The favourable polls results for the Liberals and their purchase of the voter database software used by the Obama campaign, along with their policy convention this April 30 to May 3 in Vancouver and the release of Michael Ignatieff's new book, will undoubtedly spur speculation about a federal election.
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The National Post reports this morning that the Harper government has hired two former White House press secretaries to assist the prime minister get timely media coverage in the United States on trade, US 'protectionism', energy security, climate change legislation, and the auto industry.
The CBC reports this morning that, "Tax cuts could diminish the standard of living for the vast majority of Canadians who enjoy the public services that they fund, according to a study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released on Wednesday."
Luke Eric Peterson writes in Embassy Magazine about Dow's NAFTA challenge against Quebec's ban on lawn pesticides. He notes:
The Globe and Mail reports this morning that, "Mining giant Vale Inco has started the work necessary to build a nickel processing facility in Long Harbour, Nfld., despite the downturn in the world economy. Vale Inco officials say the company began late last week clearing the site of the project, located about 100 kilometres west of St. John's. The plant, expected to produce 50,000 tonnes of nickel a year when it comes online in 2013, would be the first in the mining industry to use hydromet technology for commercial purposes."
The Financial Post reports today on Atlantic Canada's 'new energy economy'. It quotes Charles Cirtwill, executive vice-president of the Atlantic Institute of Market Studies, who says, "it is being driven for the most part by private-sector investors..."
The Dogwood Initiative writes, "The approval process for tar sands related tankers and pipelines in British Columbia is inadequate and time is running out to get our voice heard. We only have until Tuesday April 14th."
The Globe and Mail reports that, "federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice said Ottawa is reviewing its (carbon emissions) policy to ensure its conforms with whatever climate change legislation is passed in Washington...Mr. Prentice said that while the final outcome of U.S. climate change debate remains uncertain, Ottawa must ensure its regulations and enforcement mechanism are 'comparable' to the U.S. to avoid 'trade-related consequences.'"
The Globe and Mail reports that, "Dow AgroSciences LLC has decided to sue the federal government over Quebec's ban on the residential use of pesticides. The U.S.-based company, maker of the herbicide 2,4-D, is claiming $2-million (U.S.) in damages, using controversial provisions in the North American Free Trade Agreement that allow businesses to sue governments over regulations that harm their interests."
Please see Council of Canadians trade campaigner Stuart Trew’s ‘ACTION ALERT: Tell your MP ‘vote no to the Canada-Colombia FTA’ at http://www.canadians.org/action/2009/9-Apr-09.html.
Time is of the essence, so please act now.