Thursday, June 14, 2012

Daily Digest June 14, 2012 030


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

OPINION AND INFORMATION
_____CANADA
Elections Canada alleges Del Mastro campaign filed 'false document'
Dean Del Mastro's 2008 election campaign filed a "false document" to Elections Canada,
according to a sworn affidavit from an Elections Canada investigator released in Ottawa on Thursday.
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C-38 Watch
O'Malley: Follow the all-night budget votes live
Wherry Live: A very long night for a very long bill
Council of Canadians says Tory legal attacks against robocalls challenge a 'divert and defame' strategy
Budget all-nighter frustrates Flaherty: 'This is, like, chutzpah?'
Tories poised to win every budget vote, but opposition claims 'moral victory'
Federal Budget 2012: opposition efforts to alter omnibus Bill C-38 to continue till 1 a.m.
T ories treating Parliament with contempt, 'playing games to avoid scrutiny,' says Queen's professor Franks
Tom's take: Power, principles and people
Federal budget 2012: Scenes from a sleepover
Budget bill theatre may seem silly, but the opposition has our attention
Op-Ed: Canadian environmental destruction under C-38 to mine Uranium
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/326570#ixzz1xnkRlFfT
Don't sever Canada's digital lifeline may soon lose access to key towers
http://openmedia.ca/lifeline
Bill C-38: the Environmental Destruction Act
http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2012/05/10/Bill-C38/
Parks Canada staff banned from criticizing Feds Workers told they have 'duty' to support Harper government
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/06/14/ns-parks-canada-letter-warning.html

Bob Rae: The real reason he won't run for the Liberal leadership

Cit: Liberals still need an identity
Voting endlessly oddly appropriate way to protest abuse of Parliament

Repeal of Section 13 leaves only Criminal Code to deal with hate speech
Quebec's woes are all Greek to me Québec protests provoke a sense of déja vu for some in B.C.

Adam Vaughan's shot in the dark
We need a ban on bans

U.S. government spending watchdog raises more red flags about F-35's soaring costs, delays and major failures
Supreme Court to interrupt summer break to hear tossed election case

Riding associations not looking for united candidate
Rob Ghiz out of Grit leadership race, promotes Dalton McGuinty

Parks Canada staff banned from criticizing Feds
Feds favour "responsible" growth in oilsands over sustainability: Documents

Justin Trudeau is smart, talented and nowhere near ready to redeem the Liberals
Mraz: Is Bob Rae the last great leader the Liberals never had?

Yaffe: Untested Trudeau may be Liberals' only shot at rejuvenation
Mason: Trudeaumania II? Not in the West

Ibbitson: Can Liberals escape oblivion?
Liberal leadership vote set for April 2013

Former Tory minister Chuck Strahl takes over as CSIS watchdog Ottawa helps block another batch of smuggled Sri Lankans
Stephen Harper to be in Windsor, Ont., amid speculation of 2nd bridge to Detroit

Quebec whistleblower: I leaked corruption report because warnings were ignored
Ezra Levant has a pointed response for the CBSC

Bank of Canada flags 'spillover' of Europe's deepening troubles
Harper defends Del Mastro over campaign expense allegations

Poll paints bleak future for B.C. Liberals
Charest government neglect almost killed corruption probe's report: author

Defiant Levant stands by Spanish slur
Made-in-Ottawa moon rover gets U.S. coming-out party

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

Tories seek to prevent 'back door' long-gun registries
Niagara Falls' tourist fees collected with little oversight

Language watchdog says DND violated Anglo rights
Producers find greener way to extract oil from oilsands

Protest at Gail Shea's office fizzles
How does Redford solve a problem like Mulcair?

Pure ecstasy can be 'safe' if consumed responsible: B.C. health officer
Homosexuality no longer classed as 'mental illness' in Alberta billing code

Head of Crown Corp that put new roof on B.C. Place to resign
Researchers to dissect Frankenfish

Egypt's top court orders new parliamentary elections
Canadian researchers thwart Ebola virus

Best Of Calgary: FFWD Readers Name Stephen Harper City's Best Villain
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/06/14/best-of-calgary-ffwd-stephen-harper_n_1597915.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-politics

Bailing out banks in Canada and abroad - myth and reality
http://www.opinion250.com/blog/view/24721/1/bailing+out+banks+in+canada+and+abroad-myth+and+reality ?

