Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Harper And the Main Stream Media

The main stream media now has to dig up story material, for the first time in the last 13 years they don't have one liberal scandal after another to report on.

Oh the horror - actually having to do investigative journalism for a change.

So of course they have been unable to help their buddies in the liberal party, I'm specifically talking about the CBC and the Red Star - aka Toronto Star

The corrupt liberals were the main stream media's easy meal ticket, this is why they are not happy with Harper right now.

The main stream media basically has no clue why Harper is not embracing them, Harper does not see the media as a way to form a majority, which is what the liberals counted on, but it backfired on them when the liberals hate campaign hit full force in late January.

Why would Harper talk to the media if he has nothing to declare or publically state as policy? He is absolutely right, he doesn't.....

This was the problem with Paul Martin, he loved the media mostly because he wanted to see his picture in the paper and observing himself on the evening news. Always just another photo-op with those hundreds of liberal priorities, probably announcing spending that's already been allocated or budgeted for. The media viewed Paul Martin as a clown to make a headline here or there, but never taken seriously.

The media played an instrumental part in keeping the liberals in power for all these years. They bear as much blame for the decline of Canada as the corrupt and inept liberals.

Harper's Conservatives will allow solid policy releases and good governance make their statements rather than a bunch of on-the-liberal-payroll hacks from the CBC and the Toronto Star.

Harper is not embracing the main stream media, this is a good thing. The media holds far too much power in swaying Canadians opinion, its about time the federal government took the self-centered and arrogant main stream media down a peg or two.

This last election belonged to the bloggers, this is the future, not some liberal loving spinmaster employed by the CBC or the Toronto Star.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Startling Revelations - Russians Moved Saddam's WMD - Lefties Now Have Their Answer Where They Were

Ex-Official: Russia Moved Saddam's WMD
Kenneth R. Timmerman
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006

A top Pentagon official who was responsible for tracking Saddam Hussein's weapons programs before and after the 2003 liberation of Iraq, has provided the first-ever account of how Saddam Hussein "cleaned up" his weapons of mass destruction stockpiles to prevent the United States from discovering them.

"The short answer to the question of where the WMD Saddam bought from the Russians went was that they went to Syria and Lebanon," former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense John A. Shaw told an audience Saturday at a privately sponsored "Intelligence Summit" in Alexandria, Va. (www.intelligencesummit.org).

"They were moved by Russian Spetsnaz (special forces) units out of uniform, that were specifically sent to Iraq to move the weaponry and eradicate any evidence of its existence," he said.

Shaw has dealt with weapons-related issues and export controls as a U.S. government official for 30 years, and was serving as deputy undersecretary of defense for international technology security when the events he described today occurred.

He called the evacuation of Saddam's WMD stockpiles "a well-orchestrated campaign using two neighboring client states with which the Russian leadership had a long time security relationship."

Shaw was initially tapped to make an inventory of Saddam's conventional weapons stockpiles, based on intelligence estimates of arms deals he had concluded with the former Soviet Union, China and France.

He estimated that Saddam had amassed 100 million tons of munitions - roughly 60 percent of the entire U.S. arsenal. "The origins of these weapons were Russian, Chinese and French in declining order of magnitude, with the Russians holding the lion's share and the Chinese just edging out the French for second place."

But as Shaw's office increasingly got involved in ongoing intelligence to identify Iraqi weapons programs before the war, he also got "a flow of information from British contacts on the ground at the Syrian border and from London" via non-U.S. government contacts.

"The intelligence included multiple sightings of truck convoys, convoys going north to the Syrian border and returning empty," he said.

Shaw worked closely with Julian Walker, a former British ambassador who had decades of experience in Iraq, and an unnamed Ukranian-American who was directly plugged in to the head of Ukraine's intelligence service.

The Ukrainians were eager to provide the United States with documents from their own archives on Soviet arms transfers to Iraq and on ongoing Russian assistance to Saddam, to thank America for its help in securing Ukraine's independence from the Soviet Union, Shaw said.

In addition to the convoys heading to Syria, Shaw said his contacts "provided information about steel drums with painted warnings that had been moved to a cellar of a hospital in Beirut."

But when Shaw passed on his information to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and others within the U.S. intelligence community, he was stunned by their response.

