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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 24, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba A8 BRANDON Jane Liberal MPs face off in televised interviews OTtAWA Liberal MPs stepped up debate on both sides of the Jean ChretienPaul Martin leadership strug gle taking pot shots at each other on CTVs Question The verbal volleying is increasingly focused on party politics whether MPs should keep quiet and support their leader or be able to make their dis satisfaction with Chretien Chretien loyalist and Immigration Minister Denis Coderre said he found it pretty sad that Martin supporters like Quebec MP Helene Scherrer openly criticize the prime minister rather than protecting the Scherrer told Montreals La Presse last week that Chretien should step The main thing is pretty easy to understand we can like anybody we but its a matter of loyalty and we have to stick to said So we have to stick to the to the Thats total Ontario MP Andrew Telegdi fired back in a separate What we are doing is were following the democracy of the who criticized the leader in a newspaper article last said Chretien supporters like Coderre take too much credit in claiming the prime minister was responsible for three con secutive Liberal majorities in the House of lets be clear the Liberal party and the Liberal team swept the country three times and if it wasnt for people like the prime minister wouldnt be prime he So for him to say that he did it was the team that did it and the Liberal party that did Coderre challenged Martin to state publicly whether he wants Chretien to Id like to know from Paul pretty like Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Stephane Dion said tell us do you want the prime minister to step down Telegdi insists Chretien is dividing the first by leaving his supposed plans to resign this fall in doubt and then by dismissing Martin as finance minis He says the party has been shaken to its I think for the prime minister to be using surrogates and go out and attack people is taking the low said And I expect he will be doing it more and more leading up to the February leadership Canadian Press Four dead as tour boat sinks near BY STEPHEN THORNE Canadian Press tour boat that cap sized on the Ottawa slipping under water within seconds Mid taking four passen gers with was under investigation for nearly sinking last a lead investigator said Four among them that of a mother and her two were pulled from the water about hours after the yellow amphibious craft sank near Parliament Hill yesterday It just sank for no known said Yves Martel of the Gatineau When it sank all the people on board went under There were 10 passengers and two crew members on board the Lady which also travels on The captain issued a mayday call to a mari na just metres from the scene and ordered pas sengers to don Most said Normand chief investigator with the Transportation Safety Board of Some The boat sank within I would even say within sec Its sad but The Lady owned by Lady Dive Tours is already the subject of a safety board investigation for a previous said The boat was ordered out of service for a couple of weeks after it grounded on the Ottawa side of the river and tipped over on July CANADIAN PRESS Ottawa police divers discuss the tragedy after pulling four bodies from the Ottawa River after a tour boat capsized in There were no injuries in that The safety boards investigation was to con clude this It wasnt known if yesterdays sinking was related to the previous said The safety board has ordered all vessels run by the company out of he Lady Dive Tours Amphibus refused com ment Martel said three of the four victims in yes terdays accident were part of a Montreal fam ily a 43yearold mother and her two daugh aged 13 and The womans husband sur He was not Pierre a marina said of the He was The body of a 66yearold woman from Saint was also pulled from the which was about 12 metres deep at the accident Breton said the victims had tried to take safety The victims were wearing he They were trapped The boat was near the end of its tour and returning to port when it began taking in water over the hood of the vehicle into the said Private boats from the marina went to rescue some of whom were able to swim to Boat safety regulations are not as strict for vessels that carry twelve or fewer such as the Lady Such smaller craft require a vehicle licence and a smallcraft licence from Transport the agency that governs rail and air Vets plan UN appeal over compensation BY MARIA BABBAGE Canadian Press OTTAWA An association representing Canadas war veterans plans to lodge a complaint with the UN over a compensation package for aboriginal veterans announced last week by the federal The National Council of Veterans Associations threatened yesterday to file a claim denouncing the offer with the UN Human Rights Commission in It says the government failed to provide adequate rehabilitation benefits for Metis and nonstatus Indians who are excluded from the This offer is not