The real truth is not coming forth, being made evident to all. Too many of the Albertan Premiers have distorted the whole truth and have falsely lied to us giving us a false view of how really rich Alberta was, is. It is quite easy for them to announce that they have a surplus budget when they the Alberta government did not spend the money on the still much needed and essentials such as water, sewage, roads, health, education, transportation, low cost housing or real economic development too. And they likley lie to attract mainly rich people to Alberta so they can next rob from them, even by hidden taxes and quota oriented speeding tickets, by law fines now, by their gambling in Alberta too.Reality Check. "Is the Alberta Ostrich going broke? Alberta also has the lowest tax regime by far of any province — a flat 10 per cent — something it calls "the Alberta advantage." This is great for luring people to the province and turning them into instant Albertans. But total income tax revenue is expected to rise by only a modest 1.7 per cent this year, despite the huge number of arrivals. Little wonder the province has been trying all these years to keep the lid on health-care and education spending. The Ralph Klein government negotiated a new royalty regime in 1996 with the heavy-oil industry, or any producer of unconventional energy resources, requiring only a one per cent royalty on revenues until their capital costs (which tend to continue) are accounted for. The bottom line: Of the big bundle of resource money that landed in the Klein government's lap last year, only $905 million came from the oilsands. In the past, Alberta has expected to reap roughly 25 per cent as the province's share of oil and gas revenues. But according to the Calgary Herald, even Alberta Energy has acknowledged that rate has slipped to 19 per cent as of 2004, while other analysts have put it closer to 15 per cent. With all that's going on, someone is getting rich in the Alberta oil patch these days. Contrary to popular opinion, and last year possibly excepted, it ain't really the provincial treasury. "Some Albertans cannot see the handwrting on the wall still. Sad. They had missing seeing it also in the 80's.The Alberta real scenario today is still quite easy to understand to many others. It is a story of a cheapskate, a miser, a liar, a bragger, a boaster, a show off who bought a rich home that was much bigger than what he needed or could firstly afford, presumptuously, even wrongfully expecting that the future personal salary increases would help to pay down the mortgages, costs. In fact in reality the cost of living increased and the salary increases fell behind the cost of living. As a result since he could basically only afford the mortgage pavements and nothing else, he thus continually had to disregard essential maintenance on his house the last decade as well, and as a result it now still requires the very costly home repairs, the payment of higher taxes, heating, gas bills too. Also these maintenance costs, repairs that would have been cheaper to have been carried out decades ago too before the present escalating high inflationary rates too. Needless to say since he basically is still really a poor person, all big talk with no major savings in the bank, if next gets laid off from work he will have to immediately declare bankruptcy and face even the foreclosure of his home such as it had happened now to many persons in the 80's in Alberta already.Meanwhile some other liars such as the persons at http://www.vampirefreaks.com/ still do claim they have now done nothing wrong themselves.Police Investigators have tried to determine Thursday why a young man Kimveer Gill, 25, of Montreal -Laval, in a black trench coat and a mohawk haircut opened fire in a Montreal college in an unacceptable, terrifying rampage that cowardly, wrongfully killed one woman and left 19 other people wounded. At least six victims remain in critical condition.Well just tell me who your friends are and I can clearly tell you what you personally are like too.. even http://www.vampirefreaks.com/ you can tell also what a person is by the bad thing he or she did. So http://www.vampirefreaks.com/ do stop blaming others, for http://www.vampirefreaks.com/ along with the others and not the News media have wrongfully helped this person to clearly continue to be a misfit, and to murder, and it is http://www.vampirefreaks.com/ that have also next helped him to do the bad things we all can see. http://www.vampirefreaks.com/ Be mature enough to take the honest blame http://www.vampirefreaks.com/ now too.
Again it is natural that all persons in all negative events that we next do look justice, revenge, specifically someone to blame.. specifically for someone to take the responsibility for all of the negative acts of Kimveer Gill, but no one else can be blamed, not even Dawson College administrators, not the mayor, not the premier, not the police chief, not the police, but the Killer himself and his bad friends, peers at http://www.vampirefreaks.com/ who had clearly pushed him on.. and they visibly did not object to his poor aim in life nor did they try to change them.
The MUC police are to be fully commended for dealing with this quickly, effectively, professionally as well. Their own good deeds here were, are visible to all now too. We also cannot expect the police to do always a perfect job here too, for realistically no one is perfect now. The sole guitly culprits are not the police but the the killer and http://www.vampirefreaks.com/
Even our new prime minister Stephen Harper is telling us lies too when he said that gun control is ineffective in dealing with, stopping these and other killings.. next will he try to say to us that also speeding tickets do not work at all to reduce the car accidents too? Or that the police cannot effectively deal with the drunk drivers too? Too many politicians now are really getting carried away with their lying so now they cannot see straight any more.The reality is that loser one step forward, two steps backwards PM Stephen Harper will face re-election next June likely when the BQ will turn on him.. but the next election will again be a minority government.. as none of the parties still do show real concerns for the needs of all Canadians still.. not even the same old bad Liberals, or the just as bad Conservatives.Poll - Should video games that feature the killing of innocent civilians be: Banned in Canada
Banned in Canada 2748 votes (72 %)
Sold freely 1093 votes (28 %)
Total Votes: 3841and so should the guns now as well.."Harper feeling the pressure to prove himself as PM National Post, Canada -Party insiders suggest, however, he is deeply concerned about political missteps that risk cutting short his time in office.."
Yes Stephen Harper should be worried, most people tend not to overlook the too many critical faults of the person they have already made their mind to dislike such as the clear loser PM Stephen Harper who had firstly failed to get a majority government. He clearly lost it in his war mongering in Quebec, Ontario too and he seems to be losing it with the Senate as well..Prime Minister Stephen Harper said yesterday his government will look at toughening laws in the wake of a deadly attack at Montreal's Dawson College, but he appeared hesitant about the prospect of imposing federal control over websites such as VampireFreaks.com. The clear fool Harper will only censor bad news media, bad reporters who write the truth, the bad things about him or those who oppose the Conservatives supporters.The Montreal school shooter, Kimveer Gill in his online internet diary, the 25-year-old clearly indicated his prospective future as a "killer" and posted photos of him carrying a rifle. The Internet already has a reputation for providing safe haven for even perverse minded individuals Rightfully disturbing incidents like the Montreal shootings focus attention on who finally, responsible polices cyberspace, and the chain of evidence could lead police to the Internet in search for all of those who knew about Gill's plans but chose not to do anything about it. Vampirefreaks.com has already been featured in a murder case. While other interent sites had deleted Gill misfit messages not all sites have done the same.Finally there is no way around it. The buck passing stops at the PM Stephen Harper as well. "Hassan Kadhim, whose 17-year-old brother lies in hospital with three bullet wounds to the leg, neck and head, wants Prime Minister Stephen Harper to think twice about his decision. "For (Harper) to talk about removing the registry for guns and maybe making it easier for people to get themselves guns ... And then we see this tragedy happening. I mean, does it take something like this for our prime minister to understand?" Kadhim told CTV News. "He's sitting in Ottawa, drinking his coffee, taking it easy. And the families here are all paying the price. It's good to be in power, but you've got be responsible for what you say and what you think." "Now the sickos try to appear as angels of light.. reminds me of the useless PM Harper as well... "Stay home, you freaks! VampireFreaks.com wants to walk for sick kids to improve image By MICHELE MANDEL A memorial yesterday to the victims of the shootings at Montreal’s Dawson College gives a message to the killer. (Ian Barrett, CP) It's a match made in hell. They are the members of the website that hosted the Montreal killer, the users who stood by and did nothing as Kimveer Gill boasted of his love of guns and murder. Now vampirefreaks.com wants to improve their blood-soaked image -- by hooking up with sick children. Yes, as unbelievable as it sounds, a London, Ont.-based member of the goth website is advising his fellow vampire freaks to don their black trenchcoats and head out next month to march in their local Children's Wish parade. they should stay home. Despite all their claims to the contrary, the U.S.-based vampirefreaks.com has earned its sorry reputation. It has been the welcoming haven of at least three Canadians linked to recent murders: A 12-year-old girl and her 23-year-old boyfriend were charged with killing a family in Medicine Hat, Alta., after meeting online. And in 2005, a mistrial in the first Johnathan trial was declared after one of the key witness' testimony was contradicted by her profile on vampirefreaks.com. And come next month's Children's Wish parade, let the vampirefreaks do us all a favour and stay away. " If Harper won't do his proper duties here too let the Governments of Quebec, Ontario now do it.
The real truth - If Harper won't do his proper duties here too let the Government of Quebec now do it... and they did..