"My report on the convoys was brushed off as ‘Israeli disinformation,'" he said.

One month later, Shaw learned that the DIA general counsel complained to his own superiors that Shaw had eaten from the DIA "rice bowl." It was a Washington euphemism that meant he had commited the unpardonable sin of violating another agency's turf.

The CIA responded in even more diabolical fashion. "They trashed one of my Brits and tried to declare him persona non grata to the intelligence community," Shaw said. "We got constant indicators that Langley was aggressively trying to discredit both my Ukranian-American and me in Kiev," in addition to his other sources.

But Shaw's information had not originated from a casual contact. His Ukranian-American aid was a personal friend of David Nicholas, a Western ambassador in Kiev, and of Igor Smesko, head of Ukrainian intelligence.

Smesko had been a military attaché in Washington in the early 1990s when Ukraine first became independent and Dick Cheney was secretary of defense. "Smesko had told Cheney that when Ukraine became free of Russia he wanted to show his friendship for the United States."

Helping out on Iraq provided him with that occasion.

"Smesko had gotten to know Gen. James Clapper, now director of the Geospacial Intelligence Agency, but then head of DIA," Shaw said.

But it was Shaw's own friendship to the head of Britain's MI6 that brought it all together during a two-day meeting in London that included Smeshko's people, the MI6 contingent, and Clapper, who had been deputized by George Tenet to help work the issue of what happened to Iraq's WMD stockpiles.

In the end, here is what Shaw learned:

In December 2002, former Russian intelligence chief Yevgeni Primakov, a KGB general with long-standing ties to Saddam, came to Iraq and stayed until just before the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.

Primakov supervised the execution of long-standing secret agreements, signed between Iraqi intelligence and the Russian GRU (military intelligence), that provided for clean-up operations to be conducted by Russian and Iraqi military personnel to remove WMDs, production materials and technical documentation from Iraq, so the regime could announce that Iraq was "WMD free."

Shaw said that this type GRU operation, known as "Sarandar," or "emergency exit," has long been familiar to U.S. intelligence officials from Soviet-bloc defectors as standard GRU practice.

In addition to the truck convoys, which carried Iraqi WMD to Syria and Lebanon in February and March 2003 "two Russian ships set sail from the (Iraqi) port of Umm Qasr headed for the Indian Ocean," where Shaw believes they "deep-sixed" additional stockpiles of Iraqi WMD from flooded bunkers in southern Iraq that were later discovered by U.S. military intelligence personnel.

The Russian "clean-up" operation was entrusted to a combination of GRU and Spetsnaz troops and Russian military and civilian personnel in Iraq "under the command of two experienced ex-Soviet generals, Colonel-General Vladislav Achatov and Colonel-General Igor Maltsev, both retired and posing as civilian commercial consultants."

Washington Times reporter Bill Gertz reported on Oct. 30, 2004, that Achatov and Maltsev had been photographed receiving medals from Iraqi Defense Minister Sultan Hashim Ahmed in a Baghdad building bombed by U.S. cruise missiles during the first U.S. air raids in early March 2003.

Shaw says he leaked the information about the two Russian generals and the clean-up operation to Gertz in October 2004 in an effort to "push back" against claims by Democrats that were orchestrated with CBS News to embarrass President Bush just one week before the November 2004 presidential election. The press sprang bogus claims that 377 tons of high explosives of use to Iraq's nuclear weapons program had "gone missing" after the U.S.-led liberation of Iraq, while ignoring intelligence of the Russian-orchestrated evacuation of Iraqi WMDs.

The two Russian generals "had visited Baghdad no fewer than 20 times in the preceding five to six years," Shaw revealed. U.S. intelligence knew "the identity and strength of the various Spetsnaz units, their dates of entry and exit in Iraq, and the fact that the effort (to clean up Iraq's WMD stockpiles) with a planning conference in Baku from which they flew to Baghdad."

The Baku conference, chaired by Russian Minister of Emergency Situations Sergei Shoigu, "laid out the plans for the Sarandar clean-up effort so that Shoigu could leave after the keynote speech for Baghdad to orchestrate the planning for the disposal of the WMD."

