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February 8, 2009

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Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship Church Pentecostal Dispute 

Bell Sympatico

Canadian Federal Budget 2009 

Canada’s 2009 Federal Budget approved 

Known alcoholics on the job   

Christian and Missionary Alliance Corporation 

CHRISTIAN & MISSIONARY ALLIANCE 

Healing Evangelist Todd Bentley to Fold His Lakeland Tent 

Divorce And Remarriage In The Christian Church 

Basic Contract law

 

 Telling lies, half truths is too  too difficult, for you have to remember the lies you had said, and the truth as well, and most people cannot do that , thus they rather do as a result go crazy.. So Me I do not write to please men or women, to be politically correct, and I prefer the to deal with, write the simple truths, I also do readily share the good things I have learned freely

Visit all of my sites at wordpress.com now too

For certainty also because of the demonic opposition the devil will try to discourage you from finding out reading about the Holy spirit, Charismatics, Pentecostals and the Bible. I know I have experienced this myself the last  40 years. So my sites will reflect, show you what I have learned, found out on these subjects for a start. 

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    Hidden agendas, the world is full of it, many people have hidden agendas, Pastors, Ministers, politicans, cops  too. Sadly some people they tend  present their own “facts,” but fall short in truthfulness  for they tend to falsely  have a hidden agenda, and often they want to be falsely personally worshipped and live in sin too.
     
    Is 2:22 Cease to trust in [weak, frail, and dying] man, whose breath is in his nostrils [for so short a time]; in what sense can he be counted as having intrinsic worth?
     

    February 7, 2009

    Canada’s Jobless need more help, and the federal Stimulus is unlikely to stem job losses

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    Do first  stop electing, hiring  liars, alcoholics, incompetents, and pretenders mostly.. instead fire all of them

    The rather too often ridiculous, diversionary selfishly oriented  discussions about tax reductions are generally absurd, inadequate in helping create jobs, or in helping the unemployed for in reality unemployed people do not pay taxes or generate tax  revenues, and that also includes the too many  much too many unprofitable, poorly managed  firms now as well.
     
     
    The Jobless need more help, and the federal Stimulus is still unlikely to stem the job losses, help the unemployed. 
      
    Reality, Canada  is in the starts of of a deep recession and the proposed existing  fiscal stimuli, is very much  inadequate and what is needed is real, viable, tangible job creation programs. The hardworking Canadians who have been paying into employment insurance for years to have access to employment insurance at a time of need and what do they really get, 5 extra weeks extension of UI for them to find non existent jobs? After which their sole option is to go on social welfare but first they will have to loose all of their assets, savings.
     
    The 2009 Canadian federal budget had extended employment insurance payments for those who are eligible by five weeks. But Finance Minister Jim Flaherty resisted demands to increase benefits or ease eligibility rules. Currently, only 54 per cent of laid-off workers qualify.
     
    Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner accused Human Resources Minister Diane Finley of failing to grasp the gravity of the situation.
     
     Calling the job carnage a “national tragedy,” NDP MP Peter Julian said the Liberals are also to blame for an inadequate assistance package.“They’re simply rubber-stamping a Conservative budget that continues a policy that is hurting thousands and thousands of Canadian families at the worst possible time — when they lose their jobs and they have no one to turn to,” he said. 
     
    Canada’s present and upcoming  Jobless need more real help. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government still even faces mounting demands to improve all of the support for the jobless in the wake of the vast continual  increase in layoffs  across the country.  Opposition parties now rightfully accused the  unprepared for Prime Minister Harper, who had falsely assured us mere months ago that if Canada were facing a recession, we would already have had it, of  leaving out the now large, continually growing pool of unemployed persons to deeply suffer without their receiving adequate help now, next. A financial recovery plan crafted on making the banking loaned easier available to industry, car buyers, home purchasers  also into enough. Any incentives designed to buy new vehicles when there is no job to go to is a real unacceptable  fiasco as well..
     
    I personally sat in the Alberta Minister’s career and manpower office, job creation program, office decades ago and found out firsthand the he had no plan whatsoever to deal with increasing Alberta’s  employment, for he falsely too was relying on others to do it  That seems to be still the trend of what too many of our leaders are also doing. Unacceptably Nothing!
     
