Harper Watch – July 12 to 18, 2012


OPINION

Calgary Herald (Kris Kotarski) – Harper and Putin, birds of a feather

While a Canadian “climate of fear” obviously differs from its harsher Russian equivalent, it should nonetheless concern Canadians that their Prime Minister is taking pages right out of that great democrat Vladimir Putin’s playbook.

Ottawa Citizen  (Janice Kennedy) – Canada, don’t be so smug

Strolling through the sea of red in downtown Ottawa on Canada Day, an activity that usually brings me unadulterated joy, I winced twice. When, during one of the dorky War of 1812 re-enactments that dotted the noonday show, “General Brock” began his battle narrative with “Me and my men…?”  Well, I could only cringe.

Ipolitics (Michael Harris) – Taliban Steve and the Robot Nation

Stephen Harper has a bad case of MOUS – master of the universe syndrome.

I am happy to report that not many democracies revert to feudalism, but in the PM’s case, wracked as he is with the shivers and sweats of megalomania, it will not be for want of trying if he fails to return us to the political Middle Ages.

NEWS

G&M – Ottawa wades into health debate over Ontario’s wind energy

The Harper government, an ardent defender of oil sands extraction, is taking a keen new interest in Ontario voters’ concerns that wind power generation may be harmful to humans.

(This is probably a topic that warrants further research however, the question here is why the Harper regime wants more research on wind generation while cutting research into the harmful effects of fossil fuels. Also, can we trust this regime to allow Health Canada to conduct a thorough investigation and release information that does not support Harper  ideology?)

CBC – Cabinet’s summer of refugee doctor discontent

Doctors threatened to show up and disrupt events featuring Conservative MPs and cabinet ministers all summer long. Turns out, they meant it: at least if Amateur Sport Minister Bal Gosal’s past week is any indication.

(This article contains 3 inspiring videos of doctors disrupting ministerial announcements)

CBC – Former refugee arrested at Kenney BBQ

Kasra Nejatian, a spokesman for Kenney, noted that the minister had spoken to Mohamed prior to the speech and Mohamed had not asked him any questions at the time.

Nejatian said that when Mohamed interrupted Kenney’s speech, Kenney told the teen he’d be happy to speak to him once he had finished. But Nejatian said Mohamed continued to disrupt the event.

(Note that in the Power and Politics interview  included in the link above, Mohamed says that all he had a chance to say to  Kenney was “I am a refugee.”  to which Kenney replied “Good for you.” and turned away.   Who’s version of events are you going to believe?)

G&M – Paradis asked civil servants to meet with companies from his riding

Public Works and Government Services Canada laid out the welcome mat for two companies from Christian Paradis’s Quebec riding at the minister’s behest, a practice that raised concerns with the federal ethics watchdog and spurred change inside the department.

(Business buddies get access to high levels of the public service and meet in the minister’s boardroom but doctors concerned about refugee health policies did not get a meeting with anyone.)

Canada.com – Harper deploys diplomats to counter U.S. climate change campaign

The Harper government has deployed a network of Canadian diplomats to lobby Fortune 500 companies in the United States in order to counter a global warming campaign launched by an environmental advocacy group targeting the oilsands industry, says a newly-released internal memorandum from Natural Resources Canada.

Huff Post – Prison Privatization: Canada Mulls Contracting Services To Companies Lobbying For Correctional Work

Faced with lawsuits and bad publicity in their home country, U.S. private prison corporations are lobbying to enter Canada — and the Canadian government is considering allowing them, news reports indicate.

CBC – NDP, union leaders call for better airplane safety

The NDP and some union leaders are going after the federal government claiming it is jeopardizing aviation safety by loosening inspection standards.

Toronto Star – Global economy: David Olive on three ways global leaders just don’t get it

(Although this is not specifically related to the Harper regime, it is an excellent article on the misguided focus of those in charge of the world economy. It’s time that the banks were subjected to some austerity and stimulus applied to building infrastructure, funding schools and maintaining social programs.)

One of life’s more common frustrations is when experts don’t “get it.” A sputtering global economy is in such a bind today. There are three essential points political leaders worldwide still don’t get. And this is holding us back from a 21st century that promises to be the most successful ever.

OLD NEWS – BUT DID YOU KNOW?

Canada. com – Canada, U.S. agree to use each other’s troops in civil emergencies

Canada and the U.S. have signed an agreement that paves the way for the militaries from either nation to send troops across each other’s borders during an emergency, but some are questionning why the Harper government has kept silent on the deal.

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About TheAlektera

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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