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LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/23/2006 9:15 am

Well it's election day here ... will start with the polls as of thin morning .... will be intersting day ...and night!

Will be following how country goes during and after this election ...please comment,.... "provided it is facts, or reasoned opinions based on facts" ..... so that it remains an intelligent and informative discussion. stuff like " they are paid for bi us conservatives" .... or "those ndpers are commies" wont fly here.


LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/23/2006 9:17 am

Polls as of Election Day Morning
jan 23

Monday night will be a big night for political junkies, pollster Tim Woolstencroft of The Strategic Counsel told on Sunday: "Oh yeah. We're going to be up until two o'clock in the morning!"

On the eve of voting day on Monday, The Strategic Counsel poll for CTV and The Globe and Mail gives the Conservatives a 10-point lead over the Liberals (percentage-point change from the Jan. 18, 19-21 poll in brackets):

Conservatives: 37 per cent (same)
Liberals: 27 per cent (same)
NDP: 19 per cent (+1)
Bloc Quebecois: 11 per cent (same)
Greens: 6 per cent (same)
The Conservatives have maintained their national lead for the last few days. And when you compare their support to their 2004 federal election vote share, it shows how they've turned things around. The Tories are running seven points ahead of the 30 per cent they captured in 2004. The Liberals are 10 points behind the 37 per cent support they had in 2004. The NDP are also poised for gains, with three percentage points more support now than they captured in 2004.

However, the Tories might still be left short of a majority government. Some interesting regional battles will make the size of the minority difficult to predict.

One those interesting regions is Quebec, with 75 seats at stake. The Tories started a surge in the post-holiday phase of the campaign. Although polling shows they have sagged in the past week, they are showing more strength than any time in the past decade. How this support translates into seats remains to be seen on Monday night (percentage-point change from the Jan. 14-16 poll in brackets):

LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/23/2006 9:22 am

Bloc leader promises 'constructive opposition'

Updated Sun. Jan. 22 2006 10:00 PM ET

Canadian Press
(Some Encouragement for the Future)..Lil

LAVAL, Que. – Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe wound down his election campaign Sunday by promising "constructive opposition" to whoever forms the next federal government.

Although Duceppe targeted the front-running Conservatives in the latter half of the campaign, warning Quebecers that Stephen Harper would run the government from and for Calgary, the Bloc leader left the door open to working with the Tory leader.

With a very real prospect of another minority government, Duceppe said the Bloc will support legislation that serves Quebec well and will oppose any that doesn't.

"I haven't been afraid to work closely with Stephen Harper and Jack Layton to see to it that Quebec's goals are achieved in the House of Commons," Duceppe said.

The Bloc will continue to fight for the province regardless of who is in power, Duceppe said at a campaign appearance in Laval, north of Montreal.

To that end, he said his party won't behave any differently in the Commons than it did during the Liberal reign.

Polls have suggested a rise in Conservative support in Quebec although the Bloc continues to lead and is still widely expected to win a majority of the province's 75 seats.

LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/23/2006 9:45 am

In The Strategic Counsel's last poll,

A Breakdown bi Areas... We'll see how it all actually shakes out tonight...lil

the Conservatives go into Monday's vote with a 37-27 lead. But don't worry, political junkies: There will be lots of good battles on Monday, so plan to stay up late.

Here's the story. Here are some excerpts:

On the eve of voting day on Monday, The Strategic Counsel poll for CTV and The Globe and Mail gives the Conservatives a 10-point lead over the Liberals (percentage-point change from the Jan. 18, 19-21 poll in brackets):

Conservatives: 37 per cent (same)
Liberals: 27 per cent (same)
NDP: 19 per cent (+1)
Bloc Quebecois: 11 per cent (same)
Greens: 6 per cent (same)
Quebec (has) 75 seats at stake. The Tories started a surge in the post-holiday phase of the campaign. Although polling shows they have sagged in the past week, they are showing more strength than any time in the past decade. How this support translates into seats remains to be seen on Monday night (percentage-point change from the Jan. 14-16 poll in brackets):

Bloc Quebecois: 48 per cent (+1)
Conservatives: 25 per cent (-6)
Liberals: 14 per cent (+2)
NDP: 7 per cent (same)
Greens: 6 per cent (+3) ...
Ontario, with 106 seats, has been a major source of Liberal strength for the past 12 years. But that support has wavered in this campaign (percentage-point change from the Jan. 17-18 poll in brackets):

Conservatives: 37 per cent (+4)
Liberals: 36 per cent (-4)
NDP: 22 per cent (+2)
Greens: 6 per cent (-1)
"Ontario's complex. There's a lot going on here," Woolstencroft said.

On the Prairies, with 56 seats, Woolstencroft said it's possible the Liberals might lose all the seats they have (percentage-point change from the Jan. 14-16 poll in brackets):

Conservatives: 62 per cent (+1)
NDP: 15 per cent (-2)
Liberals: 18 per cent (+1)
Greens: 6 per cent (+1) ...
B.C., with 36 seats, has become a three-way fight again (percentage-point change from the Jan. 14-16 poll in brackets):

Conservatives: 32 per cent (-12)
NDP: 32 per cent (+6)
Liberals: 31 per cent (+5)
Greens: 6 per cent (+2) ...
Things have also tightened up in Atlantic Canada, where 32 seats are up for grabs (percentage-point change from the Jan. 7-12 poll in brackets):

Conservatives: 36 per cent (-3)
Liberals: 34 per cent (-1)
NDP: 24 per cent (+5)
Greens: 5 per cent (+1)
In speaking with Tim Woolstencroft of The Strategic Counsel, he thought part of the story can be seen in the falling numbers of Canadians who thought a Tory majority was a good idea, particularly in B.C. and Ontario.

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper said some provocative things which may have given more credence to Liberal attack ads, and the Bloc really started going after the Conservatives in Quebec.

The party that looks like it has momentum going into Monday's vote is the NDP. Jack Layton's strategy of targeting disaffected Liberals may well bring his party some seats.

LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/23/2006 11:10 am

Ford cutting up to 30,000 North American jobs

Updated Mon. Jan. 23 2006 11:33 AM ET News Staff

Ford Motor Co. announced Monday that it will cut between 25,000 and 30,000 jobs and close 14 of its North American facilities by 2012 in an attempt to reverse massive a massive lost last year.

Those cuts represent about a quarter of Ford's North American workforce of 122,000 people. There are 87,000 hourly workers and 35,000 salaried workers in the region.

In Canada, the St. Thomas, Ont., assembly plant will be reduced to one shift, from two, in 2007. That could mean the elimination of half of its jobs.

