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29 October 2008
17 October was the 17th day of the fourth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility, as indicated by the following press reports:
17 October 2008
BBC News - Sarkozy calls for unity, strength in Canada (17 October 2008) The world needs a strong, united Canada that can take a leadership role in the global financial crisis. French President Nicolas Sarkozy made the comment at a news conference in Quebec City with Canadian Prime Minister Harper following a meeting Friday with José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission. The three leaders met to discuss launching negotiations on a free-trade partnership between the European Union and Canada. Harper said it is increasingly important for Canada and Europe to work together and remove trade barriers. Sarkozy also addressed the Quebec National Assembly Friday, the first time a French president has ever spoken at the legislature. He called for a deeper relationship with Canada and Quebec, a 'modern transatlantic partnership' with stronger economic links. 'The world is hurting, and we need to reset a capitalism that is more respectful of humanity,' Sarkozy also noted.
From a Globe and Mail report on this: French President Nicolas Sarkozy gave a ringing endorsement of Canadian unity Friday, ushering in a new era in France's relations with Canada. In a speech delivered in the Quebec National Assembly, Mr Sarkozy said the days when France was always asked to choose between Canada and Quebec are over. The last thing the world needs are new divisions, he argued. Mr Sarkozy also applauded Quebec's ability to remain open to the world. Quebec's message is that it has been able to defend its identity without rejecting others, he said. 'It is a lesson to the world where all too often the identity is an experience that leads to withdrawal, where all too often the love we have for ourselves is expressed by hatred toward others,' Mr Sarkozy told members of the National Assembly, to enthusiastic applause.
From a National Post report on this: Speaking to reporters, Mr Sarkozy said he considers France 'a country that brings people together and does not divide'. President Sarkozy said he wants to spread the message to all Canadians that France is 'a friend, a partner, a loyal ally'. Calling Canada 'an element of stability, of peace in the world,' he added: 'The world really needs that. The world does not need division. It needs unity.'
CBC News - Harper, Sarkozy vow to work toward Canada-EU deal (17 October 2008) Prime Minister Harper has vowed to work toward a comprehensive economic agreement with the European Union. Canada and the European Union have agreed to begin working on negotiating an 'ambitious' and 'truly historic' economic partnership, Harper said. Harper, Sarkozy (current head of the EU) and Jose Manuel Barroso, the head of the European Commission, are in Quebec City for the Francophonie summit of nearly 70 French-speaking nations.
The Canadian Press - Harper hails agreement to work toward Canada-EU economic partnership (17 October 2008) Harper said Canada and the European Union are taking their economic co-operation 'to an entirely new level'. '(We) have just completed a comprehensive economic study and have now agreed to define together the formal mandates for negotiating an ambitious, deeper and comprehensive and truly historic economic partnership agreement.'
Bloomberg News - Sarkozy, Harper agree to back an international summit on financial crisis (17 October 2008) French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper agreed to back an international financial summit by the end of year to restore confidence in financial markets. Sarkozy has been pushing for a global summit to overhaul the world's financial system. Sarkozy says institutions such as the International Monetary Fund that have overseen the world economy, are inadequate to deal with today's more global financial markets.
From a Globe and Mail report on this: Mr Sarkozy declared in a recent speech that 'we need to found a new capitalism, based on values that put finance at the service of companies and citizens, and not the reverse.'
The Canadian Press - Harper says better infrastructure for world markets must be created (17 October 2008) Prime Minister Harper says world governments have a responsibility to create a better infrastructure for international markets. Harper said today's globalized world differs from the world that built the current structure. 'We went through a period earlier in our history where, for lack of a better term, we had unfettered capitalism—capitalism without any rules, without accurate information,' he said. 'Internationally, I think we're a bit in the same boat today.'
From a Reuters Canada report on this: 'We can't continue to run the economy of the 21st century with instruments of the economy of the 20th century,' President Sarkozy said in an interview in the Quebec newspaper La Presse.
