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Re: Well it's official. We're having a spring Federal Election.
« Reply #90 on: June 30, 2011, 10:17:29 AM »
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The parliamentary shuttle bus service has always struck me as taxpayer-funded overkill, but not until I sat there in the same spot for a half-hour or so did it become apparent just how ridiculous the service is. Seated outside a building that I had reached as a result of a leisurely, aimless — and short — stroll, I saw shuttle buses arrive with a regularity that would shame a municipal service and with an efficiency in terms of passengers-per-trip that would drive private carriers out of business. One conclusion was obvious: how much do we pay for all this?

That's a question, not a conclusion. 

I suspect the answer would be that it's cheaper than a fleet of chauffeur driffen cars on standby and there's an element of security (not just personal) for those involved.

Unless I missed a refernce, frankly I'm astonished that a journalist wouldn't have considered this. ???
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Re: Well it's official. We're having a spring Federal Election.
« Reply #91 on: October 27, 2011, 11:28:51 AM »
Liberals say Ferguson not bilingual enough to be AG

Allege he lacks proficiency in both official languages
CBC News ,Posted: Oct 26, 2011

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2011/10/26/nb-liberals-oppose-michael-ferguson.html
 
Liberal Leader Bob Rae said Wednesday that the Liberal caucus will oppose the nomination of Michael Ferguson as federal auditor general.
In a release, Rae's office said Ferguson, New Brunswick's former auditor general, "does not seem to meet many of the criteria laid out in the government’s own job description, including proficiency in both official languages."
Ferguson was appointed New Brunswick's auditor general in 2005. He left the job almost a year ago to become deputy minister of the provincial Finance Department.
Harper officially nominated Ferguson for federal AG Tuesday. Ferguson’s appointment must be approved by a resolution of the Senate and the House of Commons.
Rae said there was no consultation following the decision.
"Not only did his resume lack experience of a national scope, we now learn he is not proficient in both of Canada’s official languages," Rae said in the release
A Liberal request for further study in committee was not acknowledged, according to the release.
"For some time now all officers of Parliament have been bilingual, and rightly so," Rae said.
"The successful applicant must not only demonstrate a grasp of the complexities and nuances of national issues, but he or she must also have the ability to study matters in both official languages. This is the only way to ensure fair and credible investigations and decisions."
 

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Re: Well it's official. We're having a spring Federal Election.
« Reply #92 on: March 07, 2012, 11:17:21 PM »
Time to remove this as a sticky?
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Well it's official. We're having a spring Federal Election.
« Reply #93 on: March 31, 2012, 01:32:55 AM »
NDP votes against flag freedom bill

By Brigitte Pellerin, QMI Agency ,March 29, 2012
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/2012/03/29/19566176.html

OTTAWA - One of the first acts of the NDP under newly elected leader Thomas Mulcair was to vote against a bill encouraging Canadians to "proudly display the National Flag of Canada."

The Conservatives and Liberals voted in favour of Bill C-288, the National Flag of Canada Act, sponsored by Tory MP John Carmichael and Heritage Minister James Moore.

A previous version, introduced last year, included fines and up to two years in jail for condo boards or housing authorities that try to prevent Canadians from flying the flag.

The new version contains no such penalties.

The NDP faced some criticism for not displaying enough Canadian flags during last weekend's leadership convention.

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Re: Well it's official. We're having a spring Federal Election.
« Reply #94 on: April 05, 2012, 05:59:28 PM »
MPs crowd the trough while preaching restraint on others

Kelly McParland , Apr 5, 2012 , National Post

http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/04/05/kelly-mcparland-mps-crowd-the-trough-while-preaching-restraint-on-others/

One of the great benefits of budgets to governments is the ability to bury the unpleasant under mounds of excess information.  So much news comes out of most budgets that it takes considerable time to digest it all properly. The public attention span, never great, has been dramatically whittled away by technology that turns minutes into hours. Most people can barely focus long enough to absorb the bullet points of a budget that could extend for hundreds of pages.

So people may have noted in passing that last week’s federal budget glossed lightly over the issue of MP pensions and compensation. But then it was on the other things, like the giant, fantastic disaster of the government’s jet procurement program, for instance. Tory MPs may not like the attention they’re getting over that mess, but can comfort themselves in knowing their retirement plans won’t be affected. And guess which issue they care about more.

Pensions have become a major issue across the country. While just about everyone hopes to ease into retirement at some point in life,  financing that dream has looked increasingly imperiled. The question of how to pay for their old age affects most of the population, except for politicians. Governments across the land have become increasingly vociferous in their alleged determination to cut costs by reining in the pay and benefits enjoyed by public servants, except themselves.

But federal Members of Parliament still get a free ride. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty shows no fear of a confrontations with union leaders or provincial counterparts. He recently re-opened his unseemly sparring match with Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, declaring, “I’m waiting for the Ontario government to grow up, quite frankly, this is a sad government, badly mismanaged now for almost nine years. The result is the rating agencies around the world are looking at the Ontario government and going, actually we don’t even trust your credit-worthiness.”

Upsetting his fellow MPs is evidently a more fearsome task, however. Mr. Flaherty told Global News in a post-budget interview that he’s still working on plans for MPs, and there will be changes in due course.

