Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Harper’s Death Rattle

altAnuXF070e8xTBcNhsh5Qo-dlyk2yNMcPJpEcAyY5KvVdIt’s hard not to note Justin Trudeau in your news feed: Be it social media or traditional media. Be it critical or supportive, when does the leader of a minority party – that isn’t even the official opposition – draw so much attention. Is it his stature? his celebrity? his ego!?  

 

Our current Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the other hand certainly has stature, or at least, the ego of a Prime Minister. He also provided Canadians with a strong alternative to the policy brought forth during the Chretien era meanwhile avoiding completely sinking the economy of our nation through the international economic slow-down/recession brought forth by poor policy in the United States and England.

That being a pretty solid resume as a Prime Minister, yet we still get these ads on TV:


First, let me repeat something, Justin Trudeau is not the leader of the opposition. This guy is:

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As the Leader of the Opposition, this guy is not too shabby, he presents well and really dictates the point of the NDP quite clearly providing strong opposition to the policies Harper government implements. Except: What is his name? It’s not Jack Layton, Jack was an honourable stand up guy… his name… Google says it’s, oh yea, Thomas Muclair.

I earnestly hope that Thomas Muclair retains his status of Official opposition – he bring forth value to discussion of policy, which is the essential purpose of the house of commons: to discuss and debate laws before they become policy. However… Even that political interest has diminished under the authority of Harper. Particularly with the omnibus budget bills that have nothing to do with the budget.



Even though it was Trudeau’s father who introduced Canada to Omnibus bills, in an action to that would eventually lay the legal ground work for legalizing divorce, abortion and gay marriage. It was Harper who took a stand against the Liberal practice of the undemocratic nature of passing large omnibus bills without due process, then, when coming into power took a Napoleonic turn for the worst and completely ignored his own position for the sake of, as Rick Mercer puts it, “Advancing the Right” and utilized the budget in an omnibus bill of cut backs without any justifiable point of public discussion.

Justin Trudeau right from the onset of claiming his post as Leader of the Liberal party of Canada, has made it clear that he is not his father, and that his intention is to include discussion from all elect. Pretty smart move, especially when the fear is his inexperience best countered with a collective experience of all elect in a concept called, democracy. Who would have thought that it would be the left that would propose such a wild concept into governance?

While the conservatives may be subversively focusing on Justin Trudeau’s experience with their attack ads, and simultaneously boasting about how they finally balanced the budget… no wait… will balance the budget in 2015… a feat not done since the Liberal’s were in power 8 years ago. They forget to outline, what they had to do in order to manage potentially reaching this balanced budget.

And therefore, I now bring you the omnibus list of government programs shut down without discussion by the experienced Harper Government:

Warning the following lists are huge… Toronto Star made a cool interactive that makes Harper’s destruction easy and fun to browse: http://misc.thestar.com/interactivegraphic/cutbycanada.html


For the long forms of all the cuts, I found the following:

    • Aboriginal Healing Foundation
    • Action travail des femmes
    • Afghan Association of Ontario, Canada Toronto
    • Alberta Network of Immigrant Women
    • Alternatives (Quebec)
    • Association féminine d'éducation et d'action sociale (AFEAS)
    • Bloor Information and Life Skills Centre
    • Brampton Neighbourhood Services (Ontario)
    • Canadian Arab Federation
    • Canadian Child Care Federation
    • Canadian Council for International Co-operation
    • Canadian Council on Learning
    • Canadian Council on Social Development
    • Canadian Heritage Centre for Research and Information on Canada
    • Canadian Human Rights Commission
    • Canadian International Development Agency, Office of Democratic Governance
    • Canadian Labour Business Centre
    • Canada Policy Research Networks
    • Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women
    • Canada School of Public Service
    • Canadian Teachers' Federation International program
    • Canadian Volunteerism Initiative
    • Centre de documentation sur l'éducation des adultes et la condition feminine
    • Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)
    • Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples (Toronto)
    • Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada
    • Childcare Resource and Research Unit, SpeciaLink
    • Climate Action Network
    • Community Access Program
    • Community Action Resource Centre (CARC)
    • Conseil d'intervention pour l'accès des femmes au travail  (CIAFT)
    • Court Challenges Program (except language rights cases and legacy cases)
    • Court Commission of Canada
    • Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Centre Toronto: (Funding cut by CIC in December 2010).
    • Democracy Council
    • Department of Foreign Affairs, Democracy Unit
    • Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women Toronto
    • Eritrean Canadian Community Centre of Metropolitan Toronto
    • Ethiopian Association in the Greater Toronto Area and Surrounding Regions
    • Feminists for Just and Equitable Public Policy (FemJEPP) in Nova Scotia
    • First Nations Child and Family Caring Society
    • First Nations and Inuit Tobacco Control Program
    • Forum of Federations
    • Global Environmental Monitoring System
    • HRD Adult Learning and Literacy programs
    • HRD Youth Employment Programs
    • Hamilton's Settlement and Integration Services Organization  (Ontario)
    • Immigrant settlement programs
    • Inter-Cultural Neighbourhood Social Services (Peel)
    • International Planned Parenthood Federation
    • KAIROS
    • Law Commission of Canada
    • Mada Al-Carmel Arab Centre
    • Marie Stopes International, a maternal health agency
    • MATCH International
    • National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL)
    • Native Women's Association of Canada
    • New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity
    • Northwood Neighbourhood Services (Toronto: (Funding cut by CIC in December 2010).
    • Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH)
    • Ontario Association of Transitional Housing (OAITH)
    • Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
    • Ottawa Chinese Community Services Centre
    • Pride Toronto
    • Réseau des Tables régionales de groupes de femmes du Québec
    • Riverdale Women's Centre in Toronto
    • Royal Canadian Mounted Police External Review Committee
    • Sierra Club of BC
    • Sisters in Spirit
    • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
    • South Asian Women's Centre
    • Statistics Canada long-form census
    • Status of Women
    • Tropicana Community Services
    • Womanspace Resource Centre (Lethbridge, Alberta)
    • Women's Innovative Justice Initiative - Nova Scotia
    • Women's Legal Action and Education Fund
    • Workplace Equity/Employment Equity Program
    • York South-Weston Community Services Centre Toronto
Here is another set of Lists I found (There may be some overlap… it’s hard to cross reference everything ‘The Harper Government’ destroyed)

