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Thursday, November 25, 2004

Press Review

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

US papers lead with Ukraine or Iraq; in France and the UK, it’s mostly Ukraine.

At home, Love has returned to Ralph Klein’s office, but there was not much in evidence on the floor of the House of Commons yesterday.

An informal applause-meter suggests there was unanimity on Ukraine however; on the other hand, George Bush will not be taking any chances.

The CBC reported on rumours of love at Rideau Hall behind yesterday’s National Post correction.

The Toronto Star corrected last week’s howler about the sub procurement.

The National served up new poop on the seared sub last night.

It’s a holiday in the US, and the Washington Post’s editorial board looks at Thanksgiving, and at Ukraine. Jim Hoagland looks at Ivory Coast, David Broder at the Republicans.

The New York Times’ editorial board gives thanks and focuses on China in Latin America. Tom Friedman thanks US troops, as does Max Boot in Los Angeles.

The Times’ editorial board looks at Ukraine, and at big rear ends. Margaret Carlson touts Hillary for President. Andrew Gumbel poops on his Prince and our future King.

The Toronto Star editorial board weighs in on Hep-C and car-free days; the lead editorial confesses to not having the solution, but pans Ottawa’s performance on the aboriginal file nevertheless.

The Star fronts fat Ontarians, Mayor Miller’s broom, Canada slamming Ukraine and the Bush visit. Inside, Mitch Potter reports on a Canadian going to prison in Israel.

Frank Iacobucci explains why the Rae review is important. Jim Travers describes the mess in Ottawa on the eve of the Bush visit.

The Globe and Mail fronts mutual funds, Mayor Miller, Ralph Klein, George Bush, Ukraine along with a view from the Russian side.

Inside, Shawn McCarthy reports on new global architecture. André Picard analyzes the SCC’s autism decision.

John Doyle says network news is dying and it’s time to re-think the role of the three white guys in suits. Here are the latest standings in his Most Irritating Canadian contest:

“1) The Canadian Tire guy; 2) Ben Mulroney; 3) Tanya Kim; 4) Gordon Pape; 5) Paul Martin; 6) Shelagh Rogers; 7) Sheila Copps; 8) Ralph Klein; 9) The Lakota commercial guy; 10) Cheryl Hickey.”

Inside, John Ibbitson weighs in on Judy Sgro:

“It could take a month or more for Mr. Shapiro to complete his report. The question for Mr. Martin is whether he can afford to wait that long, with the government being pummelled daily in the House, or whether he will need to take more immediate action. It's an uncomfortable choice.

Meanwhile, if you should find your day is going badly, take comfort in this thought: It could be worse. You could be Judy Sgro.”

Lawrence Martin sets up next week’s Bush visit:

“Mr. Martin has an ace card in his deck. His plan for a G20 or L20, a new multilateral body to act as sort of an interim league of nations, has growing appeal. The world won't accept U.S. unilateralism; UN multilateralism is dysfunctional. The Martin plan is a classic Canadian compromise. Its potential creation is something he can dangle over the President's head — a multilateral reminder.

Mr. Bush is unlikely to give such a proposal his blessing — yet. We wouldn't join his war. Why would he join our peace? But at some point he will be more sensitive to his international image, to his shattering of America 's reputation abroad, to the need for consensus and compromise. Mr. Martin's idea provides the potential vehicle for a direction change. For Mr. Bush, a new image of consensus-builder could be born.”

The editorial board weighs in on the offshore negotiations:

“Mr. Martin made a promise, and even at $55 a barrel, a pledge is a pledge. Newfoundland should receive its full share of offshore oil proceeds, without time limit or cap. …At the same time, as Premier Williams has acknowledged, there should be no double-dipping. If Newfoundland 's basic fiscal capacity rises to the point that it is no longer eligible for equalization, those payments should stop as they would for any other province.

And Mr. Williams should acknowledge Mr. Martin's potential difficulties with other provinces by pledging to dedicate a good portion of the oil revenues to paying down the debt — a conservative fiscal goal that might soften opposition elsewhere. … But as the Premier said at another point in Monday's debate, “What we are trying to do is wrap a package for the federal government, so that they can live with their commitment.” In the process, Mr. Martin may learn not to make impulsive phone calls.”

The National Post editorial board is onto Ukraine, Terence Corcoran writes about the Byrd amendment.

The paper fronts George Bush and pot use, chases yesterday’s Toronto Sun story on Judy Sgro and carries New York Times copy on Ukraine —along with Don Martin on Ralph Klein’s latest move:

“Love's return is great news for the deflated morale of Ralph's World. The 2004 election found a Premier caged, controlled and cranky. His greatest strength, the ability to speak his mind candidly, was gagged by a group of timid advisors.

Love, perhaps more than anyone else, understands the secret to the Alberta Premier's success: Let Ralph be Ralph. If that happens, Klein's amazing story may yet have a happy ending.”

Elsewhere in CanWest land, the Montréal Gazette fronts property taxes, Ukraine and anti-Jewish slogans encrypted in the LCC yearbook. The editorial board is onto Ukraine.

The Ottawa Citizen fronts greedy local councillors, Bush, Ukraine and pot.

In the Toronto Sun, Bob MacDonald is onto Ukraine. From Ottawa, Greg Weston looks at helicopters.

In Winnipeg, Tom Brodbeck wades in on child poverty. In Edmonton, Paul Stanway writes about the return of Love. In Calgary, Rick Bell writes about demotions.

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