Canada's international trade minister denounces protectionism as job killer
Taxing the rich is bad for the economy: C.D. Howe Institute's Ontario study
http://lautens.blogspot.ca/

Mythical Thinking from Finance Minister Does Not Help Canadians Read more...
Baird holds Iran talks on with diplomats, warns of stalling tactic on nukes

_____FOREIGN AFFAIRS

British Supreme Court Clears Way for WikiLeaks Founder's Extradition

Israel considering military attack on Syria

Mubarak-appointed court orders Egypt parliament to dissolve
Journalist wounded in Iraq bombing

U.S. Security Expands Presence at Foreign Airports
Russia accuses US of arming Syria rebels

Shelling in Homs as UN warns of escalation
Syrian troops renew shelling of Homs

Annan 'gravely concerned' about Syria attacks
Syrian cities endure intense shelling

Syria opposition leader seeks to revamp SNC
In Syria- Fierce Battle for Strategic Space & Energy Resources

The War of Lies
Review: 'The Finkler Question'

Obama Codifies the Power of Indefinite Detention
The Death Throes of Capitalism

U.S. expands secret intelligence operations in Africa

U.S. surveillance targets in Africa

The battle for the military’s future
Helicopter allegations roil U.S.-Russia ties

US Supreme Court Approves Police State Harshness

Bloomberg's Soda Policy

US Military Suicides and Palestinian Hunger Strikers
American Dream Now Fantasized in Mandarin

FOCUS: Why Women Have No Opinions
READ MORE
Death Throes: Twilight of Empire Read more...

Economic Alternatives to the Military/Industrial Economy Watch full multipart An American Industrial Policy Read more...
Disinfo: The UN and Houla Read more...

Unwrapping Houla: BBC Backs Off Initial Reports, German FAZ Points to False Flag Read more...
WHO: Diesel Fumes Cause Lung Cancer
READ MORE

House GOP Blocking Abortion Access for Raped Soldiers
Read the Article at Mother Jones
Press Non-Freedom in the US Read the Article at RT

Progressive Morality and the Looming Presidential Election Read the Article at BuzzFlash
Is Homophobia Curable? Read the Article at BuzzFlash


How the Euro Will End In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Cato scholar Gerald P. O'Driscoll looks at the current state of the fiscal crisis in the
Eurozone, the looming Greek exit from the euro, and the likelihood of the demise of the euro itself:

The Specter of Domestic Drones Last week the Senate Armed Services Committee called for allowing drones to operate "freely and routinely" in U.S. airspace, raising a number of questions about how domestic drone use would impact the privacy rights of average American citizens. In his Washington Examiner column, Gene Healy talks about the dystopian fears provoked by domestic drones, and the urgent need to modernize U.S. privacy law:

EU eyes emergency Schengen border closures
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21h35 - Votes aux Communes sur C-38 · Un gaspillage d'argent, disent Flaherty et Paradis
        Ce marathon de plus de 24 h est l'obstacle final mis en place par une opposition qui déteste le projet de loi C-38. Agence QMI
19h12 - Euthanasie · Québec fait appel à des experts du droit
        Le gouvernement Charest annonce la création d'un comité de juristes experts afin d'établir le cadre juridique pour légaliser l'euthanasie balisée,      rebaptisée l'«aide médicale à mourir» par la Commission «Mourir dans la dignité». Agence QMI

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Parliament Needs to Look at Chinese Oil Sands Investment
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/opinion/parliament-needs-to-look-at-chinese-oil-sands-investment-251399.html

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From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Austerity alone won't solve a structural debt problem, David Warren, June 12, 2012

Re: Austerity alone won't solve a structural debt problem, David Warren, June 12, 2012
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/Austerity+alone+solve+structural+debt+problem/6771397/story.html

A structural problem in the Eurozone exists because member nations borrow funds in a currency they do not control, and the European Central Bank, under the influence of German elites, refuses to act as the lender of last resort. The solution requires either an integrated fiscal and monetary union (including regional equalization allowances as we have in Canada), or letting individual countries revert to their previous currencies which can be depreciated as necessary to restore competitiveness. On the other hand, David Warren's prescription, which essentially consists of reducing wages and social services to the minimum, is just another manifestation of the shock doctrine, using a crisis to exploit the most vulnerable sectors of society.
Larry Kazdan,
Footnote:

Did Social Over Spending Cause the Euro-Crisis?

