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363000 Canadians have lost their jobs since Harper’s re-election GlobalPost – And since October, since the last election, where Stephen “lassiez faire I don’t care” Harper promised if there was going to be a recession Harper promised if there was going to be a recession it would have happened already and said we should trust him because he’s an economist, the Canadian economy has retracted by 2.1 per cent.
Cops seem to have it too easy in Canada, they do what they want, they abuse citizens and tend to get away with it too. Too many COPS, persons distort the LAW. it’s meaning still too.
I SIMPLY SEND AN EMAIL, I PUT IT INTO CLEARLY WRITING, SO THE GUILTY PARTY CANNOT SAY I DID NOT ASK HIM OR HER TO REPENT.
May 19, 2009
More than 4,000 charges were laid across the province over Victoria Day long weekend, over 3,000 of which were for speeding.
Sheriffs also caught over 20 suspected impaired drivers as well as arrested over 30 people pulled over with outstanding arrest warrants.
Some of the charges break down as follows:
3,020 speeding violations,
154 Gaming and Liquor Act violations,
113 seatbelt infractions,
47 failure to stop at a stop sign violations,
135 other hazardous violations like careless driving or stunting,
589 non-hazardous violations like no insurance and suspended drivers.
More tickets equals more money for the province, this does nothing to make the roads safer. CASH COW, HIDDEN TAX …thats all it is…….230,000 violations @ $80 ea… = $18,400,000.00
Supposedly Unsafe drivers in Whitecourt, Wetaskawin, Olds and Airdrie were also stopped at the wheel by traffic enforcement pilot projects. Sheriffs and RCMP laid over 800 charges in those rural areas alone, mostly for speeding too even though speeding is not the main cause of accidents .The Alberta Sheriff Highway Patrol has issued over 230,000 traffic tickets violations since its inception in 2006 generating millions and millions of dollars. The police should go instead after the real criminals, the real murders, robbers. starting with the police themselves..
Now in reality the Police who are often lying and saying they are serving the public good by going overboard with their law enforcement are just merely being selfish thugs, self centered, trying to promote themselves at the citizens expense and that is now true Canada wide, with the local police, RCMP, sheriffs now too. Monday June 15,2009 Canadian Press VANCOUVER — A judge has decided the inquiry into the death of Robert Dziekanski will be allowed to make findings of misconduct against the four RCMP officers involved. The officers who stunned Dziekanski with a Taser at Vancouver’s airport challenged Commissioner Thomas Braidwood’s authority to make findings of misconduct against them. Braidwood had warned the officers he would consider allegations made at the inquiry — that they acted improperly and then lied to cover up their actions. The officers claimed those allegations amount to criminal offences, which public inquiries can’t do. They also argued that federal police officers are outside the jurisdiction of a provincial inquiry. But Justice Arne Silverman rejected those arguments, which means the inquiry can resume as scheduled this Friday with closing submissions. Now go after the rest of the bad cops too.
HEY I ONCE HAD WRITTEN A LONG TIME AGO THAT THE PEOPLE OF ALBERTA DO REALLY NEED TO STOP BASHING THE POOR PEOPLE, AND THOSE ON SOCIAL AID, FOR A DAY WILL COME THAT THEY TOO WILL BE NEEDING SOCIAL AID AND THAT DAY HAS COME..
The specific Laws are created for a reason and given a certain set of conditions and circumstances. When the circumstances or situation are not present then the law is basically not applicable. (2 Cor 3:6 KJV) for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
WE ARE NOT TO WALK “Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 5:9
Jude 18-19 “”How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.”
Drink Alcohol and Die « The non conformer’s Canadian Weblog Drink Alcohol and Die or Kill is fast becoming Canada’s preoccupation, main goal, slogan.. Alcohol and alcoholics the unacceptable main cause of vehicular accidents, domestic violence, and so many other ills… DRUNK DRIVING KILLS AT LEAST 5 TIMES MORE PERSONS OVER SPEEDING FIRSTLY https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/01/02/alcohol/
“Former Quebec pension fund boss roasted at hearing probing losses by the CBC News
Quebec’s pension fund has fared well in recent years despite the latest massive losses caused by the collapse of the asset-backed commercial paper market, said the former head of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2009/05/19/quebec-caisse-hearings.html
“Quebecers can still have every reason to be proud of the Caisse,” said Henri-Paul Rousseau in his opening statement Tuesday at a parliamentary commission probing the pension fund’s staggering $40 billion losses last year.
