No 518 Posted by fw, July 5, 2012
Thanks to TheAlektra for “Compiling the Harper Government’s crimes against democracy” over at the Harper Watch blog. TheAlektera writes:
“I am a Canadian who, like many is upset at the state of our country under the Harper Regime. I do not wish to see Canada change into Harperland under the Harper Government. This blog will help document the actions of the Harper government which are eroding Canada’s democratic process.”
Reposted below are lead-in links to posts for Harper Watch – June 29 to July 4, 2012 (Posted on July 4, 2012)
CANADIANS WHO ARE FIGHTING BACK
Harper has punished NGOs, community groups, journalists, and civil servants for even subtle departures from the path of Dear Leader……. But sometimes even bullies overplay their hand. The last thing the Conservatives expected when they shuttered DFO’s Experimental Lake Area (ELA) in northwestern Ontario was for ordinary Canadians to take note – not only that, but to disapprove. But that’s exactly what happened.
- Join the Ottawa protest mentioned in the above article – No Science, No Truth, No Evidence, No Democracy — Join scientists protesting cuts to research –
12:00-12:45 – Mock funeral procession from Ottawa Convention Centre to Parliament Hill
12:45-13:15 – Speeches on the Hill
“Stop Harper, stop Jean Charest,” the protester yelled in his outburst. “Citizens rise up. We need you, everybody.”
Manitoba’s Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship Gord MacIntosh and Ontario’s Minister of the Environment Jim Bradley have jointly sent a letter to Ministers Keith Ashfield and Peter Kent to put off the closure until they can figure out a way to keep it open.
- Straight.com – Former Conservative cabinet minister Jim Prentice issues a veiled warning to Stephen Harper
If Prentice’s views on the Harper government’s duty to negotiate are widely shared within the head offices of other Canadian banks and energy companies—not to mention the Conservative caucus—then the prime minister might not be as secure in his job as most people believe he is.
Canadians took to Twitter Sunday to praise the true north strong and free — but while some were tweeting the reasons they love this country, others were voicing their disdain for Prime Minister Stephen Harper. #DenounceHarper began trending on Twitter early in the day, and was second only to #HappyCanadaDay across the country.
The New Democrats say they will ask Justice Minister Rob Nicholson to call in the RCMP to investigate new allegations about the financing of Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro’s 2008 election campaign. The NDP also want Nicholson to ask Director of Public Prosecutions Brian Saunders to provide prosecutorial advice to police because the politically-charged claims of a false document and reimbursements to campaign donors exceed the scope of Elections Canada’s mandate.
[Ottawa – July 3, 2012] – For the first time in our polling, the New Democratic Party of Canada now leads in federal vote intention. Before offering congratulatory words to the NDP, however, it should be noted that the party is only slightly above its 2011 election standing. Similarly, the Liberal Party is in the same region as the election. The real story of the past year is therefore not the NDP’s progress, but rather the Conservative Party’s slide. Indeed, if this trend continues, the party may very well be in danger of falling below levels sufficient to sustain moral authority and legitimacy.
SECRECY, CONTROL, FAILURE TO CONSULT
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s department has clamped a lid of secrecy on a draft report it prepared in 2007 on the costs and “policy implications” of Canada’s aging population, Postmedia News has learned. Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page, who has said publicly the pension system is financially sustainable as it is, said Thursday the government’s recent decision to keep the report secret “creates a culture of distrust” among Canadians.
(And who does the report blame for lack of communication? The know-it-all Harper Regime of course.) The report concludes that the Toronto Police Service did not get enough co-operation from Ottawa in planning for the G20 summit meeting of world leaders in June 2010, nor was it given enough time to sufficiently prepare. The summit was marred by violent protests and the arrest of some 1,100 people, most of whom were released without being charged. Ontario’s ombudsman called the arrests “the most massive compromise of civil liberties in Canadian history.”
The Charlottetown has been at the leading edge of what the Harper government described last year as a move to establish, for the first time, a semi-permanent Canadian naval presence in some of the most dangerous waters in the world….. Having the Charlottetown and other Canadian warships near Iran fits with the Harper government’s strong opposition to Iran’s suspected plan to acquire nuclear weapons. MacKay reportedly told Israel’s top general, at a meeting last year, that “a threat to Israel is a threat to Canada.”
IDEOLOGY TRUMPS FINANCIAL COMMON SENSE
…. the government will pay the estimated $50-million price of closing it in order to save the relatively paltry annual sum of $2 million. Why wouldn’t the Conservatives keep the facility open for, say, three years as a way to buy universities time to either wait out the NSERC moratorium or find alternative means of raising the funds to keep the facility open? Spending $6 million to save $50 million — not to mention a world-class environmental research centre — would be a wise investment.
IDEOLOGY THREATENS PUBLIC SAFETY
- Toronto Star – Elliot Lake mall roof collapse: Experts warn shaky emergency response network will likely get worse
The tragedy also highlighted a little noticed item in the federal budget — the cancelling next year of the Joint Emergency Preparedness Program (JEPP), which spends $6.5 million annually to support emergency services across Canada, including the country’s five HUSAR teams. That will end the $700,000 in federal funding for the Toronto-based team, which was set up in 2003 and is the only one in Ontario.