    The federal government  relying  on an uncertainty, a speedier U.S. recovery to hopefully boost the country’s fortunes, unemployment figures is a clear absurdity, unacceptability. Canada itself will next have to deal with a vast amount of likely home foreclosures as well which will add to the woes. 
     
    Federal finance minister Flaherty rejected calls to ease employment insurance eligibility, saying that extending benefits was the best way to help the jobless. How stupid is he, does he really believe that the economy will turn around in that period of time while most public, civil servants, politicians, ministers doing nothing about it all? Or in his mind is he still like the fool, Ostrich  of a PM Harper who said there was not going to be any major Canadian recession? Sure seems like it. Birds of the same feathers flock together. Unacceptable., Really inacceptable.
     
    Instead of everyone chasing their own tail we need to get down to serious job creation programs, give real help to the unemployed.
     
    It was about 25 years ago, 2.5 decades ago I reviewed the matter of recession and job creation programs approach in Canada and I had fully, rightfully concluded that the best and fastest way to increase jobs, to create MORE  jobs, for this certainty was not through the rather mostly wasteful GOVERNMENTAL,  MUNICIPAL DEPARTMENTS, AGENCIES.
     
    The effective job creation programs  should  rather be done through the established firms in the private sector and done by mainly  increasing  their existing  sales, marketing, developing additional markets, products in these existing profitable small, medium or larger firms. Most private firms still are hesitant to expand, they need incentives, encouragement to take on the extra problems, new work, to expand  for they all tend to reach a comfort operating  level and they tend not to want to next even increase their size, profitability in fact. Hoping to develop  new jobs, profitability by the creation, establishment of the  new firms is very unlikely, for  it takes years before these firms show some degree to stability and profitability.
     
    So you have to establish reasons for a new firm to create the new jobs, such as a cash grant, rewards  for each of their new employee who lasts longer than 2 years with the firm. And provide for 2 months on the job retraining.
     
    In order to do this you have to now help them to develop more effectively especially firstly  their own sales, marketing department as well. A role the pretentious, incompetent FBDB is not capable of doing now even as well.. The government thus also should offer free services from a private sales, marketing consulting firm to help any firm that requests it a free review, recommendations towards  increasing effectively, immediately their firm’s profitability, sales and size.
     
    PS The  cops, the RCMP included generally POOR, False, unacceptable solution in dealing with opposition, bad guys is to kill them, and that is a good reasons why cops or ex cops should never be allowed into politics

    Liberal Ignatieff makes gains at HARPER’S EXPENSE- Poll

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    OTTAWA — The popularity gap between the government and the official Opposition has narrowed once again, with 37 per cent of decided voters supporting Stephen Harper’s Conservatives and 31 per cent behind Michael Ignatieff’s Liberals, according to the results of the latest Ipsos Reid poll.
     
    The poll conducted for Canwest News Service and Global Television showed the Liberals have steadily narrowed a 23-point gap behind the Conservatives in early December to six points in the two months since Ignatieff replaced Stephane Dion as leader.

    “Ignatieff’s clearly in the game,” John Wright, Ipsos Reid senior vice-president, public affairs, said in an interview Friday.

    Nationally, the Conservatives retain a commanding lead in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. But the Liberals have overtaken the Conservatives in Ontario for the first time since the federal election, and retain a firm lead in Atlantic Canada. The Bloc Quebecois widened its lead over the Conservatives and the Liberals in Quebec since results of the last poll were released Jan. 9.

    The Bloc has the support of 42 per cent of Quebecers, an increase of seven points, over the Liberals at 24 per cent, the Conservatives at 18 per cent, the NDP at 11 per cent and the Greens at 10 per cent. Five per cent of voters are undecided.

    Nationally, the Conservatives still hold a commanding lead of 48 per cent in British Columbia, 70 per cent in Alberta, and 55 per cent in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The Liberals lead Ontario with 39 per cent support, compared to 37 per cent for the Conservatives, 14 per cent for the NDP and 10 per cent for the Greens.