There are 2,300 employees at the St. Thomas plant, which builds big rear-wheel-drive sedans, such as the Grand Marquis and Crown Victoria vehicles, which haven't been selling well.

Facilities slated for closure through 2008 include the St. Louis assembly plant, the Atlanta assembly plant, the Wixom assembly plant, the Batavia transmission plant.

The Windsor, Ont., casting plant is among the facilities to be idled -- as previously announced following negotiations with the Canadian Auto Workers.

The closure will cut 500 jobs directly, while company restructuring in Windsor could push the number of job losses up to 1,100.

LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/23/2006 11:12 am

Bomb explodes near Cdn. convoy in Afghanistan Updated Mon. Jan. 23 2006 10:04 AM ET News Staff

A bomb exploded near a Canadian military convoy in Afghanistan Monday, but no soldiers were injured, a Canadian military officer said.

Capt. Francois Giroux said the explosion occurred while about a dozen soldiers were on a routine patrol in Kandahar.

"I can confirm that a device did explode near Canadian soldiers, and as far as I know there was only one incident," Capt. Giroux told the Canadian Press.

"There was a bit of dust on the hood of one vehicle."

None of the vehicles in the patrol were damaged by the blast.

The attack came eight days after Canadian diplomat Glyn Berry was killed and three Canadian soldiers were severely injured in a suicide bombing near Kandahar.

All three soldiers are being treated at a military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany.

Two of the injured soldiers -- Pte. William Salikin and Master Cpl. Paul Franklin -- are set to return to Canada Tuesday.

However, the health of the third injured soldier, Cpl. Jeffrey Bailey, deteriorated over the weekend.

Bailey remains in a medically induced coma after suffering massive head injuries in the attack.

"He's a challenge. He remains critically ill," air force doctor Maj. Nick Withers told reporters Sunday.

Bailey is also battling a fever and infection, which is believed to be related to the tubes and lines plugged into his system.

Suicide attacks

Twenty suicide attacks have rocked Afghanistan since late September, compared with just four in the first nine months of 2005, according to figures compiled by the Associated Press, signalling a tactical shift by Taliban and al Qaeda militants.

There are currently about 685 members of the Canadian Forces working in Afghanistan, and about 450 are stationned at the Kandahar base.

Canada plans to increase its military presence in Kandahar to 2,000 next month and commanders have warned to expect more casualties.

LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/23/2006 11:14 am

Canadians foil apparent Afghan bomb attack

Updated Fri. Jan. 20 2006 7:32 AM ET News Staff

Canadian Forces in Afghanistan have foiled what could have been a horrific suicide attack, CTV News has learned.

CTV's Matt McClure, reporting from Kandahar, said a car packed with artillery shells and explosives was discovered Thursday about three kilometres from the Canadian base.

"It's not clear when or where it was going to be used, but suspicion is that it would have been used to target the coalition forces, including Canadians," said McClure.

The car contained a dozen artillery shells and about 120 kilograms of explosives -- enough to kill anyone within 75 metres of where it blew up.

There has been no indication who might be behind the explosives-laden vehicle, said McClure.

The apparent discovery of the massive explosive device comes just days after a suicide car bombing killed Canadian diplomat Glyn Berry, 59. The explosives found Thursday were far more powerful than those used in the bombing that claimed the life of Berry, said McClure.

Three Canadian soldiers were injured in that blast. They are receiving treatment at a U.S. military hospital in Germany, and could be back in Canada by next week.

Two of the men -- Cpl. Jeffrey Bailey and Pte. William Salikin -- are in serious condition. Master Cpl. Paul Franklin is in the best shape of the three, although he lost his lower left leg in Sunday's attack.

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has called for an investigation into the bombing. He wants to know where the militants are coming from, and where they are getting their resources.

McClure said some suspect that the attacks are being carried out by Pakistani insurgents who have crossed into Afghanistan to create trouble for NATO forces.

One Canadian army officer said suicide bombers are difficult to deal with.

"If a guy wants to blow himself up it's very hard to stop him from blowing himself up, but the more they blow themselves up the less we have to worry about them," Sgt Maj. Billy Bolen told McClure.

Violence in Afghanistan is at its highest level since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.

At the end of the month, Britain will co-host an international meeting to deal with the upsurge in violence, and speed up reconstruction in Afghanistan, according to The Guardian newspaper.

The meeting will be chaired by Karzai, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to attend, the newspaper reported.

LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/23/2006 11:19 am

Mad cow confirmed again in Alberta: CFIA
Updated Mon. Jan. 23 2006 1:11 PM ET News Staff

A six-year-old cow in Alberta has tested positive for mad cow disease, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed Monday.

No parts of the animal were processed for the human food system, CFIA chief veterinary officer Dr. Brian Evans told a news conference in Alberta.

"This animal was detected on the farm where it was born and no part of this animal entered the food for human consumption or feed for animal consumption purposes systems," Evans said.

The new case comes a day after federal agriculture inspectors sent what was termed a "suspicious sample" to a Winnipeg lab for further testing.

Describing the test results as "unwelcome but not unexpected," Evans insisted the Canadian food supply was "safe."

"The entire carcass has been contained by the CFIA," he told reporters, adding that the age of the animal was the "critical issue."

"It's age and geographic location are consistent with Canada's previous BSE cases detected under our national surveillance program."

Stan Eby, president of the 90,000-member Canadian Cattlemen's Association, played down the new case, saying it would have "very little impact" on the industry.

"The BSE biology is much better understood now than it was 2003. We've realized it's not a human health problem. It's an animal health situation," he told reporters Monday.

Eby said Canada had so far tested more than 70,000 cattle.

"With our active surveillance program we knew we would find a few more cases, so this should not come as any shock to our open markets," he added.

It's the fourth such case in Canada since the first one was discovered in May 2003 in Alberta. A U.S. animal that tested positive for BSE two years ago also came from Alberta.

LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/23/2006 11:26 am


Allan Gregg, chairman of the Strategic Counsel, suggests the tightest race today will be in British Columbia, where the NDP and Conservatives are both battling for control.

"Stay tuned and stay up late," Gregg told CTV's Canada AM Monday.

As for "battleground" Ontario -- where most of the 308 seats are up for grabs -- Gregg said this province could tip the balance in the favour of the Conservatives.

In Quebec, where everyone anticipated a cakewalk for the Bloc, the Liberals have been virtually wiped out, while the Conservatives have tripled their popular vote since the 2004 campaign, Gregg said.

"They won't have the huge breakthrough they hoped for, but they will have seats coming out of Quebec."