"Quebec police arrest teen for alleged threats against high school students Mon Sep 18, 2:23 PM SAINT-CLET, Que. (CP) - Quebec provincial police arrested a 15-year-old boy on Monday for allegedly using the Internet to threaten fellow students at a high school west of Montreal. Police said they received several tips from the public that the student at Westwood high school in Hudson, Que., was posting suspicious messages on vampirefreaks.com, the same website Kimveer Gill used before his shooting rampage at Dawson College last week. "Police officers didn't want to take any chances on this, mentioning that the person would possibly take up arms to do what Mr. Gill had done at Dawson College," said police spokesman Jayson Gauthier. "Therefore, we proceeded with an arrest." The teenager made a brief court appearance Monday morning, where Crown prosecutors opposed his immediate release on bail. Last Wednesday, Gill killed 18-year-old Anastasia DeSousa at Dawson and wounded about 20 other people before killing himself after police shot him. "
"In the wake of the Dawson College shootings, the Liberals focused on Tory plans to scrap the long-gun registry. Interim Liberal Leader Bill Graham said Harper was going against the advice of law enforcement agencies and the wishes of the Quebec premier. "We should be strengthening rules. We should not be tossing some of them out," Graham said. "The prime minister's right to bear arms constituency is blinding him to a very important tool that protects our kids from being shot." Liberal MP and leadership hopeful Scott Brison said Harper is playing a game of "bait and switch," promoting Senate reform and reopening debate on same sex marriage in a bid to deflect attention from his policy failures on climate change and Afghanistan. "Stephen Harper is clearly trying to change the channels and distract Canadians from some of his failures," Brison said. "We won't let him do that. We are going to demand of him accountability on the environment and accountability in Afghanistan and on Canada's foreign policy." "
One step forward , two steps backwards Stephen Harper and his conservatives need to be set straight often.."RCMP wrong on Arar: Report Canadian, wife on U.S. watch list because of incorrect information supplied by Mounties, justice finds Sep. 18, 2006. 04:32 PM OTTAWA - Canadian Maher Arar and his wife were on a U.S. watch list wrongly described as “Islamic extremist individuals” suspected of being linked to Al Qaeda, based on incorrect information provided by the RCMP, a federal inquiry report released today says. Justice Dennis O’Connor’s newly released report on Arar’s deportation by American authorities to Syria portrayed the RCMP as an inexperienced police force that passed erroneous information to American officials both before, and after Arar’s detention on Sept. 26, 2002. In addition to erroneous information being passed to the U.S., O’Connor also found that the Mounties gave questions to Syria’s military intelligence concerning another detained Canadian, Abdullah Almalki, which “very likely sent a signal to Syrian authorities that the RCMP approved of (his) imprisonment and interrogation.” ..the RCMP endured harsh criticism for how they conducted Project A O Canada,... " by O’Connor" Wrongly convicted face stigma when charges stayed: Driskell inquiry CP WINNIPEG (CP) - Wrongly convicted Canadians are often left with the stigma of never being able to clear their names fully because the Crown stays charges instead of withdrawing them or allowing for an acquittal at a new trial, a legal expert told the James Driskell inquiry Monday"- Let me make also now it clear to you too that I also rightfully do not go along with any perverse, crooked cops in Canada and cutting off also their pensions is one of the first best things that I do recommend for decades too.My first personal experiences as an ordinary citizen with crooked, perverse, job ambitious cops was over 30 years ago in Canmore and Calgary Alberta.. and over the years next there were many more bad cops that I had encountered and that included the Calgary Police force and the RCMP, the RCMP in Quebec were not much better.. So I have continually and rightfully advocated the total disbandment, related of the cost ineffective as well RCMP rightfully to all members of Parliament, members of the legislative, posted on the internet as well, with the reasons why. They to me are unacceptable abusive professionals still, both still even the Calgary Police and the RCMP.One thing that bothers me much also is the past Conservative cry put us into office and we will show you what we will do.. and so far is has not been any different.. the Conservatives still do not act decently, respectable especially even in the House of Commons never mind elsewhere.. and If they act like it, smell like it too they must be Rotten.. and so much for the promised personal accountability now as well ehhhh
" OTTAWA - Former Conservative staffers turned lobbyists for the Alberta oil patch are successfully influencing Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government to water down Canada's commitment to fighting climate change, opposition critics charged Monday. ''A great many of the contracts (for Tory lobbyists) appear to be related to environmental issues and Kyoto and climate change,'' said Liberal House leader Ralph Goodale. ''This government has stopped dead in its tracks on climate change. It has no environmental policy to speak of. It certainly has no policy on climate change. That is exactly what the lobbyists were seeking to achieve.'' ''The worrisome thing is that these well-connected Tory lobbyists seem to be effective,'' echoed New Democrat Pat Martin. ''I think their mission was clearly to kill Kyoto and keep the subsidies rolling to the tar sands and big oil.'' The comments come in the wake of a Journal de Montreal study Monday which found that 30 Conservatives turned lobbyist had racked up 327 contracts to lobby the federal government since Harper took office in February. In most cases, the Tories wouldn't be touched by the new Federal Accountability Act designed to curb the practice of staffers working for the government and soon after lobbying government because they left the Conservatives before Harper was sworn in. Oil companies, in particular, have moved quickly to hire Tories as lobbyists on issues such as climate change and the Kyoto protocol. In the wake of the revelation, the opposition went on the attack Monday, accusing Harper's government of hypocrisy. While the government pledged to clean up the practice, it has left a lucrative loophole for former staffers with close connections to those now in power, they charged. ''How does the prime minister explain that his former director of public affairs, his former director of communications, as well as his former senior political adviser have all obtained lobbying contracts in the private sector, despite the pretty words of the last election campaign,'' demanded Liberal MP Marcel Proulx. ''Once again we have the proof that the prime minister says one thing and does exactly the opposite.'' Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe said he was surprised to see the number of contracts picked up by Conservatives in the past few months. Nor did they all go to people who quit before the government was formed, he said. ''There are two people one who was in the office of Mr. (House Leader Rob) Nicholson and the other in the office of (Canadian Heritage Minister) Bev Oda who have contracts that therefore contravene the spirit of the law.'' Montreal Gazette.. Horrors, Horrors what the Conservatives too are really like.
Plus "OTTAWA - The recent gun rampage at a Montreal college has drained support for the Conservative government's plan to abolish the long-gun registry, and has put the Tories square in the sights of opposition parties who say the prime minister has no mandate to ''weaken'' gun laws." Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his party were scolded for planning to proceed with plans to scrap the controversial legislation. Opposition MPs said the shooting should prove the need to strengthen and improve gun laws rather than, as Graham said, ''abolish them in the name of false efficiency.'' Harper told the Commons that he has ordered the RCMP commissioner to ''accumulate all the facts'' of this particular case and present them to the government so that it can determine the best way to strengthen gun laws and ''reduce the possibility of obviously unstable individuals such as (the Dawson shooter) from getting a hold of firearms.'' Stockwell Day Day later told reporters the government may look at more thorough background checks on individuals seeking gun licences as a way to prevent incidents such as the Dawson College shooting from happening again." Well I rightfully still can't real understand why most people need a pistol, an automatic weapon in Canada in the first place, especially all city dwellers..Many are Waiting and tired of it still too. "Tired Of Waiting" SooNews.ca -- Tuesday, September 19, 2006, 12:13PM OTTAWA – The NDP opened the fall session of Parliament today with a warning to Health Minister Tony Clement — Canadians haven’t forgotten the Conservatives’ campaign promise of a wait times guarantee. “Over the summer, Stephen Harper tried to quietly replace health care as one of his government’s five key priorities,” NDP Health critic Penny Priddy said. “It’s up to the Minister of Health to get the Conservatives back on track.” Priddy alluded to media reports during parliament’s summer break that Harper had dropped the Patient Wait Times Guarantee as one of his government’s five key priorities, and replaced it with “strengthening our country at home and around the world.” “Quality, accessible health care is Canadians’ top priority,” said Sault MP Tony Martin. “Canadians are tired of waiting for this wait time guarantee. I urge the Health Minister to pressure his Conservative colleagues to get health care back on this government’s agenda.”A decent political party also would have also already replaced the one step forward , two steps backward loser PM Stephen Harper as their leader, that way they could stand a better change at a majority government the next time.