    “We have to have some more consultations, discussions about the age, but we’re moving the age for public servants up and the intention is to do the same for Members of Parliament. We have to you know be consistent if we ask that public service to go in a certain direction that we go in the same direction as well. The most important thing though is the contribution to the pension plan because that’s a lot of money and that will make a huge difference. So the public service will move toward a 50 percent contribution and we will too as Members of Parliament; that will be accomplished gradually, starting in 2013, but we will be there at 50 percent by 2016. That’s a lot of money.”

Spot the difference. The government was brave enough to raise the eligibility age for Old Age Security from 65 to 67 over an extended period. It had no trouble summoning the nerve to increase the retirement age for civil servants and reveal plans to make them pay more for their pensions. But when it comes to MPs, much more care and caution is required. There need to be “more consultations.” Concern has to be shown for MP expectations, and their ability to adjust.

    “Members of Parliament get elected on a certain basis with certain expectations and they have families and so on. The key is that the next group of parliamentarians who will get elected in 2016 or 2015, whenever it is, the next election that they will know what the rules are as they get elected and as they seek public office, this is only fair. But we’re not waiting until then. We’ll start the changes next year, 2013.”

Why all the delicacy? Why the wait? What makes the career expectations and family concerns of MPs so much more critical than those of every other Canadian? Mr. Flaherty’s pledge that he’ll get around to this stuff next year sometime — if other issues don’t intrude, presumably — is hardly reassuring. Delay is a tool politicians often deploy when they’re hoping to avoid action.  Mr. Flaherty notes that getting MPs  to pay 50% toward their own (rich, guaranteed) pensions (collectible at age 55 and after just six years in office) is “a lot of money.” He’s correct on that, as  many teachers will know, since they’re already contributing at that level. MPs make much more than teachers — $157,000 plus perks for MPs, versus about $90,000 for teachers in Ontario. If teachers can afford to pay at that level, what’s the big problem for MPs that they need five more years to get there?

One canard in this discussion has been the extra $100,000 added on a prime minister’s pension at age 65. The Liberals sought to make hay on this, not realizing it was their own revered Lester Pearson who introduced the provision, and the sainted Pierre Trudeau who lowered the qualifying age from 70 to 65. Pearson may have needed the money; Trudeau certainly didn’t, nor did later Liberal leaders John Turner or Jean Chretien, both of whom made a tidy pile while not in office, or shipping magnate Paul Martin.  Of all the longer-serving prime ministers dating back to John Diefenbaker, in fact, Stephen Harper is probably the least wealthy.  He lives on a salary; his prime ministerial pay may be the most he’s ever made. Considering the vast riches other leaders amass by leveraging their years in office — think Tony Blair, Bill Clinton — an extra $100,000 for Canadian prime ministers doesn’t seem out of line. And it’s sure odd that the Liberals only noticed it once their boss wasn’t the recipient, don’t you think?

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Re: Well it's official. We're having a spring Federal Election.
« Reply #95 on: April 05, 2012, 08:20:43 PM »
 ??? and you are surprised about it

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Re: Well it's official. We're having a spring Federal Election.
« Reply #96 on: April 05, 2012, 08:30:16 PM »
Not surprised at all.

It's just that if all my posts lean to the right, I might fall over.  :laugh:

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« Reply #97 on: April 07, 2012, 12:20:03 AM »
Stephen Harper has ridden the wave of Western ascendancy

Tasha Kheiriddin  April 6, 2012 ,National Post
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/04/04/tasha-kheiriddin-stephen-harper-has-ridden-the-wave-of-western-ascendancy/

Stephen Harper: Transformational Prime Minister.

Those are five words that no one would have thought to string together seven years ago. But his government’s latest budget, as well as his trip to Washington this week, reveal an agenda that could profoundly change the nature of this country — even if it’s not the “hidden agenda” that Canadians have been told to fear.

For years, the left has crowed about a Conservative plot to make Canada a bastion of social conservatism and small government. There are a few nuggets to support their claim. For example, this April the government will be allowing debate on a private member’s bill that could open the door to limits on abortion. But, even if they are introduced, such limits would be subject to a non-whipped vote in Parliament, with no guarantee of passage.

Instead, the real interest of the Prime Minister appears to lie less in transforming the country’s morality and finances, and more in shifting the geographical axis of power from central to Western Canada.

His latest budget bets heavily on resource extraction, namely oil and gas, as the economic engine of the country. Environmentalists, get out of the way: Make too much noise opposing the Northern Gateway pipeline, and Revenue Canada will pull your charitable licence.

Unemployed Canadians, move “where the jobs are” — i.e., the oilfields of Western Canada. Universities partner with the private sector to produce research with practical applications — like that done at the Centre for Oil Sands Innovation at the University of Alberta, whose founding sponsor is Imperial Oil.

This week in Washington, Mr. Harper went a step further: Playing the role of Canadian nationalist, but not in the peacekeeping, medicare-loving, politer-than-you-Americans stereotype we have come to expect from our prime ministers. Instead, he talked tough, essentially telling Barack Obama and the American public that if they want our oil, they better approve the northern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline, or we’ll sell it to the Chinese.

