Monday, February 12, 2007

In the News

A few other odds and ends stories...

1. Nomination Watch - Richard Maaaahoney, quickly becoming the Ottawa Centre Bills, is set to go for the hat trick, along with three other Liberal candidates. Penny Collennette, Scott Bradley, and Isabel Metcalf are all vying for the nom according to the Hill Times.

2. Interesting news story on the bought headlines mini-controversy which has swept the internet.

3. If you're getting excited about the next round of provincial elections, here are a pair of articles speculating about the upcoming Ontario and Quebec elections.

4. Harper is promising 1.5 billion to the provinces for the environment. I'm not sure how I feel about fighting climate change on an ad hoc, province by province basis and I really have no clue how this will work. Since every spending announcement should be taken in the context of next month's budget and next month's budget will be all about the "fiscal (im)balance" and launching Jean Charest's campaign, I certainly don't think one would be wrong to view this as part of the "fiscal (im)balance" "solution".


  • Apparently this is just a re-launch of the Libs' Partnership Fund that allocated up to $3 billion for provincial climate change initiatives. The CPC is offering half that through this "new" initiative.

    By Blogger Red Tory, at 8:08 PM  

  • It's just more proof that the environment is the new health care.

    Under Chretien/Martin, health care was that issue that every election was supposedly about, the issue that every Canadian supposedly cared most for, but in the end, had a negligible effect on the outcomes.

    Does this remind anyone else of Martin "solving health care for a generation" by playing Santa to the provinces? Only this time its the environment. And it's not $60-odd billion.

    The issue is a red-herring. It will get attention because Canadians will tell pollsters they care about it but I doubt anyone in a voting both will think environment.

    Harper is trying to suck the life out of the issue, which is probably a smart political move on his behalf.

    By Blogger reporterbrock, at 8:51 PM  

  • I just wonder how much 1.5 billion will really buy considering it is costing 1.5 billion to add 8.7 km to one of Toronto's subway lines...

    By Blogger MERBOY, at 9:55 PM  

  • I don't know much about the others, but I was very impressed with Scott Bradley's work on the Kennedy campaign, especially as an organizer and head cheerleader for the team on the convention floor. Good Luck Scott!

    By Blogger Daniel Fox, at 10:17 PM  

  • I have deep misgivings about a province-by-province strategy on GHGs. This is one area that should be federal/national, imo.

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 10:30 PM  

  • Jason, except the Feds can't do anything on a national scale that will attack GHG emissions.

    Even the vaunted trap, C-288, offloads everything onto the provinces. The only thing it requires of the federal gov't is reports.

    The "Act" goes further with a clause that overrides everything else and says the Provinces can do anything they want to reduce GHG.

    Why? Because neither the CPC, the Bloq, or the Provinces are going to accept federal intrusion into constitutionally protected Provincial areas of responsibility.


    By Blogger lance, at 11:48 PM  

  • "I'm not sure how I feel about fighting climate change on an ad hoc, province by province basis "

    Hellloooooo! Provincial responsibility, not federal.

    Sheesh, you Liberals.

    Jason - go read the BNA Act, already.

    By Blogger Candace, at 12:45 AM  

  • Read the BNAct? Forget it - I have enough trouble reading Shakespeare and legal contracts, I'm afraid...

    But does the BNA seriously spell out provincial responsibility for the Environment? I'm surprised they included it in the Act at all.

    But I take your word for it, guys.

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 10:35 AM  

  • Not specifically, Jason.

    "92A. (1) In each province, the legislature may exclusively make laws in relation to

    (a) exploration for non-renewable natural resources in the province;

    (b) development, conservation and management of non-renewable resources natural resources and forestry resources in the province, including laws in relation to the rate of primary production therefrom; and

    (c) development, conservation and management of sites and facilities in the province for the generation and production of electrical energy. "

    I suspect it falls somewhere in the conservation & management pieces.

    Bill C288 throws all the work at the provinces, with the feds left to write reports & supply $.

    By Blogger Candace, at 11:20 PM  

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