It was, is very clear now that..The war in Iraq was started by misinformation to us all..The Israeli war against Lebanon murdering innocent citizens there too was continued by misinformation by Tony Blair, George Bush and Stephen Harper too.The war in Afghanistan is continued too by misinformation, misinformation that this is a justifiable, honourable and winnable war when it is clear as CNN news has shown that Nato itself cannot trust still the Afghanistan people, their army, their police, or their government to support your back while one fights supposedly on their behalf.. and what kind of democracy are we fighting for there now too? when they there really still have no intention of allowing freedom of religion, especially a Christian one.It is also still clearly misinformation that we can trust Harper and his Conservative to tell us the whole truth still too... and to act upon the good welfare, behalf of us all , all Canadians, in every province now too." OTTAWA -- The federal government's fifth priority of wait-time guarantees on medical procedures appears to have dropped off the radar as the "priorities" of spring are replaced by the "pillars" of autumn. In a press release issued to mark the return of the House of Commons this week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper lays out four pillars that outline the Tories' legislative agenda for the fall. The pillars include economic management and value for money, accountability and democratic reform, environment and personal health, and crime and national security. The government similarly announced five priorities last spring and made visible progress on all but that involving its campaign commitment to implement patient wait-time guarantees for medically necessary services. Neither the Prime Minister's Office nor Health Minister Tony Clement's office could be reached for comment on the status of the wait-times promise. ""Kingsley leaves little doubt Tory failure to disclose donations broke the law "OTTAWA (CP) - Chief Electoral Officer Jean-Pierre Kingsley repudiated Tuesday all the arguments Conservatives have used to justify their party's failure to disclose up to $1.7 million in donations. "It's hard to draw any other conclusion that than (the Tories) have engaged in covering up millions of dollars in contributions." Ian Brodie, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's chief of staff, was the Tory party's executive director when the decision was made not to report the 2005 delegate fees as donations. Brodie may have to resign. "The chief electoral officer has, in effect, said that the Conservative party has broken the law . . . and the prime minister must seek a clarification from his chief of staff or it will be pretty hard for him to continue in his job." Liberal party national director Steven MacKinnon"If the Conservatives were in opposition party today instead those same lying hypocrites would have clearly demanded the resignation of the prime minister with his chief of staff. Now let's have some of the real promised accountability instead of the same old Conservative dung.Like I have said... One thing that bothers me much also is the past Conservative cry put us into office and we will show you what we will do.. and so far it has not been any different.. they are just as bad as the people they bashed, the Liberals.. the Conservatives still do not even act decently, respectable especially even in the House of Commons never mind elsewhere.. and If they act like it, smell like it too they must be Rotten.. they are Rotten and so much for the promised personal accountability now as well ehhhh..Like I have rightfully said the "One step forward , two steps backwards Stephen Harper and his conservatives need to be set straight often".. "RCMP wrong on Arar: Report Canadian, wife on U.S. watch list because of incorrect information supplied by Mounties, justice finds Sep. 18, 2006. 04:32 PM OTTAWA - Canadian Maher Arar and his wife were on a U.S. watch list wrongly described as “Islamic extremist individuals” suspected of being linked to Al Qaeda, based on incorrect information provided by the RCMP, a federal inquiry report released today says. Justice Dennis O’Connor’s newly released report on Arar’s deportation by American authorities to Syria portrayed the RCMP as an inexperienced police force that passed erroneous information to American officials both before, and after Arar’s detention on Sept. 26, 2002. In addition to erroneous information being passed to the U.S., O’Connor also found that the Mounties gave questions to Syria’s military intelligence concerning another detained Canadian, Abdullah Almalki, which “very likely sent a signal to Syrian authorities that the RCMP approved of (his) imprisonment and interrogation.” ..the RCMP endured harsh criticism for how they conducted Project A O Canada,... " by O’Connor"Harper deflects calls to apologize to Arar CanWest News Service Tuesday, September 19, 2006 OTTAWA /WASHINGTON -- The Harper government refused calls on Tuesday to apologize to Maher Arar and punish or even fire the head of the RCMP for leading a force that sent false intelligence reports to the U.S. that were blamed for the software engineer’s deportation and torture in Syria. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, under pressure from all three opposition parties in the House of Commons, ignored repeated urgings from the opposition and Arar’s supporters to offer an apology, noting that Arar’s ordeal took place under the former Liberal government. "I think it’s clear that ... Mr. Arar has been done a tremendous injustice," said Harper, adding that his government intends to "act swiftly" in implementing the recommendations contained in the Justice Dennis O’Connor’s exhaustive public inquiry report, released Monday. Arar is currently negotiating a settlement with the government and apologies, if they can be obtained in advance, have in the past been used as a key bargaining tool when seeking compensation. Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day also rejected opposition suggestions RCMP Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli be fired or forced to resign for the actions of his force, which bore the brunt of the blame for the Arar affair in the report. "We’re not taking any precipitous action related to the RCMP," said Day. The RCMP remained silent for the second straight day about the inquiry findings, directing all inquiries to the Public Security Department. Outside the Commons, Liberal MP John McCallum said he is "inclined to think" that Zaccardelli should go and Irwin Cotler, the Liberal public safety critic and Arar supporter, said that the force, perhaps as far up as the top, should somehow pay for its actions. Arar, meanwhile, called on the government Tuesday to take action against those responsible, but he did not elaborate. "I have always said that I want whoever is responsible for this to be held accountable, to make sure that this doesn’t happen to any other Canadian. It is really up to the Canadian government to decide how to do this," Arar said Tuesday on CTV’s Canada AM. Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty International, suggested there should be a criminal investigation into the activities of the RCMP, perhaps by another police force. The O’Connor report unequivocally cleared Arar of any "taint or suspicion" that he has terrorist ties and called for federal compensation for his one-year ordeal in a Syrian jail."On top of all that the RCMP is so really useless and incompetent they can't catch most of the unacceptable terrorist still in Canada. and I have said that now for the last 5 years in writing too.."Arar case raises ghost of past RCMP follies on security front CP Tuesday, September 19, 2006 OTTAWA -- Never has there been stronger proof that those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. More than two decades after a royal commission found the RCMP had committed theft and arson in the name of combatting Quebec separatism, the Mounties are under fire again, this time for inadvertently abetting the arrest and torture of a Canadian citizen. “It’s shocking to me that this type of sloppy, incompetent, dishonest investigation is still taking place,” former Liberal solicitor general Warren Allmand declared when the report of the Maher Arar inquiry was made public. “What does this say about the attitudes of some of the officers in the force and the training they receive?” Shirley Heafey, former head of the RCMP Public Complaints Commission was less surprised. “A lot of investigations I carried out really worried me,” said Heafey, who frequently complained during her term that she lacked the power to really hold the police to account. “They do a lot of things well, but they do a lot of things that would be regarded by Canadians as not very good. And a lot of energy is spent camouflaging and hiding this.” The comments were prompted by the findings of Justice Dennis O’Connor, who discovered the RCMP had passed inaccurate and misleading information about Arar to the United States as part of an anti-terrorism investigation. The judge concluded the material “very likely” led the Americans to arrest Arar and ship him to Syria, where he was tortured into false confessions of links to al-Qaida. There was a haunting sense of deja vu for those who recalled the inquiry headed by Justice David McDonald, who reported in 1981 the Mounties had repeatedly broken the law in the ostensible defence of national security. McDonald’s solution, eventually adopted by the government of Pierre Trudeau, was to abolish the old RCMP security service and replace it with the current Canadian Security Intelligence Service. The idea was to let the Mounties do what they did best while transferring to CSIS the broader power to monitor security threats that fell short of criminal acts. It turned out to be easier to draw that line in theory than in practice, a point driven home by the 1985 Air India bombing that took more than 300 lives. The subsequent investigation of the worst terrorist act in Canadian history was hampered by persistent turf wars between the Mounties and CISS, a tale that will be probed belatedly by yet another public inquiry that opens next week under former Supreme Court justice John Major. The pendulum swung to the other extreme following the 9-11 attacks five years ago, when CSIS handed over its files on Islamic militants in Canada holus-bolus to the RCMP. The theory this time was that the police were better placed to deter any imminent terrorist attacks than was CSIS, which could keep people under surveillance but had no legal power to arrest them or lay charges. “The RCMP didn’t simply thrust itself back into the world of intelligence investigations, the government demanded it,” says Wesley Wark, a University of Toronto expert in security issues. “What happened is that the RCMP was unready and unable to perform the function.” O’Connor recommended better training of front-line officers and better co-ordination by their superiors. He will also lay out, in a second report later this fall, a model for a new oversight body to monitor RCMP security work and guard against abuses. Wark notes that the British are able to work comfortably under a system in which their civilian security service MI-5 collaborates closely with Scotland Yard and other police forces. There’s no reason the same system can’t be made to work in Canada. But the British have a key ingredient that’s lacking here: a long tradition of top-down political direction of security work from the cabinet level. The jury is still out on whether Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day and Prime Minister Stephen Harper will ( or even can) provide that kind of leadership. “This is a government that came to power with virtually no experience of the intricacies of national security work,” says Wark. “To be honest, I think they still don’t know where they’re going with it.”"I have rightfully now for years, three decades personally have said the RCMP are incompetent, all they do and can do is hand out traffic tickets, they are too costly at it as well, they are pretentious, inadequate and should be totally disbanded and replaced by a new decent police force
The deep deep iceberg of the new fderal Conservative government Follies, under the PM Stephen Harper and their dictatorship management style is a clearly sign of their managerial incompetence too. This was, is a priceless example of it too.