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Subject: The Latest from Impolitical
From: Impolitical <impolitic@rogers.com>
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Two good steps on income inequality

Posted: 13 Jun 2012 07:53 PM PDT
From Scott Brison, whose motion on the issue passed in the House of Commons today with multi-partisan support:
The motion I introduced simply asks that the house of commons direct the finance committee to study income inequality, an issue considered important by an overwhelming majority of Canadians. Then we can engage the business community, which is dealing with issues such as retirement security. We can engage the NGO community, and everyone from food banks to faith based groups that are helping low income Canadians. We can examine what the provinces are doing. We can look at what some governments in other countries may be doing better. The reality is that we can learn from that kind of observation.
I am not naive enough to believe that a study is going to fix the problem. But as a start we need to understand it and then move toward building public policy that will address income inequality.

From Paul Summerville, a "Canadian citizenship wage":
The idea of a guaranteed annual income has been around since the 1930s. In contemporary times that saw anger against corporate greed crystallized in last year's Occupy protests, the Conference Board of Canada, through its chief economist, Glen Hodgson, suggested in December 2011 that it may be time to revisit this topic.
Its supporters include Senator Hugh Segal. Speaking before economists at a gathering in Ottawa last year, Segal said that the best and most cost-effective way to deal with poverty and its negative social outcomes is to bring everyone above the poverty line.

Summerville, now an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria's Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, is rebranding the concept as a "Canadian citizenship wage". "You would design the Canadian citizenship wage in such a way that families wouldn't live below poverty," he said. "What you're trying to do is make sure that no Canadian lives below a certain income line."

Summerville proposes doing this through a negative income tax. Espoused by the late American economist Milton Friedman, this model establishes a minimum annual income of which each citizen is assured, employed or not. For example, if the minimum is set at $15,000 and an individual declares an earned income of $10,000, the government cuts a cheque for $5,000.
"First of all, it's designed to remove the stigma of welfare," he said. "The second thing it's designed to do is create a conversation about the rights and obligations of citizens."

Good steps that will help get that conversation going at a national level.

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From: Robert Roehle
Subject: FW: Holm to Hart: I think not....

From: Wendy Holm, P.Ag.
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:46 AM
Subject: Holm to Hart: I think not....

see my comment at the end of this article.

Trade expert says it's time to eliminate supply management
http://www.producer.com/2012/06/trade-expert-says-its-time-to-eliminate-supply-management%E2%80%A9/

QUEBEC CITY - One of the key architects of the 1989 Canada-United States free trade deal says it is time to take the next great leap against protectionism by eliminating tariffs.

Michael Hart, a lead negotiator in the CUSTA negotiations, told the annual conference of the Canadian Meat Council June 1 that an announcement Canada will eliminate tariffs over 10 years would send a signal to the world that the country is serious about trade liberalization.

It would expose protected inefficient industries to competition that would improve the country's competitiveness.

Supply management protections are high on Hart's target list in a paper he calls Breaking Free that will be published by the conservative C.D. Howe Institute.

He argued that the 1989 Canada-U.S. deal marked the official end of the century-old National Policy of Sir John A. Macdonald that aimed to build Canadian industry behind protectionist barriers.

But political pressure forced the Progressive Conservative government of the day to exclude supply management and its high tariffs from the deal.

"Supply management continues to have a very nice situation," said the trade policy expert and Carleton University professor. "But it comes at a very heavy cost."

Hart said dairy sectors in New Zealand and Australia have lost their protections and now are major and profitable suppliers of dairy products to the growing Asian market.

He also proposed an end to country-of-origin rules, anti-dumping and countervail policies and government subsidies of the sort that he says have propped up the ethanol industry.
 
"I would like to see government say it will get rid of all production subsides," he said, without outlining how that might affect farm supports.

As part of his 'step two' proposal, Hart also called for significant paring of regulations for industries including the meat industry and a requirement that any regulation being amended have a five-year sunset clause included.

