Well, he got another friendly photo op in all the papers. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who actually looks comfortable in candid photos these days, visited the Taj Mahal with his wife Laureen—and cameras loved it. The national papers gave Harper’s trip to India much better play today than yesterday. The Globe and Mail, which buried the trip yesterday, found space for it on its much more desirable third page. The news beneath the photo, however, wasn’t uniformly great. While the Globe ran a prominent piece about International Trade Minister Ed Fast’s frustration with flagging trade talks with Indian counterparts, most other media focused on the armoured cars—with Ontario plates, no less—that are ferrying Harper around the subcontinent. Canadian and Indian officials seem to disagree about what was offered to the PM by his hosts, but—hey, it’s the Taj Mahal!
Oh, and Americans are voting today. By the end of the night, there will either be a new president-elect, or a re-elected president. There will also be a new House of Representatives, and a few new, or re-elected, Senators. That means you’ll hear the words “battleground” and “swing”, and especially “Ohio”, more than ever before.
What’s above the fold this morning?
The Globe and Mail leads with “the choice”; the photos beneath the headline illustrate that choice, but you probably don’t need the help this morning. The National Post follows suit, fronting a story about how the election might be decided by lawyers. The Toronto Star goes above the fold with a hunch that, whoever wins the White House, the Republicans might be at a “historic dead end.” The Ottawa Citizen also leads with potential legal battles coming out of the election. More interestingly, three of those four papers—all but the Citizen—also front the resignation of former Montreal mayor Gérald Tremblay. They don’t feature the news as prominently as their Quebec counterparts, but the Globe and Post do go above the fold, and the Star features a photo. iPolitics leads with a warning from India’s foreign minister to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to be on the lookout for Sikh extremists. National Newswatch showcases a Canadian Press story that says Harper was offered an armoured Mercedes vehicle for the duration of his trip to India.
Stories that will be (mostly) missed
|1. G20 complaints. Lawyer Clayton Ruby is asking an Ontario court to overturn a decision by three police forces to not hold disciplinary hearings into misconduct during the 2010 G-20 summit.||2. Foreign miners. A mine in B.C. is set to hire 200 Chinese miners, a move that has a pair of unions in the province taking the federal government, which approved the decision, to court.|
|3. Prison overcrowding. The Canadian Medical Association Journal warns that overcrowded prisons resulting from the feds’ anti-crime agenda will risk the mental and physical health of inmates.||4. Canada Post. The national mail carrier will soon charge developers $200 per address every time it installs a community mail box in a new subdivision. It says it needs to recover costs.|