If things go Mr. Harper’s way, he will accomplish the ultimate aim of Preston Manning’s Reform party, and then some. Back in the 1980s and ‘90s, Reform’s battle cry was “the West wants in.” Shut out of decision making, with Ottawa favouring central Canada on everything from procurement to public service appointments, westerners rebelled, and formed a new party to make their voices heard. That party ultimately folded back into (some would say subsumed) the federal Tories, at just the time that demography and economics favoured the West’s ascendancy.

Indeed, Mr. Harper did not engineer this power shift; he is riding a wave that has been cresting for the past decade. As Ontario’s manufacturing sector erodes and Quebec loses demographic clout due to slower population growth, head offices have migrated to Calgary: According to Calgary Economic Development, in 2010, 114 called the city home, up from 78 in 2000.

The 2011 census revealed that Saskatchewan went from negative to positive population growth, up from -1.1% between 2001 and 2006, to 6.7% between 2006 and 2011.

Manitoba’s rate of population growth doubled since 2006. At the same time, Ontario’s rate of population growth was the slowest since the early ‘80s.

Despite these numbers, Mr. Harper is still taking a gamble. He needs three elements to make his plan work. First, the world price of oil needs to stay high. Second, Canadian environmentalists need to be kept at bay: While Ottawa can change approval processes, it cannot control the court system, which is likely where groups will head to stall development projects. Third, political polarization needs to continue, with the NDP attracting leftist support while the Liberals stay squeezed in the middle, siphoning off anti-Harper votes.

In this, Mr. Harper has an ally in new NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, who represents the party’s best chance of keeping its Quebec seats, as well as building a “New Labour”-type centre-left coalition.

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« Reply #98 on: April 12, 2012, 12:11:41 PM »
Ottawa phasing out federal cheques paid to Canadians by 2016


Receiver General issues more than 300 million payments a year. Roughly 77%  are already direct deposit.

By Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter ,QMI Agency , April 12, 2012
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/2012/04/11/19620376.html

OTTAWA - The cheque will no longer be in the mail.

The Conservative government is enhancing its paper-free initiative by phasing out federal cheques paid to Canadians by 2016 and using direct deposit instead.

The initiative begins immediately and will save taxpayers about $17.4 million annually by 2014 before it's fully implemented two years later.

"Increasing the use of direct deposit will contribute significant savings through the reduction in the use of paper and related cheque-printing and delivery costs," Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose said Wednesday.

The Receiver General issues more than 300 million payments a year. Roughly 77% of those are already direct deposit.

Each cheque the government issues costs 82 cents compared to 13 cents for a direct deposit.

Canadians who live in remote areas and do not have access to financial institutions will be excused from the new payment system.

All other citizens and businesses have four years to register for direct deposits, and can do so on the Receiver General website or from federal departments owing them money.

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« Reply #99 on: April 20, 2012, 09:56:50 PM »
Conservatives want unemployed to fill jobs going to temporary foreign workers: Jason Kenney

“If you don’t take available work, you don’t get EI ”

Sarah Boesveld,   April 20, 2012, National Post

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/04/18/conservatives-want-unemployed-to-fill-jobs-going-to-temporary-foreign-workers-jason-kenney/

Ottawa is preparing to crack down on employment-insurance recipients who are not seeking work in areas where employers are forced to bring in foreign workers to fill jobs.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Wednesday the government wants to reduce disincentives to work by creating a “greater connection” between the EI program and the temporary foreign worker program, which is under Mr. Kenney’s purview.

“What we will be doing is making people aware there’s hiring going on and reminding them that they have an obligation to apply for available work and to take it if they’re going to qualify for EI,” Mr. Kenney told the National Post editorial board on Wednesday. He was touting immigration reforms that will try to streamline the entry of immigrants and foreign workers, favouring entrepreneurs, innovators and those with high quality professional credentials.

The reforms would require unemployed Canadians to accept local jobs that are currently being filled by temporary foreign workers.

“Nova Scotia province-wide has 10% unemployment, but the only way Christmas tree operators can function in the Annapolis Valley is to bring in Mexicans through this agricultural worker program,” he said, also pointing to the increased number of Russians working in Prince Edward Island fish processing plants and Romanians working at the Ganong chocolate factory in New Brunswick.

“Even on the north shore of New Brunswick, which has the highest unemployment in the province, the MPs keep telling me the employers definitely need more temporary workers. What’s going on here?”

The government will consider more measures to ensure the Temporary Foreign Worker Program will continue to meet those labour needs by “better aligning” the program with labour demands, according to budget documents. At the same time, businesses will have to have made “all reasonable efforts” to recruit from the domestic labour force before they seek workers from abroad.

When an employer looks to the government for a labour market opinion, which is one step in getting approval to hire foreign temporary workers, Mr. Kenney said the government will soon point out the number of people on EI in that employer’s region and ensure the people collecting EI are aware of that job opportunity.

“If you don’t take available work, you don’t get EI,” he said. “That’s always been a legal principle of that program.”

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« Reply #100 on: June 05, 2012, 03:35:32 PM »



Telling it like it is. This also applies to Canada


http://sorisomail.com/email/238743/o-politico-que-representa-realmente-a-populacao.html




Absolutely brilliant piece of oratory by a relatively unknown Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Godfrey Bloom

He echoes the thoughts of many people entirely!!!

Don’t stop listening when he sits down – the best bit is at the end!!!




