Feb 6, 2006 Canada's 22nd Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his cabinet were sworn in. "For the first time in decades Canadians might have a Prime Minister who doesn't lie to them. " and there still has to be real valid work done by all of the Members of Parliament and their respective committees, the federal cabinet now now as well.Stephen Harper's cabinet Key members:
Jim Flaherty, Finance Peter MacKay, Foreign Affairs David Emerson, Int'l Trade Tony Clement, Health Gordon O'Connor, Defence Vic Toews, Justice Rona Ambrose, Environment Stockwell Day, Public Safety Maxime Bernier, Industry Carol Skelton, revenue minister and minister for western economic development. Michael Fortier, public works minister, Vic Toews, justice minister, Rob Nicholson, Government House Leader Marjory LeBreton Leader of the Government in the Senate John Baird, President of Treasury Board Gregory Thompson ,Minister of Veterans Affairs Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Jim Prentice, Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians Monte Solberg, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Gary Lunn , Minister of Natural Resources PMichael Chong, resident of the Queen's Privy Council and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister for Sport Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for Quebec Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development — Bev Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women — Josée Verner, Minister of International Co-operation and Minister for La Francophonie and Official LanguagesThere are six women in Harper's cabinet, including Rona Ambrose and Bev Oda.. In addition to party stalwarts, Mr. Harper's cabinet included former Liberal David Emerson — who crossed the floor. The Vancouver-Kingsway MP is the new Conservative minister of international trade, with responsibilities for the Vancouver Olympics and B.C.'s Gateway transportation project. Harper appointed five representatives from Quebec including Michael Fortier, a key Conservative party organizer in Quebec. Mr. Fortier steps in as public works minister even though he isn't a sitting MP in the province, where the Conservatives had already managed to pick up 10 seats..“I do think it's important for Montreal to have a minister in cabinet," Mr Harper said. Of Mr. Emerson, he said he was long impressed with the MP's service as a Liberal. His appointment, he added, was intended to tap into Mr. Emerson's “ increase representation for Vancouver, British Columbia within governing party." B.C. will have three other representatives in the new Conservative cabinet – Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day, Agriculture Minister Chuck Strahl and Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn. Ontario is also suffeciently represented in the cabinet. There are nine MPs from Ontario, 10 from the West, including four from Alberta, one from Manitoba and three from the Atlantic provinces. Prince Edward Island was shut out from cabinet, having elected no Tory MPs. Noticeably absent is outspoken Calgary MP Diane Ablonczy, one of 14 Conservative women who were elected.
and " B.C. coal port sale a political hot potato Thursday, January 5, 2006 The proposed sale of a money-losing coal terminal in Prince Rupert, B.C., is creating strange bedfellows in the federal election campaign, putting Industry Minister David Emerson at odds with fellow Liberal and Transport Minister Jean Lapierre and on the same side as Conservatives who oppose the deal. Mr. Emerson, speaking on behalf of the B.C. Liberal caucus, believes the proposed sale to a partnership led by London, Ont.-based Fortune Minerals Ltd. should not go ahead and will take that position in talks with Mr. Lapierre, a spokesman for Mr. Emerson said Thursday. Mr. Emerson made similar comments over the past week to newspapers in Vancouver and Prince Rupert, which is about 800 kilometres north of Vancouver. Conservative MP John Cummins has been speaking out against the proposed sale for months, arguing that it would put an important public asset in the hands of a private company that could jack up rates for competing producers and use revenue from the terminal to support its own mine project in the region. Fortune says such concerns are unfounded. The company is developing the Klappan coal project in northern B.C. and hopes to ship coal from that mine through Ridley Terminal. Conservative leader Stephen Harper has promised to put the brakes on the sale until it can be reviewed. John Reynolds, co-chairman of the Conservative campaign, Thursday said his party wants a review of the process because the proposed arrangement is a “bad deal for B.C.” and that the facility should remain in public hands. Mr. Reynolds, who is retiring as an MP after the Jan. 23 election, said Mr. Emerson is contradicting his colleague now the proposed deal has become an election issue. “Emerson's now trying to keep some votes,” Mr. Reynolds said. Meanwhile, Fortune says it played by the rules in an open bidding process for the terminal and that a booming commodity market has raised the political stakes. “If [the price of] coal had stayed where it was and nobody cared about coal, nobody would care about this,” said Julian Kemp, a spokesman for Fortune. Ridley Terminals, a federal Crown corporation, is a deep-water port built in the 1980s as part of an ambitious scheme to ship B.C. coal to global markets and to spur economic development in the northeast part of the province. But