#DressCodePM: Stephen Harper Mocked For Niqab Comments

Stephen Harper’s controversial remarks against the niqab are drawing fire on social media.

Twitter users have blasted the prime minister after he stated in the House of Commons Tuesday that the face-covering veil worn by some Muslims comes from a culture that is “anti-women.”

The federal government is appealing a court ruling that struck down a ban on the wearing of the niqab during citizenship ceremonies. Harper has said most Canadians find it “offensive” that someone would “hide their identity” while committing to join the Canadian family.

Immigration Minister Chris Alexander also faced criticism last month after he suggested that hijabs — traditional Muslim headscarves that do not cover the face — should also be banned during citizenship ceremonies.

Liberals and New Democrats have been sharply critical of the government’s position and have accused Tories of stoking Islamophobia.

On Wednesday, using the hashtag #DressCodePM, Twitter users mocked Harper’s comments about how Canadians should dress.

In a blog post, Shireen Ahmed urged Canadians to tweet, writing “all women are part of, and will always be welcome in the ‘Canadian family’ in any outfit she chooses.”







Mrs. Universe calls on Aboriginal people to vote out Stephen Harper
Winning has catapulted the actress and model into the national and international spotlight. She is using her voice to raise awareness of issues affecting Canada’s Indigenous people.

Hot on the heels of her Mrs. Universe crown this past weekend, Ashley Burnham is using her new fame to call on Aboriginal people to vote out the Conservative party and its leader Stephen Harper in the upcoming election.

“It’s so crucial that we vote a new prime minister in, because we need a new prime minister,” said Burnham, from Enoch Cree Nation in Alberta. “I believe we need to fight for our rights and we need to vote.”

Burnham, 25, won Mrs. Universe 2015 on Saturday in Minsk, Belarus, becoming the first Canadian and First Nations woman to win the title for married women.

Winning  has catapulted the actress and model into the national and international spotlight.

She is using her voice to raise awareness of issues affecting Canada’s Indigenous people.

“Now that I have this title people are actually listening to me, which is amazing because now I have a voice,” said Burnham.

The top issue addressed in the Mrs. Universe competition was discussing ways to combat domestic violence. On the top of Burnham’s list is the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

“I think that the murdered and missing subject is so crucial. It’s so sad. Say, for example, a Caucasian woman is missing in the news, it’s a big deal, but for First Nations women we are just pushed aside because there’s so many of us missing,” said Burnham.

It’s issues like this and the adversarial relationship between the Conservative government and Canada’s Aboriginal people that are compelling Burnham to urge her fans to vote in the upcoming federal election.

And she plans to speak out while traveling around the world as Mrs. Universe in the next year.

“Other countries need to know what’s going on in ours. It feels like the government just does not care about us (First Nations),” she said. “This government is very controlling of our people and soon enough our rights might be taken away. And if I have that voice to bring awareness, I’m going to use it.”

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My name is Donald Sutherland. My wife’s name is Francine Racette. We are Canadians. We each hold one passport. A Canadian passport. That’s it. They ask me at the border why I don’t take American citizenship. I could still be Canadian, they say. You could have dual citizenship. But I say no, I’m not dual anything. I’m Canadian. There’s a maple leaf in my underwear somewhere. There used to be a beaver there, too, but I’m 80 now and beavers are known to take off when you’re in your 80s.

We live in Canada all the time we can. Our family house is here. Professionally, I still have to think twice when I say “out” or “house.” I have to restrain myself from saying “eh?”. In 1978, that’s nearly 40 years ago, the Canadian government made me an Officer of the Order of Canada. The Governor-General gave me the Governor-General’s Award a while back. I am on your Walk of Fame in Toronto. My sense of humour is Canadian. But I can’t vote.

Did you know that? If you don’t live here all the time you can’t vote. Americans who live abroad can vote. They can vote because they’re citizens! Citizens! But I can’t. Because why? Because I’m not a citizen? Because what happens to Canada doesn’t matter to me? Ask any journalist that’s ever interviewed me what nationality I proudly proclaim to have. Ask them. They’ll tell you. I am a Canadian. But I’m an expatriate and the Harper government won’t let expatriates participate in Canadian elections.

Did you read the editorial in Le Monde? A full page saying essentially that Canada isn’t Canada any more. That the beautiful, peace-pursuing dream that was Canada, the Canada you once knew and were so proud of, is no longer “Canada.” The article goes on to detail just who we’ve become and it isn’t pretty. It’s very sad. And this new “Canada,” this Canadian government that has taken the true Canada’s place, has furiously promoted a law that denies its citizens around the world the right to vote. Why? Is it because they’re afraid we’ll vote to return to a government that will once again represent the values that the rest of the world looked up to us for? Maybe.

If Bill C-24 passes, Canadian citizenship will be harder to get and easier to lose

On February 6, 2014 the federal government introduced Bill C-24, a law that changes the Citizenship Act of Canada. This new law changes core aspects of Canadian citizenship as we know it. […]

New immigrants will have to wait longer before they can apply for citizenship. Older and younger people will now have to pass language and knowledge tests to qualify for citizenship. The citizenship application fees have been tripled. There will be no right of appeal for those who are refused.

