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Chip #189

The Harper Hatchet hacked at:

Civil Liberties (again)

See (#137, #150)

Four former PMs, five former SPC judges and thirteen former Ministers of the Crown united to warn of rights violations inherent in “security” bill C-51– and were ignored.

Links:

Globe and Mail – A close eye on security makes Canadians safer
Toronto Star – Stephen Harper rejects calls for more oversight of new spy powers
ThinkPol – Rocco Galati vows to challenge C-51 in court, urges Canadians to vote against parties supporting the bill
Toronto Star – Canada’s anti-terror law builds up security state as U.S. rolls its back: Editorial

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Chip #176

The Harper Hatchet hacked at:

Public Safety

Safety Board report on Lac Megantic disaster said that Transport Canada failed to monitor
safety procedures in spite of warnings.

Links:

NUPGE – CCPA report chronicles regulatory failures behind Lac-Mégantic
CBC News – Lac-Mégantic needs public inquiry over regulatory failures, CCPA says
Ottawa Citizen – Federal government tiptoes on response to Lac-Mégantic rail-disaster report

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Chip #174

The Harper Hatchet hacked at:

Charities

Many Charities that publicly objected to Gov’t policies lost the ability to issue tax credits.

Links:

Toronto Star – Charity law blocks progress on issues facing Canadians
Huffington Post- How Tories Bully Charities and Abuse Power
Huffington Post – Tax Audits On Canadian Charities Widen, Criticized As ‘Bullying Tactic’
Toronto Star – Foreign-aid charities join together to challenge Canada Revenue Agency audits

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Chip #167

The Harper Hatchet hacked at:

The Chief Justice

The PMO angered entire legal community by questioning the integrity of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Links:

Globe and Mail – PMO snubs lawyers’ request for clarity on allegation against Chief Justice
Toronto Star – Stephen Harper should not impugn integrity of Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin: Editorial
Toronto Star – Lawyers’ association calls on Stephen Harper to acknowledge chief justice did nothing wrong
Toronto Star – Feud with Supreme Court part of a pattern for Harper government

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Chip #157

The Harper Hatchet hacked at:

The Constitution

A Supreme Court ruling showed the Gov’t not only ignored Constitutional rules but
attempted retroactively to change them.

Links:

Huffington Post – Lawyer Rocco Galati Wonders Why He Had To Clean Up Harper’s ‘Mess’
CBC News – Marc Nadon appointment rejected by Supreme Court
The Globe and Mail – The Harper government deserves the Supreme Court’s rebuke
Toronto Star – Five things to know about the SCOC’s Marc Nadon ruling

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Chip #148

The Harper Hatchet hacks at:

Military Resources

Gov’t continues to glory in commemorating Canada’s wars while taking the cost out of existing Canadian Forces operational and procurement budgets.

Links:

CBC News- Cost of ‘Canada 150′ commemorations comes out of military operations budget
The Toronto Star – Military rejected Canada Day Afghan Tribute citing concerns of ‘militarization’

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Chip #138

The Harper Hatchet hacks at:

Omar Khadr’s Rights

The Government continues to support the incarceration of “child soldier” Omar Khadr in
spite of court rulings and no evidence of ongoing radical tendencies.

Links:

Huffington Post – Omar Khadr Case Unfairly Handled By Officials, Ombudsman Complains
rabble.ca – Why is Omar Khadr still in jail?
Globe and Mail – Every Canadian deserves justice. Even Omar Khadr.

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Chip #130

The Harper Hatchet hacks at:

Science Libraries

Canada follows the Bush agenda of dismantling numerous science libraries and trashing rather than digitizing much vital material.

Links:

The Tyee – Canada’s Science Library Closures Mirror Bush’s Playbook
The Tyee – What’s Driving Chaotic Dismantling of Canada’s Science Libraries?
The Tyee – Eric Marshall ‘Disturbed’ by Dismantling of Namesake Science Library

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Chip #123

The Harper Hatchet smashed:

Aboriginal Cooperation

In Northern Gateway pipeline “consultations” the Government’s adversarial approach created Aboriginal opponents.

(See 44, 59, 101)

Links:

The Globe and Mail – Ottawa to blame for First Nations’ pipeline stand, PM appointee says

The Hill Times – Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel doesn’t address aboriginal concerns, says federal adviser

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Chip #120

The Harper Hatchet hacks at:

Access to Information

Even the Parliamentary Budget Officer has to pay exorbitant fees to access information on Government spending.

Links:

The Hill Times –
‘Parliament should not have to pay for’ information on feds’ spending cuts, says Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer Frechette, forced to file access requests on government

Toronto Star – Take the muzzle off federal scientists: Editorial

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Chip #106

The Harper Hatchet hacked at:

The Foreign Service

When career diplomats, Canada’s highly skilled front line of defence, went on strike the Government demanded unreasonable pre-conditions.

Links:

The Toronto Star – Canadian diplomats pressure Tony Clement over strike action

RCI Net – Strike by Canadian diplomats worldwide – ends

CTV News – Ex Iran envoy Ken Taylor says Ottawa acting mischievous in diplomats strike

 

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Chip #104

The Harper Hatchet hacked at:

Hope for Co-operation

A parliamentary “attack dog” was appointed as minister in charge of democratic, electoral and senate reform.

