Friday, July 28, 2006

Friday Link Round-Up

1. Curious where your Liberal leadership candidate of choice stands on the Middle Eastern conflict? Well, most of you will be able to find out in this Toronto Star article. With no real disagreements among the candidates on domestic issues (gasp! They all want more female MPs and support the environment. Who woulda thunk?), foreign affairs are definitely taking on a larger role in this contest than I would have imagined back in March.

2. Rumour has it, the Conservatives are set to cut Canada's participation in several international scholarship programs which is unfortunate.

3. Paul Wells savagely rips into the PLECFFPDDISTW (AKA: Council of the Federation. AKA: NAMBLA).

4. On that topic, I don't have much to say on the equalization topic since I think there's more hope for permanent peace in the Middle East than on finding a formula 10 provinces can live with.

5. Speaking of conflicts with little hope for resolution, Jason Cherniak and TDH Strategies have an interesting back and forth going on how effective Stephane Dion's environmental plan actually is.

6. Gerard Kennedy has come out in favour safe injection sites in Vancouver, taking objection to Harper's musings during the campaign to close them down. Former Vancouver Mayor, Da Vinci inspiration, Kennedy supporter, and Greatest PM We Never Had candidate, Larry Campbell was on hand for the announcement.


  • CG,

    Great bits of posts here. I was shocked to learn about the education cuts that are purported. I really really hope that the federal government continues to fund international scholarships through both DFAIT and CIDA, rather than just one department.

    I think it's funny that the Lib leadership candidates continue to stake their campaigns on foreign policy issues. This further emphasizes the concern Iggy should have about isolating himself. He needs to get the "channel changed" and reach out to other campaigns.

    Also, I think that the further candidates continue to agree on every single issue and only midly disagree on the wording of foreign policy, the more boring the race will become.

    Here we are, almost into august, and we're all still waiting for the policy to come out. Not one campaign is being proactive here, every candidate is simply reacting to world events and local news.

    By Blogger Forward Looking Canadian, at 2:47 p.m.  

  • I see someone watched the Daily Show last night, or NAMBLA.

    By Blogger Jeff, at 3:20 p.m.  

  • I support these scholarships, but it's bizarre that they would be administered a) at the Federal level and b) by Foreign Affairs and CIDA. Given that the funding has not be cut, but simply had its renewal period shortened, perhaps there is a plan to rationalize the management of these programmes, or move them to provincial jurisdiction where they belong.

    If this is the case, I am disappointed Baird didn’t have the Plan B ready when this was announced. Reminds me of the Kyoto mess. If they knew a “Green Plan II” was being developed by the ‘crats, why didn’t they roll that out when they announced Kyoto was toast? Bad policy or bad policy management?

    By Blogger Scott in Ottawa, at 3:38 p.m.  

  • Michael Ignatieff unavailable to his staff, three weeks later???? Not available to comment for the Star. No one and I mean no ones sick mother in law is a reason for that kind of silence. He is MIA.

    By Blogger S.K., at 3:53 p.m.  

  • Iggy is kinda MiA

    By Blogger Stephen Jenuth, at 4:00 p.m.  

  • Say what you will about Bob Rae, but he'll always stick his neck out there and say what he thinks.

    Iggnatieff can spend a month in Europe and Dion can make bizarre comments about Canada mediating a cease-fire between our Lebaneese and Israeli friends (talk about someone out of touch with Canada's influence in the world), but Rae has consistently made gutsy and to the point foreign affairs statements whenevever an issue has presented itself.

    By Blogger Jeff Thompson, at 4:04 p.m.  

  • The education cuts are goofy. There's no other word of it. It'll be a huge embarrassment to Canadian academe and Canada in general.

    I hope that the rumors are false; if anything, they should be giving more money to organizations like the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council...

    (Or NAMBLA.)

    And, not to mention, the National Science and Engineering Research Council.

    (Or NAMBLA.)

    It's probably based on some sort of "scholarships are provincial jurisdiction" nonsense; perhaps the "hidden agenda" isn't quite dead yet.

    By Blogger Demosthenes, at 4:08 p.m.  

  • As for Ignatieff... he's trying to avoid commenting until he knows which way the wind is blowing. It's pretty obvious, and the first sign that he can actually play politics.

    By Blogger Demosthenes, at 4:09 p.m.  

  • No, I think he checked into a private Eastern European hospital for a little "rest". At this point in time its pretty obvious that its not his mother in law who is sick, or at least not just his mother in law. There is something weird about this total lack of comment from a leadership candidate, in his area of expertise.

    By Blogger S.K., at 4:15 p.m.  

  • Rae may be willing to weigh in on any and all foreign policy issues, but that doesn't mean he knows what he is talking about. On Afghanistan, for example, Rae has tied himself into so many knots even his handlers don't know what the hell he means. Iggy may be MIA, but his foreign policy instincts are sound and he still leads the pack in this category.

    Of course, one could argue that Pettigrew's performance as Foreign Minister actually improved when he was MIA in Europe...

    By Blogger Scott in Ottawa, at 4:18 p.m.  

  • Scott in Ottawa... the federal funding for these scolarships is for international students. It's a foreign affairs program not a domestic education program.

    It wouldn't make sense for Saskatchewan to be funding students from other countries in the name of Canada would it?

    By Blogger Environmental_Pundit, at 4:21 p.m.  

  • Ahhh, I see. Should have read the fine print. But, how does CIDA come into this? If it's a hearts and minds thing, then I can see DFAIT, or Heritage, but CIDA?

    By Blogger Scott in Ottawa, at 6:09 p.m.  

  • Not one campaign is being proactive here, every candidate is simply reacting to world events and local news.

    I couldn't agree more, Riley.

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 6:45 p.m.  

  • I don't have any fundraising emails from any pary to compare that one to, and while I assume they often refer to recent policy stances and statements as reasons to donate this is more distasteful because people are dying in the conflict. That said, I'm not sure Kennedy ought to have said much more than that.

    Also, I'm pretty sure that cutting the funding for US and Commonwealth kids to come here would jeopardize reciprocal funding for our kids who hit the UK/US on Commonwealth/Fulbrights.

    Finally, how successful are Van's sites? I remember reading a very interesting piece arguing against the sites' establishment, citing Baltimore's experience and noting that successful European experiences had to do with heroin, not meth and crack, which changed everythin.

    By Blogger matt, at 11:07 p.m.  

  • I don't actually know if this is true, but I am guessing the CIDA takes part in this program by helping to get smart kids from developing countries a good education in Canada. It is, in a sense (if we don't participate to vigourously in the "brain drain" process from these nations) a less tangible--though possibly more benificial in the long run--form of aid.

    By Blogger Pete, at 12:54 p.m.  

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