Harper Watch – June 8 to 17, 2012


I’m starting off with the INSPIRATION section this week.  If you read nothing else all week, read this article by Murray Dobbin.

HOPE and INSPIRATION

Now Is the Time to Talk up Big Ideas

While it may seem counter-intuitive, now is the time for Canadians who actually believe in government and nation-building to be contemplating big ideas – the ones that will take us the next step to equality, economic stability and environmental sustainability. http://murraydobbin.ca/2012/05/23/1150/

Has it ever been so good to be a New Democrat?

Forum’s survey indicates that, if an election were held today, 37 per cent of those surveyed would vote NDP, that’s a full seven percentage points ahead of the 30 per cent support enjoyed by Stephen Harper’s Conservatives and well ahead of the leaderless Liberals who are at 22 per cent.

http://blogs.canoe.ca/davidakin/politics/has-it-ever-been-so-good-to-be-a-new-democrat/

Harper’s new enemy: conservatives

There is a new front opening, as opposition to Stephen Harper’s budget — and his broader agenda — gathers strength. Increasingly, criticism is coming from dismayed conservatives offended by Harper’s hostility, or indifference, to the environment. And to democratic tradition.

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/Harper+enemy+conservatives/6747112/story.html

COMMENT

Ten Things Stephen Harper hopes you forget by 2015

Tyranny, the arbitrary exercise of power by a government, usually pads up behind you in stockinged feet. It has to. In a democracy, stealth is the only way it can succeed.

Only once in the 20th century did a Conservative government balance the budget – Robert Borden in 1912, thanks to a surplus handed to him by Sir Wilfred Laurier. By the next year, Borden was back into deficit. So far, the Conservatives have repeated the feat once again in the 21st century, in 2006. This time the surplus was inherited from Paul Martin. Within a year, the government was back at the job of building the largest deficit in our history. Of course, that didn’t stop them from pillorying the other guys as the signature wastrels of the public purse.

http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/06/13/michael-harris-ten-things-stephen-harper-hopes-you-forget-by-2015/

Is Stephen Harper’s global military policy delusional or just plain mad?

Sometimes, it’s as if Stephen Harper’s Conservatives suffer from delusions of grandeur. How else to explain the decision by Canada’s apparently cash-strapped federal government to set up a network of military bases around the world?  That’s usually something only countries with imperial pretensions, such as the U.S., France and Britain, do. And even the U.S. is pulling back these days.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1208436–walkom-is-stephen-harper-s-global-military-policy-delusional-or-just-plain-mad

NEWS

Embattled MP Dean Del Mastro continues to face calls to step down

On Thursday, documents released in an Ottawa court show that an Elections Canada investigator believes Del Mastro’s campaign filed a “false  document” to Elections Canada as part of an effort “hide the true nature” of a $21,000 payment from his personal bank account to pay for voter-identification work by a private company.

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Embattled+Dean+Mastro+continues+face+calls+step+down/6790236/story.html

AND, on Friday further details of Del Mastro’s creative campaign financing….  the following is REALLY WORTH READING

Employees linked to cousin’s company each gave $1,000 to Del Mastro campaign

But three donors to Del Mastro’s campaign or riding association, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, say they were asked to make $1,000 donations and were reimbursed by Deltro for the full amount plus a $50 bonus.

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Employees+linked+cousin+company+each+gave+Mastro+campaign/6790645/story.html

Harper’s new enemy: conservatives

There is a new front opening, as opposition to Stephen Harper’s budget — and his broader agenda — gathers strength. Increasingly, criticism is coming from dismayed conservatives offended by Harper’s hostility, or indifference, to the environment. And to democratic tradition.

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/Harper+enemy+conservatives/6747112/story.html

Conservatives draw fire for War of 1812 spending

The Conservatives call the War of 1812 a decisive moment in Canada’s history that deserves to be recognized accordingly, but some have questioned the bicentennial’s price tag, particularly at a time when the government is slashing spending and laying off public servants.

($28 million for War of 1812 commemoration but $9.6 million cut to National Archives, Veterans are being nickle and dimed to death, draconian cuts to Search and Rescue that patrol our borders and save lives, can’t find $1 million to keep world renowned research lake open.)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/06/14/pol-war-of-1812-bicentennial-federal-events.html

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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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