Subsequent intelligence reports showed that Russian Spetsnaz operatives "were now changing to civilian clothes from military/GRU garb," Shaw said. "The Russian denial of my revelations in late October 2004 included the statement that "only Russian civilians remained in Baghdad." That was the "only true statement" the Russians made, Shaw ironized.
The evacuation of Saddam's WMD to Syria and Lebanon "was an entirely controlled Russian GRU operation," Shaw said. "It was the brainchild of General Yevgenuy Primakov."

The goal of the clean-up was "to erase all trace of Russian involvement" in Saddam's WMD programs, and "was a masterpiece of military camouflage and deception."

Just as astonishing as the Russian clean-up operation were efforts by Bush administration appointees, including Defense Department spokesman Laurence DiRita, to smear Shaw and to cover up the intelligence information he brought to light.

"Larry DiRita made sure that this story would never grow legs," Shaw said. "He whispered sotto voce [quietly] to journalists that there was no substance to my information and that it was the product of an unbalanced mind."

Shaw suggested that the answer of why the Bush administration had systematically "ignored Russia's involvement" in evacuating Saddam's WMD stockpiles "could be much bigger than anyone has thought," but declined to speculate what exactly was involved.

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney was less reticent. He thought the reason was Iran.

"With Iran moving faster than anyone thought in its nuclear programs," he told NewsMax, "the administration needed the Russians, the Chinese and the French, and was not interested in information that would make them look bad."

McInerney agreed that there was "clear evidence" that Saddam had WMD. "Jack Shaw showed when it left Iraq, and how."

Former Undersecretary of Defense Richard Perle, a strong supporter of the war against Saddam, blasted the CIA for orchestrating a smear campaign against the Bush White House and the war in Iraq.

"The CIA has been at war with the Bush administration almost from the beginning," he said in a keynote speech at the Intelligence Summit on Saturday.

He singled out recent comments by Paul Pillar, a former top CIA Middle East analyst, alleging that the Bush White House "cherry-picked" intelligence to make the case for war in Iraq.

"Mr. Pillar was in a very senior position and was able to make his views known, if that is indeed what he believed," Perle said.

"He (Pillar) briefed senior policy officials before the start of the Iraq war in 2003. If he had had reservations about the war, he could have voiced them at that time." But according to officials briefed by Pillar, Perle said, he never did.

Even more inexplicable, Perle said, were the millions of documents "that remain untranslated" among those seized from Saddam Hussein's intelligence services.

"I think the intelligence community does not want them to be exploited," he said.

Among those documents, presented Saturday at the conference by former FBI translator Bill Tierney, were transcripts of Saddam's palace conversations with top aides in which he discussed ongoing nuclear weapons plans in 2000, well after the U.N. arms inspectors believed he had ceased all nuclear weapons work.

"What was most disturbing in those tapes," Tierney said, "was the fact that the individuals briefing Saddam were totally unknown to the U.N. Special Commission."

In addition, Tierney said, the plasma uranium programs Saddam discussed with his aids as ongoing operations in 2000 had been dismissed as "old programs" disbanded years earlier, according to the final CIA report on Iraq's weapons programs, presented in 2004 by the Iraq Survey Group.

"When I first heard those tapes" about the uranium plasma program, "it completely floored me," Tierney said.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Old Hercules Aircraft - Yet Another Liberal Failure

Feb. 20, 2006
BRUCE CAMPION-SMITH
OTTAWA BUREAU

OTTAWA—Old age has claimed another Hercules transport aircraft — considered the lifelines for Canadian troops abroad — fuelling fears the military may soon "fall flat on its face" when called on to respond to an international crisis, experts say.

Air force officials confirm that for the second time in the past year, they've taken a decades-old Hercules out of service because it has "run out of hours," meaning it cannot fly without a costly, time-consuming retrofit to its airframe.

The military also expects two more Hercules, also known as C-130s, will be grounded for the same reason over the coming year, leaving just 28 of the transports for flying duties at home and abroad.

Already, the Canadian Forces rely on leased civilian transports to ferry the tonnes of supplies needed by Canadian troops in Afghanistan.

Deterioration of the Hercules fleet only adds to the pressure on the new Conservative government to find a replacement for the venerable C-130s, and fast.