Rousseau spent Tuesday morning deflecting a steady stream of accusations from commission members who reproached him for quitting his job at the Caisse, just as the pension fund was bleeding profits. Rousseau announced he was leaving the fund in May 2008 and remained on as an adviser to the board until the end of August 2008.
The former Caisse boss showed a “deep contempt for the interests of our nation” when he chose to accept a $400,000 departure bonus, said Amir Khadir, the legislature’s sole Quebec Solidaire MNA.
“As arrogance and contempt often hide a certain disregard, you preferred to resign in the middle of the storm,” Khadir added before being brought to order by the commission president.
Rousseau responded by saying he left a lucrative job in the private sector to serve Quebecers at the pension fund from 2002 to 2008, a choice that involved “heavy sacrifices,” he told the commission.
He is not to blame for the pension fund’s dismal returns in 2008, Rosseau said.
The fund was broadsided by the global economic crisis, and if it wasn’t for its investment in asset-backed commercial paper, it would have weathered the downturn much better, Rousseau said.
The Caisse has other issues, Rousseau added, including trouble “training, recruiting and keeping competent staff,” he said.
The new head of the fund is Michael Sabia, former head of Bell Canada Enterprises, who took over in March of this year.”
Dumont says Charest hiding Caisse losses Montreal Gazette November 29 2008
QUEBEC – ADQ leader Mario Dumont claimed this morning that Premier Jean Charest had a “grand strategy” to hide “unprecedented” losses at Quebec’s pension fund manager.
In a news conference Saturday, he came close to calling Charest a liar, claiming that Charest’s statement that he has no information on the Caisse losses is “not honest” and “in itself unbelievable.”
He claimed that Charest had deliberately blocked in September the nomination of an ADQ supporter, businessman Jean-Guy Desjardins, in favour of a Liberal supporter, Richard Guay, as president of the Caisse in order to control information coming out of the Caisse.
“He planned in advance that during the campaign he would be able to keep the information hidden,” Dumont said. “He put in place the mechanism and the people that would allow him to hide the truth from the people until the end of the campaign.”
Charest has stated that he wants the Caisse to remain autonomous and doesn’t want to politicize the Caisse by forcing it to reveal how much money it has lost because of the financial crisis.
“I agree it should remain autonomous,” Dumont said. “It’s him who has politicized the Caisse. It’s him who blocked a nomination in favour of a Liberal.”
Dumont claims the Caisse, which manages $155 billion in pension funds and automobile insurance contributions, has lost about $30 billion in the last few months because of the collapse of global markets.
The Caisse is reported to have sold at a loss about $10 billion in securities to meet its financial obligations. The Caisse has stated that the figure is smaller but refuses to give an exact number.
Transport Minister Julie Boulet is the third minister in the Charest government subject to a “verification” by the chief electoral officer, after suggesting that companies are financing the Quebec Liberal Party. Boulet, like Education Minister Michelle Courchesne and Norman MacMillan, the junior transport minister, said the Quebec Liberal Party does accept financial contributions from companies. Québécois leader Pauline Marois called for an investigation into how the Liberals raise campaign money when she heard the news about Boulet. “One slip of the tongue is okay, two slips is okay, three slips, it starts to get worrisome,” Marois said. “It’s against the law.” Quebec’s 1977 party financing law established the principle that only Quebec voters may give to a political party, setting the maximum contribution at $3,000. That means companies, unions or people living outside the province may not give to Quebec parties. http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Boulet+eyed+electoral+officer/2614662/story.html
May 14, 2009
