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January 27, 2009

Canadian Federal Budget 2009


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Ignatieff demands change from Harper on four key issues Globe and Mail – June 15, 2009  Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff today demanded that Prime Minister Stephen Harper negotiate with him on four key issues or he will try to take down the Conservative minority government Friday in a confidence vote. Possible Canadian federal election in 2009 over the budget.

FACTBOX-Canada opposition’s demands of minority government Reuters
 Harper, Ignatieff reach deal to avert summer election  OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff have reached a deal to avert an election – at least until the fall.


It has been confirmed to all of us that  the New Conservatives in Ottawa were very jealous in the past, present that Liberal supporters in the past used to get the main share of the federal pork, after all money is what the greed is always about too, so today they do not mind giving the pork now to the Conservative supporters,  and  they make no pretence about their past hypocritical promises to be different in morality, normality, behavior from the other political parties. Predictably too, “Stephen Harper recently dispatched his faithful MPs across the land to bury Conservative ridings in taxpayers’ money and self-congratulatory press releases for an estimated 500 funding announcements in one week. Welcome aboard the Steve’s pork-barrel express, delivering hundreds of millions of dollars in federal largesse to Conservative voters near you. Blaming the global economic crisis for an uncontrollable urge to spend other people’s money, the same Conservative party that once condemned the Liberals in the past  for porking their way into the sponsorship scandal is now whole-hog in the trough. It is ok if the conservatives do it but not the liberals? A study by the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation showed that in the three months leading up to last September’s election call, Harper, his ministers and MPs took turns announcing a wallet-shaking $19.2 billion of goodies. ” And what other past electorate promises will the mostly Conservative liars continue to break too now? while the mostly still useless Liberals can look at it in envy too

It will take very much more, a lot more  than just the Conservative federal pork barreling to hopefully turn around the Canadian West, the mostly still one horse towns,  which which do not have any manufacturing bases too, and so they are heading towards, facing some of the deepest recession in Canada even for at least a decade next too. You cannot hope to survive on farming, Tourism alone.

The Conservative bigoted juggernaut of Stephen Harper had definitely become decidedly very creepy even  alienating many federal voters. In the recent coalition  wars of January 2009. Canada’s prime Minister Harper had as much as kissed the majority Quebecers goodbye, falsely permanently now alienating them all too, dismissing them all as mainly unwinnable separatists. It was a pre calculated move on Harper’s too common divide and conquer approach, with an special  emphasis on sibling rivalry. Harper thus was, is playing the tune to the majority of his ignorant  supporters in the the west who love to hear it, a tune the Western Canadians and hopefully some Anglophones in Ontario as well  may love  to hear, the tune that Quebec is a favorite son that got too much and offers too little in return, and likely this new Harper re-distribution and demographic changes will help to  destroy Quebec’s predictable stranglehold over the national elections. Totally false and totally unrealistic, a desperation move on HARPER’S part. In reality even Ontario still also has a strong francophone base now as well. But how many more  friends can he Harper afford to alienate now? Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador and who next?  and realistically still hope to have majority government?  Harper has continually failed to achieve his  majority federal government and so with this approach he insures he likely never will.

Can anyone really believe now  that the voters were seriously really dumb enough to  put the very  clear loser like Stephen Harper into office? The People get this the bad government they deserve? I certainly, certainly  hope not!


