Tuesday, September 09, 2008

What's Up? Canada has 3 Elections in 4 Years!


Ennie-Meenie-Minnie-Mo ... How Else Can One Decide When Presented With Such A Choice?
Tories pushing fall election to shut down probe, MPs say
by Campbell Clark
From Thursday's Globe and Mail
August 20, 2008 at 10:55 PM EDT
OTTAWA — A federal election would kill any attempt by MPs to cite for contempt Tory witnesses who ignored parliamentary summonses to election-finance hearings last week, and opposition politicians argue it is a key reason the government wants to rush to the polls.
More than a dozen Conservatives boycotted the hearings, including a half-dozen who had received a summons from the Commons ethics committee.
Opposition MPs have threatened to take tougher action if the reluctant witnesses do not appear between Sept. 15 and 30 – which could include issuing a Speaker's warrant, or having the Commons cite them for contempt.
But the committee, each summons and any attempt to pursue or cite witnesses will die if an election is called first, and Parliament is dissolved, procedural experts say. Once that happens, the matter is not revived in the next Parliament unless the new ethics committee starts all over again.
“The summons dies with the dissolution of Parliament for an election,” said Thomas Hall, a former Commons committee clerk and procedural clerk.
The opposition began the hearings into the Conservatives' so-called in-and-out scheme from the last election, where the national party transferred money into the campaigns of local candidates to pay for a share of party advertising, and then took it back.
Elections Canada has alleged it was a scheme to overspend the party's national limit by $1-million, by transferring national campaign expenses to candidates. The Tories say all parties have done the same kind of thing, and they just did more.
The Conservatives have called the hearings a “kangaroo court” and complained the opposition chose all the witnesses, and refused Tory suggestions. Last week, several Conservatives, including some who were summoned, skipped the hearings, and one Conservative candidate's agent said a party organizer told witnesses not to attend.
It's relatively rare for a committee to even issue a summons, let alone for a witness to ignore one, in part because the full Commons still has the power to enforce a committee's orders, said parliamentary procedure expert Ned Franks.
The Speaker can issue a warrant, and the Commons can cite the recalcitrant witness for contempt – normally just a very public condemnation, although the Commons, at least in theory, retains the long-unused power to fine or even imprison.
Former Liberal cabinet minister and Royal Canadian Mint president David Dingwall was able to evade a summons to testify on his lobbying activities in 2005, as his lawyer refused to accept service.
Mr. Dingwall did not show up, but he was scheduled to appear on the day Paul Martin called an election after losing a confidence vote, so the matter died with the dissolution of Parliament.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he will decide in a few weeks whether to call an election, and Liberal Leader St├ęphane Dion accused him of trying to dodge the in-and-out hearings.
“That's the only thing that can stop us. Because we are bound and determined to drag … all these senior Conservatives before the committee. And it's going to be embarrassing,” said MP Pat Martin, the New Democrat on the ethics committee.
“It certainly contradicts the spirit of the fixed-election date laws to manipulate the election date to avoid embarrassment. … Maybe they figured better to take one or two days of bad headlines than risk genuinely damaging testimony, and if they're going to pack up Parliament anyway, then they're scot-free.”
Mr. Harper's communications director, Kory Teneycke, said it is “silly” to accuse the government of wanting an election just to shut down the committee.
Although he said the party wonders whether it's worth participating, he said the Prime Minister is considering an election call because partisan obstruction in Parliament goes far beyond the ethics committee.
“What this is about is whether the government can have a mandate to get a legislative agenda through the House of Commons, to be able to provide certainty in leadership for the country in what are challenging times,” Mr. Teneycke said.

Canada's upcoming federal election also important to the U.S.
Submitted by Chad Rubel
Mon, 09/08/2008 - 3:50pm.