In Atlantic Canada, there could also be some movement away from the Liberals.

"Atlantic Canada is traditionally the most stable political region in the country," said Gregg.

"They were the least likely to believe it was time for a change when this election started, but as the campaign moved, so did Atlantic Canadians."

LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/23/2006 12:42 pm

Canadians Head to the Polls
AP - A View from The US via AP

Monday, January 23, 2006

OTTAWA – Canadians will determine Monday whether to send their Liberal Party packing after 13 years and give the Conservatives a shot at repairing relations with Washington and tackling issues such as health care, tax cuts, childcare and crime.

All polls leading up to the parliamentary election indicated voters were ready for change despite fears Conservative leader Stephen Harper is too extreme in his views opposing abortion and gay marriage to become prime minister.

Results should start coming in after voting ends in the eastern province of Newfoundland at 7 p.m. EST. In a tight race, the winner may not be known until ballot counting begins in British Columbia three hours later.

Prime Minister Paul Martin's minority government was toppled in a no-confidence vote in November, after the Liberals were unable to overcome a corruption scandal involving the misuse of funds for a national unity program in Quebec. An initial investigation absolved Martin of wrongdoing but accused senior Liberal members of taking kickbacks and misspending tens of millions of dollars in public funds.

Just as campaigning hit full swing during an unusual election campaign over the Christmas holidays, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced they were investigating a possible leak by Liberal government officials that appeared to have influenced the stock market.

LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/23/2006 2:23 pm

U.S. okay with latest Alberta mad cow discovery
Updated Mon. Jan. 23 2006 3:13 PM ET News Staff

The United States has no plans to stop Canadian cattle imports after a six-year-old cow in Alberta tested positive for mad cow disease.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said he does not expect any change in the status of beef or live cattle imports from Canada.

Johanns said in a statement Monday that he's confident about the safety of beef and in the safeguards the U.S. and its trading partners have in place to protect the food supply.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed the latest case of mad cow disease Monday.

No parts of the animal were processed for the human food system, CFIA chief veterinary officer Dr. Brian Evans told a news conference in Alberta.

"This animal was detected on the farm where it was born and no part of this animal entered the food for human consumption or feed for animal

LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/23/2006 9:48 pm

British Columbia Results

the Tories are currently leading or elected in 17 ridings, the Liberals in 9, and 10 for the NDP.

LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/24/2006 10:49 am

Stephen Harper wins Conservative minority

Updated Tue. Jan. 24 2006 6:06 AM ET

Phil Hahn, News

Canadians granted Conservative Leader Stephen Harper a minority government Monday, putting an end to more than 12 years of Liberal rule.

Results show Conservatives won 124 seats, versus 103 for Paul Martin's Liberals.

"Tonight, friends, our great country has voted for change," the prime minister-designate told a crowd of supporters at his home riding of Calgary Southwest.

"And Canadians have asked our party to take the lead in delivering that change. Tonight I am saying to all Canadians that we will respect the trust you have given us, we will keep our word, we will honour that trust, we will deliver on our commitments."

Harper then reached out to the regions, repeating a campaign promise to solve the fiscal imbalance and promising to let the Atlantic provinces keep their offshore resource money.

The West, he said, will now have the voice in Ottawa it has long sought.

But Harper fell short of the 155 seats needed to lead a Tory majority, meaning he'll have to wheel and deal and curry favour of at least one opposition party to support him in the 308-seat House of Commons.

The Bloc Quebecois won 51 seats, while the NDP took 29 -- a double-digit gain from the 2004 election. All four major party leaders won their ridings.

By the end of the night, the Tories won roughly 36 per cent of the popular vote nationwide, compared with 30 per cent for the Liberals, 17 per cent for the NDP and 10 per cent for the Bloc.

LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/24/2006 10:52 am

Martin informs GG he's vacating PM post

Updated Tue. Jan. 24 2006 1:29 PM ET News Staff

Paul Martin informed Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean by telephone this morning that he is vacating the prime minister's job, following Monday's Conservative election victory.

As tradition dictates, Jean will now ask prime minister-designate Stephen Harper to form a government.

Harper's Tories won 124 seats of Parliament's 308 seats, while the Liberals took 103 seats. The Bloc Quebecois won 51 and the New Democrats 29. One Independent was elected.

The changeover has been relatively clear cut. Martin conceded after the poll results pointed to his defeat.

Previous transitions have not gone as smoothly. For example, in 1993, when Kim Campbell lost, she waited three days before stepping down, causing consternation among those who had actually won the election.

Martin has also announced he will be stepping down as leader of the Liberal party.

"I will continue to represent with pride the people of LaSalle-Emard, but I will not take our party into another election as leader," he told his constituents in Montreal.

Now that Martin has handed in his resignation, procedure dictates that he will speak with Harper to agree on a date to effectively hand over the keys to the Prime Minister's Office.

The actual changeover typically takes place between 10 days to two weeks after the election, and the Liberals will remain in power until the new government is sworn in.

The White House congratulated Harper on his win. Spokesman Scott McClellan said the Bush administration looks forward to working with the new regime.

LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/24/2006 11:01 am

just a note .... i will elaborate on this subject later and hope others will put in their 2cents worth (canadian) as my friend ned said.

I never did like, trust or respect the guy ... but, even i was shocked to find that he would be so gutless as to resign as his party's leader so soon .. i mean, he owed it to his party to help reorganize them and lead them in parliament, then , in due course, like a few months from now, suggest they replace him. It was NOW that they needed him the most.

Only sense i can make out of it is ...... Steven now has the "keys to the safes" ...the truths as to the level of corruption, including maybe his own involvement, would soon become known facts ... and he wanted to not be so "visible" when they cum out.?? just an educated guess ... not proven fact .... yet!!

LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/24/2006 11:03 am

Region by region

Support for the Tories took off when the polls closed west of Atlantic Canada.

As expected, the Conservatives dominated in the West, taking 48 out of 56 seats in the Prairies and sweeping all 28 seats in Alberta.

Public Safety Minister Anne McLellan could not hold on to Alberta's lone Liberal seat in Edmonton Centre. She was defeated by Tory Laurie Hawn, a former fighter pilot.

But it was in battleground Ontario where the Conservatives made a breakthrough, seizing 40 seats after winning 24 in the last election.

Canada's largest city, however, remained solidly Liberal, with two exceptions: NDP Leader Jack Layton won his Toronto-Danforth riding, while his wife, Olivia Chow, won her Spadina-Trinity riding for the New Democrats. The two have become the Commons' second husband-and-wife team.