Most of what you’d expect came out in the 2009 spring Canadian Federal Budget speech. The  important question is still  whether there’s enough in the document to satisfy the Liberals and new leader Michael Ignatieff, who will make the decision on Wednesday about whether to pull the plug on the minority Harper Tories and join a coalition of the NDP and the Bloc, or hold out for another election or let the Conservatives to rule for a while longer? and why? Highlights from today’s federal budget:
-The government will run a deficit of $85 Billion over the next five years. It will be $34 Billion this year and $30 Billion in 2010.
-The basic personal tax exemption and the two lowest tax rates will be increased.  The new rate is $10,320, up from $9,600. The lowest tax bracket is now $40,726, while the second limit goes to over $81,000. 
-There is a new tax credit for home renovations. You can get up to $1,350 for projects done in the next year. It includes kitchens and basements, but does not include furniture or electronic purchases.
-There is a $750 tax incentive for first time homeowners. As well, you can now withdraw up to $25,000 from your RRSP.  The withdrawl will still pay tax free if repaid within 15 years.
-The government is also spending $12 Billion on infrastructure programs over the next two years.  $7 Billion of that is new money.
-The government is spending $1 billion dollars for worker retraining over two years through the employment insurance system.
-Employment Insurance benefits are extended by five weeks.
-There’s cash to increase apprenticeships and retraining for older workers.-Business tax cuts worth $2 Billion over the next five years.
-The Age Credit for seniors is increased resulting in a tax saving of about $150 for low and middle income seniors.
-The working income tax benefit for low-income Canadians is increased.
-There is a raise in the phase out levels for the national child benefit and Canada child tax credit.

” As Heritage Minister James Moore promised, the new Conservative budget does provide for increased arts funding, but does not include boosts to either the CBC or the Canada Council for the Arts. There is also little for performing arts organizations, other than festivals, to get excited about.

What will be provided, according to the official budget document, is the following:

  • Targeted two-year funding of $60 million to support infrastructure-related costs for local and community cultural and heritage institutions, such as local theatres, libraries and small museums.
  • Increasing funding by $20 million over the next two years, and $13 million per year thereafter, to the National Arts Training Contribution Program.
  • $30 million over the next two years to support continued access to Canadian magazines and community newspapers.
  • $28.6 million over the next two years to the Canada New Media Fund, and $14.3 million annually thereafter.
  • $200 to the Canadian Television Fund over the next two years.
  • $100 million over two years for marquee festivals and events that promote tourism.

Already, the folks at have begun calling on Michael Ignatieff to defeat the Conservatives, stating: “while it [the budget] does include arts and culture funding it manages to do so without actually helping any artists.”   “

“Amid the fine print in Budget 2009 is a temporary 100% capital cost allowance for computers bought after January 27, 2009 and before February 1, 2011.  So, what does this mean for you?  If you’re self employed or own a business, you can write-off the entire cost of your computer and the software.  And there’s no limit attached to the computer cost or the amount you buy.  This may be especially good news for medium and large companies that have been waiting to upgrade their networks.  The catch is that you have 2 years to take advantage of this – and that’s basically the average life span of the devices anyway.  Ottawa projects this plan will cost the treasury $340 million this year, $365 million in 2010-2011.  However, this type of stimulus will end up helping other countries’ economies (Sony, Dell, Toshiba, Apple etc. aren’t really Canadian, are they?) but federal officials say this will spur retail sales and keep jobs, and that’s important.   Prior to this initaitive, Ottawa allowed for a 55% write-off.  “

Danny Williams calls on Liberals to defeat federal government on the budget Tue Jan 27, 9:40 PM  ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Premier Danny Williams is calling on the federal Liberals to help defeat Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government after Ottawa implemented equalization changes in the budget that he says will “cripple” his province’s economy.Williams claimed that the budget will cost Newfoundland and Labrador $1.5 billion over the next three years in payments under the 1985 Atlantic Accord. “It’s a good indication of the punitive, vindictive, nasty side of this prime minister,” Williams said.”We’re only seven seats, so he probably feels he can do that and he gets some personal satisfaction out of it. But the one thing about this is that I’ll be around to see the back of his head in politics before this is over.”

Two N.L. Liberals say they’ll break party ranks, oppose budget if necessary

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A Newfoundland Liberal MP says he will break party ranks and vote against the federal budget if necessary, the second party member to do so.Scott Andrews, who represents the riding of Avalon, told a radio station today he is prepared to go against his party and oppose the budget if it doesn’t protect $1.5 billion that the province is entitled to. Andrews says his colleagues in the rest of the country don’t understand how important the issue is to Newfoundland and Labrador.Premier Danny Williams has called on the six Liberal MPs from his province to vote against the budget, saying it will sap $1.5 billion away from the province in funds from the 1985 Atlantic Accord.While the province no longer receives equalization, it continues to receive money in that offshore energy agreement with Ottawa.Judy Foote, member for Random-Burin-St. George’s, has also said she will vote against the budget if it doesn’t protect the Atlantic Accord money.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s total turnaround from cautious fiscal conservatism to profligate government spender and deficit creator has surely betrayed fiscally conservative voters who elected Conservative MPs based on their public pledges at that time that “our economy is sound” and “we will never run a deficit”. One can only reasonably conclude that to hang on to power in Ottawa, Harper and also next his MPs have betrayed every fiscal Conservative  principle they had once claimed  that their party holds dear, sacred. Harper’s main  opposition these days seems to be the c Conservatives members themselves.