    In Atlantic Canada, the Liberals are on top with 48 per cent, followed by 25 per cent for the NDP, 24 per cent for the Conservatives and four per cent for the Greens.

    http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Ignatieff+makes+gains+Liberals+Poll/1262270/story.html
     
    WHAT THIS MEANS IS THAT IF A  FEDERAL ELECTION WAS HELD TODAY Stephen Harper AND THE NEW CONSERVATIVES WOULD NOT HAVE A MAJORITY GOVERNMENT AGAIN.
       

    February 5, 2009

    Unacceptable

     
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    OTTAWA
     
    – The federal governments hands billions of dollars to the provinces and territories for various programs, but lacks any way to ensure the money is actually spent on those programs, the auditor general reported Thursday.
     
    – The federal government also can’t say for sure whether billions of dollars being spent on green programs are actually protecting health, habitat or air quality, says the environment commissioner. Scott Vaughan’s first report to the Commons bluntly concludes that Ottawa too often “does not know the impact of its efforts.”  

    “Canadians have high expectations that the government will take action to tackle environmental degradation,” said the audit, tabled in Parliament on Thursday. “The government needs to know what works, what doesn’t, and why.”

    – Canada’s parliamentary budget officer is casting doubt on the federal government’s rosy projections in the budget, saying the recession will likely be deeper than expected and Ottawa’s stimulus package smaller and less effective.
     
    – The federal Conservatives are engaging in pork-barrel politics by funnelling millions of dollars in infrastructure spending to friendly ridings. The Liberals say more than three-quarters of federal infrastructure money doled out since 2007 went to Conservative ridings. A Liberal analysis of the first $1 billion worth of specific projects financed by the Building Canada Fund concludes that 77.8 per cent of the money went to Tory constituencies. Gerard Kennedy, the Liberal infrastructure critic, says 21 of 27 projects that received funding were in Conservative ridings, He says that shows Stephen Harper’s Conservative government is using the fund to reward supporters and punish regions that did not vote Tory. The fund is the government’s flagship infrastructure program. It was supposed to dole out $37 billion over seven years but the country’s mayors have complained that very little money has actually flowed to municipal infrastructure projects. With billions of dollars in new promises for infrastructure in the recent budget, opposition-held ridings could be frozen out of job creation efforts, Liberal MP Gerard Kennedy said.  “They’re not getting enough out the door, and what they’re promising is going to Conservative ridings,” Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff said.
     
     
    Kevin Page also told a parliamentary committee Thursday the government’s claimed $39.9 billion stimulus package over two years is effectively about 20 per cent smaller, at $31.8 billion. 

    And he adds that a portion of the smaller amount may not find its way into the economy because $10 billion is contingent on shared spending by other levels of government. 

    The difference will mean the extra spending is unlikely to create or save the 190,000 jobs projected by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, Page said, estimating the number at closer to 120,000. 

    Liberal finance critic John McCallum called the discrepancies and the expectations of a more severe downturn alarming, adding that the government may have to raise its stimulus spending within the next few months.

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/canada/cp   

    I too  have a sneaking suspicion that in six months, we’ll all be discussing  a big “Conservagate,” affair which will make the Liberal Shawinigate look like a mousesqueak. This from the party that go so angry over the overfunding of Liberal ridings when the shoe was on the other foot. 

    https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/02/02/federal-budget-approved/
     
    First we need still a full  review of the waste, fraud, and abuse that has plagued governmental. efforts. What is also needed is a program to remove public officials from office that take our money and spend it on their own false pet projects while many of our people still are not getting the help that they need.
     
