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i don’t recall seeing this posted anywhere [and tbh was unaware that this was a thing until someone on facebook pointed it out in a comment] or anybody talking about this, although i may have missed it

but direct from the policy declaration of the conservative party of canada [the most current version, accessible from the governing documents page on their website]

ipolitics.ca
Harper the hypocrite
By Brent Rathgeber, Former Conservative MP

With Friday’s announcement of the resignation of the MP for Calgary Heritage, the political career of Stephen Harper officially ends and the debate over his legacy begins.

The Alberta talk shows and Twitter traffic have been overwhelmingly positive. But like all legacies, Harper’s will be mixed. A balanced budget in 2015 has to be measured against the string of deficits that preceded it, after Prime Minister Harper inherited a sizeable surplus from the Martin/Chretien era. Over nine years as PM, Harper added significantly to the national debt. Harper ran deficits seven out of nine years and added over $150 billion in red ink.

Also factoring into his legacy is where Harper’s government chose to spend — and where it didn’t. Spending on public safety increased. So did spending on defence — at least at first, before it got squeezed by other priorities. Spending on culture and the environment was cut. Direct program spending was cut; transfers to the provinces and to individuals went up.

He will be remembered for — and is proud of — cutting the GST. It was a popular measure, but economically it’s very difficult to determine who prospered as a result, and how. Income splitting, the Child Tax Credit, targeted tax credits (fitness, arts, transit passes), an increase in the basic personal exemption — all Harper tax policies, all praised by his supporters and damned by his critics.

His tax policies seemed to be tilted against single parent families and parents without children. His dizzying array of targeted tax cuts complicated an already bloated tax code. As a result, taxes are generally down — but compliance costs are up.

Harper liked to boast about being a great job creator. While it’s true that the economy added 1.2 million jobs since the 2008 recession, many of them were part-time or low-wage. Manufacturing jobs were lost. Harper’s employment success was premised largely on the energy sector boom — which went bust towards the end of his mandate.

The Harper years might be remembered for their emphasis on international trade. He implemented trade deals, such as the one with South Korea, and negotiated others (the European Union and the Trans Pacific Partnership). But exports as a percentage of GDP actually fell during the Harper years.

Fiscal conservatives and free market worshippers were appalled by Harper’s industrial and subsidy policies. He kept all of the regional development agencies and created an entirely new one for Southern Ontario, a very important region politically. During the recession, the government approved a $9 billion auto industry bailout of Chrysler and GM.

Not only did Harper lose a parliamentary vote of confidence in 2011, he did so after having been found in contempt of Parliament. Among Canadian prime ministers, this is an accomplishment that belongs to him alone.

So although the Harper years culminated in a serious effort to balance the books, that was late in the game — after years of targeted tax cuts, increased spending and stimulus. Government spending, both in absolute terms and as a percentage of GDP, actually increased during the Harper years.

So Harper’s economic legacy is mixed. His management style and effect on democratic governance are a lot less ambiguous.

Not only did Harper lose a parliamentary vote of confidence in 2011, he did so after having been found in contempt of Parliament. Among Canadian prime ministers, this is an accomplishment that belongs to him alone. The contempt finding was in response to his government’s refusal to disclose to MPs costs related to certain programs. (MPs asking the government to open its books? How dare they.) He also prorogued Parliament in 2008 to sidestep what would have been another lost confidence vote after taking away per-vote subsidies for political parties.

His muzzling of scientists, his insistence on backbenchers and cabinet ministers reading from scripted and approved taking points, his hiding of non-budget items in enormous omnibus budget bills, his frequent clashes with independent officers of Parliament and a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court … these, I fear, will amount to Harper’s lasting legacy.

Never has a Canadian government been more secretive or had such a confrontational relationship with the national media. As a result, it had to engage an alternative comms strategy involving web-based TV programming and millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded political advertising to announce and explain government programs and priorities.

I recall a speech Stephen Harper once gave to an American audience when he was the head of the National Citizen’s Coalition. He described Canada’s parliamentary system as a glorified electoral college, the only real function of which was for MPs to provide unequivocal support to their party and their party leaders. That was prophecy; Harper caucuses could be counted upon to be utterly compliant, and sycophancy was awarded with promotion.

Those of us in caucus naïve enough to believe that our job was to represent our constituents to government — not the other way around — found ourselves on the outside looking in.

