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Old Feb 22nd, 2012, 01:06 PM   #3521
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Parliamentary budget officer asks Harper for pension plan proof

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``I would also strongly encourage the Government of Canada to fulfil the commitment it made in Budget 2007 to publish a `comprehensive fiscal sustainability and intergenerational report,' '' wrote Page.

That budget, which was Flaherty's second as finance minister, promised to release a report later that year that would ``provide a broad analysis of current and future demographic changes and the implication of these changes for Canada's long-run economic and fiscal outlook.''

Moreover, Flaherty's budget said that ``publication of a report on fiscal sustainability is motivated by the government's view that maintaining sustainable public finances at all orders of government is a critical condition to achieving intergenerational equity and strong and sustained economic growth.''

Four years later, the report has not been released - raising the prospect that the governing Tories are deliberately hiding research conducted at taxpayer expense because it does not suitably support the government's political plans.

In an interview with Postmedia News Thursday, Page said the government's refusal to release key reports such as this is notable - given that the Tories are planning cutbacks in the rate of growth for health transfers to provinces and for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension plan.

He said Flaherty is ``making multibillion-dollar decisions that are going to affect the future of this country, that are going to affect fiscal federalism, that will affect the provinces.''

``And where's their analysis? Nada. Nothing.''
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Old Feb 22nd, 2012, 01:07 PM   #3522
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How on earth did you wind up inferring that I am claiming Mexico is the epitome of environmental excellence? Your logic trail is broken.

As for Mining companies not being the government - no, but they do exert no small amount of influence in their lobbying efforts, and the Canadian government (current or past) has done little to encourage that they clean up their act - Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) being the biggest joke played upon "development" in recent years.
Surely it should be the jurisdiction of the governments of the countries that they are doing business in to make them clean up their act and not our government.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2012, 01:29 PM   #3523
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Canadian is Canadian is Canadian.

Organizations that scuff up our reputation whether corporate or governmental are tarnishing our presence in the world.

The Canadian Flag is easily identified and is a brand symbol for Canada.

The Government should be wary what is done in our name to protect the Canadian brand.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2012, 01:56 PM   #3525
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The government estimates are low balling the real costs of intrusions into our privacy?

Conservative costs?

Well there's a surprise, Our Glorious Leader doesn't want to let out information on the spending of our money, once again.
If this proves to be any where nearly as accurate as the long gun registry guesstimates, we can safely anticipate somewhere in the $10 Billion$ range at least in the near term.

Nothing the Cons have done to date, would indicate they have any clue as to what any of their proposals will really cost. F-35s just one example.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2012, 02:08 PM   #3526
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+1 True that.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2012, 02:18 PM   #3527
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Canadian is Canadian is Canadian.

Organizations that scuff up our reputation whether corporate or governmental are tarnishing our presence in the world.

The Canadian Flag is easily identified and is a brand symbol for Canada.

The Government should be wary what is done in our name to protect the Canadian brand.
What's priceless is when western companies go over to the 3rd world countries to have products made, only to discover say, lead in some of their products. Then they holler it's the host country's fault.

As if it never crossed their minds that standards are much lower there (hence the reason for going there in the first place...)
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Old Feb 22nd, 2012, 02:42 PM   #3528
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How on earth did you wind up inferring that I am claiming Mexico is the epitome of environmental excellence? Your logic trail is broken.

As for Mining companies not being the government - no, but they do exert no small amount of influence in their lobbying efforts, and the Canadian government (current or past) has done little to encourage that they clean up their act - Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) being the biggest joke played upon "development" in recent years.
You didn't infer it. I am bringing it up.

And the Canadian government is not responsible for what corporations do in other countries. That's the Mexican government's purview.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2012, 03:09 PM   #3529
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so much for these corporations having any human's best interests at heart,
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Old Feb 22nd, 2012, 03:09 PM   #3530
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Unless, of course, enacting environmental or labour standards presents an "unfair barrier to trade" under NAFTA or WTO regulations....
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