Belinda Stronach, despite her infamous decision to cross the floor to back Martin's minority Liberal government last year, rode to an easy victory in her Newmarket-Aurora riding north of Toronto.

In Quebec, the Conservatives won 10 ridings and increased their share of the popular vote by more than 17 per cent in the province -- gaining a significant foothold in the province that shut them out in 2004.

Tory candidate Lawrence Cannon -- a likely member of a Harper cabinet -- won his Pontiac riding.

The Bloc Quebecois, however, held its ground, winning 51 of Quebec's 75 ridings, although its popular vote slipped seven per cent while the Liberals' was down 14.

Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe promised Quebecers a "responsible" opposition in the next Parliament.

"We will make sure Quebec moves forward because we know everything that makes Quebec move forward moves us forward toward sovereignty," he said.

The Tories won 10 seats in the Atlantic -- including Deputy Tory Leader Peter MacKay, who was re-elected in his Nova Scotia riding of New Glasgow -- but it wasn't the breakthrough they were hoping for.

A late surge in the polls had the Conservative Party gaining momentum, but the Liberals managed to hang on to their traditional stronghold, winning 19 of the region's 32 seats.

There were concerns Liberal Public Works Minister Scott Brison could lose his Nova Scotia seat of Kings-Hants to the Tories, he recaptured it easily. Indian Affairs Minister Andy Scott also hung onto his Fredericton, N.B. riding.

The Grits, however, lost more than four per cent in popular vote in the region, while the Tories saw theirs climb to about 5 per cent.

LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/24/2006 11:09 am

And now make it all work!!!

The voting is over ...

The page turns,

and we go on from here.

LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/24/2006 11:10 am

Duceppe calls on Harper to make good on promises

Updated Tue. Jan. 24 2006 12:27 PM ET News

Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe said the burden of proof is on Conservative leader Stephen Harper to make good on his promises.

Speaking in Montreal Tuesday, Duceppe said he expects Harper to give Quebec a bigger role on the international stage and to solve the so-called fiscal imbalance between the provinces and the federal government -- a major issue for Quebec.

The Bloc leader also said he wanted to remind Harper that the Bloc holds the balance of power.

Duceppe also put a positive spin on his party's results, saying even though his party won fewer seats and a lower share of the popular vote than in 2004, the Bloc still had a better showing than the Tories and Liberals in the province.

LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/24/2006 11:16 am

The Quebec election race
Giles is a bright guy ... he got dinged up a bit bi haper last night ....maybe he'll have to cooperate reasonably just to survive ... they are both the only "bright bulbs" we have had in this country in many years ... they could make a great team for the county ... we'll see
Bloc results

The Bloc held its ground in Quebec Monday, winning 51 of 75 ridings, while the Conservatives made crucial gains in a province that shut them out in 2004.

The Tories took 10 seats, the Liberals took 13 and an independent candidate took one, leaving The Bloc with three seats less than they held at dissolution.

Most of the Conservative gains came at the expense of the Liberals, who held 21 seats at dissolution, while the Tories were unable to elect a single candidate in Quebec in 2004.

The Bloc took about 42 per cent of the popular vote, down from nearly 49 per cent in 2004, despite boasts from the sovereigntists who predicted they would take more than 50 per cent.

As for the Tories, they took 25 per cent of the popular vote Monday, up from 8.8 per cent in the last election.

Meanwhile, the Liberals took 21 per cent on Monday, down from 33.9 per cent in 2004.

LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/24/2006 11:40 am

Back to my above statement on his far TOO Quick Resignation

i said ...never did like, trust or respect the guy ... but, even i was shocked to find that he would be so gutless as to resign as his party's leader so soon .. i mean, he owed it to his party to help reorganize them and lead them in parliament, then , in due course, like a few months from now, suggest they replace him. It was NOW that they needed him the most.

and Only sense i can make out of it is ...... Steven now has the "keys to the safes" ...the truths as to the level of corruption, including maybe his own involvement, would soon become known facts ... and he wanted to not be so "visible" when they cum out.?? just an educated guess ... not proven fact .... yet!!

Thinking further on this, Martin during past two weeks, after polls showed him possibly being booted, turned into frankenstien, Fear, Hate, Desperation in his eyes ... .arms flailing ... scary person.

His "I cant resign fast enough" and his Scary manner last 2 weeks ... may well be because of the revelations that will cum now that Steven has the Keys to the Safes" and the RCMP gets ALL documents .. not just the ones paul gave them

(So much so that i cant believe even his supporters would vote for such a person ... another subject .. how can people vote for bad people, ... guess their own agendas overule ethics! .. heck, the uaw elected hoffa for yrs cause he gave them what they selfishly wanted .. even tho they knew he was mafia .. an old sad story, will write on that very subject soon as get time.)

LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/24/2006 11:44 am

Results suggest rift between urban, rural voters

Last Updated Tue, 24 Jan 2006 13:52:00 EST
CBC News
As pundits, pollsters and the public sift through the results of Canada's 39th general election, one area of attention may well be the apparent urban-rural divide in voting patterns.

Voters outside of urban, downtown areas in places like Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, were much more likely to cast their ballots for the Conservatives.

Inside those centres, many more voters tended to support the Liberals, the NDP or, in Quebec, the Bloc Québécois.

Liberals solid in Toronto

In the city of Toronto, for example, there was little sign of the blue Tory tide as the Liberals took 50.9 per cent of the vote and 19 of the 22 seats. The NDP won the three other seats.

When the Grit vote was combined with the NDP vote in Toronto, the total came to over 70 per cent. The Conservatives had just 23.4 per cent.

Heading beyond the immediate city limits, the Liberals kept a strong base of support in the so-called 905 belt of suburbs, earning 46.5 per cent of the popular vote. But there was considerable Tory support as well, at 36.4 per cent support.

Outside the Greater Toronto Area, that support climbed even higher: the Conservatives were at 38.2 per cent, compared with 34.1 per cent for the Liberals and 21.7 for the NDP.

Vancouver voting divisions

Voters in and around Vancouver showed a similar kind of split.

In the city of Vancouver proper, the Liberals took 42.2 per cent of the vote, and the NDP was at 30.1 per cent. Combined, that comes to more than 72 per cent support.

The Conservatives, meanwhile, took 22.1 per cent support of the vote in that city.

Beyond Vancouver in the rest of B.C., the Conservatives commanded 41.5 per cent of the vote, while the NDP had 29.4 per cent and the Liberals 22.1.

Montreal and rest of Quebec

Voters in and around Montreal offered a different kind of split.

In Greater Montreal, the Bloc took 40.7 per cent of the vote, while the Liberals had 29.0 per cent.