There is a major election in North America this fall that will do a lot to shape the policy coming from the Western Hemisphere. And there's also Barack Obama vs. John McCain.Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has asked to have Parliament dissolved, the bellwether sign of a new federal election in Canada. The election will be Tuesday, October 14.At stake will be the direction of leadership on the environment, oil production, terrorism protection, and trade with the United States, all good reasons to pay some attention to the race up North.Harper, a Conservative, is currently running a minority government, defined as more seats than any other party yet not having a majority of seats. For those who have been paying attention, Harper has been emulating the current White House occupant, George W. Bush. But there is a history of the Canadian PM blending in well with the U.S. leader, but most of that blending has come from the Liberal Party, which has been in charge of the country the vast majority of the last 40 years. Stephane Dion is the current Liberal Party leader. The Liberals are running on a platform pushing for a "carbon tax." The Conservatives, who don't support Kyoto, have blasted the tax as being unfair. The U.S. gets more oil from Canada than any other country. And having a good relationship between the two countries is vital to that exchange.
There are other issues ranging from war resisters and whether Canada will stay in Afghanistan.
Harper has copied Bush on protecting citizens from terrorist attacks, leading to harsh practices, some of which has slowed down trade between the countries due to more obstacles at border crossings. A better understanding between U.S. president and Canadian prime minister can help that go more smoothly.If Barack Obama wins in November, he will have a much better friend in Dion than Harper, especially in reopening NAFTA. Likewise, if McCain pulls it out, Harper will be his new best buddy.Regardless of politics, Bush has ignored Canada more than any U.S. president in memory. McCain made more trips to Canada (1) than Bush did in his first term. And U.S.-Canadian relations have suffered as a result. This is the longest stretch of having minority governments in the country's history. Paul Martin of the Liberal Party previously had a minority government. The Bloc Quebecois in Quebec holds a number of seats in the federal House of Commons - their significant numbers have prevented a majority government. The left-leaning New Democratic Party is the major third party in Canada - unlike the Bloc Quebecois (which only has representatives from Quebec). In the U.S., there are two major scenarios (no offense to third-party candidates): either Obama or McCain will win. In Canada, the two scenarios become four (again no offense to third-party candidates): Liberal majority, Liberal minority, Conservative majority, Conservative minority. The chances of a Liberal majority are highly slim -- the Liberal Party suffered, especially in Quebec over the long ago sponsorship scandal. The Conservative majority is more realistic, though the Canadian electorate hasn't felt it necessary to trust Harper with a majority.The election cycle is much smaller in Canada - 37 days. Ironically, the Harper government has been criticized for passing a law setting a fixed election date, and then reversing its stand and calling for a new election. Canadians like to go to the polls around every 5 years, typical in a parliamentary system. This election will be the third since 2004. There are currently 308 seats in the House. The Conservatives won 124 seats in the last election to 103 for the Liberals.

Dion's pooping puffin pulled
Website Wars
By 24 Hours News Services

In the race to see who is the nastiest electronic campaigner, the Tories took the lead -- and ended up apologizing to Liberal Leader Stephane Dion for the effort.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper was forced into the awkward position yesterday after a Conservative website depicted a puffin pooping on an image of Dion.
"There was this inappropriate thing on our website overnight, it has been removed, it was tasteless and inappropriate. We have enough differences with the Liberals without getting into that kind of thing," said Harper.
"Belittling images are not fair game and not acceptable and obviously I am not pleased that that happened. I offer my apologies for that."
The notaleader.ca site, launched yesterday, uses fancy software to poke fun at Dion and his Liberal front bench with videos and games.
