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3. Turned Canada's Surplus into DebtIn 1993, the Conservatives chalked up a $38 Billion deficit. By 2006, under non-conservative leadership, this had been turned around into a $16 Billion surplus. Four years later, and Harper's Conservatives have returned Canada to a record $56 Billion deficit.
2. Cheated in the 2006 ElectionIn Spring of 2011, a federal court found that Harper's Conservatives wilfully violated the $18.3 million election spending limit, during the campaign which originally brought them to power in 2006. 4 Conservatives (including 2 Conservative Senators) currently face charges and possible jail time.
11. Loosened regulations to allow more chemical residues on your foodSince taking office, Stephen Harper has weakened regulations so that more pesticide residues can be left on your fruits and vegetables. The plan is to bring Canadian regulations in line with U.S. Levels, which can be up to 100 times higher. Under additional new regulations, corporate food producers will be allowed to conduct their own safety inspections. In 2008, when Luc Pomerleau, a biologist at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency with a flawless 20 year record with the agency, leaked these plans, he was immediately fired. Since then, the listeriosis meat outbreak killed 17 Canadians.
13. Report an unsafe nuclear reactor; get fired.In 2008, Linda Keen, President of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, reported that the aging Chalk River nuclear facility was at a risk 1000 times greater than the international average. Harper quickly fired her.
16. Refusal to sign UN declaration designating clean water as a human right.In the 2011 budget, the Harper government failed to allocate any new funding for drinking water on First Nations reserves. 100 First Nations communities currently have water advisories, including 49 communities which are high risk. He also refuses to sign the UN declaration designating clean water as a human right.
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
reply to post by AzureSky
There were 200 thousand people protesting in Montreal last month.
We almost burnt down a city over a hockey game last year.
Canadians are fed up my friend, more so than you or I would think I'm guessing. It's just a matter of time before something really big happens.
Mind you we suffer from 8 months of winter every year and that puts a serious damper on our ability to get things done protest wise. I know that's not a great excuse or anything, but between putting food on the table and paying your electrical bill during those 8 months, it's pretty damn hard to try and find time to picket.
One can only congratulate Canada’s Public Safety Minister Vic Toews for taking George W. Bush’s Churchillian call to freedom in 2001 — “you’re either with us or with the terrorists” — and raising him one with Monday’s House of Commons classic, “He can either stand with us or with the child pornographers.”
Bill C-30 includes, as CBC.ca reports online: requiring telecommunications and Internet providers to give up subscriber data, including name, address, mobile phone number and IP address (your online ID). And that’s before they get a warrant.
The bill also forces tech providers to provide police with a “back door” for easy surveillance. It also lets police get warrants to track any information sent online, who sent it and from where, and will let courts force other parties to preserve electronic evidence.
The agreement was signed in October 2011 by Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and the United States.
In June 2008, Canadian academic Michael Geist, writing for Copyright News, argued that "Government Should Lift Veil on ACTA Secrecy", noting that before documents leaked on the Internet, ACTA was shrouded in secrecy. Coverage of the documents by the Toronto Star "sparked widespread opposition as Canadians worry about the prospect of a trade deal that could lead to invasive searches of personal computers and increased surveillance of online activities."
When the Conservative government passed its controversial omnibus budget bill last month, it included new powers for certain U.S. law enforcement agents that critics say could have ramifications for Canadian sovereignty.
The Integrated Cross Border Law Enforcement Operations Act now makes it possible for American officers to cross the border into Canada where, as the act states, they have "the same power to enforce an act of Parliament as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police."
This means they'll be armed and have the powers to arrest suspects in Canadian territory.
Now, small crews, made up of Canadian and U.S. officers specially designated and trained for cross-border policing, can go back and forth across the maritime border, all the while subject to the laws of the country they are in.
Opposition parties are planning to introduce hundreds of deletions and changes to Bill C-38 in a last ditch effort to get the Conservatives to split it into a number of smaller bills.
"Any reasonable, conscientious member of Parliament who looks at this horrible bill is going to want to put together amendments that fix it," said Green Party Leader Elizabeth May.
Nearly one-third of the Budget Implementation Act deals with changes to existing environmental legislation. It includes a new Environmental Assessment Act along with important changes to the Fisheries Act, the Species at Risk Act and the National Energy Board Act.