For the province of Quebec as a whole, the Bloc had 43 per cent support, while the Conservatives had 30.8 per cent support. The Liberals were at 14 per cent.

LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/24/2006 11:49 am

Harper vows to get down to work with first focus on accountability

Canada's next prime minister said his first act in Parliament will be to propose a federal accountability act.

Now the Real Truths and Depths of the Stealing Will Come Out ... we'll see where it goes ... see if much was covered up .. now that someone else has the "Keys to the Safes"

LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/24/2006 12:31 pm

The BBC's website, meanwhile, said the election was "triggered by a public inquiry that found Liberal politicians in Quebec had taken kickbacks in return for government contracts."

The BBC said "The corruption scandals that have beset the Liberals in recent years seemed to stick this time," but noted that Harper "will need partners to govern."

LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/24/2006 12:33 pm

ABC News online in Australia described Harper as "the first Conservative Prime Minister in Canada 13 years."

The site said: "His opponents have tried to portray him as a radical social conservative, something he denies. He campaigned on promises to clean up corruption, reduce taxation and bring in smaller government."

LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/24/2006 12:34 pm

And CNN with its headline "Canada goes Conservative," also gave prominence to the Harper win.

"The Conservatives won the most seats in the 308-seat House of Commons, despite a campaign in which Liberals tried to stop Harper by linking him to American conservatives in general ‒ and President Bush in

LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
1/24/2006 12:42 pm

Election likely means closer Canada, U.S. ties

CNN - Tuesday, January 24, 2006; Posted: 2:22 p.m. EST (19:22 GMT)

Prime Minister-elect Stephen Harper pledged to carry out his campaign promises quickly to cut taxes, get tough on crime and repair strained ties with Washington after his Conservative Party won national elections in Canada.

That may be easier said than done. The Conservatives' winning margin was too narrow to rule with a majority, a situation that will make it hard for them to get legislation through the divided House of Commons.

Monday's vote showed that Canadians are weary of the Liberal Party's broken promises and corruption scandals. They were willing to give Harper a chance to govern.

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1/24/2006 2:54 pm

New Canadian Gov't Expected to Repair Strained Ties With Washington

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- Tuesday, January 24, 2006
OTTAWA – Conservative Stephen Harper pledged to quickly carry out his campaign promises to cut taxes, get tough on crime and repair strained ties with Washington after his party won national elections and ended 13 years of Liberal Party rule in Canada.

That may be easier said than done.

The Conservatives' winning margin was too narrow to rule with a majority, a situation that will make it hard for them to get legislation through the divided House of Commons.

Monday's vote showed that Canadians are weary of the Liberal Party's broken promises and corruption scandals. They were willing to give Harper a chance to govern despite concerns that some of his social views are extreme.

"Tonight friends, our great country has voted for change, and Canadians have asked our party to take the lead in delivering that change," Harper told 2,000 cheering supporters at his campaign headquarters in Calgary.

He said his new government – not likely to be sworn in for several weeks – would immediately move to cut the unpopular national sales tax from 7 percent to 6 percent, "reform the justice system to fight against crime and gangs," and begin to allocate $1,042 to Canadian families for each child they have needing daycare.

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1/25/2006 4:24 pm

Tories to fulfill promise to arm border guards Updated Wed. Jan. 25 2006 6:33 PM ET News Staff

Conservative justice critic Vic Toews announced Wednesday that Canadian border guards will be armed as soon as possible.

The move will make good on a Tory campaign promise to beef up border security and respond to border guards' long standing plea for arms.

"It's simply a practical matter of how soon these officers can be trained and the firearms issued to them," Toews said.

"That's our commitment and I trust our (justice) minister will do exactly that."

Prime Minister-designate Stephen Harper has not yet appointed his cabinet.

Toews quick announcement, made just two days after the party was elected into office, may have been speeded up by an incident Tuesday when two murder suspects in the U.S. made a run for the Canadian border.

The fugitives were stopped by a police shootout mere metres before the Canadian border. One of the suspects was injured in the shootout.

Canadian guards at the Peace Arch border crossing, and at three others crossings, walked off the job in fear of their own safety when they heard the suspects were headed their way.

The border was closed for about seven hours as the result of the shootout and ensuing investigation.

B.C.'s Solicitor General John Les called on the new federal government to provide arms and training to border guards, following the incident.

"I think they need to be armed," Les said, according to CP. "We sometimes have some not very nice people who want to try and get into our country."

Toews pledged that guards will be armed just as soon as they can be properly trained and equipped with the firearms.

He said he was disturbed that the guards abandoned their posts, but said he understands if they felt their lives were in danger.

Guards who feel their lives are in danger have the legal right to refuse to work, according to a spokesperson for the Canada Border Services Agency.

The fleeing suspects, considered dangerous by police, had tried to outrun officers in a high-speed chase down Interstate 5 in Washington state. The pursuit reached speeds of 160 km/hr.

Both men have been taken into federal custody in Washington and are awaiting extradition to California.

The Conservatives were elected on a platform that pledged to bolster border security to stop the flow of illegal guns being smuggled in from the U.S.

In addition to his promise to arm border guards, Harper said he would also restore port police service which has been disbanded by the Liberal government. Port security is now handled by local law enforcement officials.

Canada's border services union threatened to strike in 2005 in an effort to force the government to provide them with guns in order to protect themselves.

Currently, the RCMP is called on to deal with perceived threats.

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1/25/2006 4:36 pm

Chinese woman dies of H5N1 virus

Last Updated Wed, 25 Jan 2006 19:21:54 EST
CBC News
A Chinese woman infected with bird flu has died, becoming China's seventh victim of the H5N1 virus.

The World Health Organization says the woman ran a shop in a farm goods market in the southwestern province of Sichuan. She was the 10th person in China to be diagnosed with the virus.

The Xinhua news agency says the Health Ministry is investigating the source of her infection and trying to find out whether there have been bird flu outbreaks in her town.

There have now been two deaths from bird flu in Sichuan province.

On Jan. 18, a 35-year-old woman living in the city of Jianyang was also reported to have died from bird flu.

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1/26/2006 10:59 am

Accountability to be Harper's 'first priority'

Updated Thu. Jan. 26 2006 1:47 PM ET News Staff

Prime minister-designate Stephen Harper said his first priority when he takes office will be to clean up government through his promised federal accountability act.

In his first news conference as prime minister-designate, Harper said he will get to work immediately to put into action the promises he made during the campaign which lead to his Conservative party's minority election win.