He said the proliferation of regulations often is a response to the risk-aversion instincts of what he called the zealots in advocacy groups.

"I think the time has come for Canada to stand up and say we think some of those regulations have to be reconsidered," he said. It is time for industry "to be much more proactive telling the government 'no.'"

The former senior federal trade negotiator said the Conservative government's fixation with negotiating bilateral free trade deals with any country willing to talk seems to lack direction and priority focus. Many of the FTA negotiations are with countries engaged in minimal trade with Canada and yet can take years to complete, absorbing trade negotiator and political time.
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Comments:

Wendy Holm on June 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm said:  Old negotiators never die, they just go on to pontificate?  Really Michael, would be good to stick to things you are knowledgeable on - supply management is clearly not one of them.  Canada's dairy, poultry, egg and hatching egg producers are efficient farmers that provide a safe and nutritious product to the domestic market at a stable price that is fair to the farmer and the consumer. This involves no government subsidy.  As an Agricultural Economist and Professional Agrologist qualified to comment on public policy as it relates to agriculture, I say you are wrong.  Your arguments are disingenuous and your intent beyond dangerous.  I challenge you to debate this issue anytime, anywhere.  You gave away our water.  Now our farmers?  I think not....

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: The truth about Libya DD

Joe--thanks so much for this video. How can we allow our 'leaders' to participate(or lead) this genocide for the greed of the banksters. Our country stands for nothing and will fall for everything. I have often stated that we are all Palestinians. It is now more than obvious that we are all Libyans, Syrians, Afghans and on and on. Whatever makes profits for the elite must be good--and to hell with the rest of the planet.
becky

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From: "Jim Calvert"

Good Morning Joe:
 
RE:
 
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.
 
Really? Imagine that... A Liberal who agonized over whether to continue a long liberal tradition of being a liar and breaking promises or finding a way to avoid being the long term Captain of a sinking ship.
Imagine that!
 
I can quote Bob Rae from the Ignatieff leadership coronation when asked why he was dropping out of the race. "I can count" he said. I would surmise that he can still count, and the numbers for the Liberals are no better.
 
Jim Calvert
Parry Sound Muskoka

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From: Peggy Merritt
Subject: Ain't no such thing!

Hi Joe:  Balanced reporting on the omnibus bill...your kidding. 
Balanced reporting on the Conservative Party never  Didn't you know that our unexpected win of a majority government that was badly miscalled by the media last year has built up resentment in the media.  Didn't you know that they are very informed and  and NEVER NEVER wrong.  Most of them do not know the contents of the Bill much less understand what the so called arrogant Tories are trying to achieve.  It's called cleaning house ,,, some of the regulations have been around since the middle ages.  So I say good on them keep up the good work.  Peggy Merritt

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Subject: News release re: Experts tell conference
 Canada's Constitution a mess of rules that allows for abuses
From: "Your Canada, Your Constitution / Votre Canada. Votre Constitution" <info@ycyc-vcvc.ca>
To: info@ycyc-vcvc.ca

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 14, 2012

NEWS RELEASE

Experts tell conference Canada's Constitution is a confusing mess of
written and unwritten rules that allows for abuses by Prime Minister and
premiers and their Cabinets

Britain, Australia and New Zealand have clarified rules to help prohibit
abuses

Please see full release at: < http://ycyc-vcvc.ca/news>
and please see new website homepage for new educational charity
Your Canada, Your Constitution (YCYC) / Votre Canada, Votre Constitution
(VCVC)
at: < http://ycyc-vcvc.ca>

Sincerely,
Duff Conacher, Spokesperson for YCYC / VCVC

55 Bloor St. W. - Box 19595
Toronto, Canada
M4W 3T9
Tel: 647-824-5959
Email: info@ycyc-vcvc.ca
Internet: http://ycyc-vcvc.ca

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From: "Stephanie McDowall"
Subject: The Federal Budget Canadians Deserve!

This proposal is one your will never see supported by the financial establishment because it places the public's interest ahead of private interests. EA

The link at the bottom leads to the best " Money 101" ever written; and, is critically important at this time, imho. Apologies if you have already received this.
dc
Dear [Canadian],

The federal government doesn't need to slash and burn the jobs and hopes of its citizens to balance its budget. It can use its bank (our bank), the Bank of Canada, just as it did from 1939-1974 to escape the Great Depression, help finance World War II and later our great post-war infrastructure, including the foundation of our social security system, to give us the best 25 years of the 20th century.