"The problem is becoming acute," said retired Gen. Paul Manson, a former fighter pilot who served as chief of the defence staff in the late 1980s.

"The government of the day has got to solve this problem and solve it pretty darn fast or Canada will be faced with a situation where it falls flat on its face when called upon to take part in some operation around the globe," he said in an interview.

Add in the fact that the remaining Hercules are available for flights only 60 per cent of the time due to necessary maintenance and Canada's air force has the makings of an airlift crisis, experts say.

The Liberal government announced last fall that it would spend upwards of $5 billion to purchase 16 new transports. The newer-model Hercules, the C-130J, is considered the frontrunner but Airbus is pushing to have its A400M considered, while Boeing has been touting its C-17, a jet able to haul gear long distances.

Gen. Rick Hillier, chief of the defence staff, has conceded the current fleet would be "almost completely inoperational" by the time the replacement aircraft arrive in about three years.

Even that timeline is optimistic, given it typically takes upwards of 15 years for the Forces to acquire new equipment.

Manson said the air force can ill afford a long, drawn-out selection process for new transports.

"A decade from now who knows if any of those Hercs could still be flyable," said Manson, who is president of the non-partisan Conference of Defence Associations Institute, which promotes defence discussion.

Canada's Hercules are the oldest in the world. Industry sources say the military can expect to lose two of the aircraft a year to old age.

The air force is looking at "all the options" to see what can be done to ease the pressure on the fleet, said Lt.-Cmdr. Nathalie Garcia, a military spokesperson.

C-130s are also on constant standby at air bases in Trenton, Greenwood, N.S., and Winnipeg for search and rescue work.

One option has been to rely on civilian transports, as it is doing now in Afghanistan. Two ships carried the Canadians' equipment to Turkey from Canada. From there, leased IL-76s — Russian-built transports — have flown the supplies to Kandahar. Officials expect it will take 135 flights to move what's required by more 2,000 Canadian troops moving into the region. The IL-76s will also carry out weekly resupply runs from Trenton.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Yet Another Liberal Failure - Navy Submarine Repairs

By CP

HALIFAX -- The cost of making HMCS Chicoutimi seaworthy again is expected to reach $100 million, a Halifax newspaper reported yesterday.

An unnamed source told the newspaper the amount was far more than originally expected to rehabilitate the fire-ravaged sub.

"I was utterly stunned," the source said of the massive price tag navy experts have placed on getting the fire-damaged submarine sailing again.

The military admits it has already spent about $25 million assessing the damage and removing some materials destroyed in the Oct. 5, 2004, blaze that killed Lieut. Chris Saunders of Halifax.

But the navy has refused to confirm or deny the projected $100-million cost of getting the submarine sailing again.

"We're still negotiating with the different contractors, and that's one of the reasons we're not going to give an estimate at this point because that sort of shows our hand and makes the negotiations more difficult," said Lieut. Paul Pendergast of navy public affairs.

The new estimate is more than six times the $15 million the navy initially estimated fixing the Chicoutimi could cost.

"That's outrageous, that this leaky sub is going to cost that much money to repair," said Steve Staples, a defence analyst with the Polaris Institute in Ottawa.

Canada announced the purchase of four mothballed diesel-electric submarines from Britain in 1998. Only one of the subs, HMCS Windsor, is now able to go to sea.

The total cost of the four subs is now estimated to be $891 million.

Pretty heavy price to pay for obsolete submarines, yet another example why the liberals should never be allowed to govern this country again, I can't wait for the auditor general's report on the gun registry....

Friday, February 17, 2006

Lets' Get This Straight, Quebec Can Experiment With Private Healthcare But Not Alberta?

Quebec opens the door to private health care
Updated Fri. Feb. 17 2006 8:14 AM ET

CTV.ca News Staff

The Quebec government says it's committed to a strong public health care system, but it's opening the door to some private sector involvement.

Patients will be allowed to use private providers for their health care in the province if they wait longer than six months for knee replacement, hip replacement or cataract surgery.

"When they access the system we will ensure that they receive their health care within time frames that we've agreed upon," Quebec Premier Jean Charest said at a press conference in Quebec City. "And, if not, that the system reacts."