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« Reply #101 on: June 05, 2012, 07:55:09 PM »
Scoundrels!!  :laugh:

At least he was sober this time and not removed for offensive behaviour. ;)
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« Reply #102 on: July 29, 2012, 12:55:11 AM »
Time To Reform MP Pensions

http://taxpayer.com/issues/federal/fed-reform-mp-pensions



After just six years of service, MPs are eligible to receive one of the richest pensions in the country, and taxpayers are paying for it. Taxpayers contribute $24.36 for every $1 contributed by an MP into an MP’s pension account.

How is that possible?

Unlike normal pension plans, the MP pension fund is not actually invested into the market. By cabinet order, the fund is simply credited with 10.4% annual interest, courtesy of taxpayers. So generous is the MP Pension Plan that it is not even legal under the Income Tax Act which mandates that no registered pension plan can exceed an accrual rate of 2% of salary for each year worked. (MPs have rigged up two funds to get around the law).

In 2010-2011, all sitting MPs and Senators contributed a combined $4.5 million towards their pension fund. Between official contributions and ‘interest’ payments, taxpayers put in $110.7 million.

This needs to change.

The vast majority of Canadians working in the private sector have no employer pension plan. Those who do, normally have defined-contribution, RRSP-type plans, which might match workers' contributions –$1 for $1. Most Canadians have to save for their retirement the old-fashion way.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has launched a national advertising campaign to ensure Canadians are aware of the $1 to $24 ratio and just how outrageous these pension plans truly are.

The CTF supports a pension and severance package for our outgoing Members of Parliament, but one that meets taxpayer expectation and falls within private sector norms. We feel taxpayers should match MP pension contributions $1 for $1. Further, those elected officials who are convicted of crimes should have the taxpayer-funded portion of their pension revoked.

With the government planning on tinkering with the MP pension plan this fall, taxpayers must take action now to ensure those reforms are significant and not just putting lipstick on this pig.

Want more information:

Read the January 2012 CTF report to see how much your MP is in line to collect: Click here to see the calculations.

Sounds too crazy to be true? Read the 2010-11 report on the MP pension plan and double check our math: Report on the Administration of the Members of Parliament Retiring Allowances Act for the Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2011

Check out how much MPs defeated and retired after the 2011 federal election are currently collecting: Click here

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« Reply #103 on: January 06, 2013, 05:22:43 PM »
Foreign Aid and Our Money

2013 01 06  , From the CBC

http://www.cbc.ca/news/interactives/canada-foreign-aid/


Canada's foreign aid spending by country

Map: Nearly 150 countries received some kind of financial assistance in 2009-'10

CBC News Last Updated: April 3, 2012
The federal government allocated more than $5 billion for foreign aid in the 2009-'10 fiscal year. And nearly 150 countries received some sort of assistance, according to figures from the Canadian International Development Agency. Select a country on the map below to see how much aid it received from Canada.

Just a few of those countries.

Some qualify as "Scum of the Earth" ,yet we give them money.



Pakistan

 Total assistance: $129,737,061


Afghanistan

Total assistance: $316,723,017

Afghan combat mission close-out costs Canada nearly $1B
FEBRUARY 2002 - DECEMBER 15, 2011



Sudan

Total assistance: $127,475,967


Iran

Total assistance: $4,382,215


Egypt

Total assistance: $19,530,580


Syria

Total assistance: $2,848,436


Jordan

Total assistance: $10,494,406


Lebanon

Total assistance: $10,104,392


Vietnam

Total assistance: $89,497,012


Bangladesh

Total assistance: $120,642,458


Chad

Total assistance: $21,371,767


Ghana

Total assistance: $139,393,816



Libya

Total assistance: $337,581


South Africa

Total assistance: $20,808,851


Zimbabwe

Total assistance: $22,428,348

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« Reply #104 on: January 07, 2013, 11:07:00 AM »
Did they leave any left for Canada.

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« Reply #105 on: February 26, 2013, 07:16:24 PM »
Did they leave any left for Canada.

Are you kidding me?  Why do you think we are in the economic trouble we are? Just funnin.....

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« Reply #106 on: May 21, 2013, 09:08:18 PM »
Senate scandal?

Whether it is Mike Duffy claiming expenses while campaigning, Patrick Brazeau refusing to repay the money the auditors say he owes taxpayers, or Liberal Senator Mac Harb leaving his caucus, it seems every day there is a new twist in the Senate expense scandal.

Sure, forcing the bad apples to resign might seem like the quick fix, but the issue is systemic. And yes, abolishing the Senate would solve half the problem, but it’s not going to happen. It’s time for a real fix so that we’re not dealing with another expense scandal in a couple of years.

Politicians’ expenses shouldn’t just be reviewed once every decade by an auditor; all MPs and Senators should have their expenses (including receipts) online for all Canadians to see. Those politicians convicted of stealing from taxpayers (or other crimes related to their office) should lose their pensions. Parliament shouldn’t be exempt from the Access to Information Act. And we should have recall provisions for both MPs and Senators.

Before Ottawa politicians can shut down Parliament and escape for the summer, it’s time to get some real accountability.