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Harper the liar again



“And Canada’S Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared that the opposition leaders had not accepted the results of the last election and added: “You don’t change government through parliamentary games.” This is a deliberate misinterpretation of the way our system works. Yes, Harper and the Conservatives were re-elected last fall, but with a minority. And minority governments must attract the support of at least one other party in the Parliament in order to avoid defeat. ” So far childish Harper all he can do is play poltical games.. too bad for Him AND US AS WELL…..

(Est 7:10 KJV)  So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified.
Irrespective of today’s federal budget why the Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff should immediately rightfully dethrone the Conservative  government and support the coalition.
The new Conservatives wrongfully are cold, ruthless, immoral, ungodly, selfish, self centered, untrustworthy just for a start.
Harper has been invoking a long term war, campaign, and he has systematically hired, placed in the government key Conservative party supporters, organizers paid for by the Canadian taxpayers and RIGHTFULLY they must be all fired, removed, or at least take away all work from them and give them an empty desk, and you can ALSO  rightfully start with Preston Manning now as well.
Conservative strategist Geoff Norquay said raising the specter of toppling the government may be good strategy, but he believes Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff wants time to whip his party into better shape before he risks going into an election.  ” .. if the Liberal party and the new Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff  is  not prepared to govern now he and the Liberals  they next really never will be.. and now as simple as that. 
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January 23, 2009


Following the past Liberal Government’s trend, the Canadian Federal Conservative Government, Stephen Harper PM, November economic update was again projecting surpluses for the next few years. Suddenly immediately next rather we’re facing multi-year, massive deficits. How did we get to that point? Tax relief, economic stimulus and  measures to stabilize the financial markets are the supposed  hallmarks of next week’s Federal government’s budget that will drive Canada into deep but short-term deficit, under the Conservative  Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.
“Interim Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff is right to oppose across-the-board tax cuts. At a time when Canadians are leveraged to excess, they are not likely to go out and spend the added income on capital goods or even added consumption goods. More likely, the money will go to pay down debt, which is good for the individual, but does little for the economy in the short run. With a huge deficit planned, the money should be used on targeted areas in infrastructure projects, roads, bridges and urban transit – capital projects that will have benefits for a long time to come. With the demand destruction we are going to have in our economy, cutting taxes and even reducing interest rates, is like pushing on a rope – a wrong approach to the current situation.

Stephen Harper is a monetarist of the Friedman/Chicago school, and while monetary policy has its place, in particular where inflation is a problem, lowering interest rates when they are already close to zero will have little effect, at least in the short run. Cutting taxes for people who face job losses is also rather moot, and the recent U.S. experience with a general tax cut was rather dismal.

Of course, tax cuts are popular, especially for the selfish and short-sighted, and will likely play well in an election campaign. Could it be that Mr. Harper is, again, planning a political stand-off in the parliamentary OK Corral, in order to face off with Ignatieff in an election and dangle the carrot of tax cuts for the voters?  Sigmund Roseth, Mississauga”

PS: NDP Leader Jack Layton says it was “absolutely inappropriate” for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to allow details to be released on the federal budget deficit. Layton says it’s a move that seems to suggest Harper is trying to build a political case because he’s worried about losing his job. The NDP has already stated it won’t support Tuesday’s budget. A senior government official said Thursday the Harper government will run deficits totalling $64 billion over the next two years – $34 billion this year, and $30 billion next year. Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, who was also speaking in Toronto, accused Harper of playing political games when it comes to the budget. Ignatieff says the information leak was “irresponsible and costly to our economy.”