Then in 1974, when incidentally there was not one food bank in all of Canada, the Bank of Canada adopted the ideas of Milton Friedman and his colleagues at the University of Chicago, and it has been downhill ever since. Today there are over 700 food banks in Canada and more people than ever are using them.

But this doesn't need to be! Parliament has the power to end the recession and create full employment without putting us further into debt. All it has to do is make the Bank of Canada work for the benefit of all its shareholders and not just the richest 1% of them.

What is at stake?

The future of our young people - their ability to find work when they leave school; the future of adequate health care; the future of public education at reasonable cost; the safety and efficiency of our public infrastructure; our ability to live in comfort when we retire.

And,

Most important, the ability of our governments to help preserve the habitability of our planet by immediately (within 10 years) replacing our oil economy with clean energy.

So, read the attachment, a brief primer on monetary theory and policy, and pass it on to everyone you know. Not only that, start talking about the issues with friends and colleagues. Why do privately-owned banks have a virtual monopoly on printing money? Why is it all created as debt? Is there any way to avoid drowning in an ocean of debt?

Henry Ford said: "It is well that the people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning." He may have been exaggerating, but he is right that if the majority understood that we are being ripped off by a handful of the greediest, richest and most ruthless con artists in the world we would finally rebel. Try to understand, and then write to the Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and your MP to demand immediate action. Letters are best; e-mail second best. http://www.parl.gc.ca

Paul Hellyer
In collaboration with Will Abram, Jerry Ackerman, Erik Andersen, André Bernier, Ellen Hodgson Brown, George Crowell, Derrell Dular, Ann Emmett, William Krehm, John McMurtry, Richard Priestman, John Riddell, and Keith Wilde
Please read this important document. Click here - Global Hope
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From: Robert Ede
Subject: Mr O'Both Sides Now (Judy Collins 1967) - prescience defined


Both Sides Now -Judy Collins
(I've looked at {love/life/left} from both sides now ... it seems it don't know (l_ _ _) at all .......

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." -Arthur Schopenhauer (1788–1860)

If you have a minute ... check Ed.G Robinson/Charlton Heston talking "Greenhouse Effect" at 5.55 min - the rest is about "Youth in Asia" (perhaps that's a misspelling)

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From: "Stephanie McDowall"
Subject: Fw: the klinakleena disaster
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Rafe Mair
To: rafe@rafeonline.com
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2012 4:29 PM
Subject: FW: the klinakleena disaster

RAFE here

The Liberal government passed, in the last minute the House sat, leaving only 30 minutes to debate, a Bill that will allow the Klinaklini power project to proceed, thus destroying 5 runs of Pacific salmon, steelhead runs, resident Rainbow and Cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden and Bull Trout.

This is a major catastrophe and I urge you to read my colleague Damien Gillis's piece and raise hell!

And please pass this on.
http://thecanadian.org/item/1543-bc-liberals-great-bear-rainforest-private-power-klinaklini-ipp-damien-gillis

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From: The Natroses

Ron, don't be so smug, and look beyond your corner of the earth

". Becky mentioned the air we breath, but smog is one thing the people in Edmonton very, very rarely have to deal with." Tsk, tsk Ron, the world's weather patterns move from a westward direction to an easterly direction. Must be nice, to have Mother Nature, move Alberta's smog eastward to Ontario and other points east of Alberta. Funny thing though, Alberta is number one for emissions, Ontario is second, and Quebec is third. You be kicking up a storm, if the high attitude winds, were moving from east to west, the smog would be intruding on your day, muttering another smog alert day.
http://www.canada.com/technology/Doomed+panel+sends+Harper+reality+check+global+warming/6774977/story.html

Perhaps, it is the reason why the Harper government, has taken his axe to the environmental and climate file. Must keep Western Canada, enveloped in a glass cage - saying what smog?

