Saturday, September 15, 2012

Daily Digest September 14-15, 2012


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

OPINION AND INFORMATION
_____CANADA

SEPTEMBER 15TH_____

Owners, players – a plague on both their houses
         Peter Lougheed was perfect premier for province coming into its own
Lougheed was a political giant
         Why I miss Pierre Trudeau and Mordecai Richler
Why we should worry about inflation
         Canada's run of good governance
Omar Khadr will come home. The only question is when
         The real lesson from embassy attacks ­ U.S. will always have enemies
A night with the fanatics
         Kate's topless photos are a grim reminder of what Princess Diana endured
An open letter to B.C. Premier Christy Clark
         Looming Nexen deal reveals fault lines in Tory camp
Prison guard protest outside PM's Calgary office
         Tories' call centre fights demand it turn over recordings of voter contact calls
Fugitive businessman sues Tory MP over payment to aid economic club
         Mum's the word as MPs return to Parliament
Mid-mandate of Harper government fertile ground for political mischief
         Fetal rights and language rights could liven up next Parliament
MPs prepare for a cutthroat session
         The fall sitting: Let's have a conversation, or not
THIS WEEK IN FINANCE: Rate threats heating loonie
         Foreign Affairs paid $2M for extensive study on threats to embassies
Party on the Hill: The favourite watering holes of Canada's parliamentarians
         Seniors getting rough ride in the news lately
Quebec appeal judge seen as likely pick for top court
         Jim Flaherty ready to act, if needed
11 Conservative MPs and a Senator Say Exactly the Same Quote About the War of 1812 At the Same Time
         Prison guards plan protest in Harper's riding
Harper Tories vs. the PQ: Round One
         Citing PQ pressure, Canada to cease defending asbestos mining
Kent eyes overhaul of species at risk law, but not in budget omnibus bill
         Stephen Harper appoints cabinet group to cut government costs
Former premier Lougheed will lie in state at legislature
         A legacy rich as oil: Ex-Alberta premier Peter Lougheed's ideas imprinted on party still in power 41 years later
Remembering Lougheed: Chr├ętien, Mulroney among peers to pay tribute
         Premier Christy Clark and her Liberals face uphill political battle against NDP under Adrian Dix
Ontario Premier getting schooled in brand loyalty
         Family portrait: Census release will feature data on issues from married gay couples to foster children to seniors' living arrangements
         Rogue Tories forming Manitoba Party?
With deadline looming, NHL lockout appears to be a near certainty
         Hypocrisy or cynicism? NHL races to sign players before midnight lockout
New agony for Kate and Wills over topless pictures: Italian magazine set to publish 26-page photo special of them on holiday in south of France
         No remorse...and French Closer magazine makes lurid claims they have yet more intrusive pictures

_____SEPTEMBER 14TH
Putin to Harper: Embassy attacks to be expected
         Privilege perverted: Call off the hounds
Quebec Liberals prepare for life without Charest and the 'it' factor
         The moral high ground that Ontario teachers' unions claim to occupy is slipping away
Benghazi Glen Ross
         In Libya, Obama discovers the limits of nuance
Extremism reacts like a rabid dog
         Economic recovery won't happen until we kill off bad policies
Greenpeace's Golden Rice stand should appall us all
         Tories ask judge to toss pollster's evidence in robo-calls court challenge
Balancing the books not top priority: Harper
         AG's spring report on feds' F-35 fighter jets attracted 'massive' media attention: documents
Transparency Watch: Names of $500+ Pat Martin Defence Fund donors to be disclosed on ethics commissioner's website
         Severing ties with Iran 'stupid,' Canada's envoy from 1970s says
Federal civil service hit with over 1,600 more job notices
         Ontario deficit $3.3 billion lower than original forecast
Ontario Liberals violated members' privileges by not producing gas plant documents: Speaker
         New Conservative nominee seen as polarizing candidate in Calgary riding
Calgary Centre Green candidate promises deep-pocketed campaign to challenge Harper Conservatives
         Liberal Leadership: Trudeau, Garneau and Cauchon in the race?
Google Translation...
New rules for picking federal Liberal leader 'reasonable,' Trudeau says
         Stephen Harper's democracy award a sad joke on Canadians
The future of Harper chief of staff a mystery
         Ethics probe in Stephen Harper's office prompts calls for tougher penalties
Another budget-bill battle looms as Parliament resumes
         NEWS ANALYSIS: The auditor general and the gag order
PrivilegeWatch Update: Speaker was "duty bound to protect privileges of the House" in the absence of instruction to the contrary
         Canada blames U.S. for delay in transferring Omar Khadr
Omar Khadr To Return To Canada
         Stephen Harper's office says no decision made on Omar Khadr
Defence Minister Peter MacKay To Highlight "Next Generation Tank" Otherwise Known As The Leopard 2
         Peckford convinces Canadian Encyclopedia to rewrite Constitution entry
Message on Iran weakened by confusing explanation
         MP foresees fiery clash
Mountie pay trails other police, report says
         CAW offers wage cuts to head off strikes
Apology demanded for Tory MPP McDonell comparing McGunity government to Nazi regime
         Quebec will keep a strict eye on gun stores
B.C. ignoring massive carbon emissions: report
         Triathlon Canada to investigate why Findlay's anemia went undetected

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Looming Nexen deal reveals fault lines in Tory camp


Shipping for peaches in a grocery store as we were
preparing fir the coming of our guests from Denmark
there were not any available that were not labelled
Made in China.
Last weekend an Agreement was made with China
that is being touted as a reason to accept the sale
of a $15,000,000,000.00 to the Chinese government

Please read the accompanying Letter to the Editor.
Its subject matter I believe is critical to our future

If you disagree send me your arguments, they will
be posted here unchanged you may be assured.