“Mandate for listeriosis investigation: insufficient OTTAWA – The mandate given to former Edmonton Health Authority President Sheila Weatherill as investigator of last year’s listeriosis outbreak is insufficient to provide transparency to Canadians, Liberal Agriculture Critic Wayne Easter and Health Critic Dr. Carolyn Bennett said today.“Canadians deserve the truth,” said Mr. Easter. “We have no doubt that Ms. Weatherill will do what she can given her mandate, but the fact is, this Conservative government has not been transparent with Canadians with regards to this tragedy. Ms. Weatherill’s resources and powers are too limited to reveal what actually happened. ” Dr. Bennett said the only way Canadians can know the full truth of how the crisis came about is to have a full judicial inquiry with the power to compel witnesses to testify and evidence to be produced.  “But, as we know, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has refused repeated calls for this,” said Dr. Bennett. “It is only through a full judicial inquiry that all of the facts will be known – and only then can the families of the victims move forward and Canadians can be assured it won’t happen again.” Mr. Easter agreed that only a judicial inquiry would fully expose the information needed to truly address any shortcomings in Canada’s food safety system.  “This is not about assigning blame,” he pointed out. “It is about giving Canadians certainty that their food is safe. The Conservative government and the Prime Minister owe that much to Canadians, but this investigation falls far too short of that obligation.”” 

” the fact that there is increased speculation about the Prime Minister’s job reflects growing concern in Conservative ranks that the party has to start planning for succession. The combination of a credible alternative, in the form of new Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, and a support-sapping recession has already hit the Prime Minister’s approval ratings. The suspicion is that this is only a distant early warning of ever-worsening poll numbers. Mr. Harper retains strong support in caucus. Many Conservatives recognize that they are taken seriously only because they have the letters “MP” after their name, a happy circumstance for which thanks must go to the Prime Minister. But, unlike former Conservative leader Brian Mulroney, Mr. Harper has failed to establish a personal rapport with many caucus members. Their loyalty would be strained to a breaking point if Conservative support dropped into the 20s range– thus jeopardizing their cushy sinecures. Many Tories found themselves questioning their political faith during the general election and found it tested further by the Fall Fiscal Update. “The ace the Prime Minister always had was that he was the master tactician. But our guy doesn’t have the ace anymore,” said one self-professed Harper supporter. “Ministers now whisper under their breath that they think we will lose the next election.” In this circumstance, it is not surprising that the volume of chatter about a potential successor has risen. But it’s also true that if the Prime Minister is discredited by his handling of the economic crisis, his Cabinet is tarnished too.  The same applies to other potential front-bench candidates such as Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, who may emerge as the strongest candidate from the old Reform Party; James Moore, the young Heritage Minister who despite being a former Reform MP is most often viewed as a Red Tory; and, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, who is said to be more likely to encourage his wife Christine Elliott, an Ontario MPP, to take a run at a senior job at Queen’s Park. Some Conservatives believe that a saviour will emerge from the East, in the form of Jean Charest, the Quebec Premier, or Bernard Lord, the former premier of New Brunswick. What is clear is that Mr. Harper’s authority has been dented so severely that the race to succeed him is on and cannot be cancelled by PMO decree. On the upside, the Prime Minister shouldn’t have any trouble empathizing with Canadians worried about losing their jobs in the coming months. ”  But all that won’t stop the fools from trying to  take bad Harper’s place.

