Harper Watch – June 26 to 28, 2012


Three days since the last Harper Watch and already 10 news items and two informative comment pieces.

COMMENTARY

Toronto Star (Tim Harper) Stephen Harper doesn’t have to be a secret agent

This is a prime minister who long ago learned that to be in Canadians’ faces each day just hastens the day when voters tire of him.

Ipolitics (Michael Harris) – Harper Hurts Science – Again

And then, of course, there was the cone of silence that the prime minister expects everyone to wear like a dunce cap after they are “streamlined”. All employees were explicitly warned not to speak with the media. Instead, media requests had to be forwarded to what was risibly referred to as DFO Communications. That is the branch plant of the Ministry of Truth in the PMO that casts the appropriate lights and shadows over the facts for the government and still manages to sleep well at night. You know, the Ignorance is Strength/Freedom is Slavery crowd.

NEWS

MUST WATCH VIDEO

Ipolitics – Doctor (Chris Keefer ) spoils minister’s speech over refugee health cuts

It’s the kind of surprise the Harper government’s tight messaging control is meant to prevent.   But for whatever reason, one aggravated doctor was able to get a seat in front of Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver during a funding announcement at a Toronto hospital on Friday, and proceeded to dress down the minister for the Conservative’s cuts to the refugee health program.

G&M – Atlantic fishermen mobilize against plan to ‘modernize’  

Nellie Baker Stevens says the 250 Atlantic fishermen she represents fear the Harper government is poised to destroy the fishery as they now know it, even allowing Chinese corporations to own the resource.

Canada.com – Soldiers cleared in Afghan torture

The agency ripped into the Harper government for blocking access to witnesses and documents and presenting “an overall attitude of antipathy . . . towards the commission and its task.”

The National –  Terry Milewski gave a more detailed picture of the Military Police Complaints Commission report on the National (June 27,2012) .  (It is very unusual  that such a commission would go out of its way to criticize government secrecy.)  Well worth watching – Fast Forward to 2:25 minutes into the report.

***Note that the 3 items above show that Canadians – medical professionals, fishermen, and even the Military Police Complaints Commission – are fighting back against the regime ***

CBC – Environment advisory panel’s closure ‘dumb,’ Harper told

Government needs advice of smart people, not ‘cheerleaders,’ panel member says

A former Conservative MP and member of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy is calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to reconsider his “dumb” decision to kill the independent advisory panel.

Ottawa Citizen – Del Mastro donors produce cheques that support reimbursement allegations

Two donors to Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro’s 2008 election campaign have produced copies of cheques they say were reimbursements paid by a small electrical company owned by his cousin.

Council of Canadians – Election Fraud Update

The first court hearing into the legal actions will take place on Monday, June 25. This hearing will consider only the preliminary motions filed by the Conservative Party of Canada, not including the scurrilous attack against the Council of Canadians.

G&M – Jean feared ‘dreadful crisis’ when Harper sought prorogation: ex-adviser

Constitutional scholar Peter Russell told OntarioNewsWatch.com this week that weighing on Ms. Jean’s mind at the time was the likelihood the Tories – had they lost office – would have poisoned confidence in the coalition government through a PR campaign framing the change as an illegitimate transfer of power.

Huffington Post – Canada Income Inequality: StatsCan Cuts Will Harm Ability To Understand Wage Gap, Observers Fear

Just as Canadians are expressing concern about the country’s income gap in seemingly unprecedented numbers, our ability to find out what’s happening with incomes is about to take a serious hit.

Canada.com – Budget offers new tools to “authorize” water pollution, says Harper minister

(No need to pinch yourself, you are not having a nightmare; that is what Minister Ashfield said in a letter to the Union of Environmental Workers.)

In a newly-released letter, Ashfield said the existing Fisheries Act, considered to be Canada’s strongest environmental protection law, has “long played an important role in preventing pollution of Canadian waters.” But he suggested it needed to be changed since it doesn’t provide enough options allowing industry to disrupt or contaminate fish habitat.

Toronto Star – Robocalls: NDP MP Pat Martin to spend summer fundraising for defamation defence

New Democrat MP Pat Martin will not get a vacation this year as he spends the summer raising money to defend himself against a defamation lawsuit brought by automated calls firm RackNine, Inc.

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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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