Life threatening situations such as heart surgery or cancer care would still only be available under the public system.

The news came as the province announced a proposed commitment to health care access in Quebec that will guarantee established wait times for vital services like cancer and heart surgery as well as knee and hip replacement operations.

"We are today re-affirming our faith in the public health care sector, and exactly explaining what we mean by a public health care sector in which the private sector plays a role," said Quebec Health Minister Philippe Couillard at a press conference.

The policy document was developed in response to a Supreme Court of Canada ruling last June that said the province's ban on private health care violated the rights of patients who were forced to wait for treatment.

Charest says the plan ushers in a "new era" for health care in the province which is "based on values that we hold dear."

"(The government) again committed itself to a health care system that is public, strong and accessible to each and every one," Charest said, speaking through an interpreter.

The private sector will contribute to Quebec healthcare by remaining at the service of the public system, said Charest.

"It won't be the private for the private."

It will be a tool for solidarity, a partner and an ally for the public regiment to compliment it and support it and to contribute to its sovereignty and at the same time to preserve its values."

The proposal guarantees that Quebecers won't have to wait longer than six months for procedures such as cataract surgery, hip or knee replacement.

The government would ensure this promise by outsourcing treatment to private clinics if the wait list was three months longer than the guaranteed six-month waiting period.

If wait times were longer than nine months, the government would send the patient out of the province or out of the country for the necessary treatment.

Wait times for cancer and heart surgeries will be enshrined in law, but those procedures will remain the sole responsibility of the public health system.

Dr. Jacques Chaoulli, who originally brought the case to the Supreme Court, responded to Charest' announcement Thursday afternoon. While he welcomed some parts of the proposal, he said it doesn't go far enough to protect the rights of patients.

"Some patients will say that's not enough. I don't want to suffer for six months. I want to have the freedom to choose to use my own money to relieve my suffering," Dr. Chaoulli told CTV News. "That was the spirit of the judgment of the Canadian Supreme Court."

Chaoulli maintains there still needs to be a much greater role for the private sector to play in the delivery of health care. And he said the number of medical procedures covered by Charest' wait time guarantee needs to be much larger.

Chaoulli and George Zeliotis had brought their case to the Supreme Court, arguing that spending months waiting for surgery amounts to a violation of Quebec's constitutional guarantee to life, liberty and security of person.

Zeliotis had spent more than a year in pain waiting for a hip replacement in 1997.

He argued that he should have had the right to pay for the surgery himself.

More than 100 doctors in Quebec have already opted out of the public system.

Dr. Nicolas Duval is one of them. He operates a private orthopedic surgery clinic where patients may more than $12,000 for knee and hip replacement surgery.

"I don't think there will be many that will opt out," Dr. Duval told CTV News when asked how many more doctors will go private. "There will be probably a few more, some surgeons mostly."

Under Quebec law it is illegal to pay for health services covered by medicare.

The Supreme Court ruled in their favour last June, and Charest was given one year to respond.

British Columbia and Alberta are also taking steps towards a mixture of private and public health care delivery.

The B.C. government wants to introduce the principle of sustainability to the Canada Health Act, and this spring Alberta Premier Ralph Klein plans to introduce "third way" legislation he has been touting for more than a year.

But, Klein's plans are facing some opposition.

On Thursday, a group called Friends of Medicare launched a campaign to fight the "third way".

"It's just another term for the privatization of our healthcare system," Friends of Medicare's Harvey Voogd said.

The campaign will be called "Will you be covered?" The group says that's the question Albertans have to ask themselves as changes are proposed to the health care system in that province.

NDP Didn't Complain This Much When Belinda Crossed the Floor

Jack Layton of the NDP sure didn't raise this much ruckus when Belinda Stronach defected to the liberals. Why doesn't Jack and the liberals merge and get it over with. I can't tell the NDP from the liberals anymore. Organizing rallies against a former liberal MP, man the NDP are desparate these days..


Layton calls Emerson move 'slap in the face'
Updated Fri. Feb. 17 2006 7:51 AM ET

Canadian Press

VANCOUVER — NDP leader Jack Layton chose a school Thursday in David Emerson's riding that was used as a polling station in the federal election to accuse him of slapping voters in the face by defecting to the Conservatives.

