Harper Watch – July 22 to August 1, 2013


Ottawa Citizen (Editorial) – Enough propaganda
Stephen Harper’s Tories are again proving to be their own worst enemy as a new poll confirms the much-hyped Economic Action Plan advertisements have been a public relations dud.

According to a Harris-Decima survey, Canadians have reacted to the ad with, well, a barely perceptible reaction. Of the 2,003 people who took part in the survey earlier this year, only three said they’d bothered to check out the government website, actionplan.gc.ca, after seeing the ads.

Huffington Post – Canada’s Job Creation Record Falls Behind Majority Of Developed Countries
The Harper government boasted back in 2011 that Canada was the first G7 country to recover all the jobs lost during the Great Recession.

But a new analysis of OECD data finds that Canada has fallen behind a majority of developed countries when it comes to job creation since the recession, and when adjusted for population growth, the country has fewer jobs today than it did before the downturn.

G&M – Federal deficit balloons despite Harper agenda
Erasing the federal deficit is the top priority for the Conservative government, but monthly tracking shows Ottawa’s bottom line is moving in the wrong direction.

The federal government posted a $2.7-billion deficit over the first two months of the fiscal year, which begins April 1. That compares to a $1.8-billion deficit during the same two months – April and May – the year before.

Canada Newswire – Canada taking wrong approach to fighting unemployment during recessions
(In other words the Con EAP is another simplistic, poorly thought out plan, hastily devised based on ideology instead of facts.)
National strategies like the recent Economic Action Plan are not the best answer for combating job losses caused by recession, according to a report published today by The School of Public Policy written by Professor Ron Kneebone and Margarita Gres.

“A nationally applied policy response will be appropriate for some regions of the country but inappropriate for others; it will be too weak a response in some areas while being too strong in others; and it will be applied too late in some regions and too soon in others,” the authors write.

CBC – Foreign workers doubled as joblessness peaked: report
Despite an unemployment rate that spiked in 2009 and remains high, the number of temporary foreign workers in Canada has more than doubled over the last six years, according to the Conference Board of Canada.

In 2006, there were 150,000 temporary foreign workers employed in Canada. By December 2012, that number had more than doubled to 340,000.


iPolitics – The Royal Canadian and American Mounted Police? A bad idea The Royal Canadian and American Mounted Police?
Those strange words raise a question. Why should Canada enter into a cross-border policing arrangement with the Americans, NxtGen, that would allow armed Mounties jurisdiction in the U.S. and armed American law officers jurisdiction in this country?

The short answer is that the perimeter security deal notwithstanding, we shouldn’t. Neither the culture, nor the differing approaches to law enforcement in the two countries will make it a happy arrangement.


Ottawa Citizen – Director of Public Prosecutions weighing charges against Del Mastro over campaign expenses
Federal prosecutors are considering laying charges over expenses claimed by Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro’s campaign during the 2008 election.

After a lengthy investigation, the Commissioner of Canada Elections Yves Côté referred the file to the office of Director of Public Prosecutions Brian Saunders earlier this summer.

Edmonton Journal – Senate should consider grilling Irving Gerstein over role in spending scandal, Marc Garneau says
The Senate should consider launching an investigation of Sen. Irving Gerstein over his role in the spending scandal, but only after the RCMP completes its criminal investigation of Mike Duffy, Liberal MP Marc Garneau said Wednesday.


Calgary Herald – Premiers reject Stephen Harper’s job training plan, fearing it will cause damage
Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial premiers unanimously rejected Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s new job training plan Thursday, arguing that its design flaws could damage their existing efforts to help people find jobs.

Speaking during a break from talks at an annual retreat of the premiers, Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne, who is chairing the meeting, said the Canada Job Grant program would remove some existing federal transfers and require $600 million in new provincial and territorial government spending.


CTV NEWS – Vets angry as federal lawyers argue Ottawa has no obligation to soldiers
At least one veterans group promises to campaign against the Harper Conservatives because of a stand taken by federal lawyers, who argue the country holds no extraordinary social obligation to ex-soldiers.

The lawyers, fighting a class-action lawsuit in British Columbia, asked a judge to dismiss the court action filed by injured Afghan veterans, saying Ottawa owes them nothing more than what they have already received under its controversial New Veterans Charter.

The stand drew an incendiary reaction from veterans advocates, who warned they are losing patience with the Harper government, which has made supporting troops one of its political battle cries.

Ottawa Citizen (Lee Berthiaume) – Charity drops refund request to Justin Trudeau, kicks out board members
The New Brunswick charity at the centre of a political firestorm over Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s public-speaking fees this past spring has dropped its request for a refund.

The Grace Foundation has also cut ties with several board members, including one blamed for leaking a “private” letter about the issue to the federal Conservatives.


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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