September 15, 2009

The Canwest News Service reports that, "Prime Minister Stephen Harper will face his first confidence vote of the fall political season Friday — but his government has a reasonable chance of surviving with the support of as many as two of the three opposition parties."

"The Liberals said they would do what leader Michael Ignatieff vowed to do last month and vote to bring the government down on the first opportunity — which should come Friday afternoon on a budget-related ways and means motion (which spells out some of the regulatory and legislative details for some measures announced in the budget, such as the home renovation tax credit and drought and flood relief)."

"The NDP and the Bloc Quebecois, however, are keeping their options open, saying they'll decide later this week how they will vote. If any one party supports the government on Friday, it will survive."

September 14, 2009

On Friday, Council of Canadians energy campaigner Andrea Harden-Donahue, trade campaigner Stuart Trew and Atlantic organizer Angela Giles sent an open letter to Eastern Canadian premiers on climate, energy and trade in the lead up to their meeting with New England governors in Saint John.

September 14, 2009

The Chatham Daily News, the Sarnia Observer, the Peterborough Examiner and 16 other newspapers reported on the weekend that Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty and Quebec premier Jean Charest "officially signed the Ontario-Quebec Trade and Cooperation Agreement following a joint cabinet meeting (on Friday) in Toronto."

The article in these newspapers highlights that, "The Council of Canadians are criticizing the agreement, arguing it should have been put to public debate. In a statement, the council raised concerns that businesses may use their opportunity to vet regulations to encourage a 'race to the bottom on health, safety and environmental rules' in both provinces. 'There is also a risk that local governments will be restricted from pursing stronger or more innovative solutions to climate change, economic growth or job creation than big business interests will tolerate,' the council says."

September 14, 2009

The Council of Canadians has issued an open letter to Eastern Canadian premiers on climate, energy and trade in the lead up to the Eastern Canadian premiers and New England Governors annual conference currently taking place.

The open letter calls on Eastern Canadian premiers to work with New England Governors to establish a regional science based emission reduction target of at least 25 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, cautions against further large energy projects and corridors directed at export-oriented trade and calls for support of local procurement policies which help foster sustainable, local job development.

Check out Charlottetown's The Guardian, "PEI should focus on Canadian energy needs, says Council of Canadians:

For Immediate Release
September 11, 2009

Eastern premiers must take action on climate change, says Council of Canadians

September 12, 2009

The Toronto Star reports that, "Canadians may find themselves going to the polls sooner rather than later."

"A Commons vote that could bring down the minority Conservative government has been tentatively scheduled for next Friday, sources tell The Canadian Press."

"The so-called ways and means motion signals an upcoming vote on a budget matter, but is considered a vote of confidence."

"The Liberals have said they will not continue to support the Conservative government."

If the Harper government were to fall on Friday September 18, the most likely election date would be Monday October 26.

Most speculation has suggested the government would fall in the first week of October and that the election would take place on Monday November 9 or Monday November 16. But as an election seems increasingly inevitable, Monday October 26 may well be the date.

The Council of Canadians will be holding its annual general meeting in Saint John, New Brunswick from Friday October 23 to Sunday October 25.