Sunday 19 March 2017


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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>NATIONAL NEWSWATCH<<<<<<<<

Don Meredith �groomed� teen for sex, former police chief says

Jason Kenney wins Alberta PC leadership on first ballot
Supreme Court to hear �honour killing� extradition case
Internal review questions number of diplomatic passports
Alberta PC board meets to chart next steps on leader Jason Kenney�s unity plan

Martine Ouellet named leader of Bloc Quebecois
Manitoba NDP reject push to allow every member a vote on party leadership
Canada has detained more Mexican refugees in two months than in all of 2016
Trudeau and the artistry of the deal
Why so many candidates are still in race to lead Tories
Kenney wins � now comes the hard part
Jason Kenney�s PC leadership victory just the first step in a long journey to unite the right
Dutch voters deliver a treat
Power Play Strategy Session : Sen. Meredith �Really needs to go�

Public spending should rise because it needs to, not just because it can
What we should really test in immigrants (and citizens)
Kevin O�Leary campaign behind empty wallet promotion in Toronto
At least three Conservative leadership campaigns alleged fraud in registration process
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE POLITICS<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Why Bay Street and Trudeau don�t see eye to eye - Kevin Carmichael, Macleans
        Ontario Liberals did such a good job fixing hydro prices, they�re now looking at rent control - David Reevely, Ottawa Citizen, National Post
Conservative leadership race to highlight gun regulations - Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press, CTVNews
        Carbon taxes will fuel Canadian populism - Anthony Furey, Ottawa Sun
Martine Ouellet named leader of Bloc Quebecois - The Canadian Press, CTV News
        �Get him back to Costa Rica�: Federal NDP candidate Charlie Angus takes dig at Manitoba premier in Winnipeg - CBC News
Maxime Bernier dead set on his �freedom platform� - Adam Radwanski, The Globe and Mail
        When the board disagrees with the major shareholder, things can get messy- Barry Critchley, Financial Post
Ottawa warned about job losses that could stem from automation- The Canadian Press, CBC News
        Top economies yield to U.S., drop no-protectionism pledge- CTV News
Costco�s private-label booze helps warm spirits during dry spell- Molly Smith - Bloomberg, Toronto Star


Martine Ouellet distribue les r�les dans son �quipe parlementairePlus
        Mairie de Laval: Marc Demers candidat pour un 2e mandatPlus
Accident de la route en Mont�r�gie: un homme lutte pour sa viePlus
        Le d�c�s d'un homme trouv� inconscient confirm�Plus
Donald Trump a-t-il refus� de serrer la main � Angela Merkel?Plus
        Les �Angels shot� pourraient s'�tendre au Qu�becPlus
Un homme poignard� dans un bar � Montr�alPlus
        Montr�al c�l�bre la Saint-Patrick avec son 194e d�fil�Plus
S�curit� renforc�e � la Maison Blanche apr�s un nouvel incidentPlus
        Les citoyens manifestent contre AnacolorPlus

Le mafieux Di Marco trouv� mort dans un stationnement d'AnjouPlus
        Trump attaque Berlin sur ses d�penses militairesPlus
Les �tats-Unis imposent leur vision climato-sceptique au G20


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE WORLD<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Germany Reacts to Merkel-Trump Visit: �Could Have Been a Lot Worse� - Melissa Eddy, New York Times
        Justices on 9th Circuit feuding over travel ban ruling: report - Max Greenwood, The Hill
DHS solicits proposals for �solid concrete border wall� - Eddie Scarry, Washington Examiner
        Inside Trump�s White House, New York moderates spark infighting and suspicion - Philip Rucker, Washington Post
Secret Service Stops Attempted White House Intruder - NBC News
        Tanzania to send 500 doctors to Kenya to help cover strike- Reuters, The Times Of India
�We feel very close to her�: can �fake feminist� Marine Le Pen win the female vote?- Angelique Chrisafis, The Guardian
        Rex Tillerson urged to be �cool-headed� over North Korea- BBC News
G20 fails to agree on free trade endorsement- Al Jazeera
        Dozens of Somalis killed as helicopter targets refugee boat- France 24

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>THE LEBANON DAILY STAR<<<<<<<<

Police use tear gas in Paris demo against police 'brutality'
        Erdogan 'has gone too far' with Nazi comments: Berlin
Thousands join rallies pro-Europe rallies across Germany
        Macron, Le Pen tied at 26 pct each in first round of French election: poll
Spanish unionists rally against Catalonia's separatist push
        SpaceX capsule returns space station science to Earth
'No evidence of collusion' between Trump campaign, Russia: intelligence committee chairman
        Restoring death penalty in Turkey 'red line' in EU bid
Scottish leader softens stance on possible independence vote timing
        Hindu hard-liner sworn in as leader of India's largest state

Netanyahu threatens snap polls after broadcasting row
        Israel threatens to 'destroy' Syrian air defense systems
Germany rejects Trump's claim it owes NATO and US 'vast sums' for defense
        Philippines' Duterte says can't stop China developing shoal
North Korea tests newly developed high-thrust rocket engine
        Germany supports group behind Turkish coup attempt: Erdogan spokesman
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From: Curtis MacDonald
Subject: Re: Daily Digest March 18, 2017

Hi Joe

I want to email you about Larry Kazdan and his many screeds. He reminds me very much of the Orchadistas that attempted to take over the old PC Party that went back in my riding to the NDP party and the anarchist party, from which they came, when the merger took place. I can remember having the same discussions with them at the time.