Follow Obama’s lead on transparency, PM told Saying ‘the fog is thickening’ in Canada, Information Commissioner pounces on U.S. President’s decision to have more official documents released to the public  Globe and Mail  January 21, 2009 at 5:32 PM EST  OTTAWA — The Harper government should follow U.S. President Barack Obama’s lead in shunning secrecy and releasing more official documents to the public, Canada’s Information Commissioner says. In his first full day in office, Mr. Obama ordered the American government to release more documents under its Freedom of Information Act.  “Starting today, every agency and department should know that this administration stands on the side not of those who seek to withhold information, but those who seek to make it known,” Mr. Obama said Wednesday.  The announcement did not go unnoticed in Ottawa, where the Canadian government has moved in the opposite direction.  Canada’s Information Commissioner Robert Marleau   said that unreleased figures show more and more users of the Access to Information Act are hitting a wall in Canada. He added that his ATI report cards, to be released next month, will show a number of departments and agencies are failing in their legal duties. “The fog is thickening,” Mr. Marleau said. “Things are clearly going backwards in the amount of information that is being released, and there is a clear increase in the use of time extensions and exemptions. The numbers should be of concern to Canadian citizens.”In its current form, the act calls on the government to release requested documents within 30 days. But a number of officials who administer the Access to Information Act regularly complain that the Privy Council Office is playing an increasing role in vetting documents before they are released, causing delays that commonly reach six months and sometimes drag on for more than a year. In addition, the government relies increasingly on exemptions to censor information on contentious matters, such as the treatment of detainees in Afghanistan. In the United States, Mr. Obama said he still wants his government to protect national security and personal information, but that the rules should favour those who are seeking information. “The mere fact that you have the legal power to keep something secret does mean you should always use it,” he said.”The Freedom of Information Act is perhaps the most powerful instrument we have for making our government honest and transparent, and of holding it accountable. And I expect members of my administration not simply to live up to the letter but also the spirit of this law.” Mr. Obama said “transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.” That message is similar to the Conservative Party’s promise in the 2006 election. However, the Harper government has failed to live up to its promise to “implement the Information Commissioner’s recommendations for reform of the Access to Information Act.”

Ad scandal isn’t dead yet  The Telegram  It may seem like it died quietly, but an interesting Elections Canada investigation into the conduct of the Conservative party in the 2006 federal election is still chugging along.  Wednesday, there was a court hearing in Toronto over material obtained by search warrant by Canada’s chief electoral officer when his office raided Conservative offices in Ottawa last year.  The Tories are vigorously fighting Elections Canada over the seized records.  The elections officer is investigating “in and out” financing. It’s a dodge by which the federal wing of the Conservative party transferred money to individual riding associations, ostensibly for riding advertising, and then had the money sent back to the party again where it was used to buy more national advertising.  The Conservatives allegedly moved $1.3 million to 67 riding offices, and then used that money to buy national ad space, even though they had already reached their limit of $18.3 million in national advertising. The Tories argue they are being singled out, and that they haven’t done anything that other parties haven’t done in the past. What complicates the story is that the national ads were booked long before party officials could have had any idea how much local ridings were going to spend on advertising, suggesting an orchestrated attempt to get around election spending rules. Beyond the Elections Canada investigation, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs held hearings, but many Conservative party officials refused to attend, even though the committee issued 31 summonses.  Before the issue could come to a head, Stephen Harper called a snap election, stopping the committee in its tracks.  In fact, that committee, and other fractious groups with similar issues, played a role in the “dysfunctional Parliament” that Harper said he needed to replace via an election.  You can understand the Conservatives’ position – to a point. House of Commons committees can be a bit of a “Gong Show,” and are regularly overtaken by partisan posturing. The problem is that they are also a legitimate part of the Parliamentary process, and ignoring them shows clear contempt for that process. Now, there are suggestions that the committee will regroup and call witnesses all over again, should Parliament sit next week. But there’s a fly in the ointment: one key witness is Irving Gerstein, head of fundraising for the Tories and their official agent for the 2006 federal election. But Gerstein was appointed to the Senate shortly before Christmas and, as a senator, he can no longer be compelled to appear before a House of Commons committee. Wheels within wheels within wheels. If members of a political party are willing to thumb their noses at a legislative committee – to the point of ignoring legally issued summonses – what other rules are they willing to flout?  Certainly it’s about time we knew whether or not the party with the most seats in the House of Commons played by the rules, or whether it has decided it is above such things. 

