Writer offers up 10 of Harper’s best efforts to change Canada

Letter to the editor from Michael Crawford, Kamloops, on Prime Minister Harper

To the editor;

A few years ago, national newspapers reported that Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in an address to an ultra-conservative group in the US, ended with the now famous line – “You won’t recognize Canada when I get through with it”.

Here are ten of Harper’s best efforts in 2012 to change the face of this country.

1 – Harper approved the sale of Nexen to CNOOC, a state-owned Chinese company, and to make matters worse, the Conservatives secretly negotiated the Canada-China FIPA treaty giving China increased access to our strategic natural resources.

2 – During the last election campaign Harper said the F-35s would only set Canadians back $9 billion and now the Parliamentary Budget Officer, the Auditor General and accounting firm KPMG are saying the bill is more like $44 million.

3 – Recent court documents reveal that Elections Canada pointed the finger directly at the Conservative Party during the ongoing investigation into voter suppression in the 2011 federal election.

4 – Harper’s second monster budget bill dismantled environmental reviews, gutted the Fisheries Act, eliminated wildlife habitat protection, repealed the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act, reduced the powers of the Auditor General, dissolved the Public Appointments Commission meant to fight patronage, and restricted food safety inspections.

5 – To an audience of billionaires in Davos, Switzerland, Harper announced his plan to raise the age of eligibility for Old Age Security from 65 to 67 which, according to the Auditor General, takes $10 billion a year from the pockets of Canada’s poorest seniors when implemented.

6 – Harper’s cuts to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency were followed by the largest meat recall in Canadian history. Canadians continued to buy tainted meat two weeks after the US pulled it from American store shelves.

7 – Harper’s cabinet ministers ran amuck in 2012. Bev Oda ($1,000 limo rides and $16 orange juice), Peter MacKay (Ministry of Defence helicopter ride from a friend?s exclusive fishing lodge to a Conservative fundraiser), and Vic Toews? (responded to criticism of his bill on Internet security with “You either stand with us or with the child pornographers”) led the parade with their scandals, ethical lapses, and poor judgement.

8 – Harper’s cuts to Employment Insurance benefits and rule changes mean fewer Canadians qualify for fewer benefits. He decimated the appeals tribunal slowing claims processing – a direct attack on seasonal industries and underemployed regions of our country.

9 – Harper’s war on the environment continued unabated, rolling back the clock on decades of environmental protection efforts. Thousands of lakes and rivers are not covered anymore by the Navigable Waters Protection Act, the Environmental Assessment Act has been shredded, and fish habitat protection disappeared from the Fisheries Act.

10 – Harper’s heartless refugee health care cuts left some of neediest members of our communities behind and the provinces holding the bag.

These and other regressive steps taken by Prime Minister Harper in 2012 resulted in less Canadian resource ownership and less control over our economy, less government transparency, accountability and honesty, less for seniors, less democracy, less caring and compassion and less protection for our air and water.

My resolution for 2013 is to more vigorously promote a fairer, more hopeful, and more loving country. How about you?

Michael Crawford

Kamloops

 

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