Closing Down Parliament & Protraying Environmentalists As ‘Enemies of the State’ Just Came With The Job
A Commentary by Linda McKellar
First, Stephen Harper, or Mr. Charm as I call him, was as citizen friendly and down to earth as a cobra.
Although not a prerequisite for holding office, Harper had zero charisma and no way to connect with the public – something very important for communicating with Canadian citizens and foreign leaders. That is one reason, just or otherwise, that so many were happy to see him go.
Several times he even refused to meet with the Provincial Premiers. He was secretive and autocratic, yet claimed he knew nothing of things like his aide’s pay off to one of his Senate appointments, Mike Duffy. Of course corruption is nothing new to any party. but he was an expert.
His policies were absolutely pro Bay Street. His election propaganda was right out of the U.S. Republican Party playbook with (just as one example of very many) his backers demeaning his opponents (did Mulcair or Trudeau ever call him “Stevie”?) despite the fact that Harper was almost the same age as Justin Trudeau when he was first elected?
And there was the utilizing of things like robocalls and electoral restrictions through the so-called “Fair Elections Act,” which severely restricted access to marginal people like Aboriginals and students away from their home ridings – in other words, groups of people less likely to vote Conservative.
Harper’s scientific research cuts have left us decades behind others at a time when technology is vital.
Ecologically, he gutted every good measure previously implemented for progress in protecting the environment in order to please his home base in Alberta and his financial backers. He even ordered the destruction of oceanic research papers in Nova Scotia where workers later found them in a dumpster.
Sure, due to the filthy tar sands, the economy was temporarily stable, but at what cost to your children and grandchildren. And what happens now, when the tar sands are a pariah?
Harper spied on and audited environmental agencies and declared them enemies of the state and terrorists. Groups of people wanting to protect our environment sure sounds like terrorism to me.
Even with the oil sands boon, and for someone who is a proclaimed economist, Harper ran a verifiable DEFICIT for at least six, possibly more.
Water is the oil of the future and he didn’t care that trillions of gallons are spoiled to remove filthy bitumen.
Last week I saw a documentary on the BBC about Canada’s environmental status in the eyes of the world and it is ABYSMAL following a decade of Harper rule. We are a joke!
Harper not only refused to meet with Provincial Premiers, he prorogued (as in slammed the door on) Parliament and shut down the government for 181 days because he was in danger of losing his government to opposition parties.
He instituted sweeping Omnibus bills that abrogated freedoms and wiped out beneficial laws and regulations. I am only glad that he was not Canada’s prime minister during the Iraq War or he would have wagged his puppy tail and followed his American masters into that disaster that cost trillions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives.
That’s just a few of his wonderful “accomplishments.” What a guy!
Of course, now his buds will give him a nice cushy job to go along with his ridiculous pension.
Linda McKellar is a Fort Erie/Niagara, Ontario residents and retired health care worker and advocate for public health care who shares views on a host of other issues regularly on Niagara At Large
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