    Federal Deficit , economic, job creation and capital expenditure programs… are still untrustworthy. Being a past  senior civil, mechanical , projects engineer, project manager myself here now are   the major problem I righty still do had with capital expenditure projects even under PM Jean Chretien and never   mind next under PM Stephen Harper firstly: and it is  is that when you give do monies for a specific capital expenditure projects to the Provinces, Municipalities as well, and just like in many of the non profit organizations now too, a significant portion of the money firstly never even gets to the intended sources but it is diverted elsewhere.. Diverted to: such as paying for existing deficits, debts, unprofitable civil and public services, departments, Crown Corporations too, ineffective overheads, unrelated operating costs  in the provincial , municipal departments. Now since all that happens even before it hits the supposedly private sectors we need to address that too. Now next as to the supposedly private sectors and related projects expenditures , totally honest and fair governmental competition bids still tends not to exists. So no one can make me into a believer that this all of this taxpayer’s money will solely go all into a valid job creation program spurring on the general economy. The existing projects, capital expenditure safeguards are still just not totally there, not the related transparency, accountably as well.. even even you try to use an ex retired, RCMP officer as a supervisor in the contracts, purchasing department, for by now we all should now who immoral, untrustworthy even the RCMP now are too in fact. Some of the money will likely be used even out of the country for a selected few persons rather too.. Are many of the  civil servants, politicians still taking their holidays overseas at tax payers expenses? There are still much too many abusive and questionable expenses: All still Unacceptable too.

    • A $64.2-million project to improve the Trans-Canada Highway in the Kootenay-Columbia riding of B.C. MP Jim Abbott.

    • A new $1.5-million performing arts centre in the Burlington, Ont., riding of Mike Wallace.

    • An investment of $20 million for a new recreational facility in the Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre riding of Tom Lukiwski.

    • The twinning of the final stretch of Route 1 in the New Brunswick Southwest riding of Greg Thompson for $137.5 million

    Almost since my first job after graduating from university I had learned that people are not to be trusted, need to be supervised, and corruption still exists in construction, universities, municipalities, governments, corporations, amongst professionals and politicians as well.
     
    Here still  is what I cannot understand about the federal job creation programs carried out under both the liberal and conservative governments, is the necessity it seems to give money firstly to the municipalities, as though they have a direct effect on voters.. Nothing can be farther from the truth for  neither the police themselves, nor the municipalities have a significant vote as to how the citizens will vote on election days. The only group  that can likely have any effect on the voters are pastors, and priests in fact.
     
     Here is what I know for sure in Canada proper policing, management ,  supervision  human rights commissions are a real fact of life, society, in schools, life,  in churches, governments, commerce, institutions, civil and public services, professional services too,  and elsewhere, even on the net,  for you will always have those 30 percent at least of the persons who will try to cheat, lie  , steal, bend the rules, falsely believe they are above the laws, Self  regulation alone is too often pretentious, farcical, often not applied as well. That applies especially to the professionals, civil and public services, police, municipalities, politicians now as well..

    Health, food safety, Recall and our well being.

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    The food-safety issue just won’t go away
    The Gazette (Montreal) –  Last week’s poison-peanuts case reminds Canadians again that our food-safety system leaves a lot to be desired. Eight Americans died and hundreds more have been sickened in an outbreak of salmonella cases traced back to Peanut Corp.
    More than 200 peanut-related products now on Canada’s recall list The Canadian Press
    US peanut company may have knowingly shipped tainted goods CBC.ca
    The Associated Press – Globe and Mail – New York Times – Washington Post
    all 5,377 news articles »..
      

    Let me say it again and again that Self regulation is an unacceptable form of masturbation  rather too often. That applies to Professionals, importers, manufacturers, corporations, the police, civil and public servants.  

    Recently we have been reading, hearing about bad food, contaminated food. We were supposed to have a federal department looking after our welfare, food inspections, health matters, but we find out too often instead that it is another typical  back passing, pretentious department, that is willing to take their pay home but not willing to work for it. Now most of the problems that arise through food contamination are raised by the importers or manufacturers themselves and then a voluntary arrangement is usually made with the company to remove those goods from the marketplace and shelves. “This has not always been successful.” We need real, enforced regulations. All food processing plants should be required to have a safety plan and document their compliance. And  standards for imported foods must be upgraded. There’s also consensus that real inspections should be carried out according to common requirements meaning a food safety system  which the sets rules that all players in the food industry must comply with and one that is enforced.

