This page is a small sampling of the delusional Harper government's excuses and actions to suppress the rights of Canadians in the interest of a foreign state.
March 6, 2011
Murray Dobbin - A party of thugs, liars, cheats, crooks, dirty tricksters – and Christians
The following is a must read article that summarizes the sad state of Canadian democracy. From Harper's unconditional support of Israel to his attack on civil society and democratic institutions and worse still the seeming inability of the Liberals to understand the real issues, frame the message and get it out to Canadians.
issue here is the reversal, by Stephen Harper, of a 60-year consensus
shared by all previous governments about the central role of civil
society in Canada. Every previous government has funded civil society
groups and NGOs even when they espoused policies that contradicted the
government's own. Governments might have done so grudgingly and not as
generously as some of us hoped. But it has been one of the quiet
glories of Canadian democracy that our governments have often backed
groups that criticized them or had competing priorities.
Torstar - Harper follows Israeli line on Egypt
support for Mubarak is based on his Christian evangelical beliefs which
put Israel's interests above all else. Renowned author Marci McDonald's
book, The Armegeddon Factor describes in detail the rise of the
Christian right in Canada and its links to the Harper government.
QUOTE FROM THIS BOOK: “What drives that growing Christian nationalist movement is its adherents’ conviction that the end times foretold in the book of Revelation are at hand. Braced for an impending apocalypse, they feel impelled to ensure that Canada assumes a unique, scripturally ordained role in the final days before the Second Coming — and little else.]
HARPER'S MILITARIZATION OF CANADA WITH ISRAELI HELP.
November 24, 2010
The Muslim leader whose
recent Ottawa speech was cancelled by Defence Minister Peter MacKay
spoke at a church Sunday instead, saying it's better to talk than to
had the privilege of attending this speech. This article
summarizes its content quite well. The Imam spoke quietly and
dispassionately but addressed a number of the issues that make the
current government so un-Canadian and dangerous.]
The head of the Canadian
Islamic Congress says he's hurt and insulted that his speech at
National Defence Headquarters has been cancelled by Defence Minister
Peter MacKay over accusations the congress holds extremist views......
MacKay's statement, issued late Friday, came after two Christian-based
associations began circulating an email that described Delic's presence
at the event as affront to Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan and
Ottawa Citizen - In August, Delic was one of several Canadian imams to sign a fatwa against violence.
Vancouverite - Background info on Imam Delic.
Text of speech Imam Delic was going to deliver at DND.
September 13, 2010
Documents reveal federal researchers, whose work is financed by taxpayers, need approval from Ottawa before speaking with media
September 5, 2010
Harper government eroding democracy, human rights: Amnesty head
June 22, 2010
Metro News - Harper tightens his grip on media message control
June 19, 2010
Toronto Star - Changing Canada, one backward step at a time
May 10, 2010
[The Harper Cons would like to criminalize criticism of Israel. I've always wondered how long it would take before they decided to criminalize criticism of their government. This is an enlightening article by Jane Taber in the Globe and Mail.]
G&M - Liberals blast back at Tory attempt to ‘muzzle’ CBC
The latest is that Ms. Pynenburg is also the vice-president of the
National Women’s Liberal Commission and “a proud member of Canadians
Rallying to Unseat Stephen Harper (CRUSH), a radical anti-Stephen
Harper group,” the Tory missive says. ["A radical anti-Stephen Harper group"!! - next thing you know they will be accusing those who oppose them of being terrorists.]
January 26, 2010
OpEdNews - Canadian Policy: The Jerusalem effect
January 1, 2010
If there was a gold medal for shafting democracy at the Winter Olympics, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper would win it. Just before the games open in Vancouver, he has halted parliament in its tracks, suspending it for the second time in little more than a year.
Rage and shame are flowing on the internet because there is nowhere else for voters to turn. Even The Globe and Mail, Canada's national and excessively staid newspaper, had a front-page editorial steaming with reproach. The Globe often leaves me frustrated, but I was moved when I read it and … did what exactly? I took a stand. I joined a Facebook group called Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament , an earnestly pathetic act that may be part of the reason our nation is so lessened on the first day of 2010.
December 21, 2009
The Minister of International Cooperation, Bev Oda, has been telling KAIROS, Parliament and the Canadian people that funding to KAIROS was cut because its work did not fit current Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) priorities of economic growth, food security and children and youth.
On Wednesday, however, a completely different reason was given in a speech by Jason Kenney, Minister of Immigration. Addressing the Global Forum to Counter Anti-Semitism in Jerusalem, Minister Kenney* described his government's fights against anti-Semitism and, as an example, said the government had “defunded organizations … like KAIROS for taking a leadership role in the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign” against Israel.
* Kenney was in Jerusalem just last May (see May 25, 2009 below). Seems a bit excessive to me. Makes you wonder who he is really working for.
Click here for more articles on this story.
STATEMENTS FROM ORGANIZATIONS AND POLITICAL PARTIES IN SUPPORT OF KAIROS - Hopefully this is the beginning of the end for Harper.
December 16, 2009
(A MUST READ ARTICLE on how Stephen Harper is subverting democracy in Canada.)
