorno, were also key organizers for Mr. Harris.

Mr. Nanos said the budget carries all the signs of shrewd political strategy for long-term gain at the expense of short-term turbulence. "The election is not today, they're thinking, 'Let's lay political track right now,' " Mr. Nanos said. "Being the authors of the budget, they knew and could likely anticipate this particular opposition reaction," he said. "By putting so many things in the budget, you can't fight them all. If you're the opposition, what are you going to punch at?"

One of the most controversial provisions — which will delay qualification for Old Age Security benefits to age 67 from age 65 — does not begin taking effect until 2023 and will be fully implemented by 2030. The opposition has argued, among other points, that the mushrooming baby boom generation of seniors — which the government has cited as the principal need for the change — will by that time begin shrinking through natural attrition.

Gord Elliott
Alberta Member Representative
National Council
Conservative Party of Canada

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