"They (the voters) cast their ballot, something they value, and now they find that it doesn't mean much to the person who's elected,'' Layton said outside the elementary school in Vancouver-Kingsway.

"They (politicians) can simply abandon everything they said in the campaign and walk across the floor, and get a cabinet post and a salary and a limousine. That's not right.''

He said Emerson took the job as the Tories' trade minister for selfish reasons.

"I think what we're seeing here is opportunism of the worst type and it's not right, it's not fair,'' he added.

Layton spoke outside the school before a public meeting organized by the NDP on Emerson's switch from the Liberals to the Conservatives. A similar meeting held Saturday by the NDP attracted about 700 people angered by Emerson's move.

Layton didn't spare the Liberals in his criticism of Emerson's defection, saying their reaction is a little late considering they have voted against bills that would have required MPs to face byelections before changing party allegiances.

"Now we have (former prime minister Paul) Martin complaining about it. He had the opportunity to put a stop to it when the NDP bill was in front of the House.''

Layton said he will present another bill at the earliest opportunity that would prohibit members of Parliament from crossing the floor for convenience. It will be presented as an opposition day motion, ensuring it is voted on by the House.

He acknowledged that such a bill would not apply to Emerson.

"I would hope that Mr. Emerson would respect the will of Parliament, he doesn't seem to respect the will of his voters. That's the most disturbing thing,'' he said.

Emerson said Monday he would support legislation that forced MPs who switch parties to run in a byelection.

Without such a law, Emerson said he will not face voters in his riding upset by his switch. Emerson could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

Layton's criticism of Emerson echoed hundreds of voters in Emerson's riding who have staged several protests against their MP.

Emerson received 43.5 per cent of the vote as a Liberal in the riding, a working-class area known for voting Liberal or NDP. New Democrat Ian Waddel finished second with 33.5 per cent of the vote, while Tory Kanman Wong got 18.8 per cent.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Even Liberals are Slamming Their Party

Wed Feb 15 09:39:26 2006

By: JESSE SEMKO / The London Free Press

The man some describe as a front-runner to lead the federal Liberals describes his party as "deeply factionalized and divided."

Michael Ignatieff, the rookie Liberal MP from Etobicoke-Lakeshore, met this week with about 25 members of the Western Liberals, a student political group at the University of Western Ontario, seeking advice on renewing and improving the party.

Over cold nachos, the world-renowned academic offered a sharp critique of his party and its recent tactics.

"We've got to stop this trite and shallow anti-Americanism" and avoid negative campaigning, he said.

"Our campaign ads were a disgrace, an insult to the intelligence of the Canadian voter. We went negative and we had no business doing that. We can't do that again.

"We should appeal to the best in Canadians and not the worst."


Ignatieff said finding an effective leader will be a challenge.

"There are aspects of our party that are sick as hell. We are a deeply factionalized and divided party. The test of things will be to find a leader who can bring us together."

Ignatieff didn't hide his own interest in leading the party.

"Of course, I'm thinking about the leadership," he said. "I'm thinking about it as a possible candidate. But when I say I'm thinking about it, I mean just that. I'm not being coy. I don't know if I've got the language that lights the Prairies on fire."

Finding that language might be difficult for Ignatieff. His last involvement in Canadian politics was working for former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, as a youth delegate, during the 1968 Liberal party leadership convention.

Since then, Ignatieff has spent most of his time in the U.S., where he was a human rights professor at Harvard University. He has written several books on nationalism and human rights.

But Ignatieff insists his "plumb line" -- the place where his political allegiances on social justice, medicare and pensions line up -- has always been Canadian.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Emerson and Fortier Appointments

My opinion is that this whole issue has been blown way out of proportion.

If I was PM, would I have appointed these two people? No - but that doesn't make it wrong.

Harper is doing what he can to bolster his party's chance in the next election which could come sooner rather than later. Bottom line, these appointments are good for Canadian representation and the party, so Harper will take it on the chin for a little while, but like Belinda's defection, all will be forgotten in time. (Canadian voters have a notoriously short memories)

The optics of coming across into a cabinet position does not sit well with most Canadians (and members of the Conservative caucus as well), but Canada's cities needed cabinet representation.