1. Language and Canada knowledge tests: Under the new law, all applicants aged 14 to 64 will have to pass language and Canada knowledge tests in English or French. Currently only those age 18 to 55 have to prove their language and knowledge abilities. If Bill C-24 is passed, many older immigrants will have great difficulty passing the language tests. Also, any children and grandparents without documents to prove their language ability will have to pay for the language test.

2. Increased cost of applying for citizenship: The government imposed language testing fees last year. The application fee will now be tripled. As a result, the price of applying for citizenship will now cost 4 times more than it did in 2006.

3. Delay: Today, applicants wait 4-6 years to become citizens due to government delay and inefficiency. With the new law, you will have to wait 8 to 10 years in total to become a citizen from the date you become a permanent resident.

4. More difficult residency requirements: The new law will require people to live in Canada as permanent residents for at least 4 years before they can apply for citizenship. The current rule is 3 years. Under the new law, any time spent in Canada before becoming a permanent resident (as a student, a worker or a refugee) will no longer count toward the four years residency requirement.

5. No right of appeal to the courts: If your citizenship application is refused, you will no longer have a right of appeal to the Federal Court to challenge the refusal. There will be judicial review but that is not a full and proper appeal.

Why will citizenship be easier to lose?

The new law divides Canadians into two classes of citizens: first class Canadians who hold no other citizenship, and second class Canadians – dual citizens, who can have their right to live in Canada taken away from them. Even if you are born in Canada, you are at risk of losing citizenship if you have dual citizenship or the possibility of dual citizenship. You may not even know that you possess another citizenship. If you have a spouse, parent, or grandparent who is a citizen of another country, you may have a right to citizenship without ever having applied for it. The proposed law would put you at risk of losing your Canadian citizenship if the Minister asserts that you possess or could obtain another citizenship. The burden would be on you to prove otherwise to the Minister’s satisfaction.

The new law will make it easier for the government to take away your citizenship in the following ways:

1. For all naturalized citizens, a federal government official can revoke your citizenship if he believes you never intended to live in Canada. This could happen if you decide to study in, accept a job in, or reside in another country. In contrast, Canadian citizens born in Canada cannot lose their citizenship by living outside of Canada.

2. For Canadians with potential dual citizenship, an official may remove your citizenship for a criminal conviction in another country, even if the other country is undemocratic or lacks the rule of law. The official may also remove your citizenship for certain serious criminal convictions in Canada, even if you have already served your sentence in Canada.

3. The power to remove your citizenship will be given to an official of Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The decision may be made in writing with no opportunity for you to speak to the official. Under the current law, to take away your citizenship, the government must make an application to a Federal Court judge where you will have an oral hearing to defend your right to citizenship.

This is a repost from Reddit:

  • Bill C51 Harper banned the long form census on the basis that the government shouldn’t pry too much. He then created a law Bill C51 where he allowed the government to spy on everyone [Source].
  • Bill C24 he degraded over 15 million Canadians to second class citizens. This law violates the Charter of Rights & Freedoms. As now the punishments before the law changes based on your ancestry. A 4th generation Canadian cannot be deported but a 3rd generation italian Canadian can as italian citizenship carries forward for 3 generations. You don’t need to hold a second passport just the ability to. He has already mentioned expanding bill C24 to other crimes [Source].
  • Muzzled Canadian scientists so that they can’t talk to the media about their findings [Source]
  • Members in his party have denied that climate change exists, and Harper has resisted addressing climate change in any meaningful way [Source / Source]
  • Refused to take any interviews with the media, except during the election. However, even during the election, the media are limited to a very small number of questions [Source / Source]
  • He got rid of the long for census which makes it extremely difficult for cities to plan for the future as they lack statistical data about their populations [Source / Source / Source]
  • Harper wanted to join the Iraq war [Source / Source]
  • Harper doesn’t believe that crime has sociological explanations, and instead only seeks to address crime by increasing the punishment for offenders. This obviously won’t prevent crime, but only seeks to punish wrongdoers [Source / Source]
  • After misleading Canadians to believe F-35 fight jet procurement would cost $9 billion, Conservatives reveal they intend to spend $40 billion on F-35 fighter jet – a jet most experts agree is poorly designed and ill suited for Canadian needs [Source].
  • Harper has instituted mandatory prison sentences for non-violent crimes. Not only is this cruel, but it is extremely expensive as housing a prisoner costs over $70,000 per year [Source / Source]
  • Harper mocked Trudeau for saying that we need to look at the root causes of terrorism, but then later went on to order studies into the causes of terrorism [Source]
  • Under Harper, Canada dropped out of the top 10 most developed countries in the world [Source]
  • Harper’s new election law increases chances of corruption in elections. For example, it allows winning candidate of previous election to select the central poll supervisor in the subsequent election [Source]
  • Harper cancelled funding for a successful treatment program for sex offenders so as to save money. The program had reduced chances of re-offending by 83% [Source]
  • Harper appointed an under qualified judge to the Supreme Court of Canada in hopes that the judge would vote in favour of Conservative legal arguments [Source / Source]
  • Harper has cut $1.1 billion from Veterans Affairs, despite 40,000 veterans returning home from Afghanistan. The majority of the savings come from veterans’ death and disability compensation [Source / Source].
  • Since 2008, the Conservative government has used the free labour of nearly 1000 unpaid interns. Only 22 of them were ever provided with a paying job [Source].
  • Harper confirmed that the Conservative government will not fund overseas projects that allow war rape victims and child brides to obtain an abortion [Source].
  • Harper’s income splitting plan will only benefit 15% of Canadians – most of whom are wealthy – and will cost the government $2.4 billion dollars [Source]
  • Harper use deceptive practices: Harper promises to provide $200 million to help veterans deal with mental health issues – later reveals that money will be paid out over the next 50 years [Source].
  • Harper Conservative’s canceled nearly 3000 environmental reviews into potential damage caused by proposed projects throughout Canada [Source].
  • Callers on behalf of the federal Conservative Party were instructed in the days before last year’s election to read scripts telling voters that Elections Canada had changed their voting locations when this was actually untrue [Source / Source].
  • Harper closed BC’s emergency oil-spill response centre in Vancouver at a time when BC faces the prospect of two oil pipelines and increased tanker traffic [Source]
  • Harper prohibits his MPs from talking to the media [Source]
  • Harper prohibits Conservative candidates from participating in election debates [Source]
  • He’s divisive & instills racist policies that target Muslims including bill C24, “report barbaric cultural practices” (not spousal or domestic abuse), the Niqab debate, among many others [Source / Source / Source].
  • PMO intervening in the Syrian Refugee Crisis [Source / Source / Source]
  • Cuts to national medicare [Source]
If We Want to Ask Stephen Harper Questions, We Have to Give His Party $78,000 | VICE | Canada
We tried to question the prime minister, but were basically told to get stuffed.