Call or email your local MP and tell them to introduce a new Accountability Act to abolish Parliament corruption.  You can find contact info for your MP here:  http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Compilations/HouseOfCommons/MemberByPostalCode.aspx?Menu=HOC
Sign the CTF’s petition demanding Parliament put politicians expenses online:  https://www.taxpayer.com/resource-centre/petitions/petition?tpContentId=31
If these Senators were required to post their expense receipts online, they would have been caught years ago.

Thanks for all you do.

- Gregory, Shannon, Scott and the rest of the CTF team.

P.S.: We're currently buying Facebook ads to make sure our petition gets an even further reach.

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« Reply #107 on: May 30, 2013, 09:34:39 PM »
Harper Government Positioning Canada as a World Leader in the Defence and Security Sector

Ottawa, May 30, 2013—The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, today addressed attendees of CANSEC 2013, the largest Canadian defence technology showcase. His remarks underlined the Harper Government's initiatives to help build Canada's competitive advantages as a leading player in the global defence and security industry.

"The Canadian defence and securities sector is a leader in innovation, research and development," said Minister Paradis. "Our government is providing this sector with the tools it needs to bring its competitive products to market and to help create high-quality jobs for Canadians."

During his speech, Minister Paradis discussed the Harper Government's sound economic framework that is contributing to an innovative and competitive manufacturing sector.

"Our government's top priority is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. We are paying down debt, lowering taxes, reducing red tape for our businesses, expanding trade and promoting skills training," he said.

Measures enabling the sector to grow, compete and continue contributing to Canada's economic growth include the following:

Tax relief for new manufacturing machinery and equipment by extending the accelerated capital cost allowance for two years, increasing support for manufacturers by almost $1.4 billion.
Improved support for Canada's aerospace industry by investing almost $1 billion in the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative to ensure it continues to meet the needs of the industry.
Support for large-scale technology projects exhibiting strong commercial potential and promotion of cross-industry collaboration by creating a Technology Demonstration Program with an investment of $110 million over four years, beginning in 2014–15, and $55 million each year thereafter.
Help for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) by providing incentives for contractors to meet their Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy responsibilities by partnering with innovative Canadian SMEs, building enduring business relationships and fostering high-quality opportunities that will last years beyond the initial commitment.
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, and the Honourable Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Associate Minister of National Defence, also participated in the event.

Organized by the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries, a not-for-profit association that represents nearly 950 Canadian defence and security companies, CANSEC is an annual two-day event featuring exhibits by Canada's leading defence and security companies.

For further information (media only), please contact:

Margaux Stastny
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Office of the Honourable Christian Paradis
Minister of Industry
613-995-9001

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613-943-2502


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« Reply #108 on: May 30, 2013, 09:36:45 PM »
Making Canada's asylum system faster and fairer: additional Designated Countries of Origin announced

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-eng.do?mthd=tp&crtr.page=2&nid=745909&crtr.tp1D=1

Ottawa, May 30, 2013 — The Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, announced today that the list of Designated Countries of Origin (DCOs) is expanding to include Chile and South Korea. 

With these designations, effective May 31, 2013, 37 countries now appear on the designated countries list.

As part of the improvements to Canada’s new asylum system that came into effect on December 15, 2012, the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act included the authority to designate countries of origin. DCOs are democratic countries that offer state protection, have active human rights and civil society organizations, and do not normally produce refugees.

“Canada’s new asylum system is providing protection to genuine refugees more quickly, while removing unfounded claimants from the country faster,” said Minister Kenney. “The ability to designate countries is a key part of the new system, which has proven to be successful as claims from designated countries of origin have decreased by 91 percent when compared to the same time period over the last six years.”

Under the new asylum system, all eligible claimants from designated countries continue to receive a full and fair hearing on the individual merits of their claims at the independent, quasi-judicial Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) within 30-45 days. Claimants from non-designated countries receive a hearing within 60 days. Failed claimants from designated countries may still appeal to the Federal Court to review a negative decision; however, they do not have access to the newly-created Refugee Appeal Division at the IRB.

To be considered for designation, a country must meet objective criteria related to the number of finalized asylum claims that Canada receives from that country. For countries with 30 or more claims in any consecutive 12-month period during the three years preceding designation, quantitative criteria are used. At least 60 percent of claimants from the country must have withdrawn and abandoned their own claims, or at least 75 percent of claims from a country must have been withdrawn, abandoned or rejected by the IRB.

In the case of countries with low numbers of asylum claims (namely, no consecutive 12-month period with 30 or more finalized claims during the three years prior to designation), objective qualitative criteria are used, including the existence of an independent judicial system, recognition of basic democratic rights and freedoms, and the existence of civil society organizations. A country must meet these criteria to be considered for designation.

Many developed democracies use a similar authority to accelerate asylum procedures for the nationals of countries not normally known to produce refugees. These states include the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Belgium and Finland, among others. Most EU states also have accelerated procedures for the nationals of other member states.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, has recognized that “there are indeed Safe Countries of Origin and there are indeed countries in which there is a presumption that refugee claims will probably be not as strong as in other countries.”  He has also recognized the legitimacy of providing expedited processing for asylum claimants from those generally safe countries.

The Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act is expected to save provinces and territories at least $2 billion over five years in social assistance and education costs.