When Belinda crossed the floor to prop up the libranos, she was hammered for it. Ironically they are pounding Emerson for doing the very same thing. Emerson's defection has far less impact than Belinda voting to keep the corrupt liberals in power.

Fortier was a very sucessful lawyer, so he had nothing to gain either than trying to help the Conservatives win a few seats in Montreal in the next election. In light of the Public Works scandals, maybe having it run from outside parliment is a good thing.

Harper did his best to get back-door representation in Vancouver and Montreal, and in that endeavor he succeeded.

As far as Toronto feeling left out, well that's good, because that city of idiots has let the liberals nearly destroy the country by voting for them year after year.

So like their hockey team, Toronto are a bunch of two time losers.....

Paul Martin Wanted to Make Taxpayers Pay For CSL's Mess

Paul Martin, the former CEO and owner of Canadian Steamship Lines (CSL) has been alleged to massive dumping of metal in the Great Lakes. This a clear contravention of the federal Fisheries Act.

The libranos in the recent election announced a substantial financial package to clean up the Great Lakes, maybe Paul Martin was trying use taxpayers money to clean up his dirty business dealings. Thank god the libranos got voted out, or this story would've been been shredded or swept under the rug just like all the other liberal scandals.

The question is whether DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) will investigate and charge Paul Martin and his fellow "environmentally friendly" liberals with environmental destruction under the Fisheries Act and all the other applicable laws.

Source : This Magazine

The dirtiest job on the ship was understandably the one Jim Macdonald dreaded most. During his years as chief engineer for Canada Steamship Lines (CSL), aboard carriers including the CSL Tadoussac, Macdonald oversaw the offloading of 25,000 tons of iron ore at the Port of Hamilton on each journey. Now 70 and retired, Macdonald recalls his voyages aboard the 730-foot-long Tadoussac—how, in the late 1980s, the Tadoussac would head back to the far end of Lake Superior to pick up a fresh ore load at Thunder Bay. After a short catnap while the vessel eased through the locks of the Welland Canal, it would be time to clean out the ship. This meant dumping into the water tens of thousands of marble-sized ore pellets that didn’t make it off at port.

Before the Tadoussac arrived in Thunder Bay, the holds had to be spotless. All the stray pellets—which mariners call sweepings or spillage—had to be cleaned out and dumped. The excess pellets would coat the bottom of each of the five enormous cargo holds. Below the holds was a 650-foot tunnel. Inside it, two giant conveyor belts would carry the cargo down the length of the ship, up the unloading tower at the stern, out over a 250-foot discharging boom and into a concrete well on the Hamilton dock.

Half a dozen deckhands would start washing the pellets out of the holds and into the tunnel. In the bowels of the ship, the tunnelmen had the nastiest task. Squeezing into the narrow work space between the conveyor belts, their job was to shovel the stray pellets onto the belts and make sure the machinery in the tunnel ran smoothly. The tight spaces in the tunnel would be choked with iron-ore dust; Macdonald says the tunnelmen wore artificial breathing devices.

By the time the tunnelmen were done, the Tadoussac would be in Lake Erie. The ship’s master would swing the boom out over the water and pass Macdonald the word to have the electrician start the conveyor belts. The belts would whir into motion, and the sweepings would pour off the boom into the waters of Lake Erie for half an hour, leaving a trail of iron-ore dust in the ship’s wake—the only visible sign of the environmental degradation.

It was a routine task but, even though he was a seasoned sailor, it never sat right with Macdonald. He is certainly no tree-hugger, but thinks there must be an alternative. “It’s been a bone of contention for me for years,” he says. “They call this spillage. I love the term.”

CSL is only one shipping company dumping sweepings into the Great Lakes. Ships have discharged cargo residue there ever since armadas of ore carriers started criss-crossing the lakes in the 1870s. No one knows how much has collected on the lakebeds travelled by major carriers, but cargo sweeping is routine for the 130 lakers that ply those waters today. Fourteen of these lakers are owned or operated by CSL, the company held by Paul Martin from 1981 to 1993, when he became finance minister and transferred management duties to a trustee.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Muslim Hypocrisy


After 9-11, muslims everywhere asked for tolerance of their people and their religious beliefs, they didn't want to be compared or connected with Osama Bin Laden.

