Under Stephen Harper, Canada is turning into the incredible shrinking democracy.
That’s bad enough. But if this process of purposeful transformation isn’t reversed, the country could end up more fascist than free.
All the great freedoms have been diminished under this prime minister’s rogue adventure. Despite his blue-chip media enablers, the sultans of sophistry who like to say he’s an ‘incrementalist’, this guy is a rollicking anti-democrat ploughing through the traditions of this country like a runaway bulldozer.
Take freedom of association. Remember the case of Awish Aslam, a second-year political science student who was trolled on Facebook and then thrown out of a Tory political meeting because she had been seen at another party’s event? Internet screening to verify whether you qualify to attend a public political event? Really? This is Canada?
That’s not the worst of it. Over the last year, more than 160 protests and public events have been monitored by the police. There are reports on file with the Government of Canada of the activities of environmentalists, advocates for the disabled — even an interfaith peace vigil. (You have to watch those peaceniks — they can be as subversive as yoga instructors.)