Stories that will leave you wondering about the direction Canada is taking under Stephen Harper. This is not the Canada we once knew… nor the one we voted for.
Unraveling File # 8-10-(2012-06), Michael Harris, iPolitics, April 26
“At the federal level, it’s getting to be the kind of country Joe Stalin might have liked. The Harper government continues to perform information liposuction on the body politic, dispense its own justice, and mint its own facts.”
The Tories are targeting unions. Who’s next?, Gus Van Harten, The Province, April 26
“…The Harper government has a strange approach to openness. For years, the government has dragged its heels in reporting about its use of public money. Now it is poised to put stringent reporting requirements on organizations that spend private funds, especially labour unions.
Bill C-377 is the private member’s bill of South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale Conservative MP Russ Hiebert that the government has allowed to pass second reading. It proposes to amend the Income Tax Act by subjecting all labour organizations in Canada to onerous accounting requirements. At significant cost to taxpayers, it would load red tape on the government’s political targets…”
Fraudulent election calls ‘widespread’ in 7 ridings, poll suggests, Laura Payton, CBC News, April 24
“A group supporting a Federal Court challenge of the election results in seven ridings says a new poll it commissioned shows fraudulent election calls were widespread and targeted at people previously identified as Conservative non-supporters.”
Elections Canada diving into phone records to track suspicious election calls, Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher, Postmedia News, April 25:
“…On election day, after he had voted, Ferance, 66, received a call from a 647 area code — in Toronto — that claimed to be from Elections Canada, telling him that his polling station had moved to a location about 20 kilometres away.
“I said to him you’re obviously a government employee, because that information is totally wrong,” said Ferance. “It’s wrong because A, I just voted, B, I live next door to the voting station, and C, I can still see people coming and going.”
“Ferance said two Elections Canada workers at the polling station told him other voters reported receiving the same kind of call…”
Tories again show their contempt, Colin Mackay, Intelligencer Writers Group
“The F35 scandal that has found the Conservative government in contempt of Parliament highlights their contempt of anybody that dares to challenge their political actions or motives.
“The F35 scandal also shows how deceit and deception has crept into federal politics at an alarming rate and the arrogance of the Conservative government. Their condescending attacks toward their challengers highlights an attitude — that we are always right, just let us do what we want.
“Essentially, they show utter contempt toward the majority of Canadians because our opinions do not matter…”
Abortion motion will be debated in Parliament Thursday, Tobi Cohen, Postmedia News, April 25
“The abortion debate has actually never been closed,” [pro-life backbench Conservative MP Stephen] Woodworth said Wednesday after a caucus meeting…”