Friday 22 September 2017

CANADIAN DAILY DIGEST September 22, 2017.

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

Manitoba premier to take on Trudeau government over contentious tax proposals
        Most Canadians disapprove of Khadr deal, 44 per cent say it will influence their vote in 2019: poll

Morneau draws criticism from business, concerns from premier in Nova Scotia
        Why confessing Canada�s failures could be part of Trudeau�s plan for UN success
Liberal definition of middle class Canadians �not useful,� says economist
        Ottawa plans pitch to keep anti-doping agency in Montreal
Provinces challenge Trudeau government over contentious tax proposals
        Rumours suggest changes coming to feds� tax reform proposal: B.C. minister
Indigenous leaders again call for Conservative senator to resign for �racist� remarks
        John McCain won�t back Graham-Cassidy bill, likely ending GOP health care push

Niki Ashton on out-lefting Trudeau, the allegations against Wab Kinew and the media�s coverage of her pregnancy
        Brian Mulroney champions NAFTA�s Chapter 19 dispute-settlement mechanism
Liberals paid headhunters $77K to help with botched appointment of a new languages czar
        U.S. slow to present specifics on key NAFTA demands
Stephen Harper�s political children poised for provincial takeovers
        If Jagmeet Singh wins the NDP leadership don�t assume he will be rejected in Quebec
The Gerry Ritzing of Catherine McKenna
        Ontario signs formal agreement to join Quebec-California carbon market in 2018

Why it�s time for �Canada first� (on TV)
        With proposed Liberal reforms impacting less than 10% of small businesses, this tax revolt will fail
Down on the farm: tax reforms will hurt family businesses
        Andrew Scheer learns his job�s no fun
Catherine McKenna is nobody�s Barbie, in spite of backwards rhetoric
        Welcome to the glass house, Mr. Scheer
Finance committee chair Wayne Easter defends the privileged, undermines modest tax reforms
        Unfashionable as it is to say, Trump spoke the ugly truth in his refreshing UN speech
When moving past the Indian Act means something worse

Canadians anxiously await U.S. NAFTA proposal on auto content rules
        Trump commerce secretary says new study proves need for NAFTA changes
PQ pulls itself up in latest poll, leads among francophone voters
        Canada�s inflation rate continues to pick up its pace, reaches 1.4% in August
Government �fell short� in protecting privacy during electoral reform consultation, privacy commissioner finds
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE POLITICS<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
How the Liberals want to change the tax code � and why - Chris Hannay & Bill Curry, The Globe and Mail
        Cannabis at heart of discussions as Quebec, Ontario cabinets meet - The Canadian Press, CTV News
Health minister says Canadians need to avoid judging those addicted to opioids - Susan Lunn, CBC News
        Justin Trudeau says �the world benefits� with Canada on UN Security Council - CBC News
The jurisdictional impairment of Kathleen Wynne - Mark Bonokoski, Toronto Sun
        Wynne first premier from outside province to address Quebec�s National Assembly - Robert Benzie, Toronto Star
The trickery behind Justin Trudeau�s reconciliation talk - Jeffrey Ansloos, Macleans
        Leadership hopeful Charlie Angus wants to take the NDP back to its roots - Gloria Galloway, The Globe and Mail
Opposition parties question why Liberals did not act sooner on UN drug treaties - The Canadian Press, CTV News
        Trudeau�s banana republic approach to Bombardier and Boeing - Mark Milke, Macleans

Google buys HTC�s Pixel smartphone team in $1.1-billion deal- Ryan Nakashima - The Associated Press & Michael Liedtke, Toronto Star
        Canadian economy seen growing 3.1% year but slowdown ahead: Conference Board- The Globe and Mail
Union makes offer to jumpstart CAMI talks with GM- Colin Butler, CBC News
        TTC suing Manulife for alleged negligence related to benefits fraud scheme- CTV News


