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Optics on Bombardier executive tests Liberals' promises to middle class

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["So it's another case of Justin Trudeau saying one thing and doing another, and frankly, I know that a lot of Canadians are growing very tired of Justin Trudeau not doing what he says he's going to do." Tom Mulcair. *RON*]
Stephanie Levitz, Canadian Press / CTV News, 3 April 2017
OTTAWA -- Justin Trudeau refused Monday to denounce Bombardier for enriching its executives even as the company rakes in nearly $1 billion in taxpayer money, drawing opposition charges that the Liberals are on wobbly legs when it comes to standing up for the middle class.

The ensuing public outcry has prompted the Montreal-based aerospace firm to put off for a year giving six executive officers more than half of the compensation it had planned -- and has also prompted the prime minister to change his tone.

Last week, Trudeau said the government respects "the free market and the choices that companies will make." On Monday, he said the governm…

Ralph Klein's multibillion dollar liability is about to blow up in Alberta's face

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["Flies in the face of any conception of the polluter-pays principle." Massive corporate welfare scheme about to blow up on the oil patch as a result of the current market downturn. *RON*]

Regan Boychuk, National Observer, 3 April 2017

Anxiety was running high among oil and gas industry executives after a stunning court ruling in 1991.

In the June 12, 1991 decision, a panel of Court of Appeal of Alberta judges unanimously ruled that "abandonment of oil and gas wells is part of the general law of Alberta enacted to protect the environment and for the health and safety of all citizens."

The responsibility to properly abandon a well was binding on all who became licensees of oil and gas wells, even in bankruptcy.

The ruling came to be known as the Northern Badger case.

The anxiety it triggered was profound, but it was replaced with a newfound confidence after an unexpected boom in oilpatch activity and Ralph Klein's swearing…

Canada Needs to Lower Poverty and Income Inequality to Boost Social Performance Relative to Peer Countries

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["On income inequality, Canada ranks 13th out of the 16 countries. Canada has the fourth-highest poverty rate among its peers." Interesting to see, as the Conference Board is highly conservative. *RON*]

NEWS PROVIDED BY Conference Board of Canada / CNW, 5 April 2017

Most provinces score "B" grades on social performance

Canada is a "B" performer on The Conference Board of Canada's society report card, but poor rankings relative to peer countries on income inequality and poverty highlight the scope for improvement. Canada places 10th overall in the first How Canada Performs: Society report card, that compares the social performance of Canada, the provinces, and 15 peer countries.
"The unexpected results of the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump have brought to light the political and social unrest that can come when voters are frustrated with their social outcomes. Both the U.K. and the U.S.…

Aung San Suu Kyi denies ethnic cleansing of Rohingya

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[Where is the sweetly smiling face of the long-suffering Buddhist now that she holds the big stick? Myanmar leader's remarks come despite UN and rights groups saying army crackdown may amount to crimes against humanity. *RON*]

Al Jazeera staff and news agencies, Al Jazeera, 6 April 2017
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has denied security forces carried out ethnic cleansing of the country's Rohingya Muslims, despite the UN and human rights groups saying a crackdown by the army may amount to crimes against humanity.

Tens of thousands of people have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state since the military began a security operation last October in response to what it says was an attack by Rohingya armed men on border posts, in which nine police officers were killed.

A UN report in February said the army's campaign targeting the Rohingya involved mass killings, gang rapes and the burning down of villages, likely amounting to crimes against human…

Lynn Beyak removed from Senate's Aboriginal peoples committee

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[Beyak is a classic case of a Christian who knows what's best for everyone else, and what their experiences really mean, and who is blithely unaware of how obnoxious she is to others. Though that last bit isn't really true: like Trump, her story rapidly changes tack when its awfulness is pointed out. For more on this: Senator Lynn Beyak says she doesn't need 'any more education' on residential schools; again, á la Trump, Senator Lynn Beyak stands by residential school remarks, cites 'fake news'; and, when it comes to what she's really after, Lynn Beyak tells residential school survivors she wants audit of all First Nations spending. *RON*]

John Paul Tasker, CBC News, 5 April 2017
Senator Lynn Beyak has been removed from the Senate's Aboriginal peoples committee, interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose told CBC News in an interview Wednesday.

Ambrose said she made the decision jointly with the newly minted leade…