said The package announced Friday offers status aboriginal veterans and their spouses each for ben efits denied to natives who fought in the Second World War and About former servicemen and 800 surviving spouses are eligi as well as the estates of veterans or spouses who died after when Ottawa struck a panel to examine the Veterans Affairs Minister Key Pagtakhan announced the lion package in the Commons on compassionate grounds amid National Aboriginal Day cel It followed years of polit ical haggling and threatened law I would hope that the First Nations eligible will accept this Pagtakhan who served with many natives during the Second World said the package falls far short of the amount sought by veterans and aboriginal The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations had asked for for each surviving veteran or The government offer also excludes some Metis and nonstatus Indians who lived off Chadderton said his organiza tion wanted the government to cre ate a grant for all aboriginal veter including Inuit and non status Aboriginal veterans associations decided Saturday to reject the offer during a meeting in he We met all day on he I had our lawyers there and we decided that if the government was not prepared to extend the assistance to the Metis and the non status Indians the ones not on the reservations that we would proceed with a claim to the United Since Parliament is no longer sit he hopes the claim will speed up a scheduled July meeting with The claim will be made through the War Amps of which has nongovernmental sta It can be filed within 10 he Matthew Coon national chief of the Assembly of First welcomed the package Friday but said it was still up to the veterans to decide if it was accept Police officer shot through cruiser door HALIFAX Halifax police offi cer was in hospital in good condition after she was shot through the door of her patrol car early yesterday on a downtown Susan was hit in the right leg and left hand during the incident on Brunswick said Halifax Regional Police spokeswoman Judy The fiveyear veteran of the force was taken to receive medical treatment by her Dwayne who was also slightly The shooting happened after officers arrested a woman following a noisy dis turbance on the A small group of people confronted the police during the said As Jhey left the the officer was shot through the passenger side door of enoto An man was arrested bpwrs after the incident and IN BRIEF Airport security tax may dropt Mauley EDMONTON Ottawa wants to cut the cost of the air port security but will wait until fall before making any move on the tax added to every airline ticket in Finance Minister John Manley I want to see it Manley told the Edmonton Journal while in Edmonton for the Canadian Track and Field The tax was added to bolster airport security in reaction to the 11 terrorist attacks in New York and I just want to know that weve got the data that enables me to get the numbers said who is also deputy prime The principle is that people using air services should pay for the security is one that we believe But he said he doesnt want people to pay more for securi ty than the actual WestJet recently drew attention to the tax by offering a flight to which would actually cost flyers once the security airport improvement fees and other mandatory fees and taxes were added to the Majority favour North American cars poll MONTREAL Most Canadians prefer cars built in North while Quebecers tend to be more evenly split between them and Asian suggests an opinion The Leger Marketing survey found that 54 per cent of respondents favour North American compared with a 25 per cent rating for Asian Eight per cent gave the nod to European while the rest had no preference or didnt Across the preference for North American cars stood at 68 per cent in Manitoba and Other regional breakdowns were the Atlantic 61 59 56 British 46 and 41 per cent of Quebecers favoured Asian The province was followed by British 33 21 18 Manitoba and 13 and Atlantic The poll of carowning Canadians was conducted May 2226 at the national is considered accurate within percentage 19 times out of Vandalism leaves without cable MONTREAL Upwards of cable subscribers in the Montreal area saw nothing but snow on television this more acts of vandalism plagued cable giant which is embroiled in a labour dispute with About 10 major cables were severed Saturday night and yesterday One strategically cut cable denied ser vice to Company officials say they have little doubt the vandalism is linked to the We caught three union members committing acts of vandalism two weeks ago in Quebec they were caught in the act by the Videotron spokesman JeanPaul Galarneau I think it is an easy link to The affiliated with the Canadian Union of Public was not available for The labour conflict between Videotron and of its technicians and call centre workers dates to May The weekend attacks on the equipment were the third wave of vandalismto strike Quebecs largest cableTV service provider 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