When you think about it, the way to make governing easy is to dispense
as much as is possible with the demands of democracy. The d-word is a
drag. It gets in the way of the exercise of power. Ways need be found
to circumvent it.
December 12, 2009
Last week, the Harper government vetoed CIDA funding for a fine NGO called KAIROS, Canada's pre-eminent faith-based human rights organization. Eleven Christian organizations run KAIROS. You would think that the Harper government, whose Christian piety is worn pretty close to their sleeves, would be among KAIROS's great admirers, doing the Lord's work by fighting injustice around the world.
November 30, 2009
One of the most recent -- but almost totally unreported -- developments in Canada is something called the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism (CPCCA). It is not an official parliamentary body but is a multi-party, voluntary association of 13 MPs......
remains to be seen what the recommendations of the coalition will be,
but its conclusions regarding a sweeping redefinition of anti-semitism
have already been drawn and incorporated into their inquiry process --
mortally damaging its credibility. The likelihood that the Harper
government is working in lock-step with the coalition is high and the CPCCA's purpose may well be to prepare the ground for criminalizing criticism of Israel.
November 16, 2009
The United Nations General Assembly today, by a recorded vote of 114 in favour to 18 against, with 44 abstentions, adopted a resolution giving Israel and the Palestinians three months to undertake “independent, credible investigations” into serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law committed during the conflict in Gaza that broke in late December 2008. ....
Against : Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary,
Israel, Italy, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of),
Nauru, Netherlands, Palau, Panama, Poland, Slovakia, The former
Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine, United States.
October 3, 2009
Despite the fact that Muslims and Blacks are more likely to be targeted, “Jewish organizations have received 84 per cent of the funding announcements under a federal program that provides security for groups at risk of being attacked in hate crimes," reported the Canadian Press three weeks ago. "Forty-six of the 55 projects funded by Ottawa since February 2008 belonged to Jewish community groups.”
The Conservative government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper has pushed a staunchly pro-Israel position since taking office. In the 2006 war between Israel and the terrorist group Hezbollah in Lebanon, Mr. Harper called Israel's retaliation "measured." The bombing severely damaged Lebanese infrastructure and killed about a thousand people, many civilians caught in the warzone.
August 21, 2009
G&M - Israel targets Palestinian-Canadians
July 6, 2009
York University, still recovering from a bitter 12-week strike, cannot seem to escape political fireworks, even during the summer.
In this latest fracas, the York Federation of Students is accusing two Conservative politicians – federal MP Peter Kent and provincial MPP Peter Shurman – of interfering with York's turbulent student politics.
Through a Freedom of Information request, the student federation obtained 50 pages of email exchanges in which assistants for the two politicians, who represent student-heavy ridings north of the campus, repeatedly question university executives about the results of a student council vote this spring.
CNW - Information obtained under freedom of Information request by York Federation of Students.
May 25, 2009
A "new anti-Semitism" that emanates from an alliance of Western leftists and Islamic extremists is more dangerous than the "old European" form of Jew-hatred, Canada's minister of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism said as he wound up a four-day trip to Israel Sunday. .... "The existential threat faced by Israel on a daily basis is ultimately a threat to the broader Western civilization," said Jason Kenney, explaining the staunchly pro-Israel positions of his government, led by Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
March 13, 2009
It also highlights the emasculation of DFAIT. Under Harper’s autocratic style, Ministries and their spokespersons have been reduced to parroting the party line as it is delivered from the PMO and issuing meaningless, generic statements to the media. In this case the message is that staunch support” of Israel extends to blaming Hamas and Israel equally for the recent fury in Gaza even to the extent that the safety and security of Canadian citizens be damned and disregarded.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is poised to slash federal funding to Canada's largest Arabic group after its president called him a "professional whore" for supporting Israel.....
"This government is anti-Arab and anti-Muslim," [said Khaled Mouamar, president of the Canadian Arab Federation], adding the federal government has refused to meet with the Canadian Arab Federation or the Canadian Islamic Congress since Prime Minister Stephen Harper came to power...
Kenney's comments come as he is attending the meeting of the International Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism. Kenney said the theme emerging from the meeting is the new and growing anti-Semitism around the world in the form of anti-Zionism.
Yes it's true, no member of the Harper government has met with
representatives of the Canadian Arab Federation or and the Canadian
Islamic Congress. Ditto for the Liberals since Michael Ignatieff has
become the leader. Good for the CAF president. It is about time that
someone from the Arab community protested being completely shut out for
the past two years. It is unfortunate that Mr. Mouamar had to use such
language to get media exposure but 'professional whores" is actually a
very accurate description of our politicians in regards to the Zionist
lobby. CAF has put out a number of balanced press releases in the past
few years but they have not been picked up the by media - the same
media that reports every pronouncement made by the CJC and B'nai Brith.]
See our Archives here under Feb. 23, 2009
February 6, 2009
The recent bombing of several UN locations in Gaza, notably one UN school sheltering refugees, by Israeli Defense Forces has elicited calls for an international investigation. The Canadian government has placed the blame for the attack on Hamas, and remains silent on Israel’s refusal to allow for an international investigation into the shelling.
HARPER WATCH ARTICLES FROM 2006 TO 2008