Links:

Yahoo News – Pierre Poilievre’s ‘attack-dog’ style makes him questionable choice for key role

The Hill Times – PM could set Poilievre ‘loose’ on reforming Senate, but opposition critics say he’s ‘worst choice’ as Canada’s new democratic reform minister

Huffington Post – Rick Mercer Rips Pierre Poilievre, Tories’ Fair Elections Act (VIDEO)

 

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Chip #100

The Harper Hatchet has chopped:

Almost Everything

Even in its first two years with a majority the Harper Government deconstructed a formerly humane, co-operative, compassionate country.

Links:

The Toronto Star – Stephen Harper has reshaped Canada in two years: Tim Harper

Winnipeg Free Press – The birth of a banana republic

The Toronto Star – Trevor Greene: From one battlefield to another

Franke James – What is Harper afraid of?

National Newswatch – Canadians need to take their country back before it’s gone

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Chip #94

The Harper Hatchet hacked:

Fiscal Responsibility (And yet again)

The Government’s self-aggrandizing Action Plan Ads cost the taxpayers more than $100 million over four years.

(See 16, 86)

Links:

Toronto Sun -Flaherty defends $100M ‘economic action plan’ ads

The Hill Times – Finance Department plans to spend $10-million on ‘Economic Action Plan’ budget ads this year

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Chip #88

The Harper Hatchet deformed:

Credibility (And again)

The PM’s millionaire right hand man tried to use a personal cheque to rescue Party senator from disgrace, a questionable action called “honourable” by the Government.

(See #62)

Links:

Huffington Post – Pierre Poilievre: Nigel Wright protected taxpayers with $90,000 Duffy cheque

The Toronto Star – Nigel Wright, Stephen Harper’s chief of staff, resigns

The Toronto Star – Senate expenses: Ethics watchdog reviewing $90,000 payment to Mike Duffy

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Chip #82

The Harper Hatchet chopped:

“Canadian” Government

Hundreds of federal departments routinely identify their actions as coming from “the Harper Government”.

Links:

The Hill Times – Feds spend $200,000 issuing ‘Harper Government’ press releases since 2011

The Globe and Mail – Tories re-brand government in Stephen Harper’s name

Ted Hsu MP – $200,000 that could have been better spent

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Chip #80

The Harper Hatchet chopped:

Basic Research

The National Research Council must give priority to Business potential over
the search for basic knowledge.

Links:

The Toronto Star – National Research Council ‘open for business’ Conservative government says

Canadian Association of University Teachers – Transformation of NRC short-sighted, misguided and unbalanced

The Toronto Star – Harper government’s NRC makeover is short-sighted and wrongheaded: Editorial

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Chip #72

The Harper Hatchet chopped:

Canadian Jobs

The TFW program permitted companies to have their employees train foreign
workers who would then take those jobs abroad.

(See #71)

Links:

Huffington Post-RBC Foreign Workers Controversy: Bank, Tories Take Heat Over Outsourcing Plans

PressProgress – Harper government ‘accelerated’ unemployment by expanding TFW program: study

The Progressive Economics Forum – More evidence that temporary foreign worker program takes jobs away from Canadians

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Chip #65

The Harper Hatchet chopped:

Common Sense

While advocating a “two State” solution for the Israeli- Palestinian problem the Government voted against the UN recognizing the second State.

(See #17)

Links:

CBC News – Palestinian UN statehood bid gets thumbs up

United Nations – UN General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to accord Palestine ‘non-member observer state’ status in United Nations

Huffington Post – Canada’s Palestinian statehood stance cost Tories votes, disclosed letters suggest

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Chip #61

The Harper Hatchet killed:

Scientific Evidence

Senior scientists protested “the death of evidence” due to the government’s disdain for scientists and fact.

(See #26)

Links:

CBC News – Scientists rally on Parliament Hill to mourn ‘death of evidence’

Nature – Death of evidence

The Tyee – ‘The death of evidence’ in Canada: Scientists’ own words

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Chip #60

The Harper Hatchet hacked at:

Electoral Fraud Inquiry (Again)

In a court challenge dealing with robocalls the Federal Judge criticized the Conservatives for obstruction and “trench warfare”.

Links:

The Star – Conservatives not helping Elections Canada on robocalls, election-law reform
Council of Canadians – Conservatives fail to win “outrageous” costs in latest election fraud court ruling

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Chip #58

The Harper Hatchet hacked at:

Canada Revenue Agency

To save money hundreds of employees were discharged from the very agency charged with blocking loopholes and collecting taxes.

Links:

Financial Post – Canada Revenue Agency looking to cut auditors despite rise in tax-haven cases
Canada.com – Federal government plans to slash millions, hundreds of staff from Canada Revenue Agency compliance programs
CBC News – Federal job cuts: Tracking the rollout

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Chip #55

The Harper Hatchet chopped:

Truth (And, yes, yet again)

While the Gov’t claimed savings would come 30% from programs and 70% from efficiencies” the Parliamentary Budget Officer said only 25% would be from efficiencies.

(See #20, #47, #49, #50)

Links:

CBC News – Most cuts hitting services, says budget watchdog
The Star – Parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page says spending cuts will be felt in programs and services
ipolitics – The Duffy affair: The record speaks volumes

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CHIP #15

The Harper Hatchet hacked at:

Transparency

After campaigning on transparency the Harper Gov<t has become the most secretive in Canadian history.

Links:

thestar.com – How Harper controls the spin

The Globe and Mail – Alberta MP quits Conservative caucus over transparency bill

The Globe and Mail – Harper government most secretive, journalists say

Canada.com – Harper government lacks transparency, information czar charges

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