When Harper was leader of the Official Opposition, he gave impassioned speeches railing against time allocation and omnibus bills. In power, he took both to dangerous extremes — invoking time allocation over 100 times after enjoying a majority of MP votes to ensure passage of the motion.

Towards the end, he indulged in the type of angry conservatism we now see being demonstrated south of the border by Donald Trump. C-51, the judicial wars against the niqab and Omar Khadr, the barbaric cultural practices snitch line — all were attempts to inflame fear and intolerance to win votes.

Where once there might have been a principled conservative in Harper, years in office and the corrosive effects of gaining and holding power led him to say and do things he would have bristled at while in Opposition.

His economic accomplishments, such as they were, have vanished already. Our economy is lagging again; fiscally, Canada is back in deficit. His governance style, his attempts at converting parliamentary democracy into executive government — these will take much longer to reverse.

And that’s the crowning irony of the Harper years: An MP originally elected under the Reform banner left a legacy of democratic decay.

Brent Rathgeber was the Conservative MP for the riding of Edmonton—St. Albert from 2008 to 2013, when he resigned from the Conservative caucus to protest the Harper government’s lack of commitment to transparency and open government. He ran and lost in the 2015 federal election to a Conservative candidate. He is the author of Irresponsible Government: The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy in Canada. He is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan’s law school and a member of the Alberta bar. www.brentrathgeber.ca

cbc.ca
Robert Strickland, Conservative candidate, skewered over Facebook comments
A Conservative candidate in Nova Scotia is under scrutiny for telling a young voter on Facebook to "gain some experience in life" before engaging in political discussions after the voter pressed him on how his party would improve the economy and protect the environment.

another example that conservatives hate Canadian youth especially those old enough to vote….let’s hope us young Canadian voters boot the conservatives out of office on October 19th

shychemist allthecanadianpolitics politicalcanadian

Best of '12: Canadian Political Quotes of Year

‘I should have called him an Honourable Asshole.’ - Pat Martin, MP for Winnipeg Centre

‘Mr. Speaker, […] I rise today to condemn the Conservatives for their boosterism and cheerleading of the asbestos cartel and the human misery it causes. […] Dante should have reserved a special level of hell for [these] charlatans and the fraudsters.’ - Pat Martin, MP for Winnipeg Centre

'I want my Canada back!’ - Justin Trudeau, MP for Papineau

'Rupert Murdoch is a bag of shit.’ - Pat Martin, MP for Winnipeg Centre

'This is a minister who uses extreme language, who shouts and sounds like the angry troll under the bridge in 3 Billy Goats Gruff.’ - Charlie Angus, MP for Timmins-James Bay

'It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to connect the dots’ - Pat Martin, MP for Winnipeg Centre

'Who the hell uses a burner cell phone when they’re not trying to hide something? [..] Only dope dealers, and Hell’s Angels, and Tony Soprano use burner cell phones.’ - Pat Martin, MP for Winnipeg Centre

'We do not want any smartass gibberish from the member for Peterborough. We have had enough of that.’ - Pat Martin, MP for Winnipeg Centre

'Don’t you threaten me you little pissant.’ - Pat Martin, MP for Winnipeg Centre

'The good new is I wrote 'Fuck You Stephen Gordon’ then erased it. But I reserve the right to call you a pompous dickhead’ - Pat Martin, MP for Winnipeg Centre

'Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for 8 Mile for the question. […] I will simply say I am not afraid to stand and defend our party, but he is not The Real Slim Shady.’ - Dean Del Mastro, MP for Peterborough and Parliamentary Secretary

'The Ballad of Justin and Patrick’ - Rodger Cuzner, MP for Bras d'Or—Cape Breton

'This is such an asinine process that the Conservatives have put us in.’ - The Honourable Scott Brison, MP for Kings-Hants

“If the arse falls out of the Euro, even with primary creditor status these are uncharted territories.” - The Honourable Scott Brison, MP for Kings-Hants

’The PM doesn’t know his arse from a hole in the ground’ - Ryan Cleary, MP for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl

Is the guy that stupid or is he that stupid? I know he sleeps a lot, but I didn’t realise he was also that stupid. […] It symbolises he’s an idiot and shouldn’t be sitting in parliament. […] What a dickhead, I’d say it stronger than that, but what a complete dickhead. - Peter Stoffer, MP for Sackville-Eastern Shore

’[The BBC] told us to fuck off’ - The Honourable John Baird, MP for Ottawa West-Nepean and Minister of Foreign Affairs