Ottawa moves to make auto repair more competitive CTV.ca Canadian motorists fed up with sky high dealer repair costs could soon have a new weapon to fight back, after the House of Commons passed the second reading of a private member’s bill. The “Right to Repair Bill” — or C-273 — would force automakers to disclose their closely guarded repair computer codes, opening the way for competition from independent repair shops and more options for consumers. NDP MP Brian Masse, the sponsor of the bill, said Thursday that the proposed legislation is aimed at making the repair system fair for all motorists. “That’s what we’re trying to do, is create the system that’s going to be fair and accessible to all.” The second reading passed Wednesday night. Masse explained that under the bill, independent repair facilities would be allowed to purchase the auto manufacturers’ computer repair code software, which would allow them to diagnose vehicle problems. The MP from Windsor, Ont., travelled the country, talking to independent repair shops, and said he was surprised at the scope of the problem. Masse said that independents “were getting restricted information so they couldn’t fix vehicles so they would have to be towed to dealerships.” Masse also said the U.S. is far ahead than Canada on the issue of legislation forcing automakers to share computer repair codes Under the American Clean Air Act, Washington requires open access to software on diagnostics and repair. In Canada, it’s not required by law; some manufacturers share the information, some don’t. Auto industry observers say the car companies have kept secret their repair codes to keep their strong competitive advantage in the repair and service market for their dealer networks. Federal Industry Minister Tony Clement had been pushing for a voluntary agreement, saying “the status quo is not an option.” The Automotive Industries Association of Canada, an umbrella group representing everything from small independent repair shops to large aftermarket giants like Canadian Tire, has spent years trying to negotiate with vehicle manufacturers on this issue, with little success. But according to a representative from Canada’s car companies, the proposed system is in need of repair itself. “A piece of legislation like this is really, entirely unworkable,” said Mark Nantais, from the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association. “It will take several months, if not years, to actually become fully operational.” The auto industry is now working on drafting its own version of the system as an alternative to the government’s legislation. http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090514/autorepair_bill_090514/20090514?hub=CTVNewsAt11
they abuse us, price gouge us and the Automotive manufacturers want our support? and the governments only pretend to look after the consumer interest still.
Critics have long maintained the strategy of Jean Chretien and Paul Martin amounted to balancing the federal books on the backs of the unemployed. The Liberals brought in legislation in 1996 that tightened eligibility rules for EI benefits but simultaneously opened the door to new training, education, placement and other programs. Critics say the government then went on to set the premiums charged to workers and employers at higher rates than were necessary to fund the reduced benefits and new programs. The result was a ballooning surplus in the EI fund – a revenue windfall critics said could be used first to balance the budget and later to support other Liberal initiatives that had no connection to EI.
We should note that Brian Mulroney was the main reason his Conservative political party became obsolete too.
Dhalla lawyer hints scandal was politically motivated A lawyer representing embattled Liberal MP Ruby Dhalla said allegations levelled at her and her family that they mistreated three Filipinos hired as domestic workers are false and suggested they were made as a part of an organized campaign by Dhalla’s political opponents to discredit her. “Whoever has decided to target her has made a grievous error,” said lawyer Howard Levitt. “The allegations are absolute nonsense.”
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, insisted he’s remaining personally distant from the dispute, even as his aide was distributing anti-Dhalla documents at the committee hearing. Moreover, a story by The Canadian Press earlier this week suggested Kenney may have tainted any investigation into this case through his active politicking on the file.
Claims against Dhalla part of pattern: Lawyer One of the nannies accusing Ruby Dhalla of mistreatment made similar claims against the family that sponsored her to come to Canada, the embattled Liberal MP’s lawyer charged yesterday. Howard Levitt made the allegation at his Bay St. office where he pulled out photos of the basement apartment where the nannies lived and hinted the “false and unsubstantiated allegations” were part of an effort by the nannies to get landed immigrant status. Dhalla, the MP for Brampton-Springdale, has been under fire after two foreign caregivers employed by her family alleged they had their passports seized and were forced to work long hours and perform non-caregiver duties such as washing cars, shining shoes and cleaning clinics. Two of the family’s former live-in caregivers, Magdalene Gordo and Richelyn Tongson, appeared before the Commons citizenship and immigration committee Tuesday, alleging mistreatment in the Dhalla home