"
As for destroying the planet, we might kill a few plants and nuke a few critters, but we are not destroying our planet. Mind you, we mind be destroying some things that make it habitable for us, but the planet (like Venus and Neptune) is just fine." Common thinking, but people never do think beyond killing a few plants. the economic costs of destroying an eco-system. The smugness of Albertians, might not be so smugged, when pipelines are being built for water, because the massive water use, in removing the oil from the tar sands. The silver lining, NL's waters will now become the new gold, just like the 1930s, when NL fishermen sent their fish to the West - the dust bowl.

" What was acceptable in 1862 is no longer acceptable in 2012, and those communities are no longer sustainable without being welfare cases. In the old days, you moved in order to find greener pastures, as so many did from Saskatchewan in the 1930's. Now we expect others to pay in order for us to live where we want, with the modern conveniences we want. Why should we expect that? " Out comes the word sustainable, a 21st century word that has morphed into creating regions within regions across the globe, allowing governments and the international corporations to create ghettos.

In Wikipedia - "The word sustainability is derived from the Latin sustinere (tenere, to hold; sus, up). Dictionaries provide more than ten meanings for sustain, the main ones being to "maintain", "support", or "endure". [3] [4] However, since the 1980s sustainability has been used more in the sense of human sustainability on planet Earth and this has resulted in the most widely quoted definition of sustainability as a part of the concept sustainable development, that of the Brundtland Commission of the United Nations on March 20, 1987: "sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." [5] [6] "
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainability

Sustainability in the 21st century as the Wikipedia article suggests, has moved a long way from the original meanings, to one where sustainability is what people are willing to endure, and if they don't like it, they can move. Well Ron, let us hope that your next door neighbour in the future, is not the neighbour from Hell, you might be force to move. Otherwise, think beyond welfare, and asked yourself why some communities in Canada, are not entitled to have reasonable access to water, food and shelter? Sustainability does not cut it, nor the answer by moving Ron. Or would you like the natives move next door to you, as in your next sentence, the 1930s depression?

In Wikipedia - " The Prairie Provinces and Western Canada were the hardest-hit. In the rural areas of the prairies, two thirds of the population were on relief. The region fully recovered after 1939. The fall of wheat prices drove many farmers to the towns and cities, such as Calgary, Alberta; Regina, Saskatchewan; and Brandon, Manitoba. Population in the prairie provinces fell below natural replacement level. There was also migration from the southern prairies affected by Dust Bowl conditions such as the Palliser's Triangle to aspen parkland in the north. [5]"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Depression_in_Canada

Well Ron, a combination of factors in the 1930s - where the Western provinces saw the biggest migration of rural people to the cities. In the Eastern provinces, it did not happen because the rural people of the Eastern provinces were able to sustain themselves, since they made their living off the land and sea, and had many other skills that provide a choice. Rather easy, compared to the no choices except one for the people in the West. The stories of my mother's family attests that rural people were far better off in Ontario, than the city people, as in the other Eastern provinces. That said, today is another would-be depression, but for not the economic, political powers who is putting profit before the best interests of the planet and its people. It results in wide divisions among the peoples, allowing people to engage in simplistic discussions leading to harsh prescriptions and voodoo economics.

So don't be so smug, the political and economic powers has their favourites - their regions - their countries. One can remain smug, when their income has steadily rise and in tune providing for the needs of their family, and especially so when real estate is at a all-time high, and 30 years ago or more, the decision of the family was to stay put. But will our grandchildren be able to do what Ron did? Depends on the location and the minds of the political and economic powers, and Bill C-38, like the other previous Harper's budget is just another step forward to provide for the economic and political powers at the expense of the Canadian citizens.

http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/06/13/michael-harris-ten-things-stephen-harper-hopes-you-forget-by-2015/

And a video of the proproganda, that reminds me of the book called, 1984.



Chris Alexander announces that Poverty has been eliminated

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncUtF2E7D8Y

And the Conservative MP's personal page
http://www.chrisalexander.ca/

The issue is not the amount of earnings. But the Conservatives and others would like us to believe it is about the wages, and compare Canadians to the living standards of a third world country. It is all about the access to the basics of life - water - food - shelter and the ability to sustain ourselves on the wages earned. Now what would the true number be, of Canadians who lack the ability to access food, that meets the minimum nutrients to sustain health, and what are the barriers. One of the barriers is cost, but Ron would have us believe, including the above MP, it is all about modern day conveniences and luxury foods, portraying the image of wanton greed among the lower-income Canadians. Nothing worse, than a brunch of smug politicians, who have never worked a day of hard labour, living in a cocoon all their lives where their basic needs were met, plus the extras of the nice to have, dictating the policies of today at the expense of the future citizens, not yet born, to live on less to sustain themselves.

