Monday 3 April 2017


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

Police investigating $25,000 given to Mayor Denis Coderre when he was an MP

Liberals suspend House procedure committee, seek end to opposition filibuster
        Irving recruiting Australian shipbuilding workers to build offshore patrol vessels: report
Trudeau government taken to court for ageism and anti-Harperism
        Conservative leadership candidates debate on CTV Power Play: Day 1

Comedian Russell Peters� remarks during Juno Awards �inappropriate�: Heritage Minister Melanie Joly
        Liberal apologizes in Commons for sexist remark at committee
Kevin O�Leary bailed on another Conservative leadership debate, and Twitter was mad
        Let�s not fall for populism�s shallow, destructive appeal
To stop the Tory leadership front-runners, the others will have to get mean
        The Tory leadership race wears on�yet the work has barely begun
Donald Trump plans more than a tweak for NAFTA
        Trudeau�s corporate welfare hurts middle class

�This is balls to the wall,� if he wins, O�Leary won�t commit to remaining Tory leader without a majority government
        RCMP probe that led to Vice-Admiral Mark Norman�s removal is focused on $700 million supply ship
Midterm byelections to test Liberal government and leaderless opposition parties
        Border tax might damage American economy more than Canada�s: Morneau
Rural Liberal MPs �awfully nervous� about upcoming gun legislation, any tinkering could be trouble
        Drunk Sunwing Airlines pilot sentenced to eight months, banned from flying
Confessions of a self-loathing Tory
Maxime Bernier�s campaign claims $2M in fundraising
New poll shows Wall�s popularity falls as taxes and cuts rise
        Fort William First Nation accepts non-Indigenous man as full member

Illegal border crossings at forefront of Tory leadership debate
        Canada deports hundreds to China each year with no treatment guarantee
Senate�s conjunction with Union Station is a perfect fit
        Bombardier backtracks on executive compensation after Montreal protest
Ombudsman accuses National Defence of �insidious� attacks, demands independence
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE POLITICS<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Couillard stacking the deck for the next provincial election

        Brown nixes plan for Tory hydro policy on rates this year - Robert Benzie & Rob Ferguson, Toronto Star
The Tory leadership race wears on�yet the work has barely begun - Paul Wells, Macleans
        Five MPs to be chosen in federal byelections today - The Canadian Press, Macleans
Trudeau should probably stop telling desperate refugees that everyone is welcome in Canada - Graeme Gordon, CBC News
        South Africa�s postapartheid journey offers �important insights� for Canada: Justice Minister - Geoffrey York, The Globe and Mail
Ontario a free-trade champion? More like a victim of protectionism - Chris Selley, National Post
        How Wynne�s hydro disaster could have been avoided - Editorial, Toronto Sun
Ontario medically assisted dying service could be up and running by May: Health Minister - Jessica Smith Cross - The Canadian Press,
        Trudeau�s corporate welfare hurts middle class - Tom Parkin, Ottawa Sun
Opposition MPs vow to continue filibuster over changes to House of Commons rules - Peter Zimonjic & Julie Van Dusen, CBC News
        Ford recalls 53,000 trucks that can roll away while parked- The Associated Press, Toronto Star
Fintrac cut reference to �ethnic communities� in warning to real estate industry- Alexandra Posadzki, CBC News
        N.B. sees marijuana as �green gold� for struggling economy- CTV News
Canadian? Curious about cannabis? Here are some answers- Solomon Israel, CBC News


L'opposition insatisfaite du recul de BombardierPlus
        Effondrement et explosion � l'ar�na de CabanoPlus
Trump loue le �travail fantastique� du pr�sident Sissi en �gyptePlus
        Russie: explosion dans le m�tro de Saint-P�tersbourgPlus
Fuite de gaz au centre-ville: plus de 10 000 clients priv�s d'�lectricit�Plus
        Le maire de Westmount tire sa r�v�rencePlus
Ce que Donald Trump a en commun avec sa fille... Plus
        Sherbrooke: bombes fumig�nes au service au volantPlus
La trag�die de Mocoa �tait �pr�visible�, selon les rescap�s Plus
        Plus de 200 morts dans une coul�e de bouePlus


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE WORLD<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Why the Curious Silence From Obama Over Tapped Trump Tower? - Charles Hurt, Washington Times
        Trump remains the center of attention, but he�s increasingly isolated politically - Abby Phillip, Washington Post
Schiff: �Alarm bells� should go off when Trump calls something �fake� - Olivia Beavers, The Hill
        Cornyn: Dems �last gasp� to block Gorsuch will fail - John Siciliano, Washington Examiner
McConnell: I�ve Seen No Proof of Trump Surveillance - Kailani Koenig, NBC News
        DA charges Helen Zille over colonialism tweets- Al Jazeera
Paraguay�s president calls for end to unrest after killing of activist- Laurence Blair, The Guardian
        Colombia landslide death toll rises to 234: Red Cross- AFP, The Times Of India
Suu Kyi�s party wins 9 of 19 seats in Burma by-elections- France 24
        Second Moscow opposition protest leads to arrests- BBC News