1. Canada Firearms Program (Chief Supt. Marty Cheliak, Director General)
2. Canadian Wheat Board (Adran Measner, President and CEO)
3. Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (Linda Keen, chair)
4. Foreign Affairs (Richard Colvin, diplomat)
5. Military Police Complaints Commission (head, Peter Tinsley)
6. Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces (Yves Coté)
7. Parliamentary Budget Officer (Kevin Page) (funding cut)
8. RCMP Police Complaints Commission (Paul Kennedy, chair)
9. Rights & Democracy (International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development – Rémy Beauregard, President)*
10. Statistics Canada (Munir Sheikh, Deputy Minister)
11. Veterans Ombudsman (Col. Pat Stogran)
12. Victims of Crime, Ombudsman (Steve Sullivan)
Community organizations, NGOs and research bodies reported to have been cut or defunded
1. Action travail des femmes
2. Afghan Association of Ontario, Canada Toronto
3. Alberta Network of Immigrant Women
4. Alternatives (Quebec)
5. Association féminine d’éducation et d’action sociale (AFEAS)
6. Bloor Information and Life Skills Centre
7. Brampton Neighbourhood Services (Ontario)
8. Canadian Arab Federation
9. Canadian Child Care Federation
10. Canadian Council for International Cooperation
11. Canadian Council on Learning
12. Canadian Council on Social Development
13. Canadian Heritage Centre for Research and Information on Canada
14. Canadian International Development Agency, Office of Democratic Governance
15. Canadian Labour Business Centre
16. Canada Policy Research Networks
17. Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women
18. Canada School of Public Service
19. Canadian Teachers’ Federation International program
20. Canadian Volunteerism Initiative
21. Centre de documentation sur l’éducation des adultes et la condition feminine
22. Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)
23. Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples (Toronto)
24. Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada
25. Childcare Resource and Research Unit, Specialink
26. Climate Action Network
27. Community Access Program, internet access for communities at libraries, post offices, community centres
28. Community Action Resource Centre (CARC)
29. Conseil d’intervention pour l’accès des femmes au travail (CIAFT)
30. Court Challenges Program (except language rights cases and legacy cases)
31. Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Centre Toronto: (Funding cut by CIC in Dec/2010).
32. Democracy Council
33. Department of Foreign Affairs, Democracy Unit
34. Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women Toronto: (Funding cut by CIC in Dec/2010).
35. Environment: Youth International Internship Program
36. Eritrean Canadian Community Centre of Toronto (Funding cut by CIC in Dec/2010)
37. Feminists for Just and Equitable Public Policy (FemJEPP) in Nova Scotia
38. First Nations Child and Family Caring Society
39. First Nations and Inuit Tobacco Control Program
40. Forum of Federations
41. Global Environmental Monitoring System
42. HRD Adult Learning and Literacy programs
43. HRD Youth Employment Programs
44. Hamilton’s Settlement and Integration Services Organization (Ontario)
45. Immigrant settlement programs
46. Inter-Cultural Neighbourhood Social Services (Peel)
47. International Planned Parenthood Federation
48. Kairos
49. Law Reform Commission of Canada
50. Mada Al-Carmel Arab Centre
51. Marie Stopes International, a maternal health agency – has received only a promise of “conditional” funding if it avoids any and all connection with abortion.
52. MATCH International
53. National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL)
54. Native Women’s Association of Canada
55. New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity
56. Northwood Neighbourhood Services (Toronto: (Funding cut by CIC in December 2010).
57. Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH)
58. Ontario Association of Transitional Housing (OAITH)
59. Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
60. Pride Toronto
61. Réseau des Tables régionales de groupes de femmes du Québec
62. Riverdale Women’s Centre in Toronto
63. Sierra Club of BC
64. Sisters in Spirit
65. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
66. South Asian Women’s Centre
67. Status of Women (mandate also changed to exclude “gender equality and political justice” and to ban all advocacy, policy research and lobbying)
68. Tropicana Community Services
69. Womanspace Resource Centre (Lethbridge, Alberta)
70. Women’s Innovative Justice Initiative – Nova Scotia
71. Workplace Equity/Employment Equity Program
72. York-Weston Community Services Centre Toronto

I’m not done… Probably the best research has been “The Fifth Estate” who do outstanding journalistic research (again, there might be some overlap, but at least this last list would be hardest to debate)