He said he will also work to implement his proposals to lower taxes, beginning with the GST, address the fiscal imbalance between Ottawa and the provinces, and then work to establish wait time standards in health care.

Harper also announced the date he will be sworn in as Canada's 22nd prime minister: Monday, February 6.

On top of spending the past few days consulting with his transition team, Harper said he's been busy speaking with the premiers, as well as world leaders as U.S. President George Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Mexican President Vicente Fox and Australian Prime Minister John Howard.

Harper made his first official visit Thursday morning to Rideau Hall, the Governor General's official residence, to begin the process of forming a new government.

During the approximately 20-minute meeting, Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean formally asked Harper if he thinks he can form a government, and then asked him to do so.

Jean had already given Harper a mandate through a phone call, a day after the Tory Leader led his Conservative Party to a minority government on Jan. 23. But Thursday's face-to-face meeting is considered the formal start to the process of handing over prime ministerial powers to Harper.

Until the day of he officially takes power, Harper continues to work with his transition team.

"He's in meetings every day now, figuring out who's going to be in his cabinet, planning policy initiatives, writing legislation to be introduced," said CTV's Roger Smith in Ottawa.

"And now, (he's) thinking about who he will name as ambassador to Washington now that Frank McKenna -- a prospective Liberal leadership candidate -- has resigned."

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1/26/2006 11:02 am

Tories facing obstacles in building cabinet

Updated Wed. Jan. 25 2006 11:34 PM ET

Canadian Press

OTTAWA – "The West wants in" is taking on a whole new meaning this week as prime minister-designate Stephen Harper and his transition team grapple with the composition of a new Conservative cabinet.

Among Harper's first orders of business is stitching together the team of MPs who will lead his minority administration - and determining which select few of his 28 Alberta MPs get to sit on the front bench. They'll be sworn in at Rideau Hall the same day Harper officially assumes office, likely within two weeks.

Cabinet speculation is a kind of federal parlour-game that political wonks find endlessly fascinating. A change of government represents the Super Bowl of cabinet handicapping.

David Zussman, an expert in public administration at the University of Ottawa who worked on the Liberal transition in 1993, has some advice this week for pundits and bettors.

"Write your criteria first, then put the names down."

In a federation as sprawling and diverse as Canada, building a representative executive is a challenge for any prime minister.

Regional, gender, age, ideological, ethnic and linguistic considerations must all be balanced. A narrow Conservative minority - 31 seats short of a majority - raises the stakes.

Harper faces two particular challenges: women and Alberta.

With just 14 women elected among the 124 Tories, more than half those female MPs will need to be given ministerial posts in a cabinet that's not expected to exceed 30 members.

Diane Ablonczy and Rona Ambrose, two of the party's best performers in the Commons, are considered virtual locks on cabinet jobs. Both are Albertans.

Monte Solberg has been a party stalwart since 1993 and a high profile finance critic. He's an Albertan.

Bob Mills has earned a solid reputation for his grasp of the environmental file. Jim Prentice is a bright light from the Progressive Conservative wing. Ted Menzies is considered a prospective agriculture minister. Rahim Jaffer and Deepak Obhrai are personable, progressive and represent the party's ethnic diversity. All are Albertans.

Harper himself, of course, calls Calgary home.

"The one thing that's going to be taken into consideration throughout is, how many cabinet ministers can you have from Alberta?" said Faron Ellis, a political scientist at the Lethbridge Community College.

Ellis believes six is probably the upper limit.

The defeated 37-member Liberal cabinet of Paul Martin included 15 Ontario MPs and seven from Quebec.

The Tory numbers could make it difficult to drop Solberg into Finance, said Ellis.

"I know Harper is sensitive to both the prime minister and the finance minister coming from Alberta. It doesn't further the agenda of broadening the coalition in central Canada."

Never mind that Jean Chretien and Martin - both Quebecers - were a highly successful prime minister and finance minister team for almost eight years. Harper has a tenuous minority and needs to broaden his appeal.

In one respect, however, the prime minister-designate is fortunate.

The Tories picked up seats in every province except tiny P.E.I., and came from nowhere to win 10 Quebec ridings.

Ellis believes Harper will be able to create a more evenly representative executive than any the Liberals put together over the past 12 years.

"There's the potential for a much more national cabinet than we've seen in much of the recent history since (Conservative prime minister Brian) Mulroney."

That may prove small comfort to a large group of disappointed Alberta MPs.

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1/26/2006 11:07 am

Harper brushes off U.S. criticism of Arctic plan
Last Updated Thu, 26 Jan 2006 08:09:54 EST
CBC News
Prime minister-designate Stephen Harper took aim at the American ambassador's criticism of the Conservative Arctic sovereignty plan on Thursday, in the Tory leader's first news conference since winning a minority government.

"The United States defends its sovereignty and the Canadian government will defend our sovereignty," Harper told reporters in Ottawa. "It is the Canadian people we get our mandate from, not the ambassador of the United States."

Prime minister-designate Stephen Harper, Thursday.
A day earlier, David Wilkins, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, said his government opposes Harper's proposed plan to deploy military icebreakers in the Arctic to detect interlopers and assert Canadian sovereignty over those waters.

"There's no reason to create a problem that doesn't exist," Wilkins said as he took part in a forum at the University of Western Ontario in London.

"We don't recognize Canada's claims to those waters... Most other countries do not recognize their claim."

During the federal election campaign, which culminated in Harper's win earlier this week, the Conservatives promised to spend $5.3 billion over five years to defend northern waters against the Americans, Russians and Danes.

"Sovereignty is something, you use it or you lose it," Harper said at the pre-Christmas announcement in Winnipeg.

FROM DEC. 22, 2005: Tories plan to bolster Arctic defence

His plan included the construction and deployment of three new armed heavy icebreaking ships, as well as the eventual construction of a $2-billion deepwater port in Iqaluit and an underwater network of "listening posts."

At the time, Harper wouldn't say whether he would order military action if the ships or port detected an unauthorized submarine in Arctic waters.

U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins. (CP file photo)
Wilkins said he doesn't think that kind of military buildup is necessary in the Far North.

"We are simply having a disagreement on this," he said on Wednesday. "We have agreed to disagree, and there's no reason ... to say, 'There's a problem that's occurring and we gotta do something about it.'"

Wilkins also said he expects less anti-American sentiment from Harper's minority government, and added that he called Harper to offer congratulations on his election victory.

Also on Thursday, Harper acknowledged he had "a very friendly conversation" with U.S. President George W. Bush a day earlier, and hoped to arrange a meeting as soon as the leaders' schedules permit.