last year. Levitt said the “he said, she said” story is changing now that he has been contacted by Gordo’s original Canadian employer. The anonymous employer, described as a married father of four living in the GTA, only had Gordo in his home for three weeks in December 2007 before she left. “He made her part of his family, gave her lots of Christmas gifts over the holidays and after three weeks she walked out,” Levitt said. “When he complained to the nanny agency, who he paid good money to bring her from the Philippines, Ms. Gordo then apparently made the same allegations against him, of overwork and harsh treatment, that she’s now making against Ruby Dhalla. SAW PATTERN “I hope that my client’s name is not being used for the purpose of circumventing the process and providing permanent residency, that would be inappropriate and unfair to Ruby Dhalla.” The original sponsor’s Mississauga lawyer, Shawn Philbert, said his client was an “average guy” who needed a nanny. “My client was left with four young children, no caregiver, he’s gone through an extreme amount of expense to bring her here,” Philbert said. When his client saw Gordo making similar allegations against Dhalla, he felt there was a pattern emerging. Philbert said Gordo didn’t report any problems to the nanny agency in her weekly reports until the day before she left the home. “Considering the lifestyle that she was living she had no reason to leave … He felt that she just used him to come to this country,” he said. “He can’t attest to whether the claims against Ruby are true or not but what he can say is they are very similar to what happened to him and in his situation he didn’t do that.” During the press conference, Levitt showed photos of Dhalla’s basement nanny suite. “The caregivers have described poor conditions. Let me show you the apartment they were provided,” Levitt said. He showed four photos of Dhalla’s furnished basement with mahogany furniture and a flat-screen TV. “Most Canadians would be delighted to have accommodation of this quality. “Is that poor conditions? Does that look anything but eminently comfortable?” Asked if the basement apartment he described as, “large, commodious, spacious, comfortable, well-furnished, even elegant,” was legal, Levitt replied, “I’m sure it is.” http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/2009/05/15/9464726-sun.html
sadly these clearly false, selfish allegations will stereo type many of the other Nannies, will make other people hesitant to hire them, and will hurt other Nannies’ immigration attempts..
AND ” Why does Canada have a special, temporary immigrant program for nannies? If we truly lack qualified live-in caregivers, why not admit them through the normal immigration stream?” http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/635235
” The local cops have more than 50% unmarked cars checking the drivers. For the public they thus appear all dressed up. If you are a cop dissident just like myself the cops often next drove by my home frequently with unmarked cars, I would see them from shed window trying to get me personally. They managed to get other local drivers for minor infractions instead.”
An expert report written by a police psychologist says an inappropriate level of force was used on Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski the night he was stunned by a Taser at Vancouver airport in 2007. Mike Webster, who was hired by the inquiry looking into Dziekanski’s death, testified Tuesday that the four RCMP officers called to the airport’s international arrivals lounge did not have an adequate plan to deal with the agitated man. Webster also contested police testimony that Dziekanski posed a significant danger to the officers. The officers should have known that the Polish man’s unresponsiveness to their orders was due to his disrupted cognition, Webster said. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2009/05/12/bc-taser-inquiry-wilson-dziekanski.html
Mind you that was apparent to most of us in the first place, we are all not that stupid and we tend to know what an pretentious, dirty, incompetent, immoral cop does.. they call themselves trained professionals but too often they wrongfully are still mere thugs here in Canada now too.
When the Ontario Provincial Police announced two days ago that one of their senior officers was charged with defrauding Bombardier of $15 million, they failed to mention the sergeant was also accused of conspiring with prosecutors and accused criminals. The 28-year veteran allegedly assisted in helping accused criminals avoid prosecution and fixing charges with the help of Crown attorneys.
Hey look at all those prosecuting municipal lawyers, cops who are claiming to be serving the public and now we get a good example of how really corrupt they themselves firstly are now..