In the Sun - " In a truly "inequitable" society, young people would be too busy fighting for democracy, for peace ­ for food!

Here, where we have ample democracy, peace and food, kids protest against that. They're protesting against comfort."
http://www.ottawasun.com/2012/06/07/theyve-got-it-too-good

And yet, the same Sun reporter, probably passes many on his way to work, cursing them or petting them if they continue to endure, without resorting to crime or making demands for a decent wage.

"When a federal minister states publicly that First Nation concerns are irrelevant, everyone in this country should be worried. Today it our rights, tomorrow it could be yours. Don't get in the way of the Government's resource development expansion or your rights will be deemed irrelevant," said Chief Sonny Gagnon of Aroland First Nation."
http://netnewsledger.com/2012/06/08/tony-clement-speech-angers-first-nations-leaders-his-comments-are-inexcusable-chief-moonias-martin-falls/

Ron, it is about stripping away the rights, to enable to dismissed the people and local economies. Way back in the Queen and King days of yore, burning down the homes for non-payment of taxes, was just a policy of forcing people to move, or endure. Very much alive in Canada and other democratic countries.

"In an open letter, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said the ministry wasn't approached about an article that appeared in Montreal's La Presse on June 11, about a Colombian woman facing deportation.

"Stories presenting only one side of a story can lead to public distrust of the rule of law," the letter states. "Factually incorrect or incomplete reporting usually leaves the impression that Canada's refugee determination system is unjust or heartless."

La Presse could not be immediately reached for comment. The paper's website quoted an immigration lawyer who said the minister's decision to release documents related to the case was unprecedented, and could break privacy laws.....................................Mr. Kenney "has a point," La Presse editor Eric Trottier said. The paper does immigration stories with some regularity and has requested background information in the past through official channels, he said, but has always been told that the information would not be made available.

"We didn't call to his office," Mr. Trottier said, adding the paper stands by its story. "But as you probably know when we do call Immigration Canada they have always the same answer, that we don't comment on those stories. That's why we didn't this time ... we had all of the information that we needed."

Mr. Kenney said the paper should have requested Ms. Martinez fill out a disclosure form so that Citizenship and Immigration Canada could share her case history, something Mr. Trottier said La Presse would do in the future (although he reserved the paper's right to publish without official requests being made).

If she had, he said, La Presse would have learned that Ms. Martinez has a criminal record in three states, has used as many as 20 aliases in the past, claimed nine different birthdays and couldn't prove she was in Colombia when the kidnapping is said to have occurred.

"Our request is simple: If you are a journalist writing about someone facing removal from Canada, please get a privacy waiver from the subject of your story so that we can provide the complete file to you," Mr. Kenney wrote."
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/kenney-rebukes-newspaper-lectures-reporters-on-incomplete-work/article4255779/

The conservative government, always willing to break the laws of the land, and become indignant when others point out their hypocrisy, as well as breaking the laws of the land. By the way, governments and privacy acts, are portrayed as keeping their citizens information safe. True in a fashion, but underneath it, it is to change the behaviour of its citizens, to conduct themselves following the rules of the privacy act in their day to day lives, just like the politicians and others who by law must protect the privacy of their citizens. The privacy acts, may well protect citizens privacy, but it is the government holding the cards to release the information, with or without a privacy waiver. Kenney, is too funny and too cute, when citizens and non-citizens in Canada can release their own information for all the world to see, because the main parts of the privacy act does not apply to the private citizens. It is up to the governments to confirm or not to confirm, and not the media to asked the private individual to signed a waiver, to prove their story is correct, and matches up to the government. All governments goes into denial, when citizens are talking to the media, on the negative outcomes being experienced due mainly to government policy, that shows the big bad side of government.

So between Kenney and Alexander, MPs that puts all MPs in disrepute, and two Canadians who think they are not only above the laws of the land, but also well practised on the black arts of propaganda.

Last, a video that will sure get a rise from the Harper advocates.....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkKP79tGpJQ&feature=related


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