Sunday, March 01, 2015
Stephen Harper's Fear Card and the Canadian Revolt
It's so cold out there, and the ice is so thick in the bay, that the Island ferry has stopped running.
This small police boat was having a hard time getting anywhere yesterday.
And I have to admit that I feel half frozen too eh?
Because I still can't believe that Stephen Harper would use fear and bigotry to try to win himself another bloody majority.
So it was really good to read these letters from Toronto Star readers letting him know what they think about him and his fear card.
Stephen Harper is always quick to wrap himself in the flag and co-opt the valour of the armed services who fought and died for our freedoms. Then, without a hint of irony or shame, he abuses the democracy they defended and diminishes those freedoms by ramming Bill C-51 through Parliament...
Terrorists simply cannot take our freedoms away. They can only scare us into giving them away for nothing; shaming ourselves and the memories of those who sacrificed for them. Ostensibly for the sake of not letting those terrorists win, this is exactly what Stephen Harper is trying to do.
Kevin Farmer, Toronto
One doesn’t need to cast their gaze back very far to see that for all the talk, spying and surveillance is consistently more about power, and keeping an eye on those who challenge it, than protecting citizens from threats or terrorism.
Canadians should be cautious. For our all the Conservatives’ dire warnings about how these arbitrary measures are needed to protect Canadians from others, as history shows us, those measures usually turn out to be more about the powerful protecting themselves from us.
Kevin Caners, Brockville
Not one of our previous Prime Ministers has done more to corrupt the ideal of democracy than Stephen Harper. With his latest move to ram through the “terror bill” with only the most minimal amount of discussion in Parliament, Harper has demonstrated once again how, under his tenure, he has dismantled democracy in Canada.
M. Schooff, Orangeville
And the reason I find them so encouraging is because it tells me that the revolt against Bill C-51 is growing. And that the more Canadians learn about the bill the more they will hate it and fight back:
“We as a government are not interested in politicians doing that oversight.” With these words Stephen Harper has officially declared that Canada is an autocracy.
Here is the issue for this year’s election: “Our Democracy” vs the “Harper Autocracy.” The opposition parties must unite and rally Canadians in this fight for democracy.
Keith Parkinson, Cambridge
So it will be yet another issue we can use against him in the next election campaign. To help neutralize the advantage the war has given him. And strip him down to his underwear.
Or his economic record...
Which is of course where we want him. Bubbling in the stew of his incompetence and his depravity.
Yup. It is brutally cold out there.
But the little propeller boat did make it home safely....
Brian Gable/Globe and Mail
And so will we.
It definitely is still Canada eh?
The revolt is growing
And better days are coming...
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