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Harper, cabinet to be sworn in Feb. 6

Last Updated Thu, 26 Jan 2006 12:57:58 EST
CBC News
Stephen Harper will officially become prime minister and his cabinet will be sworn in on Feb. 6, the Conservative leader and Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean agreed on Thursday.

Harper and Jean met at Rideau Hall in Ottawa earlier in the day to discuss how soon his minority government could be sworn in.

Prime minister-designate Stephen Harper leaves a meeting with Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Thursday, Jan. 26. (CP Photo/Fred Chartrand)
Harper had already spoken with Jean by telephone to confirm he is ready to form a government after defeating Paul Martin's Liberals in Monday's general election.

Thursday's meeting was designed to formally put the wheels in motion for the transition, when Harper will become Canada's 22nd prime minister.

Harper and Jean talked over tea for about half an hour as they confirmed the plans.

Later Thursday, Harper was scheduled to hold a news conference to give other details of his transition program.

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1/26/2006 4:44 pm

Montreal cop charged with 22 sex assault charges
Updated Thu. Jan. 26 2006 7:31 PM ET News Staff

A Montreal police officer has been charged with 22 counts of sexual assault in a string of alleged violent attacks that terrorized several communities north of the city.

Officer Benoit Guay, a 34-year-old, 13-year veteran of the force, was charged Thursday with 22 sexual assault charges involving seven victims. He had been arrested a day earlier.

''All the men and women of the Montreal police department, including myself, are in shock about these accusations,'' police Chief Yvan Delorme said during a Thursday press conference

The charges involve threatening the victims with knife or a gun, uttering death threats, confinement and kidnapping. Three of the seven female victims were and at least three were minors. The alleged assaults date back to 2004.

Local police services in the areas where the crimes allegedly occurred joined with provincial police for the investigation that covered Montreal and the areas of Laval, St-Jerome and Terrebonne.

During the Thursday press conference, Delorme said the suspect was not on duty at the time the alleged assaults occurred.

Delorme also pointed out that he only found out about the investigation on Jan. 18, and stressed that the public can still have faith in the force. He said officers who worked with Guay were shocked.

"He is part of a small group of policemen, everyone knows very intimately everyone in the group, and no one saw anything about this happening, so we didn't have any clue about what he did in his life," Delorme said.

Guay was a member of the police surveillance unit, and had previously been part of the narcotics team.

His lawyer, Philip Schneider, said his client had recently spent two days in a psychiatric hospital, but would give no further details.

He said Guay, who is married to another Montreal police officer, was shocked by the arrest.

"He was driving home with his wife and the police pulled him over, intercepted him, put him under arrest right away," Schneider said. "His reaction so far is one of, I guess to a certain extent shock, and secondly a reaction of sitting trying to absorb all this, wait and see."

Police collected a DNA sample from Guay, and presented him with a timetable of his alleged crimes.

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2/5/2006 8:31 pm

Harper to become PM on Monday
Last Updated Sun, 05 Feb 2006 16:32:10 EST
CBC News

Conservative Party Leader Stephen Harper will be sworn in as Canada's 22nd prime minister in Ottawa on Monday.

Stephen Harper
Harper will become the first Conservative prime minister since 1993. He led the Conservatives to a narrow victory over the Liberal government in the Jan. 23 election.

Harper and his cabinet will go to Rideau Hall, Governor General Michaëlle Jean's official residence, for the ceremony.

Harper will be sworn in an hour after defeated Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin gives Jean his formal resignation.

The swearing-in of the new cabinet will start after Harper presents Jean with his list of ministers. The whole procedure will start at 10 a.m. EST, when Martin arrives, and will end with an official picture just after noon.

There has been much speculation about who Harper will pick for his cabinet.

Like every incoming prime minister, he has to balance experience, talent, regional representation and political considerations in picking his ministers.

FROM FEB. 3, 2006: 11 days later, Clement confirmed victor in Ontario riding

Tony Clement, a former Tory cabinet minister in the provincial government in Ontario, has been identified as a possible minister.

His victory in the Ontario riding of Parry Sound-Muskoka was the closest race in the election, and was only confirmed by a judicial recount on Friday.

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Muslims rally in Halifax over Muhammad caricatures
Last Updated Sun, 05 Feb 2006 00:42:14 EST
CBC News
A crowd of about 200 Muslim protesters rallied in front of Denmark's consulate in Halifax on Saturday, angered by a Danish newspaper's publication of editorial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

The satirical depictions of the Prophet have spurred days of demonstrations throughout the Middle East and elsewhere by Muslims, who were offended because Islamic law forbids any depictions of Muhammad in order to prevent idolatry.

In one of the most violent incidents, Syrian protesters set fire to the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus on Saturday.

FROM FEB. 4, 2006: Denmark, Norway condemn Syria after embassy attacks

The protesters in Halifax demonstrated peacefully on the sidewalks outside the consulate.

Although women were lined up on one side of the street and men on the other, their messages were the same: freedom of speech in any country should have limits.

"Freedom, yes! Insult, no!" protesters shouted during the demonstration, which lasted about an hour.

They said they were deeply upset by the caricatures, which were first published in Denmark in September, then reprinted in other European countries. One of the cartoons that drew the most criticism depicts Muhammad with a turban-shaped bomb on his head and some protesters said they were offended by the implication that all Muslims were terrorists.

"I feel insulted about who I am and that's not right," said Ali Duale.

Duale said one of the main reasons for holding the protest was to try to educate more non-Muslims about their faith.

"Most of the people, they can not picture why someone would get this much upset just seeing a picture. The point is not the picture," he said.

"The point is, people, they don't know what will hurt us and how much it will hurt us. And this is one of the reasons we are here today."

The Danish consulate was closed at the time of the protest, which caused no disruptions to local businesses or traffic.

Also in reaction to the publication of the cartoons, a handful of Muslim-owned stores across the country have joined an international boycott of products from Denmark.

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2/5/2006 8:44 pm

Canadian protests

Muslims protested across Canada on Saturday with more than 200 protesting outside the Danish consulate in Halifax, N.S.

The protesters said insulting the Prophet Muhammad is an insult to Muslims everywhere.

Ali Duale, one of the demonstrators, said the cartoons are hurtful and show a lack of respect.

"You don't know how much you hurt me unless I tell you what you say to me hurts my heart."

In Toronto, one Muslim store showed its anger at the cartoons by pulling Danish products from the shelves.

John Olsen, president of the Calgary Danish-Canadian Club, said, "The fact that there is some boycotting going on and so forth is punishing the Danish people for what a newspaper did and my take on that is that that's not right."

