Saturday, February 08, 2014
The Week Stephen Harper's Cons Raped Our Democracy
Ever since he came to power he has been stealthily gnawing away at the fabric of our country.
Waiting until we are asleep, or distracted, to gobble up another little bleeding chunk of what was once Canada.
But what Stephen Harper has done in just the last week, is now threatening to kill our democracy.
For it was the week he went crazy, and started tearing away at its flesh like a rabid animal, or a MANIAC.
First he sent out his ghastly little stooge Pierre Poilievre to sell his Orwellian so-called Fair Elections Act.
Which although coated in sticky icing, like lifting the election result blackout, is a bill to suppress the vote, and practically ensures that we will never have a fair election again.
The act provides changes that will only help the Tories. It is tailored to help political fundraising as the Tories practise it. It weakens oversight of electoral misdeeds, which is good for a party that complains about being constrained by existing laws. And in the face of what may be an irreversible decline in voting, it has silenced the lone voice trying to spur more Canadians to vote.
It's an insurance policy the Tory government hopes will allow it to continue governing without fear of an opposing popular uprising or watchdog wrist-slapping.
And that the Cons will have their way with us, and steal one election after the other. Like they tried to steal the last one.
Then he sent out his other sinister stooge Chris Alexander to flog his new Citizenship Act.
By claiming it's all about fighting terrorism, and streamlining the immigration process.
When in fact its dark heart is a plan to strip Canadians of their citizenship.
The proposed legislation would give the immigration minister the power to revoke a person's citizenship for acts against Canada.
The government would also have the ability to revoke citizenship from those who has been "convicted of terrorism, high treason, treason, or spying offences, depending on the sentence received." The immigration minister would have the final say in decisions to revoke citizenship, not the governor in council, as is the case now.
The bill is just another Con Trojan horse.
The federal government’s new citizenship bill is a Trojan horse. It is presented as an attempt to reduce fraud and rationalize the process of becoming a Canadian citizen, both of which are sensible aims.
But it would also give Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government unprecedented authority to strip Canadians — including thousands born in this country — of their citizenship.
Just like the Trojan horse cyberbullying bill, or the so-called Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act.
Which while claiming to protect children, is really intended to give the police more powers to spy on us.
And you don't have to be a dual citizen like I am, or a weatherman, to know where this ill wind is blowing. In a country where the Con regime has labelled those who oppose its Dirty Oil policies as Enemies of the State.
In a country where we also found out this week that the Con regime is using Revenue Canada to try to intimidate, muzzle, or destroy some of its most determined environmental opponents.
The Canada Revenue Agency is currently conducting extensive audits on some of Canada's most prominent environmental groups to determine if they comply with guidelines that restrict political advocacy, CBC News has learned. If the CRA rules that the groups exceeded those limits, their charitable status could be revoked, which would effectively shut them down.
So Big Oil can rape this country raw, and get away with it.
And just at a time when the Cons have announced that they plan to rush this anti-union bill through the House.
A Republican-style bill that would weaken or destroy the labour movement, and leave us totally HELPLESS.
Like flies in a spider's web...
Because that's the only way to understand how Stephen Harper operates, or what he has done to our democracy.
Crawling around around in his foul darkness, stroking it with one leg, hiding the stinger under another. And then when he thinks we are sleeping, biting it over and over again until it's dead or DYING.
Because it should be clear to all Canadians by now that these are not the random acts of a maniac. They are the signs of a monstrous coordinated CONSPIRACY.
And let there be no mistake, if we allow him to get away with all of the above our democracy doesn't stand a chance.
But the problem is that no Canadian government has ever acted like this, the opposition in Parliament is helpless to stop them, especially since the Cons keep choking off debate.
And our politicians seem unable to paint a big picture of what the Cons are doing, but just keep playing the same old game with the same old rules while our country slips away.
So unless they can change their tactics, and mobilize the population more effectively, we are going to have to stir up things ourselves, in preparation for a summer of protest.
By among other things attending demonstrations like this one later today.
Or we will end up paralysed and helpless in that nightmare country I keep telling you about.
The one so many didn't think could happen here.
The one we won't recognize...
Yup. In Harperland today to resist is to exist.
And it is now or never.
Don't let him kill our democracy so easily.
See you in the streets...
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