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leftcoastguy
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posted 24 September 2005 07:11 PM      Profile for leftcoastguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
First of all, very early Monday morning we have the CBC lockout issue:
Locked-out CBC employees to converge on Parliament Hill

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11am (tentative): handover of petitions to NDP heritage critic Charlie
Angus and NDP leader Jack Layton next to Terry Fox memorial, across from
Parliament Hill

Six weeks into CBC lockout and U.S. frontier saga replaces Trudeau miniseries

More urgency needed to save health care

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And in Ottawa, Prime Minister Paul Martin has been missing in action on the issue, although federal NDP leader Jack Layton indicated last week that he would bring it up when Parliament resumes sitting next week.

The proponents of two tiers have not been nearly so reticent in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling in what is known as the Chaouilli case (after the appellant, a Quebec doctor named Jacques Chaouilli). They got a resolution through the annual conference of the Canadian Medical Association last month effectively endorsing two tiers.

Next month two apostles of the right, Mike Harris and Preston Manning, plan to release a paper extolling the virtues of "freedom of choice" in health care — a euphemism for two tiers.

And in November in Vancouver, a group of private health-care advocates is staging a conference to recommend changes to medicare "that conform to the guidelines of the recent Supreme Court decision." Chaouilli and Manning will be among the featured speakers.

Referring to this conference, Roy Romanow, the former Saskatchewan premier who has become Canada's champion of single-tier medicare, last week issued a "clarion call" to today's politicians.

"Get on with badly needed reforms to medicare before those clamouring for its destruction gather more momentum," he told a conference on Chaouilli sponsored by the University of Toronto's faculty of law.


Liberals under fire from leftist allies

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New Democrat leader Jack Layton, speaking a week before Parliament resumes sitting, complained on Tuesday that the Liberal government was doing nothing to address the real concerns of Canadians.

"As you look at the challenges ahead, it's difficult not to reach the conclusion that the federal government is giving up on Canada ... there's a growing sense that Canada's interests have no voice," he said in a speech.

If the New Democrats opposed the Liberals in vote of confidence, the result would most likely be the defeat of the government and a new election.

Opinion polls show the Liberals are gaining ground and might even win a majority, prompting some observers to speculate the government could try to bring itself down sooner rather than later. Martin aides dismiss this idea.



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Reality. Bites.
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posted 24 September 2005 07:37 PM      Profile for Reality. Bites.        Edit/Delete Post
As far as I (and probably Boom Boom too) am concerned, if Don Newman isn't on the air, parliament isn't in session.
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posted 24 September 2005 07:57 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Absolutely right, RB!

(just finished watching "The Bridge On The River Kwai" - I try to watch it at least once a decade)


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leftcoastguy
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posted 24 September 2005 08:04 PM      Profile for leftcoastguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
RB

I agree - Politics is a good show.

Has Don Newman been walking the picket line or is he considered management?


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posted 24 September 2005 08:50 PM      Profile for leftcoastguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
House is back, but Newman and Lessard won't be on the air
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leftcoastguy
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posted 25 September 2005 09:35 PM      Profile for leftcoastguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Canada's bickering parliamentarians back in Commons with renewed election talk

What's with the "bickering" hype? It's standard fare in Ottawa isn't it, and probably has been since 1867.


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posted 25 September 2005 10:08 PM      Profile for leftcoastguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Length of Liberal tenure depends on NDP again

So who is this NDP candidate and former Royal Bank chief economist, and which riding is this person running in?


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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 25 September 2005 10:22 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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Originally posted by leftcoastguy:
So who is this NDP candidate and former Royal Bank chief economist, and which riding is this person running in?

St. Paul's (Toronto), against Carolyn Bennett and Peter Kent.


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