"In terms of the economic impact I don't believe it (the boycott) will be strong," said Naeem Siddiqi of the Canadian Muslim Civil Liberties Association.

"We will also (protest) using peaceful Canadian means like ... writing letters to the editors. We do not believe in the violence that we have seen in some parts of the world."

Randi Warne, a religious studies professor at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, said non-Muslims should try to empathize with the outrage Muslims feel.

"I think we should ask ourselves how people would feel in the West if pictures of Jesus were being drawn this way, committing heinous acts or in compromising positions," she told CTV Atlantic.

"I'm quite sure that there would be outrage all around the world."

Others have observed, however, that Arab newspapers routinely publish anti-Semitic and anti-Western cartoons.

Muslims in Halifax said their protests will continue until the people responsible for publishing the cartoons are punished. However, Jyllands-Posten apologized several days ago for hurting Muslim sensitivities.

With reports from CTV's Scott Laurie, Desmond Brown and Tracy Prysiazniuk

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2/5/2006 8:46 pm

Danish products removed from Toronto shops
Updated Sat. Feb. 4 2006 7:00 PM ET News Staff

Muslim-owned stores in Toronto are removing Danish products from shelves in response to outrage over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that appeared in the Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten.

Outrage erupted into protests in many Muslim countries over the cartoons which depict the prophet as a terrorist or another with him wearing a turban shaped as bomb.

Signs have appeared in a Toronto grocery store that say, "We no longer carry any products from Denmark." The store's manager told The Toronto Star removing Danish products is about showing solidarity with other Muslims, even if it hurts business.

Customers said they support the grocery store's decision to boycott Danish products.

"They (Muslims) don't find any other way to show their anger," a shopper told CTV's Desmond Brown Saturday. "So this is a natural way."

The boycott of cookies, cheese and fried onions from Denmark may not result in a large economic blow for the Scandinavian country. However it is being seen as a symbolic expression by Canadian Muslims.

"We will do so using peaceful, very Canadian means like economic boycotts, like writing letters to the editors," Naheem Siddiqi of the Canadian Muslim Civil Liberties Association said Saturday.

While parts of the world have experienced violent protests in response to the cartoons, reaction in Toronto has been limited to product boycotts and stern condemnations.

The Islamic Supreme Council of Canada has called on Denmark to apologize to all Muslims while the Canadian Arab Federation called the cartoons hateful propaganda.

"We definitely do not believe in the violence we have seen in some parts of the world," Siddiqi said.

Violence erupted in Syria as demonstrators torched the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus on Saturday.

Chanting "God is Great," protesters stormed the embassy, set the Danish flag on fire, and replaced it with another flag that read: "No God but Allah, Muhammad is his prophet."

Jyllands-Posten apologized on Friday for publishing the cartoons, however the editorial has done little to quell outrage and protests.

The newspaper said if they had known Danish lives would be put at risk, the drawings would never have been published.

With files from CTV's Desmond Brown and The Canadian Press.

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2/16/2006 6:43 am

Michael Wilson named as ambassador to U.S.
Last Updated Thu, 16 Feb 2006 09:34:54 EST
CBC News
Prime Minister Stephen Harper formally announced on Thursday that former finance minister Michael Wilson is Canada's new ambassador to the United States.

In confirming the news, which was leaked out on Tuesday night, Harper also named John McNee as the ambassador and Canadian representative to the United Nations.

FROM FEB. 15, 2006: Former finance minister to be next ambassador to U.S.

"Strong Canada-U.S. relations are a priority for my government," said Harper in a news release.

"Mr. Wilson's indepth knowledge and experience in the financial sector and in government will make him a strong advocate for Canada in negotiations with our most important bilateral partner."

The 68-year-old was finance minister under then prime minister Brian Mulroney for seven years. He also held other portfolios for a shorter time, including industry, international trade, and science and technology.

McNee has worked with the Foreign Affairs Department and served as ambassador to Syria, Lebanon and Belgium.

"His indepth knowledge of issues important to our multilateral agenda and his work on the government's Task Force on International Peace and Security make him the ideal candidate to advance Canadian interests at the United Nations," said

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U.S. requests Khadr extradition
Last Updated Wed, 15 Feb 2006 08:05:21 EST
CBC News
The United States has formally requested the extradition of a Canadian man whose family has been linked to al-Qaeda.

INDEPTH: The Khadr family

American officials provided evidence on Tuesday in support of Abdullah Khadr's extradition, said an official with the federal Justice Department.

Khadr, 24, was indicted on Feb. 8 by a federal grand jury in Boston. U.S. officials allege he bought AK-47 and mortar rounds, and rocket-propelled grenades.

U.S. authorities accuse him of plotting to kill American soldiers abroad.

Justice Minister Vic Toews has 30 days to decide whether to approve the extradition request.

Khadr returned to Canada last December after being released from Pakistan, where he had been detained since October 2004. It's not clear who was holding him or why he was released.

FROM DEC. 23, 2005: Abdullah Khadr denied bail

He has been held in Toronto without bail since the RCMP arrested him on Dec. 17 at the request of the United States.

If Toews proceeds with the request, the case must be heard before Canada's Federal Court.

Khadr's father, Ahmed Said Khadr, has been linked to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, while his brother Omar is being held at a U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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2/16/2006 6:45 am

Martin decries Emerson's switch to the Conservatives
Last Updated Thu, 16 Feb 2006 07:57:01 EST
CBC News
Former prime minister Paul Martin is expressing his "astonishment" about the defection of longtime Liberal David Emerson to the Conservatives.

Emerson, industry minister under Martin's government, was re-elected as a Liberal in the riding of Vancouver Kingsway. He switched parties shortly after last month's election. He's now a minister in Stephen Harper's new Conservative government.

"As we have seen, members do switch political parties when they feel their values are no longer welcome in the party they ran in," Martin said.

"My government was the beneficiary of that phenomenon on a couple of high-profile occasions," the statement said. Last year, for example, Conservative MP Belinda Stronach defected to the Liberals and was promptly named to cabinet.

In this case, Martin said, neither the prime minister nor Emerson has provided sufficient answers to questions about the controversial move.

"To date, neither has been willing to subject themselves to an appropriate level of scrutiny on this matter ‒ a decision that I believe robs Canadians and the people of Vancouver Kingsway of a deserved explanation," Martin said.

RELATED STORY: Martin to split duties with interim leader Bill Graham

Martin is staying on as the Liberal party's leader until a convention to replace him is held.

But he's handed over his parliamentary duties to interim leader Bill Graham.

On Wednesday, Graham named former federal minister Jane Stewart as his new chief of staff.

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