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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 23, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba A4 June 2002 OPINION 121st Year 153 OTHER VIEWS Eves moves past Harris Weeks Ernie Eves succeed ed Mike Harris as Ontarios Last Eves buried him polit ically at Harris is not only but judging by the spending increases and delayed tax cuts agreed to by Eves in the latest provincial he is all but for He is a figure for the history books who has ceased to matter in the provinces daily What a difference weeks can Eves who as finance minister under Harris was famed for tax and spending cuts has emphatically steered Ontario in a new His first as not finance reads like the last rites and burial service for Hams Common Sense Together with Janet Ontarios new finance Eves has increased public in targeted areas where the need and public support are both In keeping with lessons learned dur ing the economic bad times of the the budget will There will be no no new But to do this when business growth and revenues are still recovering from an economic the latest instal ment of tax cuts once the Tory trade mark will be Just as the Conservatives will actually increase taxes on Smokers are not alone in finding something to loathe in this The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation complains that the additional million that will be spent on classroom education in the next year isnt The Ontario Division of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters is steamed that the government has post poned a billion corporate tax Let the critics This is a wise and humane budget that is liberal more than conservative and that balances the real and urgent needs of the public with the publics ability to Eves and Ecker have correctly identi fied the most critical areas in which more money should be We believe most Ontarians will applaud this budget just as they will willingly forgo the next round of tax cuts for a year at least while education and environmental needs are Healthcare spending without argument the greatest priority for the increase by per cent or billion this year to hit an alltime high of Besides more cash for there will be an extra million to accom modate the double cohort of high school students who will flood the provinces universities in the fall of 2003 after Grade 13 is finally Fully aware of public anxiety over the the government will spend million over two years to implement the recommendations of the Walkerton inquiry while more than restoring the money cut from the Environment Ministry by Perhaps the transformation of the Tories is not so remarkable or inexplica Harris won two majority govern ments in a row by creating platforms that were in tune with the mood of the voters and the temper of the in another decade and another his successor is shrewdly and capa bly doing the same editorial from the KitchenerWaterloo Record LOOKING BACK Twisters rip through south leaving destruction in wake SIXTY YEARS AGO Canadians from all parts of the Dominion took a hand during the night in aiding the Royal Air Force blast the German port of Emden with high explosives in a concentrated The German high command claimed today a German motor torpedo boat flotilla attacked a formation of small British coastal craft and freighters leaving Tobruk and destroyed FIFTY YEARS AGO Currently showing in Brandon at the Cecil DeMilles The Greatest Show on starring Charlton Heston at the The Las Vegas starring Jane and the Pace That Thrills at the Green Acres DriveIn is Double Crossbones starring Donald OConnor at the Oak Theatre is Belle Starrs star ring George Montgomery and The Jackpot starring James FORTY YEARS AGO Seventeen Brandon College students won a total of in scholarships for second and third year work on the basis of examinations written in 1961 Topping third year scholarship win ners was Leonard Rivers of He won the presidents scholarship in science for best academic record in sec ond and third The annual achievement day of the Belmont 4H Beef Calf club was held with 17 Grand champion calves in the market and heifer classes were shown by the brothersister combi nation of Donna and Larry THIRTY YEARS AGO area schools qualified for Brandons first frog jumping contest held Winner of the jumping 131 inch was coached by Garth 11 and Brian both of George Fitton Wes a Grade 9 student at Boissevain placed first in the junior javelin event at the provincial track and field meet held in Despite rising prices and high unem Canada this has become a economy for the first federal statistics TWENTY YEARS AGO The entire New Era student all 370 of celebrated the approaching end of the school year with a picnic at Curran Park Police escorted older students who bicycled to the park while others went by After opening below 77 cents on for eign exchange markets Canadas dollar rebounded almost a fifth of a cent in a few hours to reach cents Provincial Exhibition organizers are thanking a new Conklin and several new events for atten dance figures topping at the 1982 show more than TEN YEARS AGO A halfdozen tornadoes ripped through southern and central Manitoba flattening buildings and smashing uprooting trees and raining down golfball sized hail Damage was most severe in A crowd of about 400 attended yes terdays ceremonies celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Thirtytwo frogs representing four From the files of The Brandon IM GLAD WE GOT ALL WVE GOT to HAVE NATIONAL VIEWPOINT bloody Sunday BY JIM TRAVERS For The Sun OTTAWA A cruel joke wearing thin here is that today in the national capital is the day of imposed The strength of that dark humour is its proximi ty to In this spring of scandal and Sunday is now a day to be a day to be Its transformation from benign to belligerent began with the sudden sacking of Art escalated with the dis missal of Paul Martin and took an unexpected turn with the firing of Ottawa Citizen publisher Russ The common denominator of those troubling events is a prime minister who hoards power and protects it with ruthless Eggleton is gone because one too many blunders exposed the depth of rot in a Chretien government that mistook public money for its the restless heir is banished for posing an intolerable The awkward metamorphose of Mills from obedient cor porate servant to newspaper martyr flows directly