Somewhat ironic and hypocritical that muslims are now burning embassy buildings to the ground, and boycotting Danish products for one person's opinion.

Some obscure Danish newspaper has some satarical cartoons about Mohammed and Allah and somehow the Danish government is directly reponsible?

How does an independent paper reflect the Danish government's policies? Well it doesn't at all, that is why the Danish government will not apologize for anything.

The problem here is that in most muslim countries, the media and the state are one in the same instituition, so the fanatics think that the cartoons must be how the Danish government and its people view the Islamic religion. How utterly mis-informed these people are.

If muslims want tolerance, they have to practice what they preach.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

More Liberal "Entitlements"


Canadian Press - OTTAWA

The federal government has paid a compensation package to David Dingwall.

It says that following binding arbitration, it's paying the former president of the Royal Canadian Mint $417,780, as well as associated pension benefits.

Back in October, then-Revenue Minister John McCallum had said the government would pay Dingwall only that which is legally owed him. When the two sides couldn't agree on a figure, they sent the matter to an independent third party.

Arbitrator George Adams has ruled Dingwall's departure as head of the mint was involuntary and the government has a legal obligation to pay him. The government says it has respected the decision.

Dingwall resigned last September during a furor over his office's six-figure spending. There'd been reports that his office squandered $748,000 on everything from lavish foreign travel to a $1.29 pack of gum in 2004 and early 2005.

Update - It turns out that Dingwall was fired and did not resign as the liberals lead us to believe. The liberals lied to Parliament, the public accounts committee, and more importantly to Canadians about Dingwall.

The election definately would've had different results had Canadians known the liberals were planning on paying off Dingwall for his silence in the Sponsorship Scandal.

Strange how they cut the cheque just before the election and just today we find out the real truth. Someone knew off this settlement at the beginning of January, because the lawyers had to consult and reach a deal.

Why did the liberals lie? hopefully the truth comes out soon......

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Final Gomery Report Fails to Impress Taxpayers

Ottawa –

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reacted to Judge John Gomery’s report on the sponsorship scandal, released yesterday, and its recommendations to restore accountability in our nation’s capital.

The first Gomery report, released in November, revealed to Canadians that of the $355-million spent on the Quebec sponsorship program approximately $150-million went to Liberal-friendly ad agencies, many of whom charged the federal government for work of little or no value.

“Judge Gomery first volume did a good job detailing the mechanics of Adscam to Canadians, but his second is disappointingly narrow in its sweep,” said CTF federal director John Williamson. “There certainly are some good recommendations. Yet in some cases he identifies real problems, but fails to make specific reform measures. Elsewhere, he simply ignores longstanding troubles altogether, as he did with Ottawa’s dysfunctional Access to Information Act.”

Judge Gomery writes in Restoring Accountability – Recommendations, “I have become convinced that we need to rebalance the relationship between Parliament and the Government in order to attain better accountability within government.”

“Unfortunately, the Gomery Commission addressed only one specific scandal and suggested narrow recommendations related to it,” observed Williamson. “But taxpayers expect reforms that will change Ottawa’s culture of secrecy, entitlement and lawbreaking that rarely results in penalties or sanctions being imposed. Yes, such a change will require greater accountability within government. But it also mandates accountability outside government, between public servants and citizens.”

Prime Minister-designate Stephen Harper re-affirmed his promise to pass the Conservatives’ own Federal Accountability Act. The proposals include specific measures to reform how political parties and candidates are financed, strengthen the Lobbyist Registration Act, ensure appointments are merit-based, reform the government’s procurement process so it is free from political interference, legislate an effective whistleblower law, increase the powers of the auditor-general as well as those of the ethics and information commissioners, dramatically expand Ottawa’s freedom of information law, improve government auditing, and establish an independent director of public prosecutions. Similarly, The New Democratic Party proposes reforms to fix government and make it more transparent to Canadians.

“If voters had to choose between Judge Gomery’s recommends and the Conservative and New Democratic accountability packages, the choice is an easy one. If the goal is to clean up Ottawa, taxpayers are further ahead with what was promised on the campaign trail. That’s the measuring stick the CTF will be applying in the months and years before us,” concluded Williamson.