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090514.wbombardier14art2302/BNStory/National/home What appears to have started out as a simple investigation of a fraud at Bombardier Inc. has broadened to become a sweeping probe with allegations that a senior Ontario Provincial Police officer, a Toronto Crown attorney and accused criminals were in cahoots to fix charges.The allegations are contained in a public document called an information filed by OPP in Brampton court. Earlier this week, OPP officers executed a search warrant upon Crown offices at the College Park courts, and Brendan Crawley, a spokesman for the Ontario Attorney-General, confirmed last night that the province has brought in an out-of-province special prosecutor to handle the case. Charged with nine counts ranging from fraud to obstructing justice to breach of trust is veteran OPP Sergeant Michael Rutigliano, 49, who served as manager of the force’s “court case management” for the Toronto area. Sgt. Rutigliano has an office at the Old City Hall courts downtown. The breach of trust charge relates to “his duties as an OPP officer” and alleges that he was “dishonestly abusing his position to gain corrupt advantage for his associates charged with offences.” What appears to have started out as a simple investigation of a fraud at Bombardier Inc. has broadened to become a sweeping probe with allegations that a senior Ontario Provincial Police officer, a Toronto Crown attorney and accused criminals were in cahoots to fix charges.The allegations are contained in a public document called an information filed by OPP in Brampton court. Earlier this week, OPP officers executed a search warrant upon Crown offices at the College Park courts, and Brendan Crawley, a spokesman for the Ontario Attorney-General, confirmed last night that the province has brought in an out-of-province special prosecutor to handle the case. Charged with nine counts ranging from fraud to obstructing justice to breach of trust is veteran OPP Sergeant Michael Rutigliano, 49, who served as manager of the force’s “court case management” for the Toronto area. Sgt. Rutigliano has an office at the Old City Hall courts downtown. The breach of trust charge relates to “his duties as an OPP officer” and alleges that he was “dishonestly abusing his position to gain corrupt advantage for his associates charged with offences.” Though Ontario Superior Court Judge John Hamilton found him not guilty, he said that he found the evidence of both Mr. D’Angelo and his accuser credible. Mr. Mavroudis is a 50-year-old former resident of Georgetown, Ont., who just last January pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud over $5,000 and was sentenced to four years in jail. According to newspaper reports at the time, he admitted taking $370,000 from ticket buyers who thought they were buying premium seats for Toronto Maple Leafs games. Arrested on May 3, 2007, he was released on bail and scheduled for a court appearance last November, but never showed up. A Canada-wide warrant was issued for his arrest, and he was eventually tracked down in Vancouver on Dec. 7. Sgt. Rutigliano is accused of helping him avoid prosecution in Ontario during that very same period: between Sept. 1 of 2007 and Dec. 8 of last year. Named in a so-called “no-contact” order are Sgt. Rutigliano’s co-accused and a handful of other prosecutors and defence lawyers.
Now Brian he finally admitted he took clearly undeclared bribe money while he was a PM… and what else did he do that he does not admit besides cheat, lie steal? Would have disclosed cash if questioned, Mulroney says OTTAWA – Brian Mulroney says he would have disclosed his cash relationship with Karlheinz Schreiber 12 years ago, if only federal lawyers had asked the right question when he gave sworn testimony as part of his defamation lawsuit against the government so instead he hid the truth cause it’s revelation would be clearly damaging, embarrassing to him, he deliberately hid the truth. He told half truths, or half lies..
A rationale Canadian is compelled to ask just how deep will the Tories still sink, even now so low that they now they destroy all decency that is supposed to be the hallmark of civilized citizenship. Canada, all Canadians are worthy of much better than that.
Apparently Wayne Gretzky doesn’t rate as less Canadian for marrying an American and moving to Arizona to coach a hockey franchise. Michael J. Fox is not less Canadian for pursuing a successful Hollywood career as an actor. Pamela Anderson isn’t less of a citizen for her fame as an acting celebrity in California. Diana Krall isn’t less Canadian for marrying English musician Elvis Costello and living in London, or New York, or whichever world centre she happens to prefer. And Calgary-born soccer star Kevin McKenna didn’t betray his patrimony by signing with a professional club in the German league. But according to the Conservatives, Ignatieff is simply not up to Canadian standards because he succumbed to the temptations of a teaching career at some of the world’s most illustrious universities and now has the temerity to think he’s got the jelly to contend for the prime minister’s job. Gosh, Ignatieff could have settled for a sessional lecturer’s job at some suburban community college. Instead, he won a doctorate from Harvard and then, on the basis of his brains and scholarship, was awarded teaching posts at Cambridge, Oxford, the University of California, the University of London and the London School of Economics. Oh, yes, and the brainy bounder did something else equally un-Canadian and inexcusable. He wrote 18 books — some of them critically acclaimed — and as a consequence found himself in demand on the BBC. All that when he could have stayed in Canada, written nothing and perhaps developed a career in the toxic wasteland