from an obsequious employers determination to muffle criticism of a prime minister who is also an invaluable business ally and Those events register differently on the political Richter Eggletons loss is As epic and entertaining as the leadership struggle it remains just a tortured passing of the torch that gives Liberals almost divine right to But the implications of a multimedia giant silencing debate and twist ing its news strikes at the critical relationship between a free press and By firing the dean of Southam Izzy and David Asper have accomplished much more than they They have made concrete the once theoretical threat of media Their partisan shilling foolishly puts their own papers at risk by turning a simple purchase into a Chretien Most they are reminding the country that polit ical fundraising requires swift and radical the Aspers flagrant abuse of a public trust is attracting most unions and read ers are finally railing against the laissezfaire capture of the nations editorial voices by a few corporate There are demands for a public inquiry into media con the impact of electronic and print media conver gence on diverse and the Prime Ministers if in Mills There is no reason to believe another Royal Commission would be more effective than the last Liberal governments ignored those findings and recom mendations and this administration wont infuriate its allies by meddling in their business or willingly plunge into the com emotionally charged debate over the role of government in protecting press A better solution is for the federal government to accept its responsibility to ensure an unfettered press can While constitutional guarantees of free speech and a free press mean little if the many can only hear the Both corporate concentration and convergence are far advanced and are more likely to be reversed by market forces than federal But Ottawa can influence the It can extend Competition Bureau powers to block mergers and acquisitions that would limit public It as it already does to protect newspapers from for eign ownership and shape tax policy to encour age everything from the hardtoregulate Holy Grail of editorial independence to or As they are doing consumers can also remind owners that newspapers are more than a more than a per sonal Publishing requires a commitment to a willing ness to consider all points of a selflessness the Aspers have yet to Together those virtues form a public trust that supersedes and enhances the if business of selling ads and That trust is being eroded by the narcissistic insistence that only the Asper voice is worth And it is being eroded by the companys unseemly financial and editorial support for a government that controls Can Wests broadcast It is no coincidence that regulated industries topped the list of most generous contributors to the Liberal election war And it is not much of a stretch to conclude that a compa ny that is ignoring its public promises to protect local editori al independence wants faithful friends in Ottawa when those commitments are That nexus of money and private interest is shrinking and making shabby our political It raises doubts about the motivations of donor and benefi It discredits public institutions and those who legiti mately support The damage can be seen in the scandals now rocking the More clearly it can be seen here on almost any Sunday when the detritus of power exercised crudely and without restraint tumbles to the James Trovers is a national affairs Free speech wakeup call BY WAYNE MACDONALD Former KitchenerWaterloo Record Russ the fired publisher of the Ottawa was the president of Southam when that compa ny purchased the independent Record from the Motz family in Prior to he said his largest purchase had been his The firing of Mills by media giant CanWest Global may not mean much to ordinary But it It is one more reason and a big one to worry about the rapid erosion of one of our fundamental the freedom of expression and the guaranteed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Mills and the Ottawa Citizen rankled the Asper family CanWest Global for the Citizens notable efforts in uncover ing some of the untruths coming from the Liberal govern It also had a large role in unseating Art The among many also called for the resignation of Jean another Mills apparently made matters worse by speaking critically of CanWest Globals central con trol over editorial That was the day he was awarded an honorary degree from Carleton Next day he was His firing is a great loss to Canadian Russ is honest to a an intelligent spokesperson on many sub and wholly dedicated to a free press in a democratic soci He is a leader in quality newspaper His on the other also has a long histo ry in some of it as editor of the But more recently he has worked diligently on behalf of Conrad Black and the National Post to topple the Chretien government and defeat liberalism in apparent he will work just as diligently with the Aspers to ensure the same government stays in Well see how the public interest is best Another good at the Montreal also bit the again in apparent conflict with Aspers central control of editorial So here we have Good people fired for the wrong rea Others promoted for the wrong Political and media power in Canada is more concentrated today than ever and its in the same Theres no effective opposition anywhere to be True liberalism died a decade Freedom of speech and independent newsrooms may be the next to of rightthinking Canadians wake Glenn Johnson Editor and Director of Readership Development Gordon Wright City Editor Jim Lewthwalte News Editor The Sun welcomes your signed Please send them to 501 Rosser R7A send us a fax at 7270385 or an email message at [email protected] Include a phone number for We reserve the right to edit for spelling and good BRANDON Serving Western Manitoba Since Published Daily except The Brandon Sun is a Division of FP Canadian Newspapers Limited 501 Rosser R7A Member of The Canadian Audit Bureau of The Canadian Newspaper Publishers Manitoba Press Canadian Publishers Mail Product Sales Agreement Bill Chester General Manager and Interim Advertising Director Colleen Gabrlelle Business Manager Rudy Redekop President and Publisher The Brandon Sun is a member of the Manitoba Press If you have a complaint about this or any other member please forward it to the Press 1032015 Portage MB R3J ;