The federal Conservatives had said before they were elected, elect us and we will show you what we ill do instead.. well they have now next showed us, too many of them including S Harper they are they are following in the bad steps of the bad Liberals so far. UnacceptableWhat worries many of us, and what should concern all voters, is Harper's early tendency to ignore or flip-flop on some of his key campaign promises and statements that he made while he was Opposition leader. " First, he appointed Michael Fortier, his campaign co-chairman, to the Senate and named him as public works minister. Harper made the appointment despite campaigning in favour of an elected Senate. Second, he introduced his ethics and accountability package, one of the five priorities he says he intends to act on during this session of Parliament. But he shuffled the access to information part of the package, which could have had the potential to allow Canadians easier access to government documents, off to a Commons committee for study. In Ottawa, that is often seen as the proverbial kiss of death for controversial legislation that is debated ad nauseam, but never passed by Parliament. During the campaign, Harper repeatedly promised much more government openness and transparency if elected. Third, he named Gordon O'Connor, a former defence industry lobbyist, as minister of defence. During the election, Harper vowed to curb the influence of Ottawa lobbyists. Fourth, he appointed Conservative MPs as chairs of Commons committees. Among them was Saskatoon MP Maurice Vellacott, who will chair the aboriginal affairs committee. In 2004, Vellacott was heavily criticized for defending two Saskatoon policemen convicted of dumping a drunk aboriginal man on the outskirts of the city in minus-25 degree weather. While in Opposition, Harper was so critical of the Liberals for appointing committee chairs that they allowed committees to elect their own chairs. Fifth, in May 2004 while Opposition leader, Harper promised to eliminate the GST on any part of gas prices above 85 cents a litre. Last week, he dismissed the pledge because it "was made two elections ago." Sixth, Harper railed against Liberal leader Paul Martin during the campaign for failing to give his cabinet ministers and MPs a chance to influence policy and for allowing only his closest personal advisers real access to power. Now, Harper is under attack for centralizing more power in the Prime Minister's Office than ever before and for gagging cabinet ministers, who must clear almost every pronouncement in advance with his advisers. To many voters, all these issues may seem trivial and of interest only within the tight confines of Parliament Hill. But taken together, they are important because they provide a critical early glimpse into Harper's personal character and his governing style. Harper won the election partly because he promised voters he would bring real change in how Ottawa operates. To date, that doesn't seem to be happening."Liberal MP Stephen Owen said the Roscoe case highlights his complaints that it's Tory insiders, not former Liberal political staffers, who have the greatest sway with the new government and are, therefore, most desired in Ottawa's tight-knit lobbying community. "People who were former influential people in the Liberal government probably aren't influential people in the Conservative government at the moment. It seems pretty obvious," Owen said. "If you're really concerned about the principle of avoiding even the appearance of potential improper influence, then you should be even more worried about Conservatives who have left senior positions in that party."
The federal Conservatives under the professing Christian Evangelical S Harper are starting to look like bigger liars more and more, every day. It seems we cannot trust the politicians to keep their promises, especially even the Conservatives ones and this is really unacceptable.
Like I have said before I am also really getting really sick and tired of these no good, lying pretentious politicians who when they were in the opposition party they complained about having a more effective and honest government and begged for us to elect them instead, but no sooner than they are elected they really show themselves to be not much better, the same liars, abusers of tax payers money. This is never acceptable and they too should be immediately now kicked out too. For the good of all the citizens now too.
Also "Albertans should be able to find out if former politicians or party insiders get paid to influence the government on behalf of Big Tobacco, oil giants or any other company or interest group. Fortunately, while Premier Ralph Klein remains squeamish about granting this right, many fellow MLAs -- including many from his own Conservative ranks -- understand its importance. A report by a committee of eight Tories, two Liberals and one New Democrat MLA has called on the Alberta government to finally create a lobbyist registry. How useful would a registry be? Well, ask yourself if the federal version does a valuable service by letting you know, for example, that Lyle Vanclief, a former Liberal agriculture minister, was registered in 2004 to communicate and arrange meetings with seven different government departments for a Virginia-based chemical firm. And that former Edmonton MP Deb Grey has signed up as the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association's representative to make presentations and phone calls to MPs and the Prime Minister's Office. These are certainly not nefarious dealings on their own. But such information would offer perspective if, say, the Harper government made a decision which favours generic drug makers. Without the registry, Canadians might not have known that Grey, an influential Conservative, was hired to help the new government see things her client's way. A registry helps government lobbyists remain accountable and transparent to taxpayers. Ralph Klein's longstanding and meek excuse has been that it is difficult to determine who is and is not a lobbyist. Well, let's figure that out, Tory and opposition MLAs say in unison. While they define lobbying, they ought to close a common registry loophole letting people offer "advice" to clients without directly lobbying government, remaining off the registry as consultants. Former Klein chiefs of staff Rod Love and Peter Elzinga have both claimed to do this, rather than lobby -- but they are still selling insider experience, and should be tracked. The MLA committee also wants a much-needed ban on top government officials jumping into related private-sector gigs as soon as they leave their public posts. Lobbyists' have enjoyed backroom secrecy too long in Alberta. Klein doesn't get it, but other Tories do. Hopefully, Klein's replacement will, too.
It is also clearly undeniable that the Canadian gun registry made social, legal, judicial sense, just as driving licenses now do as well, and the gun registry should include all guns, riffles, shotguns as well.. but the root problem was not the gun registry laws but the actual operating which clearly it seems included the ineffective manner of the people who ran it, the cops included. Gun registry like driving licenses for security reasons should also not be privatized? "
Prime Minister Stephen Harper will have a tough time persuading Canadians it's time to scrap the country's expensive gun registry program completely, a new opinion poll suggests. The Ipsos Reid survey, indicates two out of three Canadians say the government should revamp the gun registry system. "There's nothing ambiguous about this," said John Wright, senior vice-president at