"B.C. scientist booted over refusal to use 'new government' Mon, 18 Sep 2006 21:10:22 EDT CBC News A British Columbia man says he's been dumped from his role as scientist emeritus with the Geological Survey of Canada for refusing to refer to the federal government as "the new government of Canada." Dr. Andrew Okulitch told CBC News on Monday that it all began Sept. 5, when his Earth sciences sector on Salt Spring Island received an e-mail from Natural Resources Canada advising employees to use the "new government" phrase in all departmental correspondence. Another person who works at Natural Resources Canada told CBC.ca that employees have been directed to use the phrase "Canada's New Government," with all three words capitalized. When he received the Sept. 5 e-mail, Okulitch said he immediately fired off a reply to its sender and all the other recipients. "I said, 'Why do newly elected officials think everything begins with them taking office?'" Okulitch said he added in his reply, "While this ridiculous and embarrassing policy is in effect, I shall use Geological Survey of Canada on my departmental correspondence to avoid any connection with the new government." E-mail told him to clear out office Okulitch said within an hour he received an e-mail from an assistant deputy minister telling him he was no longer part of the scientist emeritus program and to clear out his office immediately. "No one ever came to see me. He never phoned. He never wrote. And I replied to that and said that it seemed an overreaction," he said. Okulitch said the assistant deputy minister stood by the decision. He said he was told that no one with an attitude like that should be part of the public service. He said while being part of the scientist emeritus program was a considerable honour, he'll continue doing his research from home. "
"B.C. scientist reinstated by Ottawa after phrase flap Ornery scientist gets rehired by federal gov't Tue. Sep. 19 2006 11:41 PM ET Canadian Press A B.C. scientist fired for lampooning an order to call Stephen Harper's Tory government "Canada's new government'' is back on the job. Geologist Andrew Okulitch said Tuesday he was reinstated as a scientist emeritus with the Geological Survey of Canada after a call from the deputy minister of natural resources. The 64-year-old Saltspring Island resident, who has worked for the federal government for 35 years, said he was fired Sept. 5 after he e-mailed an undiplomatic response to a government directive. The government memo ordered him to use the phrase "new government of Canada'' on official correspondence from the Geological Survey of Canada. Okulitch immediately fired off an e-mail saying civil servants are not paid to mouth political slogans. He said the policy was "ridiculous and embarrassing'' and said he will use Geological Survey of Canada in any official correspondence "as opposed to idiotic buzzwords coined by political hacks.'' Minutes later he received an equally blunt e-mail from the Natural Resources Ministry saying Okulitch's misdirected views reflect the decision to immediately remove him from his position. "He overreacted and I was less than diplomatic in my original e-mail and after that things just went from bad to worse,'' Okulitch said in an interview Tuesday. "All based on a directive which should never have come down our way anyway.'' Okulitch, who is currently conducting research on a geological atlas project, said he and deputy minister Kathy Doyle agreed both sides acted hastily. He said they decided to let bygones be bygones Tuesday and he was permitted to go back to work. "They are basically apologizing by reinstating me,'' he said. "I think we all have a bit of blame to share here. I could have been more polite, but on the other hand I was angry about an inappropriate directive.'' Okulitch said the government shouldn't be ordering the supposedly unbiased civil servants to adopt government slogans. "They want people to know they are going to be new and there's going to be new ideas, new ways of doing things and at their level, these sorts of slogans have at least some applicability,'' he said. Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn said he believes in the new government slogan, but it's not something bureaucrats are expected to adopt. "I'm proud to use it,'' he said in Ottawa. "We're proud to be the new government of Canada. This is not something that we expect department officials or bureaucrats to use at all.'' The e-mail that went to Okulitch should never have been sent to him, Lunn said. "There were some errors that were made, mistakes in communication,'' he said. "But, having said that, we're pleased that he's agreed to continue his work and we look forward to that.'' The Prime Minister's Office could not be reached for comment on its new slogan. Okulitch said shortly after sending his reply e-mail, another e-mail arrived from the department saying the new government wording should only appear on documents sent to Lunn or ones being prepared for the minister. Okulitch said he will continue his research. As a scientist emeritus he is not paid, but is given office space and support services. "
One step forward, two steps backward PM Stephen Harper's approval ratings fell over the summer, particularly in Quebec " Globe and Mail Prime Minister Stephen Harper's approval ratings fell over the summer, particularly in Quebec, where a series of government policies are affecting the Conservative party's popularity. Across the country, 57 per cent of the 1,000 Canadians surveyed Sept. 14-17 by the Strategic Counsel said they approve of the performance of Mr. Harper and the Conservatives, down from 67 per cent in July. But in Quebec, their approval rating has dropped from 64 per cent to 48 per cent. The Tories also dropped to third place in Quebec when respondents were asked about their voting intentions. Sixteen per cent said they'd vote Conservative if an election were held today, down from 23 per cent. The Bloc Québécois had the support of 48 per cent of those surveyed, up from 43 per cent; the Liberals were at 18 per cent, down from 21. The NDP are up to 11 per cent in the province, from 6 per cent, likely due to the party's policy convention in Quebec this month. “That's a significant drop,” Strategic Counsel pollster Allan Gregg said of the Tories' Quebec numbers, which have a margin of error of plus or minus 6.3 per cent because of a smaller sample size. “It's an accumulation of positions where they find themselves increasingly against the prevailing mood in that province,” he said, citing same-sex marriage, marijuana laws, Canada-U.S. relations, defence issues and the gun registry as examples. Mr. Gregg said the good news for the Tories is that the Liberals have lost more support since the 2006 election. Nationally, the Conservatives had the support of 35 per cent of those surveyed, followed by the Liberals at 26 per cent, the NDP at 19, the Bloc Québécois at 12 and the Green Party at 8 per cent."
Conservative fools, are not real managers.. RCMP managers clearly are no better.
Liberals gleefully put Conservatives on the defensive over fundraising ethics September 20, 2006 - 18:18 OTTAWA (CP) - Politicians in glass houses shouldn't throw stones: that was the message the Liberals gleefully fired across the House of Commons floor Wednesday, attacking the Conservatives for apparently violating Canada's fundraising laws. Question period was almost completely consumed with criticism of the Tory government on ethical issues, from breaches of privacy laws to contracts given to former insiders - a switch from the days when the Conservatives were hot on Liberal heels over the sponsorship scandal. Stephen Harper as opposition leader made government accountability and ethics his priority. "Why did the prime minister make misleading statements about Conservative party donations and possible illegal fundraising practices that the parliamentary secretary cannot possibly defend in the House?" asked Liberal Leader Bill Graham. The controversy over the fundraising rules stems from the 2005 Conservative party convention. This spring, the party revealed it had not declared delegate convention fees as political donations as other parties do, defending the omission by saying the convention did not make a profit. Chief Electoral Officer Jean-Pierre Kingsley asked to see the party's financial books from the convention to review the case, and his office is investigating a complaint by the NDP. But Kingsley revealed this week that the party has still not turned over their books as he requested, despite assurances by Harper and other officials. More importantly, Kingsley repudiated the party's interpretation of the fundraising rules. New Democrat MP Pat Martin, who has been an ally of the government in passing the Accountability Act, lashed out at the Conservatives on Wednesday. "They promised they'd clean up their electoral financing laws, and yet their own actions make the Liberals look like pikers when it comes to sleaze," Martin said. "Will this new Conservative government force the old Conservative party to release the books on the donations to their 2005 convention and come clean with these millions of dollars of illegal political donations?" Kingsley told The Canadian Press nothing has changed about the fact convention fees constitute political donations. Treasury Board President John Baird, the minister in charge of accountability and ethics, repeated that "all the information" had been provided to Elections Canada through the commissioner of Canada elections, who investigates complaints. But that commissioner reports directly to Kingsley, who stated unequivocally on behalf of Elections Canada that the information was not provided. Baird was also asked to respond to charges the party is favouring former insiders who are now lobbying government. A member of the team that helped Harper make the transition into government was later given a contract to do public relations work on the Accountability Act. A report said she submitted a bill for $13,462. "A very high ethical bar? Not even Mike Harris would have believed he could limbo that low," said Liberal MP Mark Holland. The minister said the contract was terminated as soon as he was made aware of it, and that no political actors were involved in awarding it. Opposition politicians were also fired up over revelations that the name of a reporter who was seeking information under the Access to Information Act was divulged to Harper's office. The names of Canadians who file requests under the act are considered private, and are only to be used by bureaucrats carrying out the search for documents. Conservative ministers said they were concerned about the issue and were looking into it." .The Conservative pot is just as black as the Kettle it criticised."Privacy czar probes naming of reporter Sep. 20, 2006. 08:11 PM CP OTTAWA — The privacy commissioner will look into an incident in which government officials — in an apparent breach of privacy law — shared the name of a journalist who had made a request under the Access to Information Act. "Though we haven't had any indication that this is a trend, we are looking into this further to determine whether or not it's a broad, systemic issue," Anne-Marie Hayden, a spokeswoman for the privacy commissioner's office, said Wednesday. "We will be discussing this matter with the Treasury Board Secretariat." The government, too, is looking into the situation, said Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day. "I'll work together with the commissioner's office to make sure that this legislation, which is good and proper, is upheld with the spirit and the letter of the law," he said. Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said the incident seems to run counter to the spirit if not the letter of the Privacy Act. "Who you are supposed to give information to does not depend on who that person is, it depends on the type of information and how the law governs its use," she said in an interview in St. John's, N.L. The names of people making access requests are supposed to be kept private, although the protection comes under the Privacy Act, not the Access Act. That was laid out clearly in 1999, when Information Commissioner John Reid chided the Defence Department for passing on the names of access requesters to communications officials in the office of Art Eggleton, then the minister. "Disclosure of requesters' names should be limited to those who need to know this information to respond to access requests," Reid wrote in his annual report. "Use of a requester's identity to prepare the minister for questions about an impending release of information is not a consistent use of this information as defined by ... the Privacy Act." Ironically, that complaint was lodged by Jim Hart, an opposition MP whose Reform party is a direct ancestor of today's Conservatives. Despite this, the name of Jim Bronskill, a reporter with The Canadian Press, was shared recently among officials of the Public Safety Department during a conference call discussing subjects of media interest. The officials were told that Bronskill was about to get information under the Access Act on Central Intelligence Agency aircraft landing in Canada. A transcript of the phone call was circulated to other officials, including Sandra Buckler, director of communications for Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Liberal MPs have called for Buckler's resignation.. Ministers refused to say whether Harper himself was given Bronskill's name. Alan Leadbeater, the deputy information commissioner, told a Senate committee that this kind of thing happens, despite the prohibitions. "We do see, on a regular basis, departments who do improper disclosure of names of access requesters," he said. He said the commission tries to promote better understanding of the rules in such cases. Bronskill said he hasn't decided whether he will lodge a formal complaint about the matter. "I'd like to know exactly what happened here," he said. "When I have more facts, I'll make a decision." Scott White, editor-in-chief of The Canadian Press, said the news agency will co-operate with an investigation. "CP thinks it's important that the privacy commissioner investigate this matter, and not just because it's one of our reporters," he said. "There's an important principle behind the law and government officials have an obligation to not only follow the letter of the law, but to respect the principle that any member of the public seeking information should not be identified." Bronskill said it's that principle that concerns him. A reporter may not care whether bureaucrats know his or her name, but ordinary citizens seeking access to information may be cowed by fears that their names could be bandied about among government officials, he said.".. Alan Leadbeater, the deputy information commissioner, told a Senate committee that this kind of thing happens, despite the prohibitions.. and what happened now to the hypocritical, pretentious PM, the conservative government holding all of our civil and public servants accountable for their wrong doings in reality? well???????? for why did not the PM's office itself report the wrong doing in the first place? 0r does it not believe in accountability anymore"The Treaty of 1812 banning live-fire gunboats from the Great Lakes had to be changed to allow U.S. Coast Guard live ammunition drills. Mike Simonson reports from Superior. Two Canadian mayors are asking their Prime Minister to take action. Sarnia, Ontario Mayor Mike Bradley says the trouble began this spring when Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper secretly negotiated a change in the treaty of the War of 1812. Bradley says that treaty banned live ammunition fire drills on the Great Lakes. Now he's asking the Prime Minister to re-institute the ban. "We have prided ourselves for almost 200 years that we have the longest undefended border in the world. I recognize that there's been changes since September 11th, but to allow these zones to exist is a huge step backwards environmentally, safety-wise. It'll have an impact on the Great Lakes which is totally backwards." The Coast Guard has come under criticism for proposing 34 live fire zones they're calling "safety zones" for target practice on the Great Lakes. They say they need it for training and homeland security. But Bradley says the so-called safety zones are a danger to the environment and public safety. "That's sort of the Monty Python absurd approach. You name something the total opposite of what it is. It's wrong to do. There's already been issues with some of the zones where there are ferries going through them, there are fishing areas. It simply isn't needed. If they need to do training, they can do it off the lake." The mayor of Toronto has also appealed to Prime Minister Harper to pressure the United States to end the live-fire drills. " Oh those Hidden conservative agendas.. even to sleep with the US at all costs.. and what other Canadian values will Harper sell out to the US?Meanwhile Globe and Mail reprter, writer who wrote a recent article that suggested Quebec's francophone culture may have contributed to the Dawson College shootings. "The feature, written by Jan Wong wrote that a possible explanation could be found in the fact that Gill, like gunman Marc Lépine, who killed 14 women at l'École Polytechnique in 1989, were people of foreign background, not "pure laine" Quebecers, and their anti-social behaviour stemmed from their disaffection with Quebec society and its reluctance to welcome outsiders."