For more information on DCOs, please visit the following:

Making Canada’s Asylum System Faster and Fairer
Overview of Canada’s Refugee Programs
Designated Countries of Origin
Summary of Changes to Canada’s Asylum System
Processing of Asylum Claims

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Harper government  makes changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)

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The Harper government has made changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to ensure Canadians are given the first chance at available jobs:

Employers will have to pay a $275 processing fee for each temporary foreign worker application

Employers will have to make greater efforts to hire Canadians before they can apply to the TFWP

English and French will be the only languages that can be identified as a job requirement for employers intending to hire temporary foreign workers

We've changed applications to ensure the program is not used to outsource Canadian jobs

These improvements help ensure the TFWP is only used as intended — to fill acute skills shortages on a temporary basis.

The Harper government’s number one priority remains jobs, growth, and long term prosperity – for all Canadians.

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« Reply #110 on: February 13, 2014, 05:09:52 PM »
PM Stephen Harper announces details of historic 10-year infrastructure plan

2014 02 13 , Gormley, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today released important details on the New Building Canada Plan, including support that will ensure small communities have stable, long-term and unprecedented access to funding for vital infrastructure projects. He was accompanied by Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and Paul Calandra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and for Intergovernmental Affairs.

Details released today relate to key elements of the New Building Canada Fund, including dedicated funding for small communities, Provincial-Territorial allocations, project categories eligible for support, cost-sharing thresholds, and public-private partnership (P3) screening requirements.

The new Plan details announced today will provide municipalities, provinces and territories with the information they need to plan public infrastructure projects in their jurisdictions. 

The New Building Canada Plan, which will provide significant funding in support for infrastructure in Canada over the next ten years, is expected to launch in spring 2014. The new Plan will support projects that focus on economic growth, job creation and productivity, including building roads, bridges, subways, commuter rail and other public infrastructure that ensures the prosperity of all Canadians.

The program details are the result of the feedback received from provinces, territories and infrastructure partners over the course of 2012 and 2013. Our Government continues to work with partners and stakeholders on outstanding program details, leading to a full New Building Canada Plan launch in the spring.

Our Government is ensuring that taxpayers’ dollars go further under the New Building Canada Plan by cost-sharing infrastructure projects with provinces, territories, municipalities and private partners.

Through the original Building Canada Plan, infrastructure stimulus measures and other infrastructure initiatives, the federal government has supported over 43,000 projects in Canada.  Launched in 2007, the original Building Canada plan provided billions in stable, flexible and predictable funding for infrastructure across the country over seven years. The New Plan will build on the success of the original plan.

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“World-class infrastructure is the backbone of our country’s economic productivity. It helps to get goods to the market place more efficiently, and connects Canadians and our businesses to the world, generating jobs and growth. It also has the added benefit of reducing commuting times so families can spend more time together.”

– Prime Minister Stephen Harper

“Our Government’s commitment to small communities has never been stronger. Under the New Building Canada Plan, we are providing predictable, stable support so that municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents can build the projects that matter most to them.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

“Our Government understands the vital importance of infrastructure and is proud to be implementing the largest long-term infrastructure plan in Canadian history. Since 2006 we have nearly doubled the average annual funding for provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure. This new stable, long-term support will provide flexibility so that provinces, territories and municipalities of all sizes from coast to coast to coast have the resources needed to complete priority projects in their region.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

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« Reply #111 on: February 20, 2014, 08:15:56 PM »
Prime Minister Stephen Harper congratulates Canadian women's hockey and curling teams on Olympic gold medals

February 20, 2014
Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement congratulating the Canadian women’s hockey and curling teams, whose exceptional performances were rewarded with gold medals at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi:

“I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to our women’s Olympic hockey team, who today earned their fourth consecutive gold medal after a thrilling victory in the championship game at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Canadians from coast to coast to coast are extremely proud of today’s performance by this outstanding group of women who dug deep to come back from a two goal deficit, showing their grit and spirit to the world. They have once again made our country proud and we share in this outstanding victory.

“I would also like to extend my congratulations to head coach Kevin Dineen, assistant coaches Danielle Goyette and Lisa Haley, as well as the other coaches, trainers, staff and volunteers at Hockey Canada who have worked tirelessly to bring this team together.”

This is the fifth consecutive medal for Canada in women’s Olympic ice hockey, having previously won silver in Nagano and gold in Salt Lake City, Turin and Vancouver. Canada has won a medal in this event at every Olympic Winter Games since women’s hockey was introduced as an Olympic sport in 1998.

“My sincere congratulations also go out to our Canadian women’s curling team. Their outstanding skills, perseverance and determination earned our country another well-deserved gold medal. After going undefeated at these Olympic Games, our women's curling team has proven that they are indeed the very best. Their stellar achievement is a source of great pride and an inspiration to us all.”

The members of the women’s curling team are: Skip Jennifer Jones, Second Jill Officer, Third Kaitlyn Lawes, Lead Dawn McEwen and Fifth Kirsten Wall.

Jennifer Jones came to national prominence at the 2005 Scott Tournament of Hearts when she won her first Canadian title. Jill Officer has been playing with Ms. Jones since they were junior competitors. In 2007, Dawn McEwen joined the team as lead. Together, this trio won the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The major milestone was winning the world title in 2008. The team finished fourth at the world championships in 2009 before capturing bronze in 2010. In August 2010, Kaitlyn Lawes, a two-time Canadian junior champion skip, joined the team at third. The foursome was runners-up at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in 2011 and 2013, and finished third in 2012. Kirsten Wall served as the fifth on the team in Sochi.

