Politics on TV: Friday, Oct. 5 edition - Macleans.ca

Politics on TV: Friday, Oct. 5 edition


Message of the day: “We were listening about EI.”

Questions not answered

  • Will the changes to prison chaplains be considered constitutional?

HIV disclosure ruling:

On Power & Politics, Richard Elliott of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network debated the Supreme Court ruling with University of Ottawa law professor Carissma Mathen. Elliott called the ruling a setback because it says condoms are not good enough to reduce transmission. He said the finding ignores science and potentially casts anyone with HIV as a criminal, even if they are practising safer sex. Mathen said the ruling balances interests, especially because it considers a partner’s right to consent.

Richard Elliott also showed up on Power Play, where he noted that the onus will be on prosecutors to only take forward prosecutions that are in the public interest.

Fiscal update:

On Power Play, Don Martin spoke to economist Carlos Leitao of the Laurentian Bank of Canada, who said 54,000 new jobs in Canada is significant. He said it’s a myth that most of those jobs are low-wage. Leitao said the higher-than-expected deficit numbers for the last fiscal year was a surprise, though the trend is in the right direction.

EI clawback climb-down:

In a last-minute-on-a-Friday announcement, the government said  it will back down on EI changes around clawbacks for people working while on claim. Power & Politics hosted an MP panel to discuss. Kellie Leitch said a pilot project allows for a buffer to make long-term changes. Roger Cuzner said it won’t change the situation for people on the ground because only older claims are eligible. Malcolm Allen said the program is now more convoluted, especially because some people can’t opt back to the old program.

Prison chaplains:

With news Corrections will be laying off part-time prison chaplains of non-Christian faiths, Hannah Thibedeau convened an MP panel to discuss. Candice Bergen said they are not cutting non-Christian contracts, just part-time contracts (even though they mostly tend to be non-Christian). Once full-time contracts expire in March, Bergen said they plan to hire non-denominational “spiritual advisers,”  though people may offer specific denominational guidance on a volunteer basis. Paul Dewar noted the government’s defence of religious freedom abroad does not seem to match the actions at home. Irwin Cotler said the move undermines the Charter.

First Nations chief in Iran:

Don Martin spoke to Chief Terrance Nelson of the American Indian Movement, who is heading to Iran to discuss the human rights.

Underwater claims:

Don Martin spoke to the University of Calgary’s Rob Huebert, who explained that Canada is engaged in Law of the Sea negotiations that could grant us vast new undersea territories. Huebert said when the Russian claim was rejected in 2000 it sent the message that we need to do more to exploit oil and gas resources in that new territory.

March to the Top:

Hannah Thibedeau spoke to Roseanna Mandy, a wounded Canadian Forces veteran, and to Rocco Rossi of True Patriot Love about an expedition of wounded soldiers climbing the Himalayas. Mandy, who was injured in a training incident, credits resilience and being adaptive as a common thread to the soldiers. Rossi said 100 veterans applied for the expedition, 20 were chosen.

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Politics on TV: Friday, Oct. 5 edition

  1. Cities in the West are full of single mothers, fatherless children, diseased homosexuals, drug addicts and other filth who prey upon the honorable.

    Detroit looks worse than Tikrit, Iraq and Chicago is more violent than Fallujah.

    American soldiers are safer in the war zone than they are at home in Los Angeles.

    The EUSSR imports an Islamic invasion of their own countries to provide workers to support the failing pension schemes of usury (which is forbidden by Islamic law) without a thought for the future of their own children.

    And yet they have these hypocritical criticisms about what Muslims do in their own countries?

    I often find myself more in agreement with radical Muslims than with the West…

    “The Moor is of a free and open nature that thinks men honest that would but seem to be so…”

    Muslims are falling into a trap.

    The soft underbelly of the West is not their silly videos and gay porn movies.

    Westerners can only worry about their little wee wees and gay rights… the incorporated mainstream media is selling a narrowly focused narrative and you are playing along…

    Homosexuals are executed in Islam… I agree with this policy…

    The Koran permits a man to have four wives, the Bible does not prohibit this either, so why does the West want to force homosexual monogamy upon people?

    I think the greater cultural strategy for Muslims would be attacking your homosexual perversities in the West.

    You see, the Russians, the Pakistanis, Ugandans, as well as many other places in the non-Western world oppose this vile filth.

  2. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, says the promotion of homosexuality is a Zionist plot…

    Sodom Hussein Obama has a “spread the other cheek” foreign policy!

    Protest of the participation of the United States Embassy in the Czech Republic in a so-called gay-pride parade which was to have taken place on August 18, lamented that “at the directive of the president of the United States, Washington is aggressively promoting the ‘gay’’ agenda internationally, including same-sex ‘marriage’ and the stigmatization and marginalization of any who object to the same.”

    The protest follows a similar statement issued against the U.S. ambassador to Latvia’s participation in the “Baltic Gay Pride Parade” in June of this year… The U.S. State Department, under the leadership of Hitlery Clintong and the Sodom Hussein Obama administration, has created controversy in recent years by using its diplomatic muscle and prestige to promote a homosexual agenda in foreign countries.

    While the whole Middle East was exploding, Leon Puñettas was having gay pride celebrations at the Pentagon… Hitlery Clintong was on a homofascist, gaystapo world tour with Madonna preaching the homosexual religion.

    This current American administration is petty and incompetent.

    Sodom Hussein Obama has an official policy of promoting homosexuality…

    I don’t think this is helping his foreign policy in Islamic countries.

    In Pakistan, they called the promotion of homosexuality by the U.S. Embassy there an act of cultural terrorism and they had riots over it.

    Why is the media covering this up?