Thursday, October 26, 2006

It's the denial dummy. Speaker's re-review of MacKay's words

Expert technical analysis of the parliamentary tape of MacKay's words will easily reveal that he said "it". He called a fellow MP and former lover "my dog". His denial to parliament of the comment will be exposed.

How serious is this?

This incident as it occurred involved an insult to a MP, to Parliament, and to women. An apology was required. But now, the situation has escalated to an apparent lie to parliament in front of the entire country. And, the speaker now has grounds on two counts to discipline Peter MacKay.

The parliamentary speaker has already once been willing to let it drop, gave an opportunity to say sorry, but now has reluctantly agreed to "listen" to expert testimony and read the affidavits. Expert analysis will show that he said it - as those with good ears can already hear it on the tape without aid of technical support.

Peter… you did it… and you apparently fuddleduddled to parliament about it… the latter making the former worse.

It’s always the cover-up that gets’m!

Of course, there is a pattern here. He broke his written promise to the PC party and David Orchard... now he has insulted an MP, parliament, and the country with further disingenous bluster.

The Speaker ought to hold him to account. In the next election his riding should do the same.

(c) 2006 Victoria BC

October 25th - Daily Canadian News Links


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ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - The tiger hiccups
HALIFAX HERALD - Justice served
HALIFAX HERALD - Sustaining the mission
MONTREAL GAZETTE - Exposing the myths about abuse
OTTAWA CITIZEN - Three may not be a crowd
OTTAWA SUN - Convict PCs byte
TORONTO STAR - Judging Canada's anti-terror laws
NATIONAL POST - The Quebec quagmire
NATIONAL POST - Save the vote for Canadians
TORONTO SUN - A sneak attack on our military
HAMILTON SPECTATOR - Terrorism laws need oversight
WINDSOR STAR - The Fortier challenge
SUDBURY STAR - Ottawa's solution to wait times is to talk
SUDBURY STAR - Journalists upset; But Harper's attitude toward the press gallery is understandable
WINNIPEG SUN - Prison cells no place for computers
CALGARY HERALD - Votes are never convenient
CALGARY SUN - Does not compute
Canada is blessed with natural resources, but ...

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Ignatieff's Quebec tactic divides party
EDMONTON JOURNAL - Reverse literacy cuts
EDMONTON SUN - Hearts and minds
LETHBRIDGE HERALD - New parks great, but what about the old?
LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Seizure law is flawed in more ways than one
VANCOUVER PROVINCE - It's not degrading to salute our monarch


Five modified Sea Kings practice carrying troops in N.B. exercise
Army testing Afghanistan-bound soldiers for drugs
Military tight-lipped but sources cite 18% failure rate at CFB Gagetown
Canadian sailors and aircrew may end up driving trucks in Kandahar
Afghanis need food, Ottawa told

Canada complains to White House about Republican ad
U.S. campaign ad critical of Canada yanked
Double life of passport: Senate

Ontario hardest hit by U.S. slowdown, but modest growth predicted: Dodge

The myth of collective security

Coverup alleged in track probe
Group gets funds here to kill our troops
Day: Afghani Islamists banned by Ottawa as terrorists

Lottery 'insiders' win big bucks
Odds of Ontario results are astronomical, investigation by CBC program reports

Don't appeal, newspaper group asks Toews

Manitoba vows to hold vote on wheat board
Manitoba wants farmers' vote on Wheat Board
Ontario electoral legislation sets bar high
The heart of the matter
MPs duck and weave over Caledonia issue

Angus Reid Global Monitor : Polls & Research
Tories Lead by Nine Points in Canada

MacKay controversy heats up as Speaker re-examines alleged slur
MacKay denies he disparaged Stronach
Tories say it's time to let sleeping dogs lie
PMO officials not required to publicly post cost of Challenger flights: Tories
Dion, Kennedy fear backlash if Quebec nationhood debate turns ugly
Opposition will pay electoral price for stance on crime, says Harper
Gomery disappointed by inaction on inquiry findings
Ignatieff vows to address gender issues
Healthy federal budget surplus likely won't last, says finance minister
Ottawa awash in surplus cash
$6.7-billion, five-month budget windfall poses political dilemma for Flaherty

Flaherty slams Liberal economic record
Kennedy, Dion camps hold talks
Alliance could overtake delegate leader Ignatieff
'Natural synergies' between the two candidates

Tories deny they're losing control of the House

Three choices, Mr. President
The least bad option on Iraq: Disengagement and damage control

No good exit strategy from Iraq for U.S.