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    OTTAWA—The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is not doing enough to make sure pests and diseases that destroy crops and trees stay out of the country, Auditor General Sheila Fraser said Thursday. In a  report, Auditor General Sheila Fraser raised alarms about backlogged inspections meant to prevent disease and infestations from invasive alien plants and pests. Canada’s agriculture and forestry sectors produce goods worth about $100 billion a year – industries that can be irreversibly damaged by pest infestations, Fraser said. Yet she found that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is facing a backlog of plant health risk assessments that would take a year to clear.The agency’s pest surveys focus on known invaders to the virtual exclusion of emerging threats, she said. “Our audit findings are serious. The agency needs to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the way it handles imports under its plant health program.”  

    While Stephen Harper does nothing good about it? President Barack Obama has ordered a comprehensive review of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the investigation and peanut product recalls continue in the salmonella outbreak. “I think that the FDA has not been able to catch some of these things as quickly as I expect them to catch,” Obama said . “And so, we’re gonna be doing a complete review of FDA operations.” Obama said Americans should be able to count on the government to keep children safe when they eat peanut butter, and that includes his 7-year-old daughter, Sasha, the AP reported. “That’s what Sasha eats for lunch probably three times a week,” Obama said. “And you know, I don’t wanna have to worry about whether she’s gonna get sick as a consequence to having her lunch.” http://health.usnews.com/articles/health/healthday/2009/02/02/obama-orders-review-of-fda-in-salmonella-outbreak.html
     
    Meanwhile, the recalls of peanut product continued to mount. As of Monday, more than 80 companies had issued recalls for everything from cookies, crackers, cereal and candy to ice cream, trail mix and dog treats . 
      
    We now know that inspectors from the Georgia Department of Agriculture repeatedly noted dirty food contact surfaces, mildew and metal shavings in food preparation areas. But the agency never closed the plant. The company ignored 12 positive test results in a two-year period showing the presence of salmonella. Instead of stopping production and thoroughly cleaning, Peanut Corp. continued to ship its products to market . The Food and Drug Administration hadn’t inspected the plant in eight years.
     
    Since 2006, numerous large  outbreaks have occurred – everything from E. coli-tainted spinach to pet food contaminated with melamine, the ingredient that sickened so many Chinese infants when it showed up in infant formula, bakeed goods, cookies, chocolate bars.. In 2007, Veggie Booty, a fully processed snack for children, caused severe salmonella poisoning in dozens of toddlers. The same year, the FDA recalled canned products containing botulism toxin; state and federal officials went to corner stores all over the country to help remove products that could have caused severe paralysis and death. It was the first major recall for this deadly toxin in decades.  Last summer, Salmonella Saintpaul caused a massive outbreak that was traced first to tomatoes and then to hot peppers. Peanut butter caused another nationwide outbreak, affecting more than 600 people in 2007. While Agriculture Department-regulated meat and poultry plants are visited by a federal inspector every day, the FDA has no minimum inspection mandate. This results in infrequent inspection, averaging one inspection per plant every 10 years. Especially disturbing is how antiquated the penalties are against companies that knowingly violate their food safety responsibilities. There are no civil penalties, and the criminal penalties under the statute would expose Peanut Corp. of America officials to a modest fine of $1,000 per violation, and less than one year in jail. With eight people dead from peanut butter, this is hardly a fair punishment. And it provides little incentive for the industry to improve its food safety practices.  
    http://www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-opfocus6019652feb01,0,7592990.story
     
       
     Real food safety  it’s an issue close to the heart and the kitchen table of every  citizen – an issue that  cannot be ignore..
      
    In Canada, the recall of various peanut products has now grown to 120 items. Another 19 products were added to the recall list late Tuesday. Among them is Kawartha Dairy Heavenly Hash Ice Cream in 1.5 and 11.4-litre sizes. Also included are another 17 American products under Cinch, Detour, Oh Yeah!, Disney, Sinbad Sweets and no-name brands.
      
    “It was filthy and nasty all around the place,” And a whistle blower hotline is needed because many of the employees often talked among themselves about the bad factory conditions, but   most workers did not complain to management because they wanted to keep their jobs.
        
     
    First we need still a full  review of the waste, fraud, and abuse that has plagued governmental. efforts. What is also needed is a program to remove public officials from office that take our money and spend it on their own false pet projects while many of our people still are not getting the help that they need.
     