One cannot condemn miillions of Quebececers by the acts of two persons. I know that my own immigrant father was not welcome by Quebec's Anglohones but only by the fancohone and that was why he had not left Montreal, Quebec to move to any other part of Canada the last 60 years. I also know that I got better health Services in Quebec than I got in 15 years in Alberta. By the way how many years did Jan Wong spend himself in Quebec, 25 years or more? I have only spent 35 years. French Quebecers are the most benevolent persons in Canada, and much kinder thousands of time over the mostly self centered, selfish, uncompassionate, cold rednecks I encountered in Alberta.Re: "Tories reject call to expel MP from caucus for controversial comment OTTAWA (CP) - The Conservatives are dismissing calls to expel an MP from caucus for suggesting that Quebec's treatment of immigrants helped inspire school shootings in the province. Jason Kenney, parliamentary secretary to the prime minister, says Quebec City-area MP Daniel Petit has retracted his comments and that's good enough. When asked last week about the recent shooting in Montreal, Petit pointed out that none of the gunmen who blasted their way on to Montreal campuses in three separate instances since 1989 were old-stock francophones. And he suggested that money saved from the gun registry be used to better integrate immigrants in Quebec society. This week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper excoriated a newspaper columnist for comments similar to Petite's. In the Commons today, the Liberals demanded Petit be removed from the Conservative caucus. "Now we all can see what the definition of accountability really MEANS TO JASON KENNEY AND TO THE CONSERVATIVES when it comes to dealing with one of their own it is wrongfully not even a slap on the wrist.Kenney accused of misleading the Commons Toronto Star - OTTAWA—Jason Kenney, the Conservative government's attack dog, now finds himself under ethical attack - accused of fabricating the truth just to lash out at the opposition Liberals. "He deliberately misled the House of Commons and he should resign." It starts with a story this week in Montreal's Gazette, which revealed minutes of meetings showing government communication officials bandying about names of reporters who had filed access-to-information requests. This raised fears about a serious violation of the access law: identities of requesters are supposed to be shielded from government scrutiny. Even worse, copies of these minutes were forwarded to officials in the Prime Minister's Office, including Sandra Buckler, communication director for Stephen Harper. The government's initial defence was to insist that no political people actually read the reports of these proceedings. But then Kenney, the Prime Minister's parliamentary secretary, said he had a Privy Council Office memo proving that Liberals had indulged in the same, illegal indiscretion when they were in office. He has now said this at least a half-dozen times in the House of Commons. Kenney said the Conservatives were actually raising the standards of elected office by stopping the practice immediately. The problem, however, is that the memo says the opposite. Dale Eisler, assistant secretary to the cabinet and a former journalist, wrote in the memo: "There was no knowledge of an ATI (access-to-information) request by any specific reporter. We are never privy to that information." The only long-standing practice that Eisler mentions is the actual circulation of the minutes. "These type of summary reports were regularly shared with members of the previous government's communications office."
How far next will the new Conservative government, Jason Kenney MP go and lie, refuse to submit to his own personal accountability?
"Harper Elections Canada Violations Exposed by “Secret” Conservative Fundraising Practices September 20, 2006 OTTAWA – The Elections Commissioner must investigate whether Prime Minister Stephen Harper has broken election financing rules by failing to disclose his delegate fees in the party’s 2005 Elections Canada return, Liberal Treasury Board Critic Navdeep Bains and Liberal Party of Canada National Director Steven MacKinnon said today. “The party’s illicit practice of keeping a secret set of books for all convention revenues and expenses runs contrary to Canadian political party financing laws and places dozens of Conservative supporters in violation of Canadian law,” Mr. Bains said. “In fact, this breach of Canada’s Elections Act puts Prime Minister Harper and his point man on democratic reform, Lanark—Frontenac—Lennox MP Scott Reid, in breach of the 2005 individual donation limit.” Prime Minister Harper donated $4,500 to the Conservative Party of Canada on October 31, 2005. He also gave $361.75 to his riding association on July 12, 2005 and, as we know, he was delegate to the 2005 convention. This means even if he paid the $540 early-bird fee, the Prime Minister’s total donations far exceed the $5,100 legal limit for individual donations in 2005. Similarly, Elections Canada records state Mr. Reid donated $5,000 in 2005 to his past election campaign. Mr. Reid was also a voting key delegate at the convention. Nearly 150 Conservative donors, including 2006 election candidates and currently sitting Conservative MPs, may have broken Canada’s election law because the party failed to report delegate fees from its 2005 convention as political donations. In addition to Prime Minister Harper and Mr. Reid, this list includes two candidates in the last election, key party strategists, operatives and even the committee chair of the 2005 convention, Nicole Eaton. These revelations are made worse since some party officials, whose roots trace back to the Canadian Alliance and Reform parties, have admitted failing to report has been common practice for over a decade. Yesterday, three months after Treasury Board President John Baird confirmed that the party failed to report delegate fees to its 2005 convention, Mr. MacKinnon noted chief electoral officer Jean-Pierre Kingsley said that the Conservative party has yet to meet his request to voluntarily submit 2005 convention records for scrutiny. “Not only did we learn yesterday that Michael Donison, the executive director of the Conservative party, evidently misled a Senate Committee when he testified two weeks ago, we also know with near certainty that the Conservative party broke the law when it failed to report approximately $1.7 million collected in delegate fees for their 2005 Convention,” said Mr. MacKinnon. “How can this party claim they can steward effective changes in Canada’s election financing rules when they can’t even follow the current laws of this country?” " well???
The Conservatives were being accused of publicly questioning the impact of greenhouse gases on global warming by tinkering with Environment Canada's website. "Until last Friday, the website's description included: "There is a great deal of uncertainty associated with climate predictions, and although temperature changes during this century are consistent with global warming predictions, they remain within the range of natural variability," the site stated. After complaints from the scientific community, the passage was pulled."Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde PM Stephen Harper allows "Grant to gay film festival draws ire September 21, 2006 OTTAWA — A $23,000 federal grant to fund this year’s Vancouver Queer Film Festival, which has come under attack by social conservative groups, is a legitimate expenditure under the program’s criteria, says a spokeswoman for Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda. The Aug. 17-27 festival included films such as Dyke After Dyke and Gay Sex in the 70s. Sponsors included the financial institution Vancity, Canada's largest credit union, Citytv, and the government of British Columbia.“The films are simply degenerate and degrading to humanity,” Gwen Landolt, president of the social conservative and anti-feminist group REAL Women of Canada, recently told LifeSiteNews, a web-based news agency affiliated with Campaign Life Coalition.
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde PM Stephen Harper strikes again.. "TORONTO (CP) - Canada's ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been recalled from his post. The news came as a shock to Alvin Curling - a former Speaker of the Ontario Legislature and Liberal member of provincial parliament.Curling's sacking also stunned members of Toronto's black community and spurred accusations of political housecleaning. Just one year into a three-year term, the envoy says the Prime Minister's Office broke the news last month in a tersely-worded e-mail. Curling says the message caught him completely off guard and provided no reason for his dismissal. The appointment of the Jamaican-born Curling to the post was hailed as an important signal to black Canadians. ''I can't see any sense in this, I can't see the rationale and I can't see what Canada gains - I think it loses more than it gains,'' Curling, 66, said in an interview with the Toronto Star Wednesday from the Embassy in Santo Domingo.He could think of no reason for being axed other than partisan preference, explaining he must have fallen out of favour with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Curling said: ''I didn't come with a Liberal agenda; I came with a Canadian agenda.''
"(Ottawa) Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has appointed a lawyer who represented two anti-gay groups in the legal battle against same-sex marriage to the Ontario Superior Court bench for the Toronto region.David Brown's appointment is effective immediately. Under Canadian law the Prime Minister can appoint judges without parliamentary review. As a lawyer Brown has represented conservative Christian groups in a number of legal cases. He acted for Focus on the Family (Canada) and REAL Women of Canada in an attempted court intervention during the legal battle over same-sex marriage. He also has acted for other conservative groups fighting abortion rights. Harper appointed 10 other judges this week including Jacques Léger, a former Conservative Party president, who was appointed to the Quebec Superior Court."
