Harper Watch – August 20 to 26, 2012


HOW DIFFERENT POLITICAL PARTIES RESPOND TO ACCUSATIONS OF ELECTION IRREGULARITIES

Ottawa Citizen – CRTC fines Liberal MP over election robocall

In a statement released Friday, the CRTC said it had reached a compliance agreement with Valeriote`s riding association that included an admission of wrongdoing.

“We appreciate that Mr. Valeriote and the Association fully cooperated with our investigation and committed to comply with the Rules in future campaigns,” said Andrea Rosen, the CRTC`s chief compliance and enforcement officer.

Canada. Com – NDP forced to repay $340,000 in donations

Earlier this summer, Elections Canada announced that the NDP would have to pay back the money it had received from unions who sponsored some events, but a full figure was never revealed…..  The funds were returned in April and May….

“As Elections Canada stated, the NDP is in full compliance with the law,” said Nathan Rotman, the incoming national director of the NDP, in an email to Postmedia News.

Ottawa Citizen – New affidavits defend data showing robocalls affected some election results

The Conservatives have repeatedly tried to shut down the case, arguing that it is a partisan exercise by political opponents who are seeking to overturn legitimate electoral results that they dislike.

IN ADDITION, THE HARPER REGIME MAY WELL BE INFLUENCING ELECTIONS CANADA’S HANDLING OF THE ROBO FRAUD INVESTIGATION….

Ottawa Citizen – Elections Canada commissioner declines to hand over robocalls investigation data to Federal Court

Elections Canada has updated the number of complaints it received over misleading election phone calls but is refusing to provide more details in Federal Court about its ongoing “robocalls” investigations.

By Aug. 16, the agency had fielded 1,394 complaints alleging specific instances of misleading phone calls during the election from people in 234 different ridings, according to new data provided by the Commissioner of Canada Elections.

OPINION

Vancouver Sun (Postmedia) – A different kind of oil takeover –  In effect, Nexen will become a ‘crown’ corporation, but one controlled by China instead of Canada

Even the hard listing to starboard rightwing Fraser Institute acknowledges the CNOOC takeover of Nexen is not in Canada’s best interest. And in Canada at least, Nexen was one of hard pressed few examples of an O&G conglomerate with value-added downstream petrochemicals producing capacities.

Toronto Star – CNOOC’s bid for Nexen is a key move on China’s global chess board

The state-owned China Offshore Oil Corporation’s (CNOOC) $15.1-billion bid for the Calgary-based global energy company Nexen has many supporters in Canada. They see it as a forward-looking initiative that allows Canada to

diversify its oil and gas sales to non-U.S. markets, and will lead to large amounts of Chinese capital funding the high costs of further developing Alberta’s oilsands. But neither really holds true.

MORE DEREGULATION – TO THE BENEFIT OF CORPORATIONS AND THE DETRIMENT OF THE HEALTH AND SAFETRY OF CANADIANS

Elizabeth May – Canadians want more product labeling, not reductions in food and drug regulations

Meanwhile, regulations of food safety with regard to contamination with hazardous substances have been relaxed. The requirement that the Minister had to conclude that “the food would not be harmful to the health of the purchaser or consumer” has been removed.  This will allow the minister to allow the sale of products with levels of pesticides, veterinary drugs or food additives without determining first that the food would not be harmful.  There was no explanation for removing this protection.

INPUT FROM UNIONS, OPPOSITION PARTIES AND GROUPS REPRESENTING WORKING CANADIANS NOT WELCOME

G&M – Boardroom confidential: What CEOs are asking of Jim Flaherty

During last year’s sessions with business and policy leaders in Wakefield, Que., the minister was urged to adopt measures to reduce the pay of Canadian workers, limit union power by enacting U.S.-style right-to-work legislation, and allow two-tier health care.

For two days every summer, a select group of CEOs, other business leaders, and policy experts is invited to a retreat with the Finance Minister. The event is private.

ENTRENCHING MILITARISM AND POLICE STATE BY STEALTH

CBC – RCMP, border agents can use torture-tainted information

The Conservative government has quietly given Canada’s national police force and the federal border agency the authority to use and share information that was likely extracted through torture.

Newly disclosed records show Public Safety Minister Vic Toews issued the directives to the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency shortly after giving similar orders to Canada’s spy service.

CBC – F-35 critics rip procurement plan at NDP hearing

One of the most vocal critics of the F-35 stealth-fighter program had some simple advice for the Harper government: fly before you buy.

Winslow Wheeler, a former defence auditor in Washington, says anyone would be a “fool” to commit to the program before the multi-role jetfighter exits its testing and development phase in 2019.

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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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