Harper Watch – August 14 to 19, 2012


OPINION

iPolitics (Wayne Easter) – Conservatives keeping Canadians in the dark on CETA negotiations

As negotiations continue, the Conservative government has been eager to extol the benefits of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and conspicuously silent as to its proceedings.

G&M (Maude Barlow) – What you don’t know about a deal you haven’t heard of

If it goes through, CETA will open up the rules, standards and public spending priorities of provinces and municipalities to direct competition  and challenge from European corporations. Ottawa refuses to even discuss the environmental implications, but a recent trade sustainability impact assessment commissioned by the European Commission has sounded alarms in several areas.

 

ENVIRONMENT – Truly frightening!

(Harper has realized that Canadians want decisions based on evidence not ideology and corporate interests. Last week in Vancouver, he decided to do some damage control and said that science will decide whether or not the pipeline is built.  Actions speak louder than words. This article shows he’s lying.)

G&M – Budget cuts delay research for Enbridge pipeline approval

While Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the fate of Enbridge’s proposed pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to tankers on the British Columbia coast will be based on science and not politics, documents show some of that science isn’t forthcoming.

And critics say there is no time for the science to be completed before a federal deadline for the environmental assessment currently underway.

Lead Now – Enbridge deletes 1000 square kilometres or islands to convince you there is no problem shipping bitumen to China.  SEE MAP

ELECTION FRAUD

Ottawa Citizen – Lawyer for activist group asks Elections Canada for more details on its robocalls investigation

Mayrand told a parliamentary committee in March that there were 250 active files open with the Commissioner of Canada Elections, who is charged with investigating complaints. Shrybman wants an update on this figure, along with a copy of all public court records related to the investigation.

….Shrybman notes in his letter that Mayrand told the parliamentary committee on Procedure and House Affairs that his agency would function like an “amicus curiae” — a friend of the court — and provide assistance in this case.

Canada.com – Will the Mounties get this man?  RCMP now involved in last-ditch effort to apprehend robocaller Pierre Poutine

Elections Canada has turned to the Mounties for help as its 15-month robocalls investigation drags on without signs of progress. The RCMP involvement comes as the trail of “Pierre Poutine” cools and investigators focus on a single email address that could be their last and only hope of identifying the robocalls suspect.

 

LAWYERS AND DOCTORS SPEAK OUT

Canada.com – Justice system is staggering under reforms, say lawyers  Canadian Bar Association cites more trials, jail time as problems for the country

Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson dodged a call Monday from the Canadian Bar Association demanding a review of federal legal-aid funding to ensure money for defence is keeping up with the pace of federal justice reforms.

Members of the association’s national council maintain federal tough-on-crime legislation will mean more trials and more jail time for more accused in an already strained justice system. The council passed a resolution over the weekend urging Ottawa for the review.

Canada.com – Doctors challenge Aglukkaq on federal role in health care

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq told 258 delegates to the Canadian Medical Association’s annual general council meeting that she would not “dictate” to the provinces how they should deliver health care or set priorities.

“There’s a piece missing from that,” out-going CMA president Dr. John Haggie said to reporters after.  Really and honestly, what Canadians have told us . . . is that they would rather like some kind of standards, some equity and equitability across the country,” Haggie said, so that people with “similar problems” would get similar standards of care.

 

SECRECY

Details of Stephen Harper’s panda diplomacy threaten national security: Environment Canada

Harper announced during a trade mission last February that China had agreed to loan two pandas to Canadian zoos….

But following an official request from Postmedia News, most passages of the memo about the panda agreement were withheld by Environment Canada under provisions of the federal access to information law that allow the government to protect information from disclosure if it “reasonably could be expected to be injurious to the conduct of international affairs, the defence of Canada or any state allied or associated with Canada or the detection, prevention or suppression of subversive or hostile activities.”

 

MILITARISM

First Perspective – War of 1812 ads during Olympic television coverage cost $1.64-million

Taxpayers paid $1.64-million for a series of militaristic advertisements Canadian Heritage placed on CTV during its Olympic Games coverage to promote the War of 1812’s 200th anniversary, The Hill Times has learned.

Opposition MPs, who last week criticized the decision by the federal government to place ads promoting a war anniversary during Olympics coverage, further berated the public relations decision when they were informed of the price tag on Monday.                           Originally published in the Hill Times

Royal ruckus as more branches of military up for redesignation

The decision to rebrand the Canadian Forces touched off a Royal ruckus of sorts last year as National Defence went about extending the name change to the military’s smaller branches, documents suggest.

Restoring the “Royal” prefix to the navy and air force has since become a huge point of pride for the Harper government, which billed the move as one that would help today’s soldiers, sailors and aircrew connect with their storied history.

 

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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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