Articles Tagged ‘Harper’

  • Why isn’t Harper’s record on democracy an election issue?

    Canadian Politics

    I wish every Canadian knew that the Council of Canadians and the Voices analyses existed, and took a few minutes to check them out online. But maybe I’m dead wrong. Maybe most Canadians couldn’t care less that their democratic rights have been trampled for the past nine years and are certain to be abused even further if Mr. Harper is re-elected.

  • Resist the silent war on Canadian medicare

    Canadian Politics

    Since the election of a Conservative majority government, taxes are at their lowest levels in more than half a century. In its myopic vision of deficit reduction and austerity, Ottawa now collects $45 billion less in revenue. It is no wonder the Canadian public is being told it cannot “afford” adequate levels of health-care funding.

  • Harper is fighting the deficit battle but losing the economic war

    Economic Crisis

    The evidence is mounting that Canada’s economy may already be in an outright recession. Recent data on investment, exports, building permits and retail sales all paint a gloomy picture, and Friday’s jobs numbers (the private sector shed 49,000 jobs in June, partly offset by public sector hiring) added to the pessimism.

  • The movement against Stephen Harper

    Canadian Politics

    The movement to bring down the Harper government goes well beyond the opposition political parties. Canadians horrified by the authoritarian market fundamentalism of the Conservatives are trying in a number of ways to expand democracy to overcome the authoritarian grip that the Harperites hold on our national politics.

  • ‘Harper in the Hot Seat’: Michael Harris on The Agenda

    Canadian Politics

    Michael Harris is a pioneer in the genre, with his 2014 takedown of Stephen Harper, Party of One. The journalist and filmmaker was on The Agenda recently recounting “Canada’s radical makeover” in the lead up to the fall election.

  • The Harper government and the ethnic cleansing of Palestine

    Canadian Politics

    The Harper government is aiding and abetting the Nakba or ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians through its stance and policies, reflecting the ‘new anti-Semitism’ trend that every Canadian tax payer and voter holds responsibility for directly or indirectly. It is time for Canadians to engage in the highest form of citizenry by saying “no” to the Harper government.

  • Maude Barlow: Harper won’t be PM after the next election

    Canadian Politics

    Council of Canadians Chairperson Maude Barlow predicts that Stephen Harper will cease to be Prime Minister of Canada following the federal election that is expected this October.

  • Canada’s Austerity Consensus

    Canadian Politics

    A consensus that has emerged over decades will not be broken easily. While putting a single man’s face to it may be useful to start the conversation, we will need to go further, examining the systemic challenges that prevent a parting with austerity — whether the slow-simmering kind Canadians are now experiencing, or sharper variants.

  • Lost in the ‘50s with Harper’s anti-terror pablum

    Canadian Politics

    Harper’s rhetoric has been coked up with apocalyptic rhetoric, from describing ISIS as everything from a “death cult” (a term more appropriate to NATO, an alliance that has always reserved the right to unleash nuclear weapons and thereby contribute to the end of human life altogether) to a gigantic squid.

  • Chris Hedges on Bill C-51 and the corporate state

    Canadian Politics

    “It doesn’t matter if they’re not using it. History has shown that if the government feels threatened or they seek greater control – and I think that is the trajectory of the corporate state – they will use it.”

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