  1. Environmental Emergency Response Program
  2. Urban Wastewater Program
  3. Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences
  4. Smokestacks Emissions Monitoring Team
  5. Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission
  6. National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy
  7. Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Winnipeg Office
  8. Municipal Water and Wastewater Survey
  9. Environmental Protection Operations
  10. Compliance Promotion Program
  11. Action Plan on Clean Water
  12. Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) (PEARL lost its $1.5 million annual budget when the government stopped funding the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Science (CFCAS) . In May 2013, the federal government announced the facility would get a $ 1 million a year grant for the next five years. But according to Professor Tom Duck, of Dalhousie University, with the loss of CFCAS, atmospheric and climate research will be funded at less than 70 per cent of the level it was funded at in 2006.)
  13. Sustainable Water Management Division
  14. Environmental Effects Monitoring Program
  15. Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan
  16. Chemicals Management Plan
  17. Canadian Centre for Inland Waters
  18. Clean Air Agenda
  19. Air Quality Health Index
  20. Species at Risk Program
  21. Weather and Environmental Services
  22. Substance and Waste Management
  23. Ocean Contaminants & Marine Toxicology Program
  24. Experimental Lakes Area (Under the Bill-38 the ELA was shut down. As of January 2014, the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Ontario government are working out an agreement with the federal government to take over the facility.)
  25. DFO Marine Science Libraries
  26. Centre for Offshore Oil & Gas Energy Research
  27. Kitsilano Coast Guard Station
  28. St. Johns Marine Traffic Centre
  29. St. Anthony’s Marine Traffic Centre
  30. Conservation and Protection Office
  31. Conservation and Protection Office (L’anse au Loup, NL)
  32. Conservation and Protection Office (Trepassey, NL)
  33. Conservation and Protection Office (Rigolet, NL)
  34. Conservation and Protection Office (Burgeo, NL)
  35. Conservation and Protection Office (Arnold’s Cove, NL)
  36. Conservation and Protection Office (Baddeck, NS)
  37. Conservation and Protection Office (Canso, NS)
  38. Conservation and Protection Office (Sheet Harbour, NS)
  39. Conservation and Protection Office (Woodstock, NB)
  40. Conservation and Protection Office (Port Hood, NS)
  41. Conservation and Protection Office (Wallace, NS)
  42. Conservation and Protection Office (Kedgwick, NB)
  43. Conservation and Protection Office (Montague, PEI)
  44. Conservation and Protection Office (Inuvik, NT)
  45. Conservation and Protection Office (Rankin Inlet, NU)
  46. Conservation and Protection Office (Clearwater, BC)
  47. Conservation and Protection Office (Comox, BC)
  48. Conservation and Protection Office (Hazelton, BC)
  49. Conservation and Protection Office (Quesnel, BC)
  50. Conservation and Protection Office (Pender Harbour, BC)
  51. Atlantic Lobster Sustainability Measures Program
  52. Species-at-Risk Program
  53. Habitat Management Program
  54. DFO Institute of Ocean Sciences (Sidney, BC)
  55. Freshwater Institute - Winnipeg
  56. Oil Spill Counter-Measures Team
  57. Maurice-Lamontagne Institute’s French language library
  58. Canadian Coast Guard Management
  59. Water Pollution Research Lab (Sidney, BC)
  60. Water Pollution Research Lab (Winnipeg, MB)
  61. Water Pollution Research Lab (Burlington, ON)
  62. Water Pollution Research Lab (Mont-Joli, QC)
  63. Water Pollution Research Lab (Moncton, NB)
  64. Water Pollution Research Lab (Dartmouth, NS)
  65. St. Andrew Biological Station
  66. Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility
  67. Ice Information Partnership
  68. Motor Vehicle Fleet
  69. Inshore Rescue Boat Program
  70. Species at Risk Atlantic Salmon Production Facilities
  71. Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization
  72. At-Sean Observer Programs
  73. Financial Management Services
  74. Pacific Forestry Centre, Satellite Office (Prince George, BC)
  75. Canadian Centre for Remote Sensing
  76. Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program
  77. Isotopes Supply Initiative
  78. Clean Energy Fund
  79. Sustainable Development Technology Canada – Next Generation Biofuels Fund
  80. Program of Energy Research and Development
  81. Pacific Forestry Centre
  82. Astronomy Interpretation Centre – Centre of the Universe
  83. MRI research, Institute Biodiagnostics
  84. Polar Continental Shelf Progam
  85. Canadian Neutron Beam Centre
  86. Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Aquatic and Crop Resource Development
  87. Molecular Biochemistry Laboratory, Aquatic and Crop Resource Development
  88. Plant Metabolism Research, Aquatic and Crop Resource Development
  89. Human Health Therapeutics research program
  90. Automotive and Surface Transportation program
  91. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research
  92. Environmental Risks to Health program
  93. Substance Use and Abuse program
  94. First Nations and Inuit Primary Health Care program
  95. Health Infrastructure Support for First Nations and Inuit program
  96. Interim Federal Health Program
  97. Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration
  98. Environmental Knowledge, Technology, Information, and Measurement program
  99. Science, Innovation and Adoption program
  100. Rural and Co-operatives Development program
  101. Farm Debt Mediation Service
  102. Centre for Plant Health (Sidney, BC)
  103. National Aboriginal Health Organization
  104. First Nations Statistical Institute
  105. Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth
  106. First Nations and Inuit Health
  107. Fertilizer Pre-Market Efficacy Assessment program
  108. Enforcement of Product of Canada label
  109. RADARSAT Constellation Mission
  110. Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik Research station
  111. Kluane Lake Research Station
  112. Bamfield Marine Science Centre
  113. Microfungal Collection and Herborium
  114. Biogeoscience Institute
  115. Coriolis II research Vessel
  116. OIE Laboratory for Infectious Salmon Anaemia
  117. Canadian Phycological Culture Centre
  118. Brockhouse Institute
  119. Polaris Portable Observatories for Lithospheric Analysis and Research
  120. Mount Megantic Observatory
  121. Smoke Stacks Emissions Monitoring Team
  122. National Roundtable on the Environment and Economy
  123. Environmental Protections Operations Compliant Promotion Program,
  124. Sustainable Water Management Division,
  125. Environmental Effects Monitoring program,
  126. Fresh Water Institute
  127. Canadian Centre for Inlands Waters (Burlington)
  128. World Ozone and Ultraviolet Radiation Data Centre
  129. Environmental Emergencies Program
  130. Parks Canada
  131. Montreal Biosphere
  132. Statistics Canada
  133. Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences
  134. Laboratory for the Analysis of Natural and Synthetic Environmental Toxicants
  135. National Ultrahigh-field NMR Facility for Solids
  136. IsoTrace AMS Facility
  137. Canadian Phycological Culture Centre
  138. Canadian Resource Centre for Zebrafish Genetics
  139. Neuroendocrinology Assay Laboratory at the University of Western Ontario
  140. Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding
  141. Portable Observatories for Lithospheric Analysis and Research Investigating (POLARIS) (Ontario)
  142. Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics
  143. Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research
  144. St. John’s Centrifuge Modelling Facility
  145. Quebec/Eastern Canada high field NMR facility
  146. Félix d’Hérelle Reference Center for Bacterial Viruses
  147. Canadian Neutron Beam Laboratory
  148. The Compute/Calcul Canada
  149. Center for Innovative Geochronology
  150. Biogeoscience Institute
  151. Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences
  152. Pacific Northwest Consortium Synchrotron Radiation Facility
  153. Centre for Molecular and Materials Science at TRIUMF
  154. Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research
  155. Canadian Cosmogenic Nuclide Exposure Dating Facility
  156. Atlantic Regional Facilities for Materials Characterization
  157. The Canadian SuperDARN/PolarDARN facility
That last list shows how the Conservatives basically murdered Government funded scientific programs. Which, ughh… I thought were in the benefit to Canadians as a whole.