The method of the appointment of judges still needs to be reviewed..
"Officials should be charged or fired Sep. 23, 2006. 01:00 AM No one off hook in Arar debacle Sept. 21. RCMP Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli should immediately resign and those RCMP and consular officials involved in any way with the Maher Arar case should be criminally charged and suspended or fired. RCMP and Canadian consular officials in Jordan and Syria did not just "mishandle" the Arar case but lied to American security officials by feeding them information they knew was false or unsubstantiated. Since Judge Dennis O'Connor has declared Arar completely innocent of all charges, both Zaccardelli and Prime Minister Stephen Harper owe Arar, his wife and children a formal apology and substantial financial compensation. Don Weitz, Toronto"
" But without the RCMP, the Kafkaesque tale would not have been written. It sent weak, unreliable information to U.S. authorities. Back when the memory of the al-Qaeda attacks of 9/11 was fresh, the RCMP confidently directed the attention of the United States to a man about whom it knew little, other than that he once took a walk in the rain with a man being investigated on suspicion of terror links. It was guilt by association at several removes -- guilt that was presumably confirmed because it was raining. If the sky had been clear, Mr. Arar's Syrian nightmare might have been avoided. Vigilance against terrorism is crucial; but a high level of professionalism is expected. We must also as a society be vigilant about fear and prejudice in this multicultural land. The social context cannot be shoved aside. Mr. Arar would not have been victimized by the state if he had not been a Muslim man living after Sept. 11, 2001. ost pressingly, the Arar story, as revealed by Judge O'Connor, tells us we have a deep problem in the RCMP. Sadly, that comes as no surprise. With its interference in the last election campaign, its showy investigation of Ontario cabinet minister Greg Sorbara, its resistance to transparency in the matter of the Ian Bush shooting in British Columbia, its refusal to publicly detail what went wrong in Mayerthorpe, Alta., where four officers were murdered, the RCMP has stumbled from ineptitude to ineptitude. When Mr. Arar was made to disappear from the world of civilized legal norms, Canada was not innocent -- thanks to the amateurishness of its trusted national police. Canada was complicit when its ambassador to Syria exploited Mr. Arar's imprisonment for supposed security-related information; it made things worse still when unnamed government officials provided leaks to the media aimed at destroying Mr. Arar's name. Canada's saving grace is that the government of the day called a public, independent inquiry, admirably carried out by Judge O'Connor. Having failed its citizens utterly, this country has tried, at least, to own up to its failings. The RCMP needs to own up, too. Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli should resign -- or be fired."
"Zaccardelli under fire RCMP Commissioner under pressure to resign OTTAWA - With pressure mounting for the resignation of Giuliano Zaccardelli, former deputy prime minister John Manley says the RCMP commissioner has more to answer for than the Arar affair. In a French interview with CPAC, Manley also cited recent RCMP investigations into alleged leaks regarding income trust taxation during the last federal election and a probe into an Ontario Liberal cabinet minister. Those two RCMP investigations have had an adverse effect on the Grits at both the federal level and in Ontario. In the case of the federal taxation announcement, Manley said it was not normal for the RCMP to announce that it had launched an investigation, especially in the middle of a close election race. Hours before the Nov. 23 announcement, by then-finance minister Ralph Goodale, a series of stock market trades suggested some on Bay Street may have profited from advance information about the new tax regime. "It was a first. (The RCMP) influenced the result of the elections. I believe there are questions to ask him certainly,'' said Manley. Several political commentators agreed after the election that a NDP MP's revelation the RCMP was investigating the matter had dealt a serious blow to the Martin government's chances of being re-elected. In the 2005 Ontario probe, Greg Sorbara resigned his post as finance minister after he was named in a search warrant obtained by the RCMP. He was reinstated as finance minister in May after a judge ordered his name stricken from the warrant. "Certainly, he (Zaccardelli) should explain himself and there are other questions for him to explain, as well. You have to say the RCMP had some problems with their investigation in Ontario and Mr. Sorbara. They caused the resignation of the finance minister. There was no evidence of wrongdoing,'' Manley said."so do show us the real accountability we were promised here too Mr. Stephen Harper new conservative liar..
"Liberal Press Releases - Liberals Demand Conservative MP Resign Over Racist Remarks September 22, 2006 The Liberal Opposition today demanded that Prime Minister Stephen Harper remove Conservative MP Daniel Petit from his Caucus over his recent prejudicial comments. “Diversity, tolerance, accommodation of differences, the will to live together in peace and respect are Canadian values that President Karzai wants to engender in Afghanistan,” said Liberal House Leader Ralph Goodale, following President Karzai’s Parliamentary address. “But these values been contradicted right here in Canada by a member of the Conservative caucus. “Mr. Petit has expressed beliefs that are clearly racist and intolerant, and demand the Prime Minister's strong personal intervention. When will Mr. Harper expel this MP from his Conservative government?” Days before Prime Minister Harper publicly berated columnist Jan Wong for drawing a link between Quebec’s treatment of immigrants and shooting incidents that have occurred in the province, the Conservative Charlesbourg MP implied that the reason that the three gunmen terrorized Montreal campuses was because they were not “pure laines” (old-stock francophones). “It is imperative that the Prime Minister immediately defend Quebec’s immigrant community,” said Liberal Critic Denis Coderre. “But how can he have an ounce of credibility doing so if he doesn’t immediately remove Mr. Petit from his caucus?” Although Mr. Petit has since apologized for his comments, the fact that the Prime Minister did not ask the Charlesbourg MP to resign, left Liberals wondering if similar prejudices lie beneath the surface. “It’s obvious that Prime Minister Harper does not have the courage to stand up for immigrants, particularly those who have chosen Quebec as their home,” said Liberal Critic Yasmin Ratansi, herself a first generation immigrant. “The Government should practice what it preaches and stand by a policy of zero tolerance against racism and those to perpetuate it.” “What kind of message does this send about what this minority Conservative government thinks about immigrant communities in this country?” added Liberal MP Mike Savage.. “When will the Prime Minister do the right thing and kick this racist MP out of his caucus?” Mr. Coderre pointed out that Mr. Petit’s role on the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights is a perfect example of the Conservative Party’s tolerance of prejudicial attitudes. “The Prime Minister chose to have Mr. Petit represent his government on the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights,” said Mr. Coderre. “Since Mr. Harper has refused to strip him of his title, perhaps Mr. Petit’s comments are indeed representative of the government’s view of immigrants in Quebec.”"Kick him out now rightfully too.. Real Actions speak louder than words for all to see and hear.
Evangelical alliance Christian Stephen Harper should note that one of Jesus own first acts was to drive out with a whip the money changers out of the temple... and Harper needs still to do the same thing effectively in his government "Corruption in the federal sponsorship program was one of the key issues that drove the former Liberal government from power earlier this year. it would be a terrible irony if the new federal Accountability Act, introduced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives to ensure that a scandal like Adscam never blighted the nation again, ended up making things worse. And yet that is the disturbing conclusion of independent watchdogs and non-partisan experts, including the office of the federal information commissioner and the open-government citizen advocacy group, Democracy Watch. Alan Leadbeater warned that not only would the Accountability Act -- He said the law as proposed would "reduce the amount of information available to the public, weaken the oversight role of the Information Commissioner, and increase government's ability to cover up wrongdoing and shield itself from embarrassment." Leadbeater's boss, Information Commissioner John Reid, whose term is up at the end of the month, has previously described the bill as "retrograde and dangerous." Democracy Watch also charges the legislation has serious flaws and major omissions. It warns it will not, as promised, curtail government secrecy or stop the secret lobbying of government. Nor will it restrict the PM's power to make patronage appointments, ensure truth in the government budgeting process or close existing loopholes in ethics rules. Critics also charge the bill will actually weaken one of the most important pieces of legislation when it comes to holding the federal government accountable for its actions. That is the federal Access to Information Act, the law parliamentary journalists used to uncover the first details of sponsorship abuses, among other scandals Under the new legislation, Leadbeater said, many of the documents the media were able to obtain would have been sealed for years, possibly forever As Sun national affairs columnist Greg Weston wrote last week following Leadbeater's testimony, the proposed Accountability Act in its present form "wouldn't stop another Adscam from happening -- Canadians just wouldn't know about it." That is unacceptable. Harper insists passage of the Accountability Act will deliver on the Conservative promise to make government accountable in the wake of Adscam, but it's clear that in its present form it will not. ""what the government giveth with one hand, it taketh away with the other.'' " Ottawa losing taste for transparency Harper Conservatives backtracking on promise to increase government accountability DON BUTLER (Sep 23, 2006) . In the wake of the sponsorship scandal, transparency in government was a hot-button issue. The Gomery commission report had resoundingly endorsed the provisions of the Open Government Act, Information Commissioner John Reid's proposed modernization of the embattled 1983 Access to Information Act. Most important, Stephen Harper's incoming Conservative government had solemnly pledged to include Reid's reforms in its Accountability Act, the centrepiece of its legislative agenda.
But something went horribly wrong on the road to transparency nirvana. As Reid lamented in a frank speech in Edmonton in June, "somehow, while we were feeling pretty good about the future of accountability through transparency, it all seems to have fallen apart. "Or maybe it was simply hijacked by bureaucrats who saw their culture of secrecy seriously threatened for the first time in decades.'' The first warning sign came in April, when the government introduced the Accountability Act. Most of Reid's proposals were missing, shunted off to a House of Commons committee for further study. The changes the government did suggest to the access law were so alarming that Reid issued a scathing special report to Parliament denouncing them. No previous government, the distressed commissioner complained, "has put forward a more retrograde and dangerous set of proposals.'' At the same time, the government issued a discussion paper that raised objections to virtually every change Reid had proposed. In an Orwellian twist, the government titled the paper Strengthening the Access to Information Act. In fact, says Ann Rees, a journalism instructor at Kwantlen University College in British Columbia, "if the proposals the Conservatives have made go ahead, it will be much, much worse in Canada than it has been.''