I hear [my Twitter followers] say, you know, 'Bob Rae, you’re an asshole’. […] I’m working my way and trying to represent the people and speaking in Question Period and here we have vox populi, the thoughtful man on the street, 'you are an asshole!’. Thank you very much. I read it on my Twitter and I get up and ask a question.’  - The Honourable Bob Rae, MP for Toronto Centre and Interim Leader of the Liberal Party

“Listen, I would never judge someone who screwed their babysitter for years or knocked up their secretary, so don’t ask me to.” - Pat Martin, MP for Winnipeg Centre

“I’m not ‘worked up’ so much as ‘fed up’ with the rat faced whores in the Conservative Party who neglect to invite me to announcements in my riding.” - Pat Martin, MP for Winnipeg Centre

news.nationalpost.com
Tories promise RCMP tip line for people to report neighbours for 'barbaric cultural practices'
Chris Alexander held a news conference Friday to remind the electorate of last November’s 'Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act'

I am not a person prone to hyperbole. Actually, despite my own decidedly leftist leanings, I’m sure I have frustrated many of my progressive friends by rolling my eyes or saying “wait a minute, that’s not quite accurate” to some of the more hysterical anti-Harper rhetoric.

So I hope you can trust that I’m being serious, and that I have considered these words critically, when I say that mobilizing citizens to report on their own fellow citizens, presumably visible minorities, for “degenerate activity” carries with it an extremely strong scent of fascism.

There several definitions of fascism. I like Umberto Eco’s list in Ur-Fascism. The Conservative Party has enthusiastically embraced several of the points on Eco’s list: 2. action for action’s sake; 4. disagreement is treason; 5. fear of difference; and 6. appeal to a frustrated middle class. They have arguably embraced 7. obsession with a plot; and 9. pacifism is trafficking with the enemy too, if certain recent “talking points” are to be taken seriously.

I am not suggesting that the Conservative party is turning fascist, but pointing out that the Conservatives’ shameless demagoguery in the pursuit of electoral gains is a very dangerous thing if it sees fit to cater to xenophobic and authoritarian corners of the party base. This is troubling when you start to wonder how much farther they will go (this is a party that has not demonstrated a whole lot of self-reflection) and how enthusiastically partisans will follow and expect more of the same.

At the very least - supposing this whole fascism feeling of mine is a false positive - this Act panders to racist sentiment and disregards the legal equality of all Canadians, which in itself makes the Act and its implications a threat to democracy here in Canada.

america.aljazeera.com
What happened when Canada stopped counting its numbers | Al Jazeera America

In June 2010, the Canadian government unveiled a grand experiment in data collection. In the name of privacy, Prime Minister Stephen Harper ended the mandatory long-form census for the country and swapped it out with a voluntary survey.

Five years later, there is a mass scramble to make sense of a rapidly changing country. Despite an explosion of corporate data-mining in most nations, researchers interested in tracking poverty, immigration and public health in Canada know less and less about the country as time progresses. They’re not, for example, entirely sure if income inequality is accelerating, stagnant or closing. Across the nation there is a loud, collective uneasiness among them.

“either stand with us or with the child pornographers.”

– Harper Government

"The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”

– Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf

do something

ottawacitizen.com
Thousands of people could show up on election day only to learn they can't vote
As Postmedia's Stephen Maher writes, when Elections Canada mails out Voter Information Cards this fall, a new sentence in bold letters will appear at the bottom: Please note that this card is not a...

These Conservatives are trying to pull the wool over our eyes. They are so shady. This is the exact same tactic the American Republican Party employed and it’s specifically designed to stop people who don’t vote Conservative from voting. It’s also bullshit because I can almost guarantee that the amount of voter fraud committed (on the level of the citizen*) is minimal. This is really disturbing…


*The Conservative Party totally had some shady dealings in the 2011 election.

The Conservative Party of Canada has a very short memory.

The reason that door to door mail delivery was going away was because the Conservative Party of Canada appointed a neoliberal as president of Canada Post. Not only that, when the opposition was outraged at the suggestion that door to door delivery was disappearing the Conservatives (with their majority) did nothing about it. They seemed very happy that the service was going away. Not only that but the whole labour dispute is happening because of the President of Canada post is being unreasonable in response to CUPW’s demands for fair pensions (ah Neoliberalism).

Now they’re trying to blame not only the door to door delivery issue on the Liberals, but the postal strike too? Both of these things are the Conservatives fault.

WOW.