of Conservative talk radio. For this he’s now pilloried as an arrogant egghead who only returned to his country to sate a lust for power. The shame of it! What a betrayal of all things Canadian to achieve fame, respect and success elsewhere and then return home to your country to cap your career by offering yourself for public life. What, one wonders, would the Conservatives make of the late Bobby Ackles who had a stellar career in the National Football League and then came home to help revitalize the B.C. Lions and the Canadian Football League. Frankly, this kind of politics demeans democracy, insults the voters and further undermines their desire to participate in the process and says far more about those who embrace such a campaign of divisive belittlement than it does about the targets of the advertising. If you ask me, these attack ads are what’s un-Canadian, not Ignatieff’s career as a world-class intellectual. http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Tories+looking+like+narrow+minded+bigots/1603731/story.html
The power hungry Tories are apparently against all those things, depending on what day it is, who’s doing to talking and which way the wind is blowing. “The latest attack ads against Michael Ignatieff prove the Liberals were right to brand the Tories as spiteful, mean-spirited and divisive. It also solidifies my decision to support the Liberals in the next election. Stephen Harper has shown his only goal is to retain power at any cost. Launching negative attack ads before an election campaign even begins reveals a desperation and fear among Conservative ranks. The Tories know that they finally have an opposition worthy of forming a government.” ” Not at all surprisingly, the signs of jealousy start to surface when forced to deal with an intelligent political newcomer who threatens to outshine and force accountability. These ongoing, financially wasteful Conservative ads speak volumes of the desperation of Stephen Harper’s struggle to keep power, while yet again providing sniping but no solutions. ” ” Liberals are now enjoying stronger public support than Conservatives. These oft-repeated attack ads, which emphasize that Ignatieff has spent 34 years in the United States and Britain, are desperate attempts to slow his remarkable momentum. But they’ve done so by appealing to xenophobia and bigotry. In the past, sensible Canadians have rejected such nonsense. I suspect the same will be the case this time ” ” The latest attack ads on Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff by the federal Conservatives show once again how totally bereft of ideas and political solutions to serious issues the right wing has become. “
Tories attack: bad manners, bad politics Globe and Mail – Even after their victories – they are in power remember – the Conservatives of the Stephen Harper party, still radiate the sullenness of a party denied, …
“But perception is reality in politics, and the current perception of Harper in Quebec is that he’s “mesquin” or mean-spirited. He finishes a bad third as best prime minister in the polls, and he is prime minister. It has nothing to do with perceived competence, and everything to do with his perceived personality. Just as Joe Clark became known as a wimp, and Paul Martin became known as Mr. Dithers, Stephen Harper is getting a rap as Mr. Mean.”
May 13, 2009
-A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
A potentially deadly strain of fungus is spreading among animals and people in the northwestern United States and the Canadian province of British Columbia. The airborne fungus, called Cryptococcus gattii, “This novel fungus is worrisome because it appears to be a threat to otherwise healthy people,” The new strain appears to be unusually deadly, with a mortality rate of about 25 percent among the 21 U.S. cases analyzed, “Between 2003 and 2006, the outbreak expanded into neighboring mainland British Columbia and then into Washington and Oregon from 2005 to 2009. The spore-forming fungus can cause symptoms in people and animals two weeks or more after exposure. They include a cough that lasts for weeks, sharp chest pain, shortness of breath, headache, fever, nighttime sweats and weight loss.http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63L66H20100422 It will likley soon hit all of Canada too.
CANADIAN EDITORIAL CARTOONS -A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
Bankruptcies skyrocket in March Toronto Star – The increase in personal bankruptcies – there were 10578 declarations across Canada in March – coincides with the rising unemployment rate.
May 6, 2009
The European ban on seal products is sparking a new battle between Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Harper, in Prague Wednesday for trade talks with European Union officials said he will defend the seal hunt but added he wouldn’t allow the controversy to “contaminate” trade talks and risk a multibillion-dollar free trade deal. “If we were to make our trade relations with the European Union about only the sealing issue, we will never have any trading relations with the European Union because as we know this is a disagreement of long-standing,” Harper said at a news conference The news quickly made its way to Newfoundland and Labrador’s legislature, the Confederation Building, and the ears of Williams. “I wonder if he would feel the same if it was an Alberta beef issue, if it was a softwood lumber issue or if it was a wheat issue,” Williams said. The premier said he wants the seal hunt to be at the forefront of any talks with Europe, and fighting the ban in front of trade tribunals isn’t enough. “You know he’s prepared to sacrifice Newfoundland and Labrador’s interest in the interests of other issues for Canadians. And I think that’s just dead wrong and it shows what this guy is all about,” he said.