hoped-for prices did not materialize and the project was largely a bust. The Quintette mine, near Tumbler Ridge, closed in 2000 and nearby Bullmoose closed in 2003. Built at a cost of $250-million, Ridley never operated at its capacity and required federal funds to stay in business. The terminal was on the block in the mid-1990s but no buyer was found. The government tried again in 2003, issuing a formal request for proposals. Fortune Minerals and Federal White Cement Ltd., a privately-held company with its main office in Woodstock, Ont., formed Northwest Bulk Terminals Inc. and was selected as primary bidder by Transport Canada. Documents released by Mr. Cummins in October show the partnership proposed in 2003 to pay $20-million for the facility, including $3-million up front and the remainder to be paid out over 40 years. That raised howls of protest from Mr. Cummins and others who accused the government of sloughing off a prize asset at a fire-sale price. Coal prices have more than doubled over the past two years, with contracts soaring from $50 (U.S.) a tonne in 2004 to as high as $125 last year on surging demand from steel makers. The Ridley Shippers Coalition, a group of B.C. coal producers, has banded together to fight the deal, saying a sale to a private operator could lead to uncompetitive shipping rates and threaten an industry that's beginning to recover. Several new mines opened last year and more are scheduled to come on stream this year. Reasonable shipping rates are critical if B.C. producers hope to compete with Australian companies that have operations closer to ports, said coalition spokesman Pat Devlin. Leslie Swartman, a spokeswoman for Transport Minister Jean Lapierre, said the Ridley divestiture process has taken almost three years and was waiting for cabinet approval when the election was called. Approval is required before the government can enter negotiations with a preferred bidder. " explains why David Emerson became next a Conservative cabinet minister and Tue Feb 7, VANCOUVER (CP) - The federal government has cancelled the sale of the Ridley Island coal terminal in Prince Rupert, B.C., to an Ontario company.
1/3 of the new federal cabinet is from Ontario, but none from Toronto, the largest city in Canada too. S Harper said Flaherty will speak for the Toronto region... yes but will he listen to them, act upon their needs, complaints too?"I certainly hope that Mr. Flaherty, in his time out of politics, has reflected on some of the consequences of the policies that he adopted as part of Mike Harris' government and had impacts on Toronto," Layton said. "Let's hope there's been some lessons learned." Even that a Progressive Conservative Premier that is an alcoholic drunk, abuser or a Progressive Conservative Premier that committed adultery, slept with a not divorced, married woman belonging still to another man are really still no better than a Liberal person in office who cheats, lies, steal, covers up, slanders, bashes, does not keep their election promises.
A perverse government that does not acknowledge even it's citizens rightful concerns, rights is a tyrannical one. Even Mr. E Ewes the now ex premier of Ontario who was a really useless, immoral, pretentious twit.. this ex Progressive Conservative premier of Ontario Ernie Ewes who had now wrongfully also had sent the local police to harass me cause I had written only one letter to the Ontario premier on a subject that he too did not want open for public discussion, the subject of Progressive Conservative divorce, adultery and sleeping with a non divorced married women and rightfully I next also exposed to all his next immoral acts toward me now too, his unacceptable false attempt to suppress my right of free speech too.
(1 Cor 6:9 KJV) Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Tim 5:20 KJV) Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. 21 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.
Harper dismisses criticism of cabinet Reuters Canada, OTTAWA (Reuters) - New Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday dismissed widespread unhappiness with his Conservative cabinet as "superficial . There are two ways to see this event.. the New Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is either a typical bad politician or is still a good one.Mr. Harper has said his new cabinet choices were made for the good of all Canadians, including now the people from Montreal, and Vancouver who are now next represented in the federal cabinet.. as far as keeping his stated, promised values.. the New Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper knows he won't be able to pass his bills in parliament fully until he gets firstly a majority governments.. so pleasing the majority of the Canadian Voters in the next election was, is clearly part of his cabinet strategy now as well.. How is it he clearly had left of Toronto and PEI? "Like any cabinet maker, I do the best I can with the lumber you furnish me.". John A. Macdonald. Interesting that Harper is caring about getting support from Ontario, Montreal and Vancouver as well.. The federal cabinet clearly was made to get the Conservatives next reelected nation wide too. Now no one is fully adequate, perfect, and maybe the next federal cabinet will even be better? With the 29 NDP seats, that puts the overall Harper's minority seats number at 154 — still one short of the magic number of 155 needed to ensure a piece of legislation passes in the face of opposition from the Liberals and the Bloc Québécois.