Drinking alcohol cause permanent brain damage, it also causes a significant deterioration of one’s mental capabilities, inter personal relationship skills, it also causes more car accidents than speeding or not having adequate winter tires, it also reduces significantly one’s work productivity as well undeniably too.  So  tell us all now:
– How much money did the Prime Minister, the Premiers themselves now spend on Alcoholic consumption entertainment last year,
– How Much money did the federal, provincial cabinet ministers now spend on Alcoholic consumption entertainment last year
– How much money did the civil and public servants now spend on Alcoholic consumption entertainment last year
I trust you all can readily supply us all with the answers

Chatham-Kent Essex MPP Pat Hoy is stepping on the toes of his federal counterpart in his call for Stephen Harper’s Conservative government make changes to Employment Insurance.  Hoy issued media release calling the EI program unfair to unemployed workers in Ontario and demanding changes to the program in Tuesday’s federal budget.  “An unemployed worker in Ontario gets $4,630 less in EI benefits each year than someone in any other province,” Hoy said, adding Ontario is being short-changed $2.1 billion annually in EI benefits. ”

THE CRTC flubs it again

Registered with the do-not-call list? Expect more calls, says consumer watchdog

 Friday, January 23, 2009 |   CBC News  Canada’s highly touted do-not-call list is having the opposite effect, leading to more telemarketer calls, says the Consumers’ Association of Canada. “It’s a travesty,” president Bruce Cran said Friday. “Here we have all these people thinking they were getting rid of incoming phone calls. Anyone who is registered should suspect their phone number is being broadcast to the four winds.” The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission launched the registry in September to great fanfare, promising that those who registered would see a drop in unwanted calls soliciting goods and service. Millions of Canadians have registered their names, home phone numbers and in some cases their cellphone numbers. The problem, said Cran, is that the CRTC sells the registry list online. “In Toronto, you can get 600,000 names for $50,” he said. Telemarketers are required to subscribe to the list, paying an annual fee that depends on how often they chose to download updates. Those who violate the list by calling registrants may be fined up to $15,000 per call.  Chilliwack, B.C., real estate consultant Jim Stocco said he suspects the “avalanche of calls” he and his wife have been fielding lately is a result of having registered with the do-not-call list.  Before registering, Stocco had managed to bring unwanted phone solicitations down to about one a week by calling back telemarketers and asking them to take his phone number off their list.  “This do-not-call registry has made things worse. We now get five or six calls a day,” he said. “We both work at home and have clients across North America so we will answer calls. It has been a major irritant.”  Stocco said when he tries to call telemarketers back to ask that his number be taken off their list, he gets a voice mailbox that does not accept messages.  Glenn Thibeault, NDP critic for consumer protection, wrote to the federal privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart on Jan. 16 urging her to investigate.  “When the service is not only ineffective but assists in worsening the problem, Canadians have a right to be concerned, ” he said.   A spokesperson for the commissioner said Friday that she was aware of the problem before being contacted by Thibeault. “We are concerned as well,” said Heather Ormerod. “We are in contact with the CRTC and trying to gather relevant information to see how to proceed.”


I already rightfully have a very low opinion of the too often Useless CRTC



January 13, 2009

Wait till the reality sets in on PM Stephen Harper

Coalition ‘best solution,’ says Bloc Leader duceppe
Calgary Herald,  Canada – 9 hours ago
The Bloc Quebecois-supported Liberal-New Democrat Party coalition in the House of Commons remains solid and still makes sense for Quebec, Bloc Leader Gilles
Coalition can deal with crisis, Duceppe says
Globe and Mail, Canada – 12 Jan 2009
MONTREAL — Gilles Duceppe says the coalition remains the best option to deal with the economic crisis, even if the Liberal-NDP alliance supported by the
Duceppe doubts budget will deliver for Quebec, Canada – 20 hours ago
Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe, front, speaks to reporters with the party’s chief organizer Mario Laframboise. (CBC) Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe says