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Subject: Should the China-Canada investment agreement be considered "a game changer"?

Dear Editor,

Should the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) be considered "a game changer" in Sino-Canadian economic relationships?

Signing FIPA, the most important action taken by Canada at the APEC meeting in Russia, solidifies an already increasing trade imbalance in China's favour, not only in the overall amounts traded but in the nature of the products. In 2011 China exported $48,149,298,046, largely manufactured, value added goods to Canada and imported $16,392,362,705 in Canadian raw materials. Unrefined oil sands will likely increase the imbalance in value added goods.

Under the terms of FIPA, Canadian companies investing in China will have firmer legal footing and be encouraged to do so. Business contracts in both countries will be opened to bids from the other's firms on more equal terms. But there is no mention of reported endemic corruption, human rights and working conditions in China or that the Chinese government effectively controls all decision making on terms of business.

What net benefit to Canada in jobs or economic development will follow even though some private firms may profit from manufacturing overseas? How will this effect the existing trade imbalance?

Under FIPA the Bank of Nova Scotia will be able to obtain a long delayed c.20% ownership ina Chinese bank with the Chinese government as the senior partner. Chinese approval of this transaction is presented as a reason for accepting sale in its entirety of the $ 15 billion petroleum producing Canadian firm Nexen. to another Chinese state owned entity.

Not taken into consideration are lower labour costs in China, less demanding environmental and safety regulations and a controlled currency. These factors already have led to replacement of many formerly Canadian made products in our retail stores. They will be brought to bear in competitive contract bidding. The results, predictably, will be similar dominance in obtaining contracts by Chinese firms in areas other than in producing value added goods.

The Agreement was concluded without public discussion of its ramifications. The "game" Canada has been losing will not be changed but continued and be broadened . China will no doubt continue to purchase our raw materials but, if the precedent be set with Nexen, increasingly from Chinese government owned enterprises.

These matters ought to be addressed so Canada, which has lost much of manufacturing production, does not become increasingly more a dependency of China.

Yours truly

Joe Hueglin
Member 29th Parliament (PC)
5838 Mouland Avenue
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Tel . 905-356-3901

ANNOTATED COPY:

Should the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) be considered "a game changer" in Sino-Canadian economic relationships?

Signing FIPA, the most important action taken by Canada at the APEC meeting in Russia, solidifies an already increasing trade imbalance in China's favour, not only in the overall amounts traded but in the nature of the products. In 2011 China exported $48,149,298,046, largely manufactured, value added goods to Canada and imported $16,392,362,705 in Canadian raw materials. Unrefined oil sands will likely increase the imbalance in value added goods. (1)

Under the terms of FIPA, Canadian companies investing in China will have firmer legal footing and be encouraged to do so. Business contracts in both countries will be opened to bids from the other's firms on more equal terms.(2) But there is no mention of reported endemic corruption, human rights and working conditions in China or that the Chinese government effectively controls all decision making on terms of business. (3)

What net benefit to Canada in jobs or economic development will follow even though some private firms may profit from manufacturing overseas? How will this effect the existing trade imbalance?

Under FIPA the Bank of Nova Scotia will be able to obtain a long delayed c.20% ownership ina Chinese bank with the Chinese government as the senior partner. (4) Chinese approval of this transaction is presented as a reason for accepting sale in its entirety of the $ 15 billion petroleum producing Canadian firm Nexen. to another Chinese state owned entity.(5)

Not taken into consideration are lower labour costs in China, less demanding environmental and safety regulations and a controlled currency. These factors already have led to replacement of many formerly Canadian made products in our retail stores. They will be brought to bear in competitive contract bidding. The results, predictably, will be similar dominance in obtaining contracts by Chinese firms in areas other than in producing value added goods.

The Agreement was concluded without public discussion of its ramifications. The "game" Canada has been losing will not be changed but continued and be broadened . China will no doubt continue to purchase our raw materials but, if the precedent be set with Nexen, increasingly from Chinese government owned enterprises.

These matters ought to be addressed so Canada, which has lost much of manufacturing production, does not become increasingly more a dependency of China.

(1) Canada's Merchandise Trade with China
http://www.asiapacific.ca/statistics/trade/bilateral-trade-asia-product/canadas-merchandise-trade-china

(2) Canada, China ink trade agreement
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/09/08/canada-china-ink-trade-agreement

(3) Free trade with China is one thing, corruption-free trade is another
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/09/11/kelly-mcparland-free-trade-with-china-is-one-thing-corruption-free-trade-is-another/

What Chinese Investment is Doing to Canadians
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/world/what-chinese-investment-is-doing-to-canadians-245594-all.html

Canada Must Get Wise to How China Does Business: Report
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/canada/canada-must-get-wise-to-how-china-does-business-report-291549.html

(4) Scotiabank buys into Guangzhou Bank for C$719 million
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/09/us-scotiabank-idUSTRE7881NU20110909

(5) Investment agreement may ease trade concerns with China: Baird
http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2012/08/20120828-144445.html

In switch, Canadian papers back CNOOC's Nexen bid
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/switch-canadian-papers-back-cnoocs-nexen-bid-190305228--finance.html

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