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Sunday, November 28, 2004

Press Review

From today's edition of NORMAN'S SPECTATOR, where the articles are hotlinked.

US papers lead with Ukraine or Iraq elections.

In the UK, drugs are cheap. Though it’s a nanny not a stripper who jumped the queue, in the mother country, too, there’s plenty of sex and power and a brewing scandal to boot in the mix.

At home, the Prime Minister was abroad--celebrating our other mother country and asymmetricaling with Jean Charest.

He’s standing by Sgro and one can predict the questions in the Commons tomorrow.

While Martin's been on the road, the Opposition have been thinking of new ways to show we effectively have no government in Ottawa.

In Québec, the Laval Red and Gold won the Vanier cup again, while Jack Layton and Stephen Harper were showing their colours. The Gazette will not be amused and I can’t wait to see how Paul Martin handles the Québec language issue.

Back in the US, nothing about the Bush visit beyond yesterday’s pieces in the Post and the Times. However, from Toronto, Nora Jacobson counsels fellow Americans not to join her. I'll be wading in on these issues in tomorrow's Globe and Mail.

Today, the Times’ editorial board considers the filibuster in Washington and freedom of the press under Putin. Tom Friedman is onto Iraq.

Maureen Dowd writes about her family’s Thanksgiving. Edward Luttwak explains why George Bush must now change course in foreign policy.

The Washington Post’s editorial board looks at the Boeing deal. No, not Airbus, though the rumour mill has it that more interesting details are coming out in the courtroom.

George Will outs leftie academics. David Broder says cities were the big loser in the election. Jim Hoagland reports on the cameraman who shot the Marine shooting a wounded Iraqi.

Lally Weymouth interviews Abu Mazen and Ariel Sharon. Nora Jacobson counsels fellow Americans not to join her in Toronto.

The Los Angeles Times’ editorial board is onto abortion. Michael Kinsley weighs in on values, Matthew Spence on Ukraine.

The Toronto Star fronts research in Toronto, the Washington Post story on Ukraine and, from Washington, Tim Harper describing George Bush’s diplomatic skills as Ralph Klein portrayed Jean Chrétien’s with the premiers.

Jennifer Wells is onto AIDS. Martin Regg-Cohn reports from a Bhopal-in-the-making. Mitch Potter didn’t actually interview Abu Mazen, but he reports he’s speaking softly about peace.

David Marples opines on Ukraine , and Richard Gwyn says the West is making all the right noises.

Rick Anderson weighs in on the Bush visit. Linda McQuaig must still think he’ll be pushing us on missile defence.

The editorial board says Canadian journalists are under siege; in its lead editorial, it says the Martin-Bush talks should be candid.

I doubt, however, they’d want Bush to be candid about Canada ’s view that “the ‘war on terror’ [is] chiefly a police matter.” Come to think of it, I can’t recall Paul Martin ever saying that, though several Toronto Star editorialists and columnists have.

The Ottawa Sun has today’s best correction. In the Toronto Sun, Christina Blizzard looks at internet scams, Linda Williamson at internet luring and Eric Margolis at Ukraine.

Peter Worthington reviews Ontario ’s health policy, John Crosbie poetically pans various Liberals and lefties. In Winnipeg, Tom Brodbeck looks at Manitoba heath care.

In Calgary, Licia Corbella considers hate speech laws, Bishop Fred Henry, the situation of Iraqi Christians. Paul Jackson says the party’s over for Alberta Tories.

In Edmonton, Neil Waugh looks at the EI surplus, Paul Stanway at the Alberta election, Mindelle Jacobs at aboriginal education.

From Ottawa, Greg Weston sets up the Bush visit. Doug Fisher poops on Sheila Fraser and praises Beverley McLachlin; I think both judgments are about right.

The Ottawa Citizen fronts the CanWest Ukraine story, a religious renaissance, women genetically programmed to cheat, the top ten threats to Ottawa and Paul Martin lifting the public service hiring freeze.

Elsewhere in the CanWest corral, the Calgary Herald supports single-tier justice. In Edmonton, Lorne Gunter weighs in on the Alberta election.

(Yesterday, the Windsor Star fronted a grisly murder I missed. In Saskatoon, there was new money for the vet college.)

Today, the Montréal Gazette fronts Ukraine, college football and lax controls on sex offenders. The editorial board pans Ottawa 's aboriginal programs.

After virtually ignoring the Sgro stripper story all week, the Gaz re-prints Susan Riley’s allegations that it’s all a sexist lynching. However, the paper redeems itself by serving up a rarity--today’s top story:


Harper flings open doors to Quebec francophones

Posted by Norman Spector on November 28, 2004 | Permalink


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[QUOTE]"I respect the powers of the provinces," Harper told reporters ... Following a report from l'Office quebecois de la langue francaise that warned the use of English was gaining ground in Quebec , Premier Jean Charest said he would do whatever was necessary to protect the French language.[UNQUOTE]

Stephen Harper: you are an ass. There is no "power of the provinces" in the Canadian constitution which gives them the right to force a language on its people. A government is obliged to conduct its business in whichever languages are convenient for its people. Outside of government, people are free to use whatever they language they choose, whenever and wherever they want.

If it is your aspiration to be the prime minister of a backwards, socialist banana republic, then you can keep your Conservative Party.

Jean Charest: you cannot save a language by swaddling it in a blanket of repressive legislation. You are only hastening its demise.

Posted by: Justzumgai | 2004-11-28 9:38:33 AM

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