Pakistani democracy threatened
Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency rule Sat., Nov. 3, banning private television channels from the air and political rallies. Up to 18,000 opposition supporters have been arrested recently with thousands more being dispersed by police. Musharraf is being asked to resign his military duties and hold democratic elections by mid-Jan. Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto is returning to the country to hold a public rally after spending eight years in exile.
The French make a new friend
French president Nicolas Sarkozy is hoping to have a closer relationship with the U.S. than previous leader Jacques Chirac. He commented on a desire for increased co-operation regarding Lebanon, nuclear testing in Iran and Middle Eastern peace. In a speech to the U.S. House of Representatives he thanked U.S. soldiers for helping France during World War Two and promised to assist Americans to "defend a young democracy in Afghanistan." He is commonly referred to in France as "Sarko the American," according to the Globe and Mail.
Transit gets lots of money
The City of Calgary has recently assigned $671 million specifically to improving and enlarging the city's transit system and recreational centres. A new west line is now in the works, as well as extensions for the northeast and northwest lines. The west line is estimated to cost a total of $700 million. This money will also go towards 34 new C-Train cars. Bronconnier admitted that focusing this much attention on transit may divert money from other issues, but believed this was an important priority for the city.