Monday 18 September 2017

Daily Digest September 17, 2017.

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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>NATIONAL NEWSWATCH<<<<<<<<
Doctors angry at opposition to planned tax changes urge Ottawa to forge ahead
Trump retweets image of him hitting Hillary Clinton with golf ball
Brazeau still not ruling out legal action against the Senate, RCMP
Federal NDP candidates make final appeal ahead of leadership vote
New passport processing system $75M over budget
Liberals Plan To Use Time Allocation To Clamp Down Debate In Commons
NDP Leadership 2017: The Rebel Yell Of Charlie Angus
Trudeau to speak at service honouring Allan MacEachen in Nova Scotia
Wanted: Party Leader with a listicle of qualities
Dangerous days lie ahead for symbol over substance Liberals
Bill C-49 rates an Incomplete
McKenna’s decision on environment law could save lives and money
Independent oversight needed on Senate expenses
Conrad Black’s rubbish column on racism a fine example of white privilege
Another blow to pipeline projects in Canada
General has sobering news for politicians who assume U.S. missiles will defend Canada
A Unique Commitment With A Powerful Champion
Scheer’s ‘positive message’ lost in all the negativity
Tax fight puts crass politics ahead of sound economics
Is Canada’s skills shortage real, or are businesses to blame?
B.C. NDP’s fundraising bill to ban corporate and union contributions, set $1,200 limit

Liberals’ small business tax changes have Canadians wondering about their motives: Ipsos poll
Federal Court judge orders government to release pages of docs on Senate scandal
Marijuana, national security, and tax changes to dominate House agenda
Coming soon: Alberta government’s plan on how and where marijuana will be sold
Canadian special forces out of Mosul, preparing for new battle in Iraq
Privacy commissioner launches investigation into Equifax
Facebook launches artificial intelligence research lab in Montreal
Farmers worry over future under Liberal tax reforms
Nova Scotia Liberal MP says changes to proposed tax plan needed to make it ‘supportable’
Poll says Ontarians are high on government control of marijuana retailing

How Allan MacEachen mastered Parliament and left a mark on the country
Canadians divided on granting entry to asylum seekers from U.S., poll finds
Federal government to announce advisory council for apology to LGBT Canadians

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE POLITICS<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Curious about cryptocurrencies? Here’s what investors need to know- Claire Brownell, Financial Post
You may have all you really need to retire. Here’s why- Lisa Wright, Toronto Star
Tim Hortons franchisees seek price increases to offset rising wages- Marina Strauss, The Globe and Mail
Ryanair cancellations bode ill for its Alitalia bid- CTV News

Record d'aînés au volantPlus
Fusillades dans deux favelas de Rio: au moins 6 mortsPlus
Encore des violences à St. Louis après l'acquittement d'un policierPlus
Un témoin raconte l'arrestation d'Ugo FredettePlus
Washington fait monter la pression sur Pyongyang et laisse planer l'option militairePlus
Le fils aîné de Trump témoignera en public cet automne, selon une éluePlus
Une nuit à l'hôpital pour Ugo FredettePlus
Des centaines de Madrilènes défendent le «droit à décider» des CatalansPlus
Deux touristes américaines attaquées à l'acide à MarseillePlus
Donald Trump partage une vidéo truquée dans laquelle il frappe Hillary Clinton avec une balle de golf Plus

Un vol Paris-Londres avec 130 passagers retardé après une fausse alerte à la bombePlus
Dernière chance de se faire valoir pour les candidats du NPDPlus
Golfe du Saint-Laurent: un navire écope d'une amende pour avoir dépassé la limite de vitessePlus


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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE WORLD<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Trump Administration Moves to Open Arctic Refuge to Drilling Studies - Lisa Friedman, New York Times
The Loneliest President - Michael Kruse, Politico
Cutting Taxes Will Be Harder Than Trump Thinks - Michelle Cottle, The Atlantic
Schumer, Pelosi Still Have Wall to Climb - Adriana Cohen, Boston Herald
There’s No Art to Trump’s Dance With Democrats - Timothy O'Brien, Bloomberg
High stakes as Trump looks to make UN debut - Max Greenwood, The Hill
Establishment gears up for Steve Bannon’s war on the GOP leadership - Michael Scherer, Washington Post
UN Security Council to meet on enforcing North Korea sanctions- AFP, The Times Of India
Bangladesh restricts movement of Rohingya refugees- Al Jazeera
Catalonia divided as controversial poll on independence sparks conflict with Madrid- Stephen Burgen, The Guardian
Parsons Green: Armed police search house over Tube bombing- BBC News
Iraq could use force if Kurdish referendum leads to violence- France 24

