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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Columms: Stephen Harper’s Two – Minute Shopping Spree

Columms: Stephen Harper’s Two – Minute Shopping Spree

By David Murray. Since September the Conservative Government under Stephen Harper have pushed their agenda with record speed. It has taken Canadian civil rights back 50 years . It is almost like he just won a two-minute shopping spree at Walmart and he has only that much time to throw everything in his shopping cart before the New Democratic Party settle on their new leader in March of 2012.
It is like he is trying to get everything he did not get passed since 2006 rammed through , no matter who it hurts. And he is not finished yet!

Instead of going after these items that your majority would let you do anyway, like putting someone in jail for growing six pot plants, why not try and solve some real problems. How about child poverty; lower tuition for students; family sustaining jobs instead of 3-part time minimum wage jobs? How about women’s equality and pay equity … social services? Why are you not tackling these problems. What is your agenda?
Are you trying to cripple our medicare with more and more privatization and downloading on the provinces? Canadians have had enough and if the election had lasted one more week you would not have had your majority , and possibly not even a minority. That is how close Jack Layton came. Another 20-25 seats, which was very attainable, and you would have been relieved of your command. You know what happens to three time losers in politics (three minority governments).
Canadians have you on the run and remember what happened to “Iron Heel” Bennett when he went against the people in 1935. He was swiftly thrown from office never to be seen from again.
As a Canadian citizen I urge you to do your due-diligence. Do not be a baby and try and run the country into the ground just because you think you can. Three bills in particular were passed and by the end of this calendar year, Government House Leader Peter Van Loan (York-Simcoe, Ont.) said he expects at least three more to be given royal assent.
These are: bill C-13, the Second Budget Implementation Bill; C-18, ending Wheat Board monopoly; and C-20, increasing seats in the House of Commons. Bills C-13 and C-18 are currently in the Senate, and Bill C-20 is at the report stage in the House of Commons.
One bill which will bring in sweeping changes in scale and scope will be the new mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes. Growing five marijuana plants to sell the drug would automatically bring six months in jail .
Other legislation the Conservatives have introduced will include repealing the requirement to register non-restricted firearms (long-guns), and, despite being very outspoken on the question of crime, Prime Minister Stephen Harper seems far from eager to discuss the legislation he’s promised to pass within 100 days of taking office — legislation that will allow online spying without a warrant.
The proposed legislation will force every phone and Internet provider to allow “authorities” to collect the private information of any Canadian, at any time, without a warrant.
Stephen Harper’s legislation will be:
Warrantless: A range of ‘authorities’ will have the ability to invade the private lives of law-abiding Canadians and our families using wired Internet and mobile devices, without justification.
Invasive:The laws leave our personal and financial information less secure and more susceptible to cybercrime.
Costly: Internet services providers may be forced to install millions of dollars worth of spying technology and the cost will be passed down to you.
Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart has repeatedly voiced her concerns about online spying, and has called for strengthened oversight and privacy safeguards in the bills.
Any proposals to expand telecommunications surveillance must be based on a clear need for new powers, which must be demonstrated by verifiable evidence. And these new powers must include comprehensive internal controls, clear oversight, meaningful deterrents, and a system of enforcement.
Harper is planning on sharing that information with the US, thereby selling out Canadian sovereignty.

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