For more information on individual members of the Canadian women’s hockey and curling teams, please visit http://olympic.ca/athletes/.

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The 2014 Olympic Winter Games are being held from February 7 to 23 in Sochi, Russia.
Canada is represented by more than 221 athletes competing in 15 winter sport disciplines.
More than 2,800 athletes, coaches, and team officials from more than 80 countries are participating in these Olympic Games.

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« Reply #112 on: February 21, 2014, 08:20:15 AM »
 :o and then  put more money in his pocket

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« Reply #113 on: February 23, 2014, 12:06:40 PM »
Prime Minister Stephen Harper congratulates Canadian Men’s Hockey Team on Olympic gold medal

February 23, 2014 ,Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement congratulating the Canadian Men’s Hockey Team, whose exceptional performance was rewarded with a gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games:

“On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to our men’s Olympic hockey team on achieving the gold medal at the Sochi Winter Games. Today’s exciting victory by this exceptional group of players has demonstrated once again that hockey truly is Canada’s game. The passion and dedication shown by our team throughout this gruelling competition have inspired Canadians from coast to coast to coast, and have made us all extremely proud.

“I would also like to extend my congratulations to head coach Mike Babcock, assistant coaches Ken Hitchcock, Claude Julien and Lindy Ruff, as well as General Manager Steve Yzerman and his management team. This gold medal would not have been possible without the hard work of all the coaches, trainers, staff and volunteers at Hockey Canada who have brought this team together.”

This is the second consecutive gold medal and the 15th overall medal for Canada in men’s Olympic ice hockey. This is also the 9th gold medal for Canada in men’s ice hockey – more than any other nation in Olympic history.

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« Reply #114 on: February 23, 2014, 02:22:23 PM »
bUT BEING A 2 FACES HYPOCRITE  HE NEVER ATTENDED THE GAMES  NOR DID ANY OTHER POLITICIANS  ...SHAME ON THEM  FOR NOT REPRESENTING US  ....

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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada following the closing of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games

February 24, 2014 ,Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement congratulating the Canadian Winter Olympic Team on their stellar performance at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia:

“Our Winter Olympic team went to Sochi to proudly represent their country and perform to the best of their ability. They certainly succeeded in spectacular fashion, earning 10 gold medals, 10 silver medals and 5 bronze medals. The whole country watched breathlessly as they went faster, higher, stronger over ice and snow, often defying gravity and defining precision with true Canadian spirit and pride.

“They provided us with terrific moments in sport that inspired fervent national pride and demonstrated again and again that Canadians can compete with the very best on the world stage and succeed brilliantly.

“The country will not soon forget sisters Justine and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe standing on the podium together with gold and silver in the women’s freestyle skiing moguls’ competition, our women’s curling team going undefeated the entire Sochi Winter Games, Alex Bilodeau, Charles Hamelin, Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse repeating gold medal performances in their respective sports four years after their successes at the Vancouver 2010 Games, Canadian athletes earning medals in newly introduced winter Olympic sports like Dara Howell and Kim Lamarre in women’s skiing slopestyle, Jan Hudec’s bronze medal in alpine skiing men’s Super-G, Canada's first podium finish in men's Olympic alpine skiing in 20 years, and the ice poetry of silver medal skaters Patrick Chan, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to name a few. Of course, we will all remember the spectacular win by our Women’s Hockey Team coming back from a two goal deficit to win the gold medal. The victory in men's hockey was also richly deserved.

“These special moments and many others will no doubt inspire young people across the country to follow their sporting dreams.

“In addition to the Team’s remarkable performance, our athletes also showed great sportsmanship and camaraderie, capturing the true spirit and meaning of the Games. Who will forget Gilmore Junio stepping aside so that Denny Morrison could compete in men’s 1000m speed skating where he earned a silver medal, and the emotional honouring of the late Sarah Burke, a gifted athlete and trailblazer in freestyle skiing who championed the halfpipe being introduced as an Olympic sport this year in Sochi, Russia.

“I would like to pay special tribute to the Olympic Team coaches and support staff as well as supportive family members who were all an essential part of this year’s success.

“I would also like to thank the countless sports clubs, associations, teams and volunteers here at home who have created a network in Canada that yields so many world-class athletes. Our Government will continue to support your important work.

“Finally, I would also like to thank Russia, especially the people of Sochi, for hosting these Games. I look forward to the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, which will undoubtedly add to our impressive Sochi medal tally.”

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« Reply #116 on: February 24, 2014, 05:24:06 PM »
 >:( but you HARPER  and your associates  were too chicken to go  ....

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PM Stephen Harper  to send Canadian delegation to Ukraine

February 25, 2014 ,Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that Canada will be sending a delegation to Ukraine on February 28, 2014.

The Canadian delegation, which will include parliamentarians, community leaders and government officials – led by John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs – will meet with members of the anticipated Ukrainian transitional government and civil society.