The Globe and Mail on Quebec and France sign historic labour mobility agreement (17 October 2008) Under a new manpower mobility agreement, French professionals and tradesmen will have unconstrained access to the Quebec labour market. The same will apply for Quebeckers who want to work in France. By the end of next year a dozen professions and almost as many trades in France and Quebec will be deregulated. The total number will climb to about 100 by the end of 2010. The agreement was signed by Quebec Premier Jean Charest and French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday. Under the agreement, Quebec and France will accept the equivalence of each others' degrees and training certificates. Quebec is convinced that the agreement will open the door to similar deals with other European countries. 'This agreement could serve as a model and that is why it is so historic. Other countries are knocking at our door,' said Quebec's associate deputy-minister of International Affairs H�élène Latouche.
From a Montreal Gazette report on this: 'This agreement is the beginning of a new way of doing things,' Charest said. He called the accord 'a major paradigm shift' and the foundation stone for the transatlantic economic partnership between Canada and the European Union. International Relations Minister Monique Gagnon-Tremblay called the agreement 'historic'.
CBC News - P.E.I. announces billion-dollar wind energy project (17 October 2008) Prince Edward Island intends to triple the amount of wind energy it produces over the next five years. Under the plan, the province would build a framework to encourage the private-sector to build another 350 megawatts of capacity on top of the current 150 megawatts. Most of that would be for export. 'Countries, provinces and states are turning to clean renewable energy sources like wind to replace fossil fuels,' said PEI Premier Ghiz. 'There is a strong and growing demand for clean energy, particularly in the New England market.' PEI would also increase the amount of wind energy used locally from 50 to 100 megawatts—30 per cent of electricity used in the province.
CBC News - Less fertilizer, same yield, trial finds (17 October 2008) Some Prince Edward Island farmers discovered this year they don't need to use as much fertilizer as they thought, and that could save both the environment and their wallets. About 60 farmers took part in the experiment sponsored by the Environmental Farm Plan Initiative, a project supported by the Prince Edward Island Federations of Agriculture. They split fields, applying the standard amount of fertilizer to one side and less to the other. Farmer Jeremy Stead is harvesting corn stalks from a field this week that was part of the trial. He's getting the same amount of corn off both sides of the field. Fertilizers are a key source of excess nitrates in groundwater, a growing problem for PEI. John Jamieson of the Environment Farm Plan programme said most farmers found they harvested the same amount of grain or potatoes off either side of their field and saved money on fertilizer. Stead said he'll be using less fertilizer from now on.
Bloomberg News - Canadian stocks post steepest weekly gain since 2002, led by Royal Bank (17 October 2008) The TSX Composite Index climbed 3.2 per cent to 9,562.49 on Friday. Canada's benchmark gained 5.5 per cent this week, the most since October 2002. Royal Bank of Canada, the country's largest lender, paced the biggest weekly gain among banks and insurers in a decade. Royal Bank added 1.3 per cent today and notched a 13 per cent advance this week, the best rally since at least 1983, when Bloomberg's records begin. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce gained 6.6 per cent today and climbed 18 per cent this week, also the most in at least 25 years. Bank of Montreal climbed 5.5 per cent. A 17 per cent gain for the week was another record. A measure of financial shares in the TSX added 1.6 per cent today and had a weekly advance of 9.9 per cent, the steepest since October 1998. A gauge of energy shares added 6.6 per cent today and 9.9 per cent for the week. (All 10 of the TSX's main groups closed higher Friday.)
From a Reuters Canada report on this: 'We're starting to see signs of some resumption of confidence,' said Lex Kerkovius, senior research analyst at McLean & Partners Wealth Management in Calgary.
These are a few of the news reports reflecting Canada's rising invincibility from the growing Yogic Flying groups across Canada and the Invincible America Assembly at Maharishi University of Management and Maharishi Vedic City, USA.
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