Conservative government announces consultation on open-skies policy
Anti-scab bill a step closer to passage in the House of Commons

World can't wait for climate action, says former U.S. Treasury Secretary
Pandemic to be 'disaster in slow motion'
Walkom: Rulings question terror obsession
Crime is crime, courts are saying

It's a !@#&* soap opera
Here we go again, placating Quebec
Parliament's ill manners no surprise
Crude heckling a manifestation of its irrelevance

Modesty and menace
Day of the Longbow
Critics shelve bid to overturn same-sex law
No Tory `chivalry' as Greens' new leader seeks seat
PM has no plan to let May run unopposed in London by-election

Proposed new rape law shows women haven't come far enough
Suez II Lessons never learned from invasion of Egypt 50 years ago
I hope no one tells my daughter not to wear a veil
Legal torture is another defeat for democracy
New Status of Women could restart women’s movement
Digital democracy gets the digit

# Nation québécoise n'a pas le même sens dans les deux langues, dit Kennedy
Harper met en garde l'opposition qui contrecarre ses projets de loi
Des marins et du personnel de vol vont conduire des camions à Kandahar
"Nation québécoise" n'a pas le même sens dans les deux langues, dit Kennedy
Les conservateurs défendent les dépenses de deux hauts responsables
Les surplus risquent de fondre au cours des mois à venir, prévient Flaherty
Premiers échecs pour le gouvernement Harper
Un peuple de paresseux?
Harper met en garde l'opposition
Passeport à la frontière : une initiative légitime mais périlleuse

Federal Byelection
PM uses by-election to weigh Ontario support
As Dianne Haskett earns the Conservative nod, an ex-opponent's son considers a Liberal bid. ... Haskett, Burghardt again?

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

October 24th - Canadian News Links


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HALIFAX HERALD - Lost in translation
MONTREAL GAZETTE - New Bloc ideas a whiff of old bribes
OTTAWA CITIZEN - Keeping talent at home
OTTAWA SUN - Opening old wound
TORONTO STAR - Canada's sudden Afghan burnout
TORONTO STAR - Fortier's big chance
TORONTO STAR - Tag's deadly scourge
NATIONAL POST - Let's get this byelection started
TORONTO SUN - They don't need @?*! computers
K-W RECORD - Ignatieff continues political stumbling
WINDSOR STAR - Byelections: Harper makes right call
WINDSOR STAR - Floor-crossing rules
SUDBURY STAR - Third Option best course for Afghanistan's future
CALGARY HERALD - When religious freedom is right, and when it is not
CALGARY SUN - Johns should worry
EDMONTON JOURNAL - Serious action, or just serious delay?
EDMONTON JOURNAL - Clarity on trusts needed
EDMONTON SUN - Sizing up john law

Ottawa eager to fill front lines
Navy, air force personnel could see Afghan action
Defence officials exploring ways to beef up infantry

Dumb and dumber
Colonel urges patience on Afghanistan mission
Canada should boost Afghan mission, take lead in strategy development: paper
Taliban vows revenge attacks in Europe
'We will kill them and laugh over them'

Canada's Afghanistan mission destabilizing: James Ingalls
Opinion of the Afghan mission is shifting in Liberal caucus, says one Grit, as opposition parties step up their criticism of the mission.

UK 'broke pledges' on Afghan aid
Travelling with the Taleban
The BBC's David Loyn has had exclusive access to Taleban forces mobilised against the British army in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan.

Gross stupidity in Afghanistan

Cleanup not on Canada's agenda
Closer energy ties with U.S. urged
Review of foreign ownership rules also sought

Wind farm construction in Canada doubled this year
OPEC calls for Canada's help
North American investment, technical expertise sought

Trade, politics, security on tap
Asia Pacific Summit for academics, ambassadors and business executives

Blunt instruments
Economic sanctions work sometimes, but they can also make world

The skinny on Omega-3 fatty acids

Quebec may file AdScam charges

Ontario plans referendum on electoral reform in next provincial election

Ontario to ask feds for more than $25M to cover native occupation: McGuinty

Tory house-arrest bill gutted: Toews
Tories run 'Narrowcast' government: says pollster
But is the strategy working? Tories say they don't make much of a recent poll that found Libs and Tories tied

Liberals to pay off Quebec wing's $1.9-million debt
Sources say the party decided to bite the bullet and pay off the massive debt because the Quebec wing wasn't strong enough to do it on its own.

Accountability on menu at law and Parliament Conference
Accountability may be hot, but some MPs say Parliament is much less accountable than it was 30 years ago.

Tories muzzling officials, threatening free speech: opposition
Liberal senators table ethics act amendments
Baird dismisses Liberal senators' attempts to raise political donation limits
Turner won't switch to Greens for now, wants to try being Independent
Gay marriage critics, supporters lobby MPs ahead of free vote
Policy may be Liberals' undoing
Opposition pokes at Fortier's refusal to run
Fortier defends decision not to run in by-election
Ignatieff rebound raises team's morale
Liberals don't let up on MacKay
Green Party eyes two seats in House
New leader to run in by-election
Still hopes to woo Turner to cause

Debate seals Ignatieff advantage
Bob Rae, 'the experienced guy,' starting to look good
Liberal Senate flexes muscle on Accountability Act

Baker signals U.S. exit from Iraq
Bending with the wind

Government legislation targets voter fraud
Tories consider income-splitting for seniors
Flaherty defers income-splitting action
Extend terror laws: MPs
Tories, Liberals unite in call to give controversial measures five more years

Anti-terror act requires fine tuning, panel says

Accused terrorist wins Charter case
Former Liberal minister contradicts RCMP chief on Arar affair
Environment watchdog overzealous

Harsh law set to live on, unexplained
Garbled green message
Evangelical schools ordered to teach Darwin
Canadian senators at work
Colin Kenny is chair of the Senate Committee on National Security and Defence.