    Federal Deficit , economic, job creation and capital expenditure programs… are still untrustworthy. Being a past  senior civil, mechanical , projects engineer, project manager myself here now are   the major problem I righty still do had with capital expenditure projects even under PM Jean Chretien and never   mind next under PM Stephen Harper firstly: and it is  is that when you give do monies for a specific capital expenditure projects to the Provinces, Municipalities as well, and just like in many of the non profit organizations now too, a significant portion of the money firstly never even gets to the intended sources but it is diverted elsewhere.. Diverted to: such as paying for existing deficits, debts, unprofitable civil and public services, departments, Crown Corporations too, ineffective overheads, unrelated operating costs  in the provincial , municipal departments. Now since all that happens even before it hits the supposedly private sectors we need to address that too. Now next as to the supposedly private sectors and related projects expenditures , totally honest and fair governmental competition bids still tends not to exists. So no one can make me into a believer that this all of this taxpayer’s money will solely go all into a valid job creation program spurring on the general economy. The existing projects, capital expenditure safeguards are still just not totally there, not the related transparency, accountably as well.. even even you try to use an ex retired, RCMP officer as a supervisor in the contracts, purchasing department, for by now we all should now who immoral, untrustworthy even the RCMP now are too in fact. Some of the money will likely be used even out of the country for a selected few persons rather too.. Are many of the  civil servants, politicians still taking their holidays overseas at tax payers expenses? There are still much too many abusive and questionable expenses: All still Unacceptable too.

     

    https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/02/02/federal-budget-approved/
     
    http://www.awmi.net/extra/article/sky_fallingThe sky is not falling but God is sifting all persons to reveal what they are really made up off.. for their own good as well..

    February 4, 2009

    TRANSPARENCY, HONESTY, ACCOUNTABILITY, A BETTER GOVERNMENT- JUST LIES

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    Budget office will be ‘crippled’ by cuts

    Tories will cut funds by one-third after two critical reports. The Parliamentary Budget Office, source of two reports this year that have been critical of the government, is about to have its annual operating budget frozen, despite promises to boost it.

    The Parliamentary Budget Office is a creation of the Conservative government through its Federal Accountability Act and is supposed to provide independent analysis of the government’s economic and fiscal position.

    The first budget officer, Kevin Page, has published two major reports since starting his job in March, including one in early November that suggested Canada’s finances were about to go into deficit. At that time, Prime Minister Stephen Harper was insisting such a conclusion was premature.

    But Page’s biggest clash has been with his bureaucratic boss, William Young, the parliamentary librarian. Young has insisted that since Page reports to him, Page ought to publish his work through the Library of Parliament. The Library of Parliament does not normally release the information or research it prepares for MPs. Page, on the other hand, believes that it is a fundamental part of his job to make his reports available to the public and to MPs.

    This year, the Library of Parliament’s budget, to be allocated by Young, is about $40 million. Of that, just $1.9 million is set aside to operate the Parliamentary Budget Office.

    Page’s budget next year was to increase to $2.6 million, money Page needs to hire more staff to respond to MPs’ requests for economic research. Canwest News Service has learned that Page’s budget has been frozen.

    “That will cripple us,” said a source close to the budget office.

    Officials with the government tried to distance themselves from the decision.

    “The Government of Canada has no control over the budget of the PBO,” said a spokesman for Jay Hill, the Government House leader.

    “All recognized political parties are represented on the board and their decisions are made by consensus and are confidential,” said Hill’s spokesman.

    Neither Young nor Page returned telephone messages left Thursday.

    Both of the major reports Page’s office has published could be seen to be critical of the government. Opposition parties relied heavily on both reports to attack the government.

    “He knows his stuff. He’s got a good team. He’s not being partisan. He’s being honest,” said Liberal finance critic Scott Brison.

    The first report, published in the middle of the election campaign, examined the costs of the Afghanistan mission. Page calculated that the full cost of the mission will be about $18.1 billion by 2011, but he said it was difficult to get an accurate accounting of that mission because the government was neither consistent nor transparent when it came to maintaining financial records.

