Julian Wolfe
June 17th, 2011

While the provinces of Ontario and Quebec were quick to pounce on Harper’s proposed senate reforms, it turns out that Harper’s newly minted Conservative majority in the Red Chamber are rejecting the plan as they fear that retiring at an earlier age than 75 will greatly reduce their pension payments. Harper defended his appointments at the time stating that the purpose was to pass senate reform.

Julian Wolfe
May 14th, 2011

There are a few pieces of irony that accompany this week’s news stories… These ironies consist of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to keep government documents secret, the promised surplus that won’t be seen in the upcoming budget, and the American mocking of Harper behind closed doors – as exposed by WikiLeaks – while publically supporting him. An ironic week indeed; let’s get started.

Supreme Court of Canada makes ruling

The Supreme Court of Canada decided that private government documents should remain private after the case was initially brought to the court in the 1990s.

Julian Wolfe
May 1st, 2011

From the student to the environmentalist to this, a father and his wife who claim they are nobodies but are denouncing Harper’s Conservatives, tossed in the rain with distress on their faces. Harper has slapped democracy again. Yesterday, Michael Ignatieff welcomed a group of Conservative supporters to his crowd, and today, the Conservatives ban what they would consider a foreigner – a person who does not share their views. Tomorrow is the election and everything must be considered. In the previous post, we covered the agendas, and there are several features and posts on the incumbent’s government. Governments should be held accountable for their actions and Harper’s party is avoiding it at all costs.

Footage from CTV at 4:38pm May 1, 2011
Michael Ignatieff doesn’t ban his opponents…

What has Canadian democracy come to? Only those who share the views of the incumbent government are respected and heard. Any attempts at criticism get attacked and censored. Is this Canadian democracy at its finest?

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Julian Wolfe
April 16th, 2011

Michael Ignatieff has finally come up with something that can play as a game changer if he doesn’t let it fade away. He told Canadians today to “Rise up” at a rally in Sudbury, Ontario and addressed the reaction of the populace to Harper’s actions. Ignatieff clearly makes the case that Canadians don’t need to stand for the actions that the Harper government has been doing and can say no to Harper and vote for change – stating that it wasn’t for the Liberal Party, but for Canadian democracy.

Julian Wolfe
April 13th, 2011

The Conservatives only had one defense when it came to the Motion of Contempt that kicked them out of power. It was that it was a solely opposition-based ordeal. Now that the Auditor General comes out with a report on the G8 and G20 summits echoing the opposition’s call of ‘lack of transparency,’ Harper will have quite a bit to worry about. From the campaign of accountability came the ‘In and Out’ scandal, staffers who are being investigated for fraud, G8 funding for borders which landed 300km away from any type of border and was used as bribe money for a riding.

Julian Wolfe
April 13th, 2011

Canada is in the fourth election in seven years and the contradictions that have been set forth by the current government could not be more rampant.

Julian Wolfe
April 11th, 2011

Auditor General Sheila Fraser concluded that the Conservative Government hid facts from Parliament to convince them to allow the Conservatives to create a $50 million G8 fund which allowed Industry Minister Tony Clement the funds to upgrade his riding. To top that, the way that the money was funded was deemed illegal. This scandal is yet another to add to the list of Harper’s failed attempts at accountability and a full public investigation should be carried through to search the “tough on crime” party’s records with a fine tooth comb.

These findings contained a confidential report that was to be heard in parliament on April 5 – had the government not been defeated.

Julian Wolfe
April 7th, 2011

It appears that the Conservative Party cannot keep themselves out of trouble. For a party that came to power on accountability and vowed to be ‘Tough on Crime,’ this party and government has been anything but. A Toronto businessman can be added to the list of Conservatives who have been deemed corrupt. Snover Dhillon is facing a criminal charge for allegedly fraudulent credit and debit card withdrawals – a background that didn’t prevent him from sitting with Harper’s family at last week’s rally.

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