Le s�nateur John McCain contre le nouveau projet r�publicain sur la couverture maladiePlus
        Cor�e du Nord: le Kremlin inquiet des �changes des �menaces� entre Trump et KimPlus
Enfant mort � Toronto: une gardienne accus�e de n�gligence criminellePlus
        Le bilan s'alourdit � Porto RicoPlus
Theresa May propose une p�riode de transition de deux ans apr�s le BrexitPlus
        Le chien qui se mord la queuePlus
Un Qu�b�cois retrouv� mort au P�rouPlus
        Attentat dans le m�tro de Londres: un jeune homme inculp� Attentat de Londres: l'enqu�te continue, apr�s deux arrestationsPlus
S�ismes au Mexique: Trudeau offre son soutien � son homologue mexicainPlus
        Licence r�voqu�e pour Uber � Londres, la compagnie fait appelPlus

D�but de l'enqu�te pr�liminairePlus
        �lections municipales 2017: d�but des campagnes �lectoralesPlus
� Mexico, des survivants du s�isme face � un avenir incertainPlus
        Trump paiera �cher� pour ses menaces, promet KimPlus
Ouragan Maria: 3 morts en Ha�ti selon un premier bilanPlus
        [Photos] 14 photos impressionnantes qui d�montrent l'�tendue des d�g�ts � Porto RicoPlus
Cor�e Nord: nouvelles sanctions, Moscou d�nonce �l'hyst�rie militaire�Plus
        Famine: les �tats-Unis vont augmenter leur aide de 575 millions de dollarsPlus


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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE WORLD<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
The Strange Authenticity of Hillary Clinton - Jeff Greenfield, Politico
        There Is No Trump Doctrine, Only Contradictions & Bluster - John Cassidy, The New Yorker
Sanders wades into foreign policy with defense of Iran deal - Jordain Carney, The Hill
        Graham-Cassidy Is the Best GOP Health Plan Yet - John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist
13 Questions About the Wiretapping of Paul Manafort - Ben Domenech, The Federalist
        Trump�s Bold Defense of America - Conrad Black, National Review
The DNC�s money woes persist - Aaron Blake, Washington Post
        Hillary Clinton 3.0 Isn�t Helping the Democrats Move On - Ed Rogers, Washington Post
Kimmel Continues War Against GOP Senator Over Health Care Bill - Dartunorro Clark, NBC News
        Split looms in French far right as Marine Le Pen�s key aide quits- France 24

Catalan leader accuses Spain of violating rights in referendum row- Sam Jones, The Guardian
        Trump signs new order to expand North Korea sanctions- Al Jazeera
Kenya election: Poll body delays re-run by nine days- BBC News
        Musharraf says Zardari killed Benazir- Omer Farooq Khan | TNN, The Times Of India

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

Turkey says Iraqi Kurd vote 'illegitimate'
        10 things to know today
Iraq Kurd leader says referendum to go ahead
        Russia supports Iraq's territorial integrity: Lavrov
Spain sends more police to block Catalonia referendum
        US seeks urgent action on Myanmar, while UN eyes $200 mln for refugees
Macron signs contested French labor reforms into law
        Russian submarine fires cruise missiles at extremist targets in Syria
Merkel takes on hard-right in final German vote push
        Nepal says will measure Mount Everest next year to see if lost height

Kremlin: Russia did not use Facebook adverts to sway US election
        Angry French famers block Champs-Elysees in pesticide protest
China urges N.Korea to stop persisting on a dangerous course
        Israeli strikes hit weapons depot by Damascus airport: monitor
World powers rally to defend value of Iran nuke accord
        May prepares to spell out key Brexit demands
Iran's Rouhani vows to boost missiles despite US criticism
        N.Korea may consider H-bomb test in Pacific, Kim calls Trump 'deranged'
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Farmers need more light, less heat, in tax proposal debate
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Editor - the following op ed is submitted on behalf of Jan Slomp, President of the National Farmers Union. He can be reached at (403)-704-4364 or by email at .
Farmers need more light, less heat, in tax proposal debate
By Jan Slomp, National Farmers Union President

The federal government is proposing changes to the Income Tax Act aimed at collecting revenue from corporations that are using certain measures as loopholes to shelter profits from being taxed at the same rate as other Canadians� income.