Which brings me to my last concern:

If Stephen Harper’s experienced governance brought us unreasonable cuts without public debate/discussion and still managed to increase the debt to new records never before experienced by any Canadian; How can Canadians permit him to continue to lead this nation? Call me sentimental, but I like the governance of old when we had more social programs with broader standards and a surplus to boot. That’s called good management, not just good politics.

We as Canadians gave Harper 8 long years, posting these attack ads is treating Canadian voters as if they were dumb and trust me Canadians just aren’t as stupid as Harper thinks. We’re just glad you are informing us who the real opposition is, and who will properly end your reign as prime minister,

/Sincerely

Alex Casamassima


REFERENCES
1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtcX4aC5keI
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leader_of_the_Official_Opposition_%28Canada%29
3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Democratic_Party_%28Canada%29
4. http://www.ndp.ca/monsterbills
5. http://www.cbc.ca/archives/categories/politics/rights-freedoms/trudeaus-omnibus-bill-challenging-canadian-taboos/a-new-era-in-canada.html
6. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/liberals-use-harpers-past-attack-on-omnibus-bills-against-him/article4614987/
7. http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/05/03/john-ivison-how-stephen-harper-learned-to-love-omnibus-bills/
8. http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/politicaljunkie/rick-mercer-takes-harper-governments-next-omnibus-bill
9. http://www.thecanadaguide.com/political-parties
10. http://petition.liberal.ca/harper-conservatives-omnibus-bills/
11. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/03/14/trudeau-attack-ads-2014-online_n_4965474.html
12. http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=782889
11. http://rabble.ca/babble/canadian-politics/list-harper-government-cutsactions
12. http://rewindthecuts.ca/
13. http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/blog/federal-programs-and-research-facilities-that-have-been-shut-down-or-had-th
14.http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/12/09/interactive_graphic_stephen_harper_governments_cutbacks.html
15. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/sean-casey/harper-debt-economy_b_3976972.html
16. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime_Minister_of_Canada
17. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/05/08/trudeau-attack-ads-liberals-conservatives-poll_n_3237888.html
18. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime_Minister_of_Canada

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