Harper Watch – May 24 to 30, 2012


Of mice, men, and tap-dancing chihuahuas 

The dudes in the Ministry of Fear, alias the Prime Minister’s Office, have struck again.  Kootenay-Columbia Conservative MP David Wilks has been taken to the woodshed of Stephen Harper’s political re-education camp.

http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/05/30/michael-harris-of-mice-men-and-tap-dancing-chihuahuas/

Renowned N.S. oil spill expert given job notice

An internationally respected Nova Scotia-based scientist working for the federal government has been told his job is in danger, CBC News has learned.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2012/05/28/ns-lee-workforce-adjustment.html?cmp=rss

Four former ministers protest ‘taking the guts out’ of Fisheries Act

In a rare show of solidarity across party lines, four former federal fisheries ministers – two Conservatives and two Liberals – are speaking out against proposed legislative changes they say will lead to irreparable damage to fish habitat.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/bc-politics/four-former-ministers-protest-taking-the-guts-out-of-fisheries-act/article2446031/

RCMP ‘to ease Canadians into the idea’ of U.S. agents in Canada

According to an article in Embassy Magazine, the Harper government is moving forward on several initiatives that could give U.S. FBI and DEA agents the ability to pursue suspects across the land border and into Canada.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/canada-politics/rcmp-ease-canadians-idea-u-agents-canada-201905380.html

Assembly of First Nations concerns with Bill C38

http://www.afn.ca/index.php/en/news-media/latest-news/Technical-Bulletin-Update-on-Bill-C-38-Jobs-Growth-and-Long-term-Prosp

A quarter of defeated Tory candidates landed public jobs after election: analysis

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/sports/quarter+defeated+Tory+candidates+landed+public+jobs+after+election+analysis/6687226/story.html

Ottawa raises foreign takeover review level to $1-billion

Ottawa is lifting the minimum threshold for reviewing foreign takeovers to $1-billion, but it remains mum on a promise to clarify how it decides if investments are good for the country.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/ottawa-raises-foreign-takeover-review-level-to-1-billion/article4210630/

Tory ministers crash budget hearing, leaving little time for questions

The Conservative government dispatched three cabinet ministers to the first meeting of the committee reviewing the environmental legislation contained in a massive budget bill – a brief and surprise appearance that left little opportunity for questions by opposition MPs.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/tory-ministers-crash-budget-hearing-leaving-little-time-for-questions/article2435881/

Ottawa freezes EI data

At the same time, Finley’s department has stopped sending Statistics Canada key and current information about how much federal money is flowing to each of the provinces for EI claimants, The Canadian Press has learned.  Three tables normally produced with Statistics Canada’s monthly EI summary are now “frozen,” according to the agency website.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/05/23/employment-insurance-data.html

FIGHTING COURT RULINGS THEY DON’T LIKE

Federal government appeals ruling in wheat board battle

Last year, a Federal Court judge ruled Mr. Ritz violated the original Canadian Wheat Board Act, which required a plebiscite among farmers before any major changes were made.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/federal-government-appeals-ruling-in-wheat-board-battle/article4204037/

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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.
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