In recent years, governments have delegated a wide range of public functions to private agencies not covered by the Access to Information Act. These include the Canadian Blood Service, airport authorities, operators of toll highways, companies contracted to run prisons and NAV Canada, which handles air traffic control at airports. The problem will only accelerate as private companies play a larger role in health care delivery.. A further impediment to transparency is information sharing between countries by police and security agencies, a practice that has accelerated since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. A related problem is that Canada's antiterrorism law permits the attorney general to prevent the release of any information deemed to pose a threat to national security. "Security trumps everything, including public health and safety,'' says Rees. In Britain, the Blair government is backtracking on commitments it made in its freedom of information law that just went into force last year. Access to information is about access to power. "Politicians and bureaucrats are not going to give up power easily,'' he says. "Given the opportunity, they will try to reclaim it.''In his special report to Parliament in April, Reid declared: "There is no more eloquent testimony to the power of the forces of secrecy in government than the radical change they have wrought, in a few short weeks, to the prime minister's election promises for access reform.'' Though the Accountability Act brought 19 new Crown corporations, officers of Parliament and foundations under the access act, it effectively negated that by adding 10 new exemptions -- there were previously only 13 -- and two outright exclusions. As Reid has described it, "what the government giveth with one hand, it taketh away with the other.'' Most of the new exemptions are mandatory and without time limit. Records arising from reports of government wrongdoing, for example, may be kept secret forever. The changes, Reid warns, "will reduce the amount of information available to the public, weaken the oversight role of the information commissioner, and increase government's ability to cover up wrongdoing, shield itself from embarrassment and control the flow of information to Canadians.''
Equally alarming was the government's decision to refer the bulk of the reforms proposed by Reid to the Commons committee on access to information, privacy and ethics for further study. Among them are Reid's proposals to include a public interest override and an injury test in the access law. The injury test, which Reid says has caused "enormous panic'' within the bureaucracy, would force departments to justify exemptions on the basis of the harm that disclosure would cause. The public interest override would give the information commissioner the power to overturn decisions to deny access when release is clearly in the public interest.
Together, he says, the two provisions would send a powerful signal that the access act is intended to promote openness, not sanction secrecy. But the government's discussion paper says "concerns have been raised'' about these proposals. Among other things, it argues that they could affect other governments' willingness to share information with Canada, undermine law enforcement efforts and impede the full and frank flow of ideas among public officials.
Also contentious is Reid's proposal to impose a "duty to document'' on public servants. In his Edmonton speech, the information commissioner said an oral culture has developed within the federal government "designed to avoid the rigours of independent audit, access to information, judicial inquiry and Parliamentary scrutiny. This 'cancer' is destroying the health of the access law and the public's ability to hold governments to account.'' Dealing with this is his top priority, Reid says, because "you can't have a good access to information regime without having access to documents.''
While the government agrees in principle, it questions whether a statutory duty to document is required. .. the Harper government's apparent about-face has cast in doubt what once appeared to be a sure win for access advocates.
Meanwhile, governments continue to hone and refine their systems for flagging "sensitive'' access requests from groups such as the media and opposition parties. The system, in place for many years now, route such requests to ministers' offices -- and often the prime minister's office -- where communications staff can prepare "media lines'' to counteract any fallout from the release of documents. This results in "huge delays'' in the release of information requested under access laws, says Rees, a former Victoria Times Colonist reporter who documented the practice while on an Atkinson Fellowship in 2003. It also puts pressure on departmental access to information officers to withhold documents whose release is discretionary. "If you know that the office of the prime minister is looking over your shoulder,'' says Rees, "it might make you err on the side of caution.'' Access requests continue to grow by about two per cent a year, exceeding 25,000 last year. The number of complaints about delays in processing requests has fallen sharply since the late 1990s, though they have started to edge up again. "We rely too much on the information commissioner to act as the watchdog on this,'' Don Butler is a reporter with the Ottawa Citizen. This article is part of a package of stories from the Canadian Newspaper Association on Canada's freedom-of-information laws."
The new conservatives have begged to be given a chance to govern so we can next all see how they lie too.."Jason Kenney Must Resign After Admitting he Mislead House: Owen September 25, 2006 Liberal Party of Canada (press release), Canada " OTTAWA – Jason Kenney has publicly admitted he misled the House of Commons regarding Access to Information requests and must resign his position as Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Liberal Critic for Democratic Reform Stephen Owen says.Furthermore, Mr. Owen added, Mr. Kenney’s apology doesn’t resolve the issue of the Prime Minister’s staff breaking the law by receiving the name of a journalist who filed a confidential ATI request.“Mr. Kenney has admitted his guilt in misinterpreting statements made by public servants. This is grounds for his dismissal,” said Mr. Owen.“However, it seems unlikely that the Prime Minister will step in, given that he has taken absolutely no disciplinary action against members of his staff – including his Director of Communications – who received illegal information and failed to report it for six months. It is therefore incumbent on Mr. Kenney to do the right thing and step down.”Conservative MP Jason Kenney publicly apologized today for repeatedly misleading the House of Commons during Question Period last week. Mr. Kenney claimed that, according to a memo, circulating the names of ATI requesters was a common practice under the former Liberal government. He admitted today that, in fact, the memo said no such thing. The memo spoke of the common practice of circulating minutes from communications meetings on pandemic preparedness strategies, without naming the person who filed the request.Mr. Kenney made these misleading statements after it was revealed last week that Prime Minister Harper’s staff received the confidential name of a reporter who filed an access to information request. This is a direct violation of the Privacy Act, and has resulted in an investigation by the Privacy Commissioner.“Prime Minister Harper won’t even confront this issue in Question Period. Despite repeated demands for answers that will explain his conduct in this affair, Mr. Harper dodges the matter by turning it over to his Treasury Board President,” said Mr. Owen.“Prime Minister Harper must answer to Canadians and finally explain why he thinks his government, including political officials in his own office, is above the law,” he said."Jason Kenney Hypocritically is the manager, architect of Accountability.. and we see the lying direction he takes
" OTTAWA, Sept. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Prime Minister Stephen Harper must honour election promises to roll back government secrecy or his program to improve accountability will be meaningless, Anne Kothawala, president and CEO of the Canadian Newspaper Association (CNA), said today. In a speech to an Access to Information conference on the first day of Right to Know Week, Ms. Kothawala challenged Mr. Harper to lead by example and make transparency part of the legacy of his term in office. The Conservatives were elected last January on a platform including pledges to increase transparency to discourage government waste and wrongdoing by implementing long-awaited reforms of the 23-year-old Access to Information Act. Since the election, the government has backed away from all but one of the measures promised. The Federal Accountability Act, the government's flagship legislation, is currently before the Senate. However, Ms. Kothawala reminded the prime minister there can be no accountability without transparency. "This is an issue that goes right to the heart of accountability," she said. "The Conservative government came to power with a plan to reverse the erosion of public trust in the political system. If the promise of transparency cannot be kept, what does that say about the accountability proposition?" Ms. Kothawala said she didn't believe election promises were made in bad faith. However it is clear something has changed the government's mind about transparency. The CNA president said it is not too late for the prime minister to prove her wrong by clarifying and reconfirming his commitment to strengthen the Access to Information Act. Mr. Harper, she said, could also instruct the Clerk of the Privy Council to take all necessary steps to ensure compliance and respect within the public service of existing access to information law, drop legal battles with the Information Commissioner that were started by former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, halt the persecution of reporter Juliet O'Neill and rewrite the Security of Information Act so it no longer criminalizes journalists who acquire documents the government says is secret." Federal Accountability Doomed if Transparency Pledges not Honoured: Newspaper GroupPress Releases Liberal Party of Canada, Canada OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper's flagrant use of Government of Canada websites to promote his Conservative party should be immediately investigated ...
Conservatives Violating Canada’s Constitutional System By Advertising Party Slogan on Government of Canada WebsiteSeptember 25, 2006OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper's flagrant use of Government of Canada websites to promote his Conservative party should be immediately investigated to see whether Treasury Board guidelines are being broken, Liberal MP Mark Holland says.“The Conservative Party of Canada website has as its slogan ‘Getting things done for all of us.’ The Prime Minister’s Government of Canada website also has as its slogan ‘Getting things done for all of us.’ In fact, this slogan is found on the main Government of Canada internet portal. It is inappropriate for the Conservative Party to be using government property to push their very partisan message,” said Mr. Holland.Mr. Holland called on Treasury Board to investigate whether this practice is violating the rules, and if so, to immediately put a stop to it.“We see this as a serious violation of Canada’s constitutional system. The Government of Canada serves the people, and no political party can lay claim to it, as the Conservatives are attempting to do with this slogan,” said Mr. Holland.This latest misstep comes on the heels of this government’s attempt to politicize the public service by trying to force employees within the bureaucracy to use their other party slogan, “Canada’s New Government,” on departmental websites for public news releases and other material not linked to ministers.Federal emeritus scientist Andrew Okulitch was even fired for his refusal to do so, and was only reinstated after the issue came to the attention of the media.“Such a directive completely undermines the non-partisan nature of the public service, which also violates our constitutional system,” said Mr. Holland. “It flies in the face of the principles of accountability and transparency that underpin how Canadians are governed – something that this Prime Minister campaigned vigorously on during the last election.“The Government of Canada belongs to the people, not the governing party. Prime Minister Harper must immediately remove his party slogans from Government of Canada websites or sit in possible violation of our Constitution.”and that includes any MP, Public or civil servant who uses any , note any of tax payer's money to promote their political parties as well.. including any of the local constituent's resources too. For all of the politicians, civil and public servants are solely here to serve all of the citizens of Canada equally and fairly... and no one else..