When asked what he thought of the pooping puffin, Dion took the high road: "This is saying more about them than about us," he said.
While senior Conservative campaign officials were aware of the content on the website, Tory spokesman Ryan Sparrow said the embarrassing puffin slipped through. He blamed the incident on an overzealous young web designer.
In turn, the Liberal party launched its own attack website - but this one has no wildlife defecating on Tory politicians.
Scandalpedia.ca is a mock up of the hugely popular free online encyclopedia, Wiki-pedia, which allows the public to post and update encyclopedia entries, although people are encouraged to contact the administrators if they want to contribute.
The Liberal site contains information about controversies associated with the Conservative party going back several years.
Just as notaleader.ca fails to discuss any Tory policy, or personality, there is nothing on scandalpedia.ca promoting Liberals or their policies.
In an effort to balance the scandal with the "soft and touchy," the Liberals launched a separate front in the e-war.
Thisisdion.ca takes a page from the warm and fuzzy ads the Conservatives have used to paint Harper as a family man by showing Dion playing ball hockey, fishing and looking casual.
Green party's May excluded from televised leaders' debates
09 Sept. 2008
OTTAWA — Green party Leader Elizabeth May has been shut out of the televised election debates after every major party but the Liberals shunned her inclusion.
TV network officials hinted that one or more of the other party leaders would have pulled out of the showcase election event, set for Ottawa on Oct. 1 and 2, if May had participated.
NDP campaign spokesman Brad Lavigne confirmed that Leader Jack Layton had refused to attend with May present.
All signs pointed to the Conservatives as being the other deal breaker.
"We believe that as someone who's endorsed (Liberal Leader) Stephane Dion to be the prime minister of Canada, she has endorsed Liberal candidates throughout the country," Lavigne said.
"We said that if the Liberals were going to have two representatives, we would not accept the invitation."
Dion said he welcomed May, the only woman leading a federal party in the election, to join the debates.
Jason MacDonald, a spokesman for the network consortium, said the other three parties all opposed her participation "and it became clear that if the Green party were included, there would be no leaders' debates.
"In the interest of Canadians, the consortium has determined that it is better to broadcast the debates with the four major party leaders, rather than not at all."
The nationally televised event is run by Canada's major TV networks through an umbrella group that decides who takes part. The consortium includes CBC, Radio Canada, CTV, Global and TVA. Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe stressed that he never threatened to cancel, although he'd prefer the debate be restricted to leaders of the four major parties in Parliament.
But Prime Minister Stephen Harper, like the NDP, said Monday that May's inclusion would in essence allow a second Liberal candidate.
He said May's platform is similar to Dion's and that she will ultimately endorse the Liberals.
"Elizabeth May is not an opponent of Stephane Dion," Harper said at a campaign event in Richmond, B.C.
"She is his candidate in (the Nova Scotia riding of) Central Nova, and I think it would be fundamentally unfair to have two candidates who are essentially running on the same platform in the debate."
Dion raised eyebrows by opting not to run a Liberal candidate against May. She in turn has upset some Greens by heaping praise on Dion's environmental record and touting him as a better prime minister than Harper.
Still, she insists she is a party leader in her own right and dismissed any notion that she will endorse the Liberals as "nonsense."
May threatened to go to court over Monday's decision, accusing the TV networks of "old boy" tactics as she squarely blamed Harper for her exclusion.
"I think Mr. Harper's role was determinative," she said in an interview. "He was the only one making the (public) case that I was not allowed to participate.
"In the interest of fairness ... and a full and fair election, the Green party will seek the guidance of the Federal Court in terms of ... how manipulated the public airwaves can be by the objection of a prime minister who doesn't want to face me in the debate."
[Read entire article at: http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5i7ZzESqfkSmCWf42KH-K6HY7j8Ug]

