Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 28, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
Manitoba refuses to sign farm deal
Bv Alison Auld
HALIFAX — Three provinces nave refused to sign a long-awaited, $5.2 bil lion federal farm policy, claiming the deal doesn’t go far enough in helping an industry beset by drought and crippling foreign subsidies.
Agriculture ministers from Saskatchewan and Manitoba sat two rows back with the public and other off! aals as their provincial colleagues lined up to ink the disputed agreement with federal Agriculture Ministei Lyle Vanchef.
The two provinces, plus Quebec,
which wasn’t involved in mc ceremony, balked at ratifying the deal that would see them contribute millions in a broad, cost-sharing accord to reshape the future of farming policy
“This is completely inadequate when you’ve got $1.2 billion for two years and then your farmers are left high and dry ” Manitoba Agriculture Ministei Rosalia Wowi nuk said angrily just before her counterparts signed on to the deal in Halifax yesterday.
“I’m not prepared to sign a agreement if I don’t know that it is going to be better for my producers.”
Manitoba and Saskatchewan were hoping to wrest more money trom
Ottawa in aid for western tarmeis who have been particularly hard hit by naiur a1 disasters and punitive U.S. subsidies that have made it increasingly difficult for them to compete.
Ottawa proposed a so-called shared bridge fund to help fanners affected by drought and other market difficulties.
It would contribute $600 million a year in each of the next two years, but wants the provinces to kick in about $480 million in each year, raising the Lund to a total of about $1.1 billion in both years.
Several provinces have condemned the scheme, claiming the portion of the tarm-aid package is directly linked to the
U.S. trade dispute ann shouldn't be passed on to the provinces ic pay. they say the injury is a federal le^ponsibility and damages should be covered entirely by the federal government
Vanclief has repeatedly refused to relate the funding to the issue, saying the money has nothing to do with the cross-border trade dispute
Leaders from the West had been asking for $1.3 billion a year to covet steep losses caused by the US. subsidies, valued at $190 billion US over IO years. Ottawa’s offering of $600 million a year will only force farmers back to the table seeking more emergency funding, they say.
’When you look at the details and sec what kinds of commitments anan dally are in this package we’ii be back within the next couple of years on the same path that we vt: been on ova the past three, which is for emergency do! tars,” Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Clay Serby said outside the ca emony
Quebec has also said it won’t sign the deal, but it doesn’t normally go in on cost-sharing arrangements with Ottawa
Prince Edward Island, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories signalled their intent to finalize the deal once they received approval from their govern ments.
‘Friendly fire’ report due out
By John Ward
OTTAWA — A Canadian report on the bombing tragedy which killed four Canadian soldiers in
Afghanistan in April will be released today and will say that the American pilot who dropped the fatal bomb rushed his attack, defence officials say.
The report will closely mirror the leaked findings of a parallel American inquiry, which blamed an American pilot for turning to the attack without properly assessing the situation.
The findings of the American investigation are to be released in tandem with the Canadian report.
Maurice Bani, the retired general who led the
Canadian inquiry, delivered the report to Gen Ray Henault, the chief of the defence staff on June 19 The document has been under review since then, to ensure that it meets privacy and national security requirements and doesn’t threaten to compromise any possible legal action by the U S
The report won’t make any recommendations about legal action, although it s expected the American
inquiry will recommend a hearing for the pilot.
The leaked version of the US. report said Maj. Harry Schmidt, the part-time air national guard pilot who dropped a 225-kilogram bomb on a Canadian exercise in the wee hours of Apnl 18, didn’t follow proper procedures
U.8 officials said it was possible the pilot would face U.S. judicial action, likely a hearing under the Uniform Code of Military Justice Such a hearing is similar to an American civilian grand jury
Published reports said a surveillance aircraft warned the pilot the forces were friendly just seconds after he dropped the bomb.
The h 16 pilot apparently spotted muzzle flashes or tracer trails from the Canadian live fire eAtrcise and concluded athel he or his wingman was under attack
Instead ut leaving the area to assess the threat and plan a possible counter-attack, as procedures dictate, the F-16 pilot and that of a second plane i ushed to attack before a iddai plane could confirm the tai get as hostile
A relative of one of the Canadian soldiers killed in
Tax Freedom Day arrives for Canadians
By Allan Swim
MONTREAL — Canadians had to work from Jan. I until last night to pay all the taxes due for 2002, according to the annual Tax Freedom Day calculation by the Fraser Institute.
