There was this stranger that went up to a hillbilly’s house to speak to the old hillbilly on the porch. As they were speaking an old hound dawg whimpered and quiverred on its back leg. The Stranger noticed it, but the conversation continued. Again the dawg made some whimpering sounds and again his back leg quivered. The stranger asked the Hillbilly, “What’s wrong with yer dawg?”
“He’s lyin’ on a nail,” said the Hillbilly.
“Well, why doesn’t it move then,” responded the stranger.
To which the Hillbilly said, “Maybe it ain’t hurting him enough yet.”
I had so much information starting this blog that it was very difficult narrowing it down. I started with about 25 points, where the Prime Minister and his Government made infractions on our so-called Democracy. I have limited it.
The Prime Minister to Canada
When Stephen Harper became Prime Minister his role was to be Prime Minister to all Canada; for those that voted for him and for those who didn’t vote for him. We have to remember that even with a majority government the Harper Conservatives only garnered 39.62% of the vote. That means that a healthy majority of Canadians, 60.38% did not care for his brand of politics. Still, regardless of the vote count he is to put this aside represent the interests of all Canadians. Likewise, the Prime Minister’s Office is also to be an office that is impartial to the way you voted. You are Canadians and you are paying (regardless of your personal political stripes) the salary of both the Prime Minister and also to all the employees of the Prime Minister’s office staff.
Are you a Canadian voter? Have you been watching the news and have you seen what the Conservatives are up to? Maybe you’ve seen a few things, BUT, looking at it all in one place leaves a question in your mind, who is this man. And perhaps if you think back to the comments of former Prime Minister and Progressive Conservative Joe Clark, said that the Stephan Harper has a secret agenda. After 7 years as the PM of Canada half of all Canadians now believe Joe Clark’s statement. Two thirds of Canadians believe that he is far too secretive (Ipsos Reid poll found at: http://www.bullfax.com/?q=node-half-canadians-think-stephen-harper-has-%E2%80%98hidden-agenda%E2%80%99
- Stephan Harper quote in 1997: “It’s past time the feds scrapped the Canada Health Act.”
– Stephen Harper, then Vice-President of the National Citizens Coalition, 1997. Source: http://trustbreaker.freehostia.com/stephen_harper_quotes.htm
- Harper Government found guilty in the Contempt of Parliament for not realeasing documents to Parliament.
- Harper prorogues Parliament to avoid investigation of Contempt.
- Omnibus bills
Budget Bills C-38 and C-45 contained many important and negative measures, such as major changes to environmental assessment regulations, Unemployment benifits, age of those collecting Old Age Pensions, and also cuts to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. This is the first time large omnibus bills have been used to pass a federal budget. Omnibus bill make bill too large to adequately many individual bills that should be dealt with on their own.
- How’s this for managing the economy? The Conservatives have branded themselves as great fiscal managers, but between 2007 and 2013 the Harper Conservatives cut back taxes by $220 billion, meanwhile at the same time they increased the deficit by $169 Billion.
- The Conservatives used taxpayers’ money to pay for the Conservatives’ negative ads against Justin Trudeau when Justin was newly elected as the Liberal leader. Source: http://globalnews.ca/news/512328/nothing-wrong-with-conservative-bulk-mail-campaign-against-trudeau-harper/
- Young people that disrupted a Justin Trudeau rally were paid interns of the Conservative Party. They were directed to the rally to cause the disturbance by the PMO. The interns were being paid by the Canadian taxpayers. (So much for taking good care of our tax dollars.) Source:http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Opinion+Fake+protest+using+interns+exposes+Tory+approach/8609273/story.html
- Conservative Robo calls redirect Liberal voters to a polling station at the wrong address. Source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/columnists/conservative-robo-calls-ran-afoul-of-the-law-and-my-mom/article10822978/
- Conservatives the cause of voter suppression. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robocall_scandal
- The Government and Stephan Harper suppress access of information to voters and media. This is just another way to assault on one of the pillars of democracy, the freedom of expression, including freedom of the press are basic to our democratic system. Harper refuses to give media access to him or his Ministers. This is not the opinion of just another lefty newspaper but of an Alberta University Law News outlet. Source: http://www.law.ualberta.ca/centres/ccs/issues/freedomofthepressandprimeministerharpersmediapolicy.php
- Canada is ranked 55th in World for it’ openness to the Freedom of Information under the Freedom of Information Act. Quoting the Centre for Law and Democracy “Canada’s standing in September 2011 was 40th of 89 countries, fell to 51st in June last year, then to 55th of 93 countries last September, behind Mongolia and Colombia.”While standards around the world have advanced, Canada’s access laws have stagnated and sometimes even regressed,” the centre concluded, noting Canada was a world leader in 1983 when its federal information law came into force”. Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/02/24/canada-freedom-of-information_n_2755036.html
- Canada set up laws to protect whistle-blowers so they can come forward to point out Government wrong-doing, but many agencies of the Government were slow to implement the policies. Quoting CBC News, “The national security and intelligence departments — the Canadian Forces, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) — were exempted from a whistle-blower protection law that came into force for federal government employees in early 2007″. These are some of the areas of public protection akin to what Edward Snowden presided over. Canadians need to have their privacy protected and whistle-blowers can watch those that are watching us. Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/06/11/f-whistleblower-intelligence-national-security-protections.html
- The Harper Government does not protect Canada from polluting Corporations. Source: CBC iPolitics http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nm2byefcwnY#at=30
- I’m getting tired, Senate Scandal, over spending in elections, In and Out Election Money Scandal, financing fraudulent candidate to split off the votes from a Liberal candidate so the Conservative candidate would win, the Wright $90,000.00 cheque to Duffy (did the Prime Minister know?) Oh, I almost forgot the infamous Enemy list given to new Ministers in his last Cabinet shuffle.
- And I hear rumor that Stephan Harper will prorogue Parliament again in the fall, to again silence the calls for information on the Senate Scandal and the Wright/Duffy cheque.
And this is not all, who needs to see more? What this adds up to is a Canada quite unlike the Canada that we knew before Stephan Harper became Prime Minister. Do you like the look of the place 7 yrs down the Harper road, I let you decide for yourself. The role of Government is to represent the interests of the people they serve. In a way, it should look like the people they serve. Before you vote next time look in the mirror, and ask yourself, does the Harper Government look like something your life? Do you have pride in the way Canada looks to the World under the Harper leadership? There is the answer to whether, or not, you should support this Government.
So getting back to the nail in the voters’ side. Are you hurtin’ enough to move yet? Do you like the institutions that define Canada, like Health Care? Are you ready to shift away from the mentality of voting for the Conservatives, their secrecy, their heavy-handed assaults on our Democracy. Are you prepared to finally stand up to protect Canada’s Democracy?
- Premiers urge Stephen Harper to call public inquiry over missing aboriginal women (canada.com)
- Tory attacks on Trudeau boomerang, raise questions about PMO involvement (calgaryherald.com)
- Senate scandal: Canadians swamped Stephen Harper’s office with angry emails (thestar.com)
- Enemies of the state: The (almost) Complete List (o.canada.com)