Canada's Green Party given TV debate nod
OTTAWA, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Canadian Green Party leader Elizabeth May was invited late Wednesday to participate in televised debates before the federal election, the TV consortium said.
The consortium reversed its Monday decision to bar May from the debates after Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper and New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton -- bowing to growing public criticism, even within their own parties -- recanted their opposition to May's involvement, a consortium spokesman said.
Both leaders had said they would boycott the debates if May showed up.
Liberal Party leader Stephane Dion said he supported May's involvement and Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe said he never threatened a boycott.
May cheered the parties' and consortium's reversals and promised to send a representative to negotiate the debate format and questioning with the networks alongside other party representatives, Green spokesman John Bennett told United Press International.
"This just leaped us into the big leagues," he told UPI. "Forty-eight hours ago we were irrelevant, now we're a political force to be reckoned with."
The English and French debates in Ottawa are set for Oct. 1 and 2. The federal election takes place Oct. 14.

Jewish Lobby Vetoes Candidate for 9-11 Views
September 27, 2008
by Henry Makow

You're an "anti-Semite" if you remark that the "Jews" control the world. So please ignore the fact that the Canadian Jewish Congress had a candidate removed as her party's nominee Friday for a 2003 article suggesting Israel had foreknowledge of 9-11. This is what democracy looks like under Zionist occupation. Both Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Opposition Leader Stephane Dion humiliated Canadians by pandering to Bernie Farber, CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress. Dion dropped Leslie Hughes, a veteran journalist, as a Liberal candidate in Winnipeg. She wrote that Israeli -government-owned Zim shipping lines broke its lease and moved 200 employees out of the World Trade Center just one week before Sept. 11. Please ignore that this timely move actually took place. Like Freedom of Speech and Democracy, Truth no longer applies under the Zionist dispensation. When Hughes' article surfaced Friday, Liberal leader Stephane Dion went cap-in-hand to Bernie Farber: "We have a process ongoing with the Jewish congress, to see what she has said exactly, if our apology will be accepted . . .. I have full confidence in the Jewish congress," Dion said.
Hughes apologized but Farber didn't feel she struck the right note of contrition. He said her apology read like she was sorry people read the column wrong, not that she was sorry for offending people. Since whether Jews are offended is the measure of truth, Bernie Farber gave it a thumbs down. While canvassing, Hughes learned from reporters she was no longer a Liberal candidate. Is this how freedom works? No one who has ever expressed a qualm about Israel, Jews or Zionism can ever run for an established party? "It's a major shock to my faith in the party and the whole system," said Hughes, who defended her track record by citing her biography about a leading Jewish community figure and the Holocaust education that she taught at the University of Winnipeg for more than a decade. "So it's the theater of the absurd," she said."I have no time for conspiracy theories about the Jewish population whatever," she said. "The article that I wrote -- for anyone who reads it carefully -- is very clearly innocent of any kind of anti-Semitic feeling. I am just absolutely stunned by this. I guess that's how soldiers die in the trenches. This is how it must feel. "Bernie Farber was triumphant: "Lesley Hughes crossed a line which just simply cannot be crossed under any circumstances. There is no room in Canada or anywhere for these modern-age twists on the age-old anti-Semitic calumnies with these odious and dangerous conspiracy theories." (This writer has also crossed that line. Farber wants the Canadian "Human Rights" Commission to force me to remove all references to Jews from my website.) Prime Minister Stephen Harper applauded Dion's decision, adding it's a "very serious thing" that Hughes wasn't immediately disciplined after refusing to retract her comments. "Is this the kind of political discourse that is tolerated in the Liberal party?" he said. A prominent Conservative candidate, Peter Kent, characterized her writings as "attempts to demonize the world's only Jewish state as complicit in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. "Dion, Harper and Kent are agents of the Zionist occupation. So are Bush, Obama and McCain. We suffer from a kind of Stockholm Syndrome, where our "leaders" collaborate with our kidnappers hoping to be treated well. This is how "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" describe the situation:
The masses are "accustomed to listen to us only who pay it for obedience and
attention. In this way, we shall create a blind mighty force which will never be
in a position to move in any direction without the guidance of our agents...The
people will submit to this regime because it will know that upon these leaders
will depend its earnings, gratification and the receipt of all kinds of
benefits." ("Protocols of Zion" 10)
The bankers are holding up Americans for another $700 billion and neither Obama nor McCain can muster a bleat. The bankers get paid twice: first the bailout, and then when the debt is repaid with interest.
9-11Anyone who studies this carefully documented 9-11 Timeline can see that Neocons, Zionists and Mossad played a prominent role in the false-flag attack on the World Trade Centre. The Mossad motto literally is "We shall wage war by way of deception." A Report of the German Intelligence Service (BND) says Israel's Mossad helped the "Arab terrorists." Germany has not disowned this report and no one has refuted it. "These investigations disclosed in late May of 2001 that an attack was to be made against certain specified targets in the American cities of Washington and New York. But it was apparent that the Mossad was not only fully aware of these attacks well in advance but actually, though their own agents inside these Arab groups, assisted in the planning and the eventual execution of the attacks. That the Israeli government was fully aware of these attack is absolutely certain and proven. Diplomatic traffic between the Israeli Embassy in the Federal Republic and the Israeli Foreign Office made it very clear that Minister President Sharon was fully aware of this pending attack and urgently wished that no attempt was made to prevent the attacks." On August 6, 2001, the German ambassador Ischinger informed George W. Bush of the exact time and place of the attack. Bush thanked the ambassador and said he was aware of it. Later the US Government demanded that Germany keep this warning secret.
The Canadian Jewish Congress is a registered lobby group posing as a "human rights" organization. It has no democratic mandate from Canadian Jews yet it presumes to speak for them. Its goal is to create anti-Semitism, its bread and butter. Polls in Winnipeg are running 2-1 against removing Hughes. Hughes' article is linked in the mainstream media and thousands more are learning her views. In a free country, no issue is off the table. No lobby group defines the terms of discourse, especially not one linked to the real 9-11 perpetrators by virtue of a common agenda. "Anti-Semitism" is a ruse to stop discussion of the New World Order program. This plan is to enslave us (under the pretext of the bogus terror war) in order to protect their credit monopoly and ensure "debts" are repaid. This hate-filled agenda naturally tries to characterize legitimate resistance as "racial prejudice." The Jewish community should expose 9-11 because the secret actions of a few Jews (and non-Jews) has put all Jews in jeopardy. Instead, Jews stupidly implicate themselves by attacking truthseekers. All 9-11 conspiracy deniers are accomplices in the coverup. The so-called "Jewish Conspiracy" is actually the central banker conspiracy for world government i.e. "globalization." Zionism, in the words of banker Louis Marshall, "is merely a convenient peg on which to hang a powerful weapon." Freemasonry is another powerful weapon, which is largely non-Jewish (by membership.) Every institution in our society has been corrupted and subverted to this cause. We are simply not equipped to recognize that this conspiracy is very real, and is entering a critical stage with the planned financial meltdown. Jews had better act before the shit hits the fan and the bankers again make them their scapegoat. ----Related- "The Hypocrisy of Anti-Hate Laws"
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