Starting today, average Canadians can keep for their own use all the money they earn for the rest of the year, says the free-market think-tank, which promotes Tax Freedom Day as a representation of government’s total take of the overall economy.
This year’s taxes — including federal, provincial and municipal income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, health taxes, import duties, licence tees and taxes on fuel, tobacco and alcohol — took two more days of work than last year’s.
The business-backed institute said income taxes went down for most people but they had to pay more taxes and tees on items like tobacco, medical care and pension contributions. As well, aTax Facts
Tax Freedom Day in Canada’s provinces this year and IO years ago: Newfoundland: May 31.
In 1992, May 14.
P.E.I.: June 5 / May ll.
Nova Scotia: June 17 /
New Brunswick: June 8 / May 21.
Quebec: July 3 / June 7. Ontario: June 27 / June
Manitoba: June 25 /June
Saskatchewan: June 22 / June 5.
Alberta: June 21 / June
B.C.: June 29 /June 13.
All of Canada: June 28 / June 8.
— I raser Institute
new security tee of $24 per return flight was imposed on airline travel starting in April.
The tax-free day falls earliest in Newfoundland, on May 31, partly because the province benefits most from federal tax transfers which reduce personal income taxes
It falls the latest for residents of Quebec on July 3.
The survey says the average Canadian family will have income of $70,868 this year, on which it pays $34,473 in taxes and fees — $761 more than in 2001.
Jason Clemens, the institute’s director of fiscal studies, cautioned that the annual calculation is not intended to measure the benefits Canadians receive in return for then taxes.
“It looks at the price that is paid for a product — government,” he said.
‘ll is nut a reflection of the quality of the product, how much of it each of us receives, or whether we get our money’s worth."
Dollar tops 66
TORONTO — Stock markets finished higher at the end of another day of zigzagging indexes as investors pondered positive economic data on one hand and pessimism about corporate accounting in the wake of the WorldCom scandal
The TSX Venture Exchange was down 9.61 at 1,158.84.
The Canadian dollar set a new high for the year, gaming 0.30 cent to 66.13 cents US — its first close over 66 cents in almost a year. —CF
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Retired Gen. Maurice Baril (left) president of the board of inquit y looking into the friendly fire incident killing four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan, outlines the board’s goals alongside Brig.-Gen. Marc Dumais at a news conference in Ottawa in April. The Canadian report on the bombing tragedy will be released today.
the bombing hoped the report would finally determine what happened and allow them to move on
All we’re hoping for is the truth Arthui Coolen, whose 21-year-old stepson Pte Ricky Green died in the
attack, said yesterday from his home on Nova Scotia’s south shore.
“Each time you try to forget and get on with your lives, but then it just starts again Maybe after this we’ll have some closure.”
House approves WorldCom subpoenas; Bush concerned
By John PORRETTO
JACKSON, Miss. — a congressional committee moved yesterday to subpoena top officials of discredited WorldCom Int as President George W. Bush voiced concern about the potential impact of the accounting scandal on the US. economy
Meanwhile, with his company facing potential bankruptcy, WorldCom CEO John Sidgmore promised to go ahead with huge job cuts that begin today fol lowing the revelation the film hid $3.8 billion US in expenses from investors Bush spoke of '‘corporal leaders who have not upheld theii responsible ties,” while U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill urged jail terms fin executives who falsely certify company finances.
it was more tough talk from the Republican administration amid a a isis of confidence in corporate Amel lea that could threaten a tenuous lecovv r the world's biggest economy
On Capitol Hill, the House financial services committee authorized subpoe-
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The Securities and Exchange Commission worked on its investigation of WorldCom after filing civil fraud charges against the company late Wednesday The action came a day after the telecommunications company dis closed its accounting deception and announced it would cut 17,000 job? to reduce costs
I he MVC raso sought to prevent the destruction of documents by WorldC om and payouts to company executives while the agency investigates.
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