There is a very heated debate in the farm community about these tax proposals, largely because some organizations and the media in general, have failed to analyze the proposals, omitted key details or have not mentioned that the government is holding public consultations. The actions of very wealthy players who are abusing provisions that were intended to help small business owners have focused attention on tax-dodging practices, resulting in the government�s proposal.  

Canada�s democratic system lives by the grace of fairly collected tax and prudently managed government expenditures. It is vitally important that tax loopholes are closed. The proposed changes are clearly set out to do just that.

The Government is looking at three specific type of tax evasion:
  1. Income sprinkling (when corporations pay dividends to family members who do not contribute to the business, for the sole purpose of avoiding taxes).
  2. Passive investment (when a wealthy person uses their private corporation to make investments in mutual funds, stock markets, bonds, etc. instead of investing under their own name, allowing them to pay less tax and increase their private fortune faster).
  3. Converting income into capital gains (setting up shell companies and using the corporation�s income to buy and sell shares in these companies, resulting in profits being counted as capital gains from these transactions instead of income from their corporation, and thus taxed at a lower rate). 
The majority of farm family income in Canada comes from off-farm jobs, which is taxed upfront. The proposed changes do not apply to all revenues, but only to net profits -- the money left after all expenses (including salaries) are paid. And the proposed changes do not affect the existing provision for a lifetime capital gains exemption of $1 million when passing the farm on to the next generation.

The 2016 Census data indicates only 25% of Canadian farms are incorporated, so for 75% of farmers this tax loophole conversation is irrelevant. Several incorporated NFU farmers have asked their accountants� opinion on implications for their farms and all were assured that the proposed legislation would have no negative impacts for them. Only a very small portion of incorporated farms are profitable enough to warrant the cost of accountant fees to set up loophole arrangements.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has led the bandwagon very successfully. We all should know by now that they, along with the Fraser Institute and the other corporate-funded think tanks, have the interests of the 1% at heart. They know how to rally the masses, create Trump-like hype characterized by shallow rhetoric, lack of substance and purely misleading statements. The media has contributed by reporting this hype and neglecting to do a thorough analysis. The 1% knows that they are not the majority, so they dress up their wish list as if it is actually good for society. 

The farm population is often targeted by opinion manipulators and demagogues working for the elite. In Canada, trust in farmers is ranked very high. Canadians know about the struggle that farmers face, as well as how much they depend on farmers feeding them. Canadians care when farmers are publically outraged. The 1% uses this information, and in this case, mobilizes farmers� outrage to maintain lucrative tax loopholes for themselves as if they also help farmers.

There is a way forward to help farmers by proposing positive amendments to the Income Tax Act. Farmers are struggling to make a living on the farm. Farm debt is at an all time high. An aging farm population struggles to maintain income security when they help set up a new generation on the farm. Farmland values are disproportionate to farm income, making the farm transfer to the next generation even more complicated.

A few practical steps helping farmers would be:
  1. Increase the one time capital gains exemption to maintain income for the retiring farmers and facilitate transfers to the next generation.
  2. Encourage and facilitate beginning farmers with new incentives and tax breaks.
  3. Tax absentee and speculative land ownership to bring farmland values back in line with farm incomes to facilitate land affordability for the next generation of farmers.
  4. Use tax incentives to facilitate the formation of Land Trusts. 
We need to collect taxes where they are due and we need to use the consultation opportunities given by the Federal Government to advocate for the kind of tax measures that farmers actually need and that are beneficial for the Canadian public.
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From: "John Feldsted" <>
Subject: Trudeau's New York speeches

Several people have asked me for an opinion of MP Trudeau�s New York speeches and interviews.

I believe Mr. Trudeau is staying in character.

I recall a story about a reporter who asked a working wife and mother how she and her husband split responsibilities. She replied that she took care of cooking, cleaning, laundry, raising the kids, paying the bills and balancing the budget. Her spouse took care of the important stuff like nuclear disarmament, rebellions and wars, refugees, hunger and international affairs.

That really sums up the relationship between taxpayers and Prime Minister Trudeau.

We may all be Canadians, but we live on different planets and we cannot file for a divorce.

John Feldsted
Political Consultant & Strategist
Winnipeg, Manitoba


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