Four of the five questions go to tour media—those journalists who are on the official Conservative campaign bus—and one goes to the local media.

To get on that bus, you’ll need to shell out $3,000 a day. Or, alternatively, you can get discounted long-term rates of $12,500 a week, or $78,000 for the entire two-and-a-half-month campaign.

Local reporters, on the other hand, have their questions vetted to ensure they’re “local” enough. Local reporters are not permitted to ask national questions. Teneycke vets their questions.

We national reporters—who are neither paying that huge sum of money, nor are local reporters—assumed that we’d still be able to ask questions. Turns out not. […]

This is where we’re at, folks. A half-dozen reporters, the ones that are willing to shell out the hefty sum of money, will be the only ones permitted to ask national questions of the prime minister. That’s the media strategy of the Conservative Party on this campaign.

Also a possibility: the prime minister didn’t want to answer my question, so he spiked it himself.

Either way, that fucking sucks.

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Mexican teen turns to YouTube in desperate bid to stay in Canada

Armando Lazcano Gonsenheim has turned to YouTube in a desperate bid to prevent his family from being deported to Mexico.

The 18-year-old Markham student is hoping Canadian Immigration Minister Chris Alexander will see the four-minute clip, “Waiting for a Miracle,” and reverse the department’s decision to force them to leave.

“People don’t want to share these stories because they are so afraid and they don’t know what to do. I want to help my parents. I don’t want to put all the weight on them,” said Gonsenheim, who is graduating from Milliken Mills High School this month.

“I want to show I can help, too … I want to tell people, ‘This is me. Put yourself in my shoes and help.’ ”

Gonsenheim’s father Alejandro Lazcano Gutierrez fled to Canada in 2008 after threats he said he received at the hands of Mexican authorities following a car accident, according to his asylum claim, filed in 2011, when his wife Karen and two sons joined him here.

The claim was rejected in 2013 because the refugee judge ruled the father was not credible and that Mexico, a democratic country, was capable of protecting the family, the decision said. The family has since twice applied for permanent residency in Canada on humanitarian grounds, but were rejected both times, they said.

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In Prime Minister Harper’s address to the nation he uses the word terrorist four times. He also expresses how we are no longer safe and that it’s the “hope” of these terror groups to bring savagery to Canada.

Thomas Mulcair’s speech didn’t contain a single use of the word terror. He specifically details that acts of violence like this are executed with the explicit purpose of instilling fear and shattering our way of life and that we instead should come together and not fall victim and being driven to hatred.

I hope that people can see what a crucial difference this is.

Also Trudeau said some stuff but who cares am I right?

To summarize Stephen Harper today (not in order):
-we’re having an election
-I’m as racist af
-we balanced to budget and no amount of actual math will convince me otherwise
-ew poor people
-the other guys are bad because… just trust me, they are
-I’ve made Canada great… but only if you’re white and rich, or get off on the idea of being a dictator
-go me! I mean, go my party

Did I miss anything?

Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs refuses to stand or clap when the Truth and Reconciliation announces a recommendation for an inquiry for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. 

Mulcair is giving him such a disappointed look.

remember when the Harper government was trying to convince the Canadian public that releasing Omar Khadr on bail was setting a terrorist free to murder & pillage & destroy the “civilized world” but it’s been 2 months since he’s been released and all we’ve heard about him is how grateful and excited he is to move on with his life in a positive way?