January 12, 2009

Conservative Myths

“Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s inaction on a promised investigation of the death confirms that that the government is not particularly interested in identifying the problems that led to the listeriosis outbreak. Harper ruled out a public inquiry into the outbreak, which was traced to a Maple Leaf Foods plant in Toronto. Days before the last election, he did promise an “arms-length investigation” to establish whether there were problems with the food inspection system. The day before the vote was called, Harper announced the terms of reference and set a reporting deadline of March 15. But four months later, Harper has still not named a lead investigator to conduct the investigation. The March reporting deadline will not be met; at the current rate of progress, it’s reasonable to wonder if there will ever be an investigation of any kind. The government’s inaction will raise concerns — that it has something to hide, or simply doesn’t believe in the importance of appropriate regulation, even in such a critical area. That is especially true given the large number of questions about the government’s general handling of food inspection and this specific case. Canadian Food Inspection Agency inspectors, for example, say a system introduced last year left them overloaded with paperwork, responsible for too many different facilities and unable to ensure safety. The government has also moved toward shifting responsibility for inspections to industry, arguing companies have an interest in safety. The outbreak is estimated to have cost Maple Leaf Foods about $75 million. Questions remain about the response to the problem between June, when Ontario public health units began to notice an unusual number of listeriosis cases, and eventual product recalls in mid-August. Similarly, Health Canada had warned in 2005 about the risk of listeriosis from sliced lunch meats and advised that pregnant women, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems should not eat the products. Yet hospitals and seniors’ care facilities in B.C. and other provinces were serving the deli meats to patients at the time of this outbreak. And a Canadian Medical Association Journal editorial charged that “government policy errors” contributed to disaster and called for a full public inquiry into Canada’s food inspection system. Those are among the serious, credible questions about Canada’s food safety that Harper appears uninterested in seeing answered.”
I remember hearing about that great Conservative myth on promised full accountability, governmental transparency, a better form of governing, and the Harper- Conservative government  lies go on and on, fooling only the Conservatives as to who they really are still, liars..

January 7, 2009

Hospital administrators

All Hospital  administrators really still do need to do a much better job at administrating the cost effectiveness of all subordinates, dealing continually with the adequacy of the   hospital hygiene,  as well as managing, supervising  the Doctors better now too..

The dirty hands that I’ve seen
The Gazette (Montreal) – It does not surprise me to learn that the latest MUHC study found that in some situations only one in four doctors wash their hands between seeing patients.
Some Montreal doctors treat patients without washing hands: audit
Hand washing an issue in Montreal hospital Vancouver Sun
all 19 news articles »
Winnipeg hospital review finds 27 deaths due to medical errors
National Post, Canada – 7 hours ago
WINNIPEG — Winnipeg health officials have disclosed scant details of a special investigation that uncovered an additional 27 patients who died of medical

CP ‘Unintended events’ found in 32 deaths at Winnipeg hospitals last year: review

“WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says 32 deaths in city hospitals last year had nothing to do with the underlying health condition of the patients. The authority says the deaths were due to “unintended events” resulting from treatment. The health authority reviewed more than 2,500 deaths last year. Dr. Brian Postl, president and CEO of the authority, says it’s a big step for health professionals to say they made a mistake. Postl says the reviews will make the health-care system safer. ” and only if they are ebforced, not neglected again rather..

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January 6, 2009

PM Stephen Harper the Pretender

Clearly a Loser Stephen Harper the unprofessional, the addicted gambler, so whatever happens next  will mainly be a direct result of Stephen Harper’s arrogance, blind partisanship, poor judgment calls.
Canada’s Stephen Harper Conservatives lost parliament’s confidence and to avoid defeat, prorogued the house when action was desperately needed on the economy. Toward the end of January, he will return with a budget full of goodies Canadians will pay for with our tax dollars in an attempt to bribe enough opposition members to allow his government’s survival. If he fails, we will either have a coalition government or another unnecessary election, wasting both time and money. 