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

FIFA proposals on Israel settlements fall short: Palestinians
        Turkey opposition leader sparks ire with 'controlled coup' claim
Erdogan says Turks in Europe should defy 'grandchildren of Nazism'
        Germany's Merkel wants to limit Brexit fallout
Egypt lawyer appeals court ruling backing islands transfer to Saudi
        EU sees no future for Assad in Syria: foreign ministers
Sovereignty of Gibraltar remains unchanged: Britain's Johnson
        Babies cry more in UK, Canada and Italy, less in Germany, study finds
Human Right Watch says Israel blocking access to Gaza
        Russia looms over French presidential election
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From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Re: remarks by Curtis MacDonald

Those terrified by Curtis MacDonald's apocalyptic vision of a collapsing Canadian currency, accelerating hyperinflation, and a foreign boycott might find the following article to be of interest:

�Helicopter Money� Why Economists Are Now Thinking the Unthinkable

Apparently more and more mainstream economists appreciate that when central banks create money out of thin air and thereby expand public spending, the result can be less public debt and more people working.  Presumably that's what MacDonald wants - less debt, fewer unemployed freeloaders, and no foreigners to hold us hostage.

Unfortunately, MacDonald has declared that he has an undergraduate degree in economics, that his mind is made up, and that any debate is a waste of his time.

Too bad.  The great economist John Maynard Keynes was noted for modifying his opinions.  One pundit quipped, "If you have 6 economists, you will get 7 opinions, two from Maynard Keynes."  And Keynes is also reported as saying, "When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?"

Larry Kazdan

From: "Mahmood Elahi"
To: <>,        <>Cc: <>,
Subject:  Electric car revolution will render carbon tax redundant

Re: �Canada�s clean and green,� by Lorrie Goldstein, April 2.

Two-third of Canada�s power generation come from hydro electricity. As such, most of its carbon emission come from gasoline-powered cars. But  Elon Musk�s all-electric Tesla 3 will put carbon-spewing gasoline-powered cars out of circulation within a few years.

Elon Musk, founder of California-based Tesla Motor Corporation, has been producing his highly sought after luxury electric car Tesla 5. Now, he is about to mass produce his all-electric Tesla 3 by the end of this year. Tesla Motors Model 3 is meant to appeal to the masses at $35,000 before incentives and more than 350 kilometres per charge. By comparison, the average new gasoline-powered car in the U.S. sells for about $33,000. Tesla will mass produce 500,000 electric cars this year, followed by about 2 million next year.

And Tesla is not alone. Later this year, Chevrolet will roll out its $30,000 Bolt EV. It, too, boasts more than 350 kilometres of range, aimed at eliminating �range anxiety,� the fear that a vehicle will run out of juice. VW has pledged to make every model as a plug-in hybrid by 2025. Every plug-in is effectively an electric car carrying a �range extender,� just in case. Hyundai Motor Co. promises eight plug-in hybrid models, plus two all-electric models by 2020. Toyota�s overhaul of plug-in Prius, boasting twice the battery range, will arrive before this year is out.

And that is just the start. Pasquale Romano, CEO of ChargePoint Inc., the world�s largest maker of electric car charging stations, says he works with most major car companies. �We have seen their plans to just electrify everything,� he said. Most of charging will take place at night when the demand for electricity is at its lowest.

With millions of cars not using gasoline most of the time, carbon emission will drop precipitously. We will not need carbon tax to keep fossil fuel use down.


From: "John Feldsted" <>
To: "John Feldsted" <>
Subject: Trudeau the (investment) banker

Trudeau, Couillard defend Bombardier aid after exec compensation rose last year
By: The Canadian Press 03/30/2017

After touring a Magna auto parts facility in Brampton, Ont., Trudeau was asked several times how he can justify the $372.5-million loan package announced in February for Bombardier's C Series and Global 7000 aircraft programs.

"We respect the free market and the choices that companies will make," Trudeau said. "But we also have a responsibility to ensure that the investments we make with taxpayers' dollars are leading to good jobs and growth."

Prime Minister of Canada announces support to Ford of Canada to create and maintain almost 800 jobs for Canadian workers
March 30, 2017 Windsor, Ontario

The Government of Canada is committed to making Canada a world-leading centre for innovation and a top destination for businesses to invest, to help create good, well-paying jobs, and strengthen the middle class.

That is why the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced an investment of $102.4 million to Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd. The Government of Ontario will contribute an additional $102.4 million in support of this project. These investments will attract an additional $1 billion in research and development spending from Ford of Canada, and lead to the creation and maintenance of almost 800 good, middle class jobs for Canadian workers.

From 2011 to 2016 Ford issued 25 vehicle recalls. Most of the recalls listed were made in 2016-17, but involve vehicles dating back as far as 2005! We can be forgiven for questioning Ford�s quality control.!3712!3592!1867!8659!6126!5711!17580!5164!4862!4800!4745&md=0&fy=2011&ty=2016&ft=&ls=0&sy=0

Where does the federal government get the authority to tax us and use the money to make investments on our behalf? Trudeau and his minions are not investment bankers and do not have the expertise to make sound investments. They are tinkering in the economy with our money.

Bombardier and other giants all want the best deal they can get and have already canvassed the investment community for good deals. Trudeau and his minions can do better because they do not have client money at risk. The government can and has shrugged and walked away from a bad investment. Taxpayers get to hold the bag.  $372.5 million to Bombardier and another $104.2 million to Ford is not pocket change. This is corporate welfare.

It is not a coincidence that both �investments� are in vote-rich Ontario and Quebec. Does anyone else sense self-serving favouritism? It seems to me that the federal government does not treat provinces equally. 

John Feldsted
Political Consultant & Strategist
Winnipeg, Manitoba

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