>>>>>>>>>>>>>THE LEBANON DAILY STAR<<<<<<<< http://www.dailystar.com08:38 PM
Jamaica's Violet Brown dies at 117; Japan woman now oldest
Iran warns Iraq Kurds independence means end to border deals
Qatar agrees to buy 24 jet fighters from the UK
Tillerson says U.S. could stay in Paris climate accord
Police confiscate trove of posters for Catalan vote: Spain
Uproar in Turkey over removing evolution from biology class
Kenya dump dwellers make a living recycling hair extensions
Iran won't bow to US 'bullying' on nuclear deal: Khamenei
Russia rejects allegation it bombed US-backed fighters in Syria
Russia's Lavrov and US's Tillerson talk Syria after bombing allegations

Afghanistan mulls plan to arm 20,000 civilians to fight insurgents
600,000 Rohingya children may flee to Bangladesh, aid group warns
Fatah welcomes Hamas pledge to end Palestinian split
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From: "John Feldsted" <>
Subject: Statement by the Prime Minister on International Day of Democracy

Ottawa, Ontario
September 15, 2017

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement to mark the International Day of Democracy:
“Equality is vital to a thriving democracy, and Canada reaffirms the need to work to change the severe disparities that exist in our world. To address these gaps, Canada and all UN member states adopted the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The agenda provides a framework to eradicate poverty, protect our environment, and promote human rights. Our countries – and our world – are stronger and more peaceful when all people can make their voices heard, and when everyone’s rights are protected.

“Today is also the launch of Elections Canada’s Democracy Week, a time for all Canadians, especially young people, to get engaged in the democratic process and talk about what democracy means to them and their communities.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I call on all Canadians to get informed and involved. By using our voices as forces for positive change, we can strengthen democratic norms and institutions in Canada and help make democracy a reality for all people around the world.”

* * * * * END * * * *

The statement that “Equality is vital to a thriving democracy” is not true. A democracy thrives on equality of opportunity. Effort, energy, ingenuity and risk are rewarded. The result is an unequal sharing of blessings that is part of a free and democratic world. We make choices and live with the results. Trudeau does not believe in equality as evidenced by his constant referrals to the ‘middle class’ as he and others discriminate based on income level creating a classed society. 

Equality of wealth is the aim of socialism, and too often ‘equality’ is taken to means something far more than the absence of discrimination. Envy and greed paly a significant role in the current interpretation of equality.

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery” – Winston Churchill.

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money” - Margaret Thatcher.

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." - Thomas Jefferson

"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." - H.L. Mencken

"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him, better take a closer look at the American Indian." - Henry Ford

“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt." - John Adams

"We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle." - Winston Churchill (This observation also applies to a nation trying to spend its way into prosperity.)

“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” - Benjamin Franklin

“We don't have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven't taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much” - Ronald Reagan

A government cannot impose equality except by ignoring democracy and ruling as an autocracy. Canada must lead by example and maintain a strong, representative democracy. Our elected representatives matter – all of them, not just those who sit in Cabinet. The opinions of backbenchers and opposition members matter in a democracy.

We are sinking further into rule rather than representation by the elected party. Mr. Trudeau has stated that he has a mandate to do this or that because he won the election. What he has is a mandate to do his best to govern responsibly in the best interest of the nation, while considering the opinions of those who disagree with him. That is how democracy works.

The United Nations, with 117 of 196 members (59.7%) who are not democratic but vote in the General Assembly is a poor advocate for democracy. The only reason that the International Day of Democracy exists is that democracies pay the major share of UN operating costs. Without the support of democracies, the UN would wither and die.

Canada does not need to shine on the world stage. We have an ample number of domestic dragons to slay. We need to protect families and the vulnerable members of our society. That is what Canadians do. We come to the aid of neighbours suffering loss, injury or illness not because we must, but because it is the right thing to do. We don’t depend on the government to help us because that is not why we elect governments. Governments exist to manage matters that we cannot take care of ourselves. If we could, we would.

Mr. Trudeau has stated that there is no Canadian culture. That may be true in his cloistered world somewhere above the middle class where international hobnobbing has value, but it is not true for the rest of us who relish Canadian culture and its subtle variations from coast to coast. It is unfortunate that he is missing it all, but that is reflected in his policies.

John Feldsted
Political Consultant & Strategist
Winnipeg, Manitoba

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