Challenge aspiring leaders to reinvigorate democracy
Officer fights military over salute, toast to the Queen
Says public displays of loyalty are 'degrading'

Democratic or devilish?
Finding the Recognition We Covet

L'opposition accuse le gouvernement de museler ses fonctionnaires
Un juge invalide une partie de la loi antiterroriste canadienne
Reconnaissance de la nation québécoise - De quoi s'agit-il?
Les opposants au mariage gai intensifient leur lobby
Des accusations contre cinq individus reliés aux commandites?
Modifier la loi sur l'environnement comporte des dangers, dit un juge
Les partisans d'Ignatieff sont ambivalents face à l'idée de nation québécoise
Le ministre de la Justice critique vertement les trois partis de l'opposition
Flaherty se penche sur la question des revenus des couples du troisième âge
Le temps d'attente en santé continue à se détériorer au Canada

Federal Byelection
Timing is everything
Byelection race taking shape
Dianne Haskett's road back was paved by Tory party officials in Ottawa.
Troops marshalling

City council candidate jumps into federal race in London-North-Centre
Walker in NDP candidacy storm

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Harper's Fishery Policy is Racist

Steve Harper’s new conservative government has referred the question of aboriginal fishing allocations, by the Canadian Department of Fisheries, to a committee for investigation. The question, are aboriginal fishing allocations racist?

During Steve Harper’s policy advocate career, as a citizen, in association with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation he and Mark Milke advocated that aboriginal fishing allocations were race based and not required under Canadian law. Then Reform MP John Cummins, and now Conservative MP, was arrested for trying to impose that view by forcibly interfering with aboriginal fishing on the Fraser River. Today, Mark Milke writes regularly in the national media in support of the Prime Minister’s personally created policy position.

Is the Prime Minister right? Are aboriginal fishing allocations racist?

Contrary to the Prime Minister’s thinking, Canada has international fishing treaties with every country in the world. Coastal fishing rights are established by the sovereign territorial claims of Canada as qualified by treaty and international law. Similarly, Canada has entered into treaty relationships with aboriginal people, which include claims to resources. Such treaties include the Royal Proclamation of 1763, the West Coast’s Douglas Trade Treaties (see also Gladstone Decision 1996), and the Ten Treaties. Aboriginal claims to commercial rights exist as a result of precedence, treaty, and constitutional law. Aboriginal Treaty rights are permanently recognized in sections 25 and 35 of Canada’s Constitution.

Beyond the communal relationship established by treaty law between Canada and aboriginals, many individual rights have also been established. For example, the 2003 Supreme Court Powley decision on Metis rights ruled that individual hunting rights also exist under treaty law. Individual aboriginal persons have a personal treaty relationship with Canada that includes the personal use of resources - in addition to community treaty rights. Further, any organized group of Canadian citizens can apply for fishing, or other resource, allocations.

Accordingly, 5 Justices from the BC Court of Appeal unanimously ruled on R. v. Kapp in 2006 that the allocation of fishing quotas is not race based and is within the federal government's mandate to allocate a resource amongst legitimate claimants.

So, Steve Harper and Mark Milke are factually wrong. Aboriginals have legal claims to commercial resources, including fishing, as well as individual claims to resources for personal food and ceremonial use. And further, merely as Canadian citizens, aboriginals can organize and make application for resource allocations.

To discount historical, treaty, constitutional, and citizen rights of ethnic groups because those groups are commercially active is more than just profoundly ignorant and legally dubious. The Harper-Milke view is morally wrong and discriminatory against both aboriginals and the rule of law. Aboriginals have every legal and moral right to expect that their relationship with Canada be honoured.


Sunday, October 22, 2006

Steve Harper's Pollution Protection Plan

Canada has stewardship over 1/10 the planet’s land, the equivalent amount of responsibility for the earth’s air quality, and vast amounts of the world’s fresh water. Proudly, Steve Harper’s new government just released Canada’s new environment strategy – not even a plan yet - to create a plan to protect our environment.

According to the new government’s new strategy air quality targets will be achieved in 2050… maybe. Air polluters will be allowed to increase overall emissions under the conservative strategy (known as the pollution intensity per barrel of oil approach). Polluters can emit based on the barrels of oil used with no cap on overall emissions... cough! Further, the Harper plan does not include any mention of eco-systems; there is no thought of developing a plan to protect anything living. Likewise, there is no mention of water management. And, be sure to watch where you stand too; Steve Harper’s new strategy for the environment also does not include land quality management. I guess we have to individually fend for ourselves if we want clean land and water.

Can an environmental non-plan be any worse? Well no. The New Harper Government’s Environment Plan is a “Pollution Management” strategy and not an “Environment Protection” plan in any way - other than in Orwellian news speak.