 “It seems there is no conservative principle that Stephen Harper isn’t willing to sacrifice.  The conservatives promised a more transparent government, but have run the most closed, hidden government in Canada’s history.  The conservatives promised to decentralize power from the Prime Minister’s Office, but we all know how that turned out.  Harper is the Minister of Everything; rarely allowing fellow caucus members to choose how much sugar to put in their Timmies.Harper promised not to tax income trusts, but taxed them as soon as he won power.  Harper promised to reform the senate, but decided instead to appoint 18 cronies.  Harper decided to run a more open selection process for judges to the Supreme Court of Canada, but decided to appoint his hand-picked candidate when the process started taking longer than he anticipated. There doesn’t seem to be a single principle that Harper isn’t willing to sacrifice.  Everyone should remember this when it comes time to vote.  Don’t trust what your local conservative candidate tells you, because what you’re going to get is whatever Harper thinks is the flavour of the month”
The outbreak of listeriosis   killed 20 Canadians last year. It is in ours and in the GOVERNMENTS interests, after all, to ensure that no similar tragedies occur under ALL of  their watch. . On Sept. 3, 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper had announced that there would be “an arm’s-length investigation to make sure we get to the bottom, on the government side, on the bureaucratic side, of exactly what transpired” in the fatal outbreak of bacteria in Maple Leaf Foods luncheon meats, “and to make sure as we go forward and we make changes to our system that this kind of thing can’t happen again.” Specifically on Sept. 6, the day before the election was called, Mr. Harper announced the terms of reference – including a reporting deadline of March 15, 2009. That deadline may have been a little ambitious, since an investigation of complex regulations and their enforcement could take longer than a few months. But yet now the same federal government does not appear to be making an effort to meet it – or to treat the matter with any degree of urgency. Even Four months later, and nearly two-thirds of the way through its self-imposed time-frame, it is now still being reported that the government has not yet even named a lead investigator. At this rate, it unlikely that the investigation will even be completed this year. Stephen Harper’s government’s apparent failure to launch an investigation it promised early last fall raises the unsettling thought that its pledge was made largely to prevent the issue from jeopardizing its prospects in the election campaign. There is no plausible justification for this delay. Parliament need not be sitting for the government to appoint investigators; it requires no legislation.   If Mr. Harper was comfortable appointing 18 senators while Parliament is prorogued, he should have no qualms about naming someone to help protect.   With the exception of the controversy surrounding some ill-advised jokes made by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, the listeriosis outbreak played little role in the fall campaign. Canadians did not have much reason to believe the Conservatives bore responsibility for it, and were led to believe the government took the matter seriously. ALL Canadians should now feel differently knowing that  the issue would not be attended to promptly once the federal lection campaign was over. Once again Stephen Harper THE PRETENDER does not keep his promises.

The Canadian Conservative Party Headquarters asks it supporters to write, phone news editors, TV and radio stations to tell them that they do support the too often now bullying, immoral acts of the prime minister Stephen Harper.. but foolishly for them that is a war they cannot win for 60 percent of the citizens did not support, vote for the Conservative Party in the last federal election as well.. and they are not about to change their views on this still too.
“Since Harper was elected as Prime Minister he has failed miserably. He has probably destroyed every good thing that Canada’s former Prime Ministers have done to make Canada a good place to live in. 

All the money Paul Martin had put aside is gone because Harper went and spent it all. Maybe we need an inquiry into where the money went.

Harper has repeatedly lied about changes he promised to make, such as tougher penalties for sex offenders. Well, guess what? There are about 1,200 or more sex offenders that are not registered under the National Sex Offender Registry and are running around free as birds.

Then, Harper refused to see the truth about Canada heading into a recession. Hey Harper, instead of spending billions of dollars on your stupid wars, why don’t you help the Canadian economy or help college and university students pay their tuition.

I am really disappointed that Michaelle Jean would allow Stephen Harper to remain Prime Minister when Canada is in a crisis. The coalition has Canada’s best interests in mind more than Harper does.”.. Sarah Connell Wiarton

“Leadership? Strong voice in Ottawa?  Not to spoil Mr. Phil McColeman’s extended winter vacation, but I believe that writer Andrew Hunter raises a solid point in his recent letter which was titled: “MP’s mail out proves he’s just being muzzled.” A friend of mine once said if McColeman couldn’t possibly get things done under the control-freak Stephen Harper, he should not have promised “leadership” or a “strong voice in Ottawa” during his electoral campaign and on his website.

During the past election, former prime minister Jean Chretien stated that “if (former prime minister Pierre) Trudeau had treated him the way Harper treats his ministers, I would have resigned.”

That boils down to the classic dichotomy of our MP being clueless or dishonest.

Mr. McColeman has fulfilled the negative and unfortunate stereotype of politicians who will say anything to get elected. This is very lamentable, considering rising antipathy in voters and the fact that our riding has been fortunate to have had classy and consistent MPs such as Lloyd St. Amand, Jane Stewart and Derek Blackburn. ” Jorge Gomez


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