The answer to his many screeds about the Central Bank simply printing money is that it simply does not work because of rapid inflation. Since the Second World war it has been tried in several Countries where it has failed to bail them out. If it worked a simply the way he says it does, why does not Greece and Venezuela not have their central bank print the money they need to bail them out of the economic trouble they are in? Prior to the Second World War, he has the same opinion like one Orchardista, who was a history teacher, who learned absolutely nothing from The Wiemar Republic about the ravishes of rampant inflation and he is teaching our children. He keeps referring to various economic professors. which doesn't surprise me, as Economists are like everyone else, they are all over the place with their opinions. After all it doesn't take rocket science to find left-wing economists that still believe governments can borrow money forever without paying it back! Having practised Law for twenty years, the one thing I definitely learned is you can find a so-called expert to say absolutely anything that will back up the positon that you are taking.

As to his second latest screed its called "Competition". Actual competition would solve the problem. Unfortunately it is very limited in this Country, which is why we pay some on the highest prices in the World for some things. Do you not find it somewhat strange that you pay more for a milk cow and the privilege to milk it and sell its product than the value of the vehicle it is driven to the Dairy Farm on or in.

 He also talks often about full employment. It is a nice thought but will never be achieved as he conveniently forgets about those that can't work, those that won't work and those that we pay not to work in our Society, not to mention the large number who contribute nothing financially, many by choice.

Curtis MacDonald

-From: "John Feldsted" <>
To: "John Feldsted" <>
Subject: Liars from their lairs:

Pallister: Feds standing by while Manitoba deals with refugees

�Pallister's comments came shortly after Goodale said the federal government is monitoring the growing number of refugee claimants who are crossing the border from the United States.�

�Goodale said immigration is a joint federal-provincial responsibility, and many of the people crossing into Manitoba soon leave for other parts of the country.�

Our constitution states in Section 91 (25) Naturalization and Aliens are a federal subject and responsibility. The language is archaic, but the meaning is clear.

Non-government agencies (NGOs), charities and provinces have no responsibility for immigrants and asylum seekers, legal or illegal. The federal government has an ongoing responsibility for refugee claimants and asylum seekers, not just one year of support and handing off the problems to provinces or pretending that NGOs are required to pick up the tab for caring for illegal immigrants.

Federal responsibility for refugees and immigrants does not end with immigration screening or by some arbitrary date such as one year after acceptance of application.

Then there is this attempt at federal bullying:

Premier says he'll resume health talks when Ottawa backs down on threat
Pallister challenges federal gambit

Ultimately the Trudeau Liberals backed down from refusing to fund the laboratory in Winnipeg and Pallister has agreed to negotiate a health care deal. However, it is interesting to learn how this rather silly situation was possible.

Health care, with certain exceptions, is a provincial responsibility. The federal government is responsible for health care for aboriginals, the military (which has traditionally included the RCMP) and prison inmates. The federal government is also responsible for quarantine (communicable diseases).

In 1957, the majority Liberal government under Louis St. Laurent passed the Hospital Insurance and Diagnostic Services Act to fund 50% of the cost of such programs for any provincial government that adopted them. The HIDS Act outlined five conditions: public administration, comprehensiveness, universality, portability, and accessibility. These remain the pillars of the Canada Health Act.

By 1961, all ten provinces had agreed to start HIDS Act programs. In Saskatchewan, the act meant that half of their current program would now be paid for by the federal government. C.C.F. Premier Woodrow Lloyd decided to use this freed money to extend the health coverage to also include physicians. Despite the sharp disagreement of the Saskatchewan College of Physicians and Surgeons, Lloyd introduced the law in 1962 after defeating the Saskatchewan doctors' strike in July.

The programs in Saskatchewan and Alberta proved a success and the federal Liberal government of Lester B. Pearson introduced the Medical Care Act in 1966 that extended the HIDS Act cost-sharing to allow each province to establish a universal health care plan � an initiative that was drafted and initiated by the Liberal Party and supported by the New Democratic Party (NDP). It also set up the Medicare system. In 1984, the Canada Health Act was passed under a majority Liberal government, which prohibited user fees and extra billing by doctors. In 1999, Prime Minister Jean Chr�tien and most premiers reaffirmed in the Social Union Framework Agreement that they are committed to health care that has "comprehensiveness, universality, portability, public administration and accessibility."

Despite being a provincial responsibility, the large health costs have long been partially funded by the federal government. The cost sharing agreement created by the HIDS Act and extended by the Medical Care Act was discontinued in 1977 and replaced by Established Programs Financing. This gave a bloc transfer to the provinces, giving them more flexibility but also reducing federal influence on the health system. In 1996, when faced with a large budget shortfall, the Liberal federal government merged the health transfers with the transfers for other social programs into the Canada Health and Social Transfer, and overall funding levels were cut. This placed considerable pressure on the provinces, and combined with population aging and the generally high rate of inflation in health costs, has caused problems with the system.

While Liberals take great pride in their efforts to promote universal health care in Canada, they are not above reneging on promises and agreements as evidenced by the 1996 reductions in transfers to provinces. They are at it again, this time demanding that provinces accept a new deal on federal healthcare funding that is less than previous commitments. Threatening sanctions under other programs if the federal health funding offer is not accepted is bullying that undermines federal-provincial harmony.

We need stability in health care and social services (welfare) funding that will allow provinces to plan to meet public needs. There is less pressure on provinces to find efficiencies in health care delivery when a large portion of costs is covered by federal transfers. One solution is for the federal government to transfer tax points to the provinces, reducing federal taxes and increasing provincial taxes proportionately in place of federal transfers. That would give provinces an incentive to work collaboratively to find efficiencies in health care delivery rather than fighting with the federal government for more money.

John Feldsted
Political Consultant & Strategist
Winnipeg, Manitoba


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