RCMP Zaccardelli’s apology is a perversity itself. Let the RCMP heads fully roll. "Zaccardelli’s apology for Arar mistake overshadows gaping holes ... National Post, Canada -
Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli’s contrite apology Thursday for the RCMP’s central role in the nightmare odyssey of Maher Arar did nothing to clear up some key questions. "Nor was it a real acceptable appplogy . Ileft more unacceptable abuses to be dealt with too.. such as "When did the RCMP commissioner realize Arar was innocent? Did the head of the RCMP tell the federal government minister that an innocent Canadian was languishing in a grave-like cell in a country known for torture? If Zaccardelli never corrected the public record during Arar’s year-long incarceration, why didn’t he speak out after Arar’s release? Instead, Arar’s name was further smeared by inaccurate leaks to the media. Why didn’t Zaccardelli clear the air as soon as he had found out about the RCMP wrong doing? by his too long silence the RCMP Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli has misled all of Canada not just the Canadian authorities relative to this matter. There's no doubt about it that as indicated by the contents of the RCMP commissioner statements now as well by the Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli’s unacceptable apology, and much too late, that the RCMP and it's managements, mangers are, were, a lying, indifferent self serving, perverse organization who clearly do not, did not serve firstly the good welfare of a citizen, citizens of Canada . The RCMP unacceptable acts, poor attitude towards Arar's reflect the RCMP unrepentant, general unacceptable poor attitudes for years as well towards all of Canada's citizens. And many RCMP heads should now still roll for this. We all do have a continual full right to demand, accept this now as citizens as well. The bad RCMP judgment calls by the most senior RCMP people, including Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli’s himself, the RCMP past bad management of the subordinates as well, are is good enough reasons for many RCMP firings, resignations, even the termination of their RCMP pension benefits as well. It is further BS that the clearly bad, incompetent, perverse RCMP itself would here have next show any mercy, compassions even in contrast to the citizens for they the RCMP have clearly shown they are not capable of it any more too. Let the RCMP heads fully roll. And any one who tries to defends the Bad RCMP their heads should roll now as well.. The exemplary Firing of all the bad RCMP also serves here everyone best interest. Now where here is the accountability the liars Stephen Harper, Jason Kenney had promised us all too?For too long time the Conservatives had said to us all elect us into office and "We will show you what we can do", and now there is no doubt about it they have been elected into the government, ruling office, and they the too often bad, lying, hypocritical Conservatives are showing us all what they can do and it is all mostly not acceptable.. instead of now they the too often bad, lying, hypocritical Conservatives taking the job seriously, taking the opportunity of doing good for all the citizens of Canada, they the too often bad, lying, hypocritical Conservatives show us instead how they are just as bad as the other politicians before them, and that is really unacceptable for these big liars too... and they the too often bad, lying, hypocritical Conservatives try now instead to point out what the Liberals supposedly have done.In the House of Commons yesterday, meanwhile, Human Resources Minister Diane Finley said "Hypocrisy has a new spelling. It is L-i-b-e-r-a-l," The same very bad Minister who has yet to acknowledge one letter of mine as an ordinary citizen to her too because they are the too often bad, lying, hypocritical Conservatives. For how she treats me is surely how she treats most of the ordinary citizens of Canada too.And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. (Mat 7:3 KJV)
QUEBEC CITY, OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper is backing away from a Conservative pledge to fix the fiscal imbalance between Ottawa and the provinces in the 2007 budget, suggesting for the first time that a solution might be delayed beyond next spring.The promise to solve the so-called fiscal imbalance between surplus-rich Ottawa and the provinces formed a major plank in the Tories' election campaign. It also played a significant role in winning the party 10 seats in Quebec, where the pledge resonated most strongly.One step forward two step backwards loser PM is clearly playing politics and not rather providing a good government. Not what I had expected rightfully from a professing evangelical Christian. The lying Prime Minister Stephen Harper has also backed away from a Conservative pledge to fix Medicare waiting times. After years of crying for more democracy this loser, dictatorial, Stephen Harper, not just the loser already, but the phoney manager, he has already lost big public support with his false cuts to the programs to the poor people, his attempts to steal what belongs to the natives, his war mongering in Afghanistan, etc is avoiding an now election it seems..To avoid a loss some believe that if Harper stays in power long enough, he will stack the courts with anti-gay and anti-abortion activists. If so, then legislation might not be necessary; the conservative groups could use court challenges to put forward their agenda. The Liberals had stacked the courts so why not? PM Stephen Harper is pandering to the Christian right-wingers opposing same-sex marriage and is pandering to the conservative law-and-order types. For clearly the Conservative PM Stephen Harper is also avoiding conflicts, issues that can lower his political rating, conflicts with losing the support of cities and provinces, for we all know Harper's goal is reflection to a majority government, otherwise he will be likely fired.. "Prime Minister Stephen Harper has not ruled out the possibility of transferring one percentage point of the GST to the provinces to settle the fiscal imbalance.One of the Conservatives' election promises was to cut the 7% GST initially by one percentage point and then by another percentage point later in their mandate. That one point would mean roughly $1.3 billion per year for Quebec, for example. The fiscal imbalance between the federal and provincial governments has been a longstanding bone of contention. "It is necessary for us to reach a long-term arrangement with the provinces. I want to lower the GST to 5% at the federal level. But perhaps we can tie that objective to that of the tax imbalance. I do not have a firm position," Harper told Le Devoir." "The change in strategy could have much to do with Quebec Premier Jean Charest's political agenda, as well as federal Tory election prospects should the minority government in Ottawa fall. The Tories cannot risk being accused of imposing a new equalization formula on Quebec in the next budget. Nevertheless, Mr. Charest, who may wait until next spring to call a provincial election, needs a signal from Ottawa that an acceptable solution is within reach in order to fight a campaign that will largely focus on the benefits of federalism. " " Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads a precarious minority government. Politics and Legislation are only one of the many levers of power that a government controls. Many funding, appointment and policy decisions can be made without risking a vote that could force another losing election"But the Bloc Québécois said Mr. Harper is showing signs of backing off his promise to settle the fiscal imbalance. The Bloc has said it will defeat the Tories next spring if they fail to promise $3.9-billion in annual transfers for Quebec. Meanwhile the Conservatives have also kept Vancouver's safe-injection site on temporary life support as well as some of the liberal women programs until the Conservatives are re-elected.. and then they will be shut down. . ."The Conservative government has failed to reply to women's groups that receive federal funding, letting funding usually supplied annually dry up. One group referred to the government response as hitting a "wall of silence." The National Association for Women and the Law has shut down already, and groups like Status of Women Canada and the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action are also being ignored." Not that tall of these groups should have received funding but the manner in which this issue is being handled underhandedly is unacceptable..NDP's Layton Says Support for Harper Depends on Oil Tax Breaks Sept. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Jack Layton, leader of Canada's New Democratic Party, is calling for a halt to new oil-sands projects and says his support for Prime Minister Stephen Harper's minority government is contingent on higher taxes for the industry. The energy sector's growth in Canada is causing environmental problems and risks overheating Alberta's economy, Layton said. He cited a report by the Drayton Valley, Alberta- based Pembina Institute, a non-profit group that researches environmental policy, showing Canada's oil and gas industry gets C$1.4 billion ($1.25 billion) in tax breaks each year. The tax breaks companies receive ``swell their already swollen bottom line,'' Layton, whose 29 seats in Parliament may mean the balance of power on key government votes, said in an interview yesterday. ``There should be a moratorium on the development of new projects in the oil sands and the subsidy should be stopped.'' Layton said he won't support the Conservative Party government's budget, due as early as February, if it doesn't scrap the tax breaks. Without the NDP, Harper would need the Liberal Party or separatist Bloc Quebecois to support the budget, because the government has less than half of Parliament's seats. A budget defeat would bring down the government. ``We're prepared to challenge the government's legitimacy in the spring on that basis,'' Layton, 56, said. Layton's call to reign in the energy industry comes amid concern that a boom in Alberta is damaging the environment and stretching the western province's economy. Former Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed said in an interview published this month in Policy Options, a public-policy journal, that new oil projects should be slowed. Alberta, a province of 3 million people, is suffering from a shortage of homes, equipments and workers because oil companies are rushing to tap into what's believed to be the largest pool of reserves outside the Middle East. As much as C$125 billion may be spent on oil-sands projects in Alberta by 2015, the country's National Energy Board said in a June report. The province is growing too fast, Layton said. ``We're going to fly in workers to overstrain an infrastructure and rip the millions-year-old soil off the top of huge areas of Alberta,'' he said, ``for foreign workers plus these massive oil companies.''
I agree with Jack Layton here... The Alberta Conservative government is rotten to the core.. it does not do real work except falsely tries to put it's people in jail.
(Prov 14:12 KJV) There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
The immoral Conservative government should be firstly cutting subsidies to the oil and gas sector, oil sands projects.. and not chopping programs that affect aboriginals, women, youth, and the poor people
Robbing the poor to pay for the lusts of the rich is always immoral..PS If a politician, premier cheats, lies, steals, or is a drunk, alcoholic, drig addict... he or she is still also always immoral, unacceptable to lead even if he, she is a Liberal, Conservative or whatever.