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On December 11, 2013, Prime Minister Harper issued a statement condemning Ukrainian authorities’ use of riot police against peaceful protests in Kyiv’s Maidan Square and urging the government to respect and protect the rights of its citizens.
On February 14 and 18, 2014, Minister Baird announced Canadian assistance to provide medical care and supplies for Ukrainian activists.
On February 15, Minister Baird welcomed the release of detained opposition, and on February 18, he called on all sides to show restraint and to cease all acts of violence immediately.
On February 20, 2014, Prime Minister Harper announced that Canada had imposed an expanded travel ban preventing senior members of the Ukrainian Government and other individuals, who bear political responsibility for the violence, from travelling to Canada.
On February 21, 2014, Minister Baird welcomed the agreement between the Ukrainian Government and opposition leaders, including the Maidan council, to bring an end to months of repression and violence and hold early presidential elections.
On February 22, 2014, Minister Baird issued a statement welcoming political change in Ukraine, including an agreement to cease violence, institute constitutional change, provide full amnesty for protesters, and move towards a coalition government and early elections. He also welcomed the release of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
On February 24, 2014, Minister Baird issued a statement welcoming the confirmation of Oleksander Turchinov as Ukraine’s acting President.
The Government of Canada continues to stand with the Ukrainian people in their fight for a free and democratic country.
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“Canada fully supports the Ukrainian people as they move towards elections to establish a peaceful government that respects their democratic rights. Canada is pleased to be sending a delegation to Kyiv to help support this historic transition which comes at a critical time in Ukraine’s evolution. It is a testament to the warm and enduring relations that both countries enjoy.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on developments in Ukraine

Canada to Provide Support for Medical Care for Ukrainian Activists

Canada to Provide More Medical Supplies to Ukrainians

Canada Welcomes Release of Protesters in Ukraine

Canada Appalled by Renewed Violence in Ukraine

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces additional sanctions against Yanukovych regime

Canada Welcomes Agreement in Ukraine

Canada Welcomes Political Change Taking Place in Ukraine

Canada Welcomes Presidential Transition in Ukraine

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Canada Welcomes Presidential Transition in Ukraine

February 25, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement welcoming the confirmation of Oleksander Turchinov as Ukraine’s acting president:

“The Ukrainian parliament acted legitimately in naming Speaker Turchinov as acting president pending the May 25 elections, and Canada welcomes his interim appointment during this important transition period.

“The next critical juncture will be the Ukrainian parliament’s vote to establish a new government under the leadership of a new prime minister, in accordance with the constitution passed on February 22.

“Canada supports the Ukrainian people, the constitutional process and the Ukrainian people’s legitimate leaders as they work to re-establish freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Together with our allies, we will continue to monitor the situation closely at this pivotal time in the country’s history.”

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Canadian Chair Year of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Ends: Holocaust Awareness and the Fight Against Anti-Semitism Continue

Ottawa, February 25, 2014 — The Canadian Chair Year of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) officially concluded today at a handover ceremony in Berlin. Dr. Mario Silva, Canadian Chair, formally passed the Chairmanship to the United Kingdom (UK) and Sir Andrew Burns, the UK's Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust issues.

Canada assumed the Chair of the IHRA in March 2013 and committed to an ambitious campaign to raise Holocaust awareness and fight anti-Semitism both in Canada and internationally. Throughout the past year, Canada maintained its status as a world leader in promoting Holocaust education, remembrance and research with key accomplishments highlighted in an inaugural annual report that includes:

achieving international consensus on a working definition of Holocaust denial and distortion;
hosting two international working meetings bringing together experts and policy makers;
funding the digitization of Holocaust survivor testimony; and
organizing numerous Holocaust remembrance, research and education events as well as initiatives such as:
supporting teachers through International Holocaust Remembrance Day virtual classrooms in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada;
assisting researchers with a Guide to Holocaust-related Holdings at Library and Archives Canada; and
funding for research to identify the origin of Holocaust-era artworks, through Canadian Heritage.
Canada will continue to work closely with the IHRA as an active member country. Jason Kenney, Minister for Multiculturalism, has named Dr. Andrew Bennett, Canada's Ambassador for Religious Freedom, as Canada's new Head of Delegation to the IHRA where he will continue to promote Holocaust awareness and further the global fight against anti-Semitism.

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Canada has been profoundly shaped by approximately 40,000 Holocaust survivors, who resettled across the country after World War II.
In 2011, Canada was the first country to sign the Ottawa Protocol on Combating Anti Semitism, an international action plan to help nations measure their progress in the fight against anti-Semitism.
Canada joined the IHRA in 2009 and was named Chair in March 2013. 
The IHRA is a consensus-based intergovernmental body of government officials and experts from 31 countries. Its mandate is to foster and promote Holocaust education, remembrance and research around the world.
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“The IHRA brings political and social leaders together from around the world to help prevent future human rights abuses through Holocaust education, remembrance and research. I am proud of Canada's leadership on the world stage in the fight against anti-Semitism and I was honoured to have served as the Canadian Chair over this past year.”
Dr. Mario Silva, Canadian Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

“The Government of Canada is committed to supporting Holocaust remembrance and education across the country and internationally. Canada's goals going into our chair year were ambitious, and I'm proud of the significant progress we have made. The Holocaust stands alone in the annals of human evil and the work of organizations such as the IHRA is critical to ensuring that future generations learn the important lessons of this tragedy.”
Jason Kenney, Minister for Multiculturalism