    In November, Page published his first major economic and fiscal assessment. It came out a few weeks before Finance Minister Jim Flaherty tabled his fiscal update that provoked the current political crisis in Ottawa. Among other things, the budget officer concluded that the federal government was, in all likelihood, heading for a deficit next year.

    http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Budget+office+will+crippled+cuts/1095312/story.html
     
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    TRANSPARENCY, HONESTY, ACCOUNTABILITY, A BETTER GOVERNMENT ALL CLEARLY  WERE JUST MORE OF Stephen  Harper’s Conservative Pre-election lies to get elected.
     
    MEANWHILE IN OTTAWA TOO – The federal ombudsman for victims of crime has belatedly put out his first annual report – as he nears the end of his second year in office. The glossy, 14-page booklet, quietly tabled Wednesday in the House of Commons, showed ombudsman Steve Sullivan and his staff fielded roughly 500 complaints from the public in fiscal 2007-08. But it offered little analysis of how the cases were handled and provided only a bare-bones summary of policy recommendations delivered to the ombudsman’s political masters – Justice Minister Rob Nicholson and Stockwell Day, who has since been replaced by Peter Van Loan as public safety minister.
     
    “the Conservative government’s brilliant scheme to cut pollution by taking taxpayers for a ride is  another Conservative  making of trying to buy voters with their own bus fare too”..
       
    Alberta to provide incentives for junior energy companies  More social welfare to the corporations -Stelmach’s royalty holiday just a dressed-up tax break.  “Now the Tories are about to throw a huge chunk of cash back at junior and mid-sized oil and gas companies. They don’t call it a royalty holiday, but that’s what it will be, masquerading as a tax break. The real target in this undefined program is the banks. The Tories are deeply annoyed with them, for good reason, because they’re charging smaller oil and gas explorers a huge premium on the Bank of Canada rate. The excuse the banks use, in this government version, is that companies aren’t showing enough cash flow. Giving the companies a tax (royalty?) break will increase cash flow. Therefore, the banks will lend money to drill new wells.”
     
    I get a really big chuckles when I  see the Conservatives still giving social welfare to the Corporations, in fact these days I cannot tell the difference between the liberals or the conservatives.. So what is the real difference between  a bad Liberal and a bad Conservative these days?
      
    and there is certainly a lot to be said for supporting Canadian industries in the country’s time of dire economic need… but in the  “National Defence purchasing department, otherwise known as Cooked Contracts Canada.  There we find the Air Force brass diligently trying to create the appearance of a totally fair and open bidding process for $3.5 billion of new search-and-rescue aircraft. Indeed, while the government may have got away with passing out billion-dollar contracts at will during the boom times, the current economic crisis has increasingly desperate Canadian companies howling for a fair shake.”
       
    Ottawa rewarding ridings represented by Conservative MPs,  An estimated 78 per cent of projects announced under the Building Canada Fund have gone to ridings represented by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s ruling … is also unaccetpable..
    by the way the “Conservatives still  just couldn’t resist a little gutter politics along the way. This week Casey stood in the House of Commons to speak out against party officials who lodged a complaint with the RCMP that he had stolen and/or embezzled party funds. The complaint was laid by Diana Read-Miedema, Bernard’s official agent in the campaign,  These are not allegations to be taken lightly when levied against any individual but against a man who spent his professional career as a broker in the financial services industry, they smack of an even deeper innuendo.  The RCMP did not find any evidence to justify charges and have dropped the matter. Casey says party officials knew he had returned the money involved — $30,000 in election funding — and that the complaint was nothing more than a smear against his character. He’s right, again. The Conservatives’ latest skirmish with Casey will surely end up doing more to help his reputation than to achieve their goal of tarnishing it. You’d think they would have learned by now.” bit is shows how dirty the Conservatives still rather are..
     
    First we need still a full  review of the waste, fraud, and abuse that has plagued governmental. efforts. What is also needed is a program to remove public officials from office that take our money and spend it on their own false pet projects while many of our people still are not getting the help that they need.
     

    July 18, 2008

    The PCs said the Liberals were crooked.. but what about themselves??

     

    “Conservative MPs should not be permitted to spend “in-and-out” rebates July 17, 2008    

     

    OTTAWA – Conservative candidates who may have received inflated rebates before Elections Canada discovered the “in-and-out” scheme should be required to put the money in a trust fund until the Federal Court rules if they are entitled to it, Liberal Justice Critic Dominic LeBlanc said today.  

    “I am calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to ensure that all of his candidates who received potentially inflated rebates due to the “in-and-out” scheme put these funds in a trust fund pending the Federal Court’s review,” said Mr. LeBlanc. “No candidate should have a political advantage by being able to spend funds they received as a result of a scheme which Elections Canada says may not comply with the Elections Act.”

    Mr. LeBlanc noted Elections Canada has ruled that certain rebates may be higher than should have been allowed under the Elections Act. We learned yesterday that 17 Conservative candidates got taxpayer-funded cheques before Elections Canada discovered the “in-and-out” scheme.

    “I’m sure Canadian voters would be concerned if the Conservatives permitted these candidates, who we now learn include three members of cabinet, from using these funds, while the Federal Court is reviewing Elections Canada’s ruling that the Conservatives had no right to claim this money,” he said.
    Mr. LeBlanc noted that in media reports today, Elections Canada has for the first time revealed that 11 sitting Conservative MPs are among the candidates who may have taken part in the “in-and-out” scheme and have already received rebates. They include Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon, Heritage Minister Josée Verner and Chief Government Whip Jay Hill. Calculating the 60 percent rebate that each of these MPs would have received on the additional advertising expenses that Elections Canada has ruled ineligible, reveals that the Conservative MPs alone would have received over $100,000 in inflated rebates.

    Mr. LeBlanc noted that the “in-and-out” scheme centres around allegations that the Conservatives attempted to put over $1.3 million in national advertising spending on the books of 67 of their local candidates, allowing these candidates to claim over three-quarters of million dollars in inflated, taxpayer-funded rebates. The independent Elections Commissioner is currently conducting an investigation and if the ad costs are assigned to the national Conservative Party, it will have exceeded the $18.3 million spending cap by over one million dollars and the party and its officials may face serious consequences including fines and jail time.

    Below is a chart calculating the 60 percent rebate that Conservative MPs received from Elections Canada as part of the “in-and-out” scheme.”

    Member of Parliament Additional rebate received due to apparent “in-and-out” transaction
    Hon. Lawrence Cannon

    $3,685

    Hon. Jay Hill

    $9,000

    Hon. Josée Verner

    $5,618

    David Anderson

    $1,977

    Maxime Bernier

    $3,000

    Steven Blaney

    $14,785

    Patricia Davidson

    $7,290

    Jacques Gourde

    $14,785

    Luc Harvey

    $22,473

    Colin Mayes

    $6,000

    Daniel Petit

    $22,473

    TOTAL

    $111, 086

     

     

     

     

    Conservatives Attempt to Stifle Democracy

    The Conservative government is further trying to stifle democracy by attempting to muzzle Officers of Parliament, the Liberal Opposition said 

    “The Auditor General of Canada has been forced to defend her independence from the government’s attempt to vet her communications with Canadians,” said Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion. “Why is the Conservative government at war with Canada’s democratic institutions?”

    Mr. Dion was referring to Auditor-General Sheila Fraser’s testimony yesterday at the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, where she denounced the Conservative government’s proposal to review public statements of Officers of Parliament before they are released.

    Deputy Leader Michael Ignatieff said that the Conservative government has a track record of showing disregard for independent regulative authorities.

    In particular, he pointed to the recent controversy between it and Elections Canada, an independent institution respected around the world.

    “Elections Canada is an institution that’s earned the respect and confidence of the entire world,” said Mr. Ignatieff. “It has provided electoral assistance in a hundred countries. It has organized missions in over a hundred countries, including recent elections in Afghanistan and Haiti.

    “But on Tuesday, we learned that there’s one government, this government, that no longer has confidence in Elections Canada.

    “How can this government possibly explain that to Canadians and to the world?
    Why does this government no longer have confidence in Elections Canada?”

    Considering the Conservative Party ran on transparency and accountability during the last election, it is increasingly clear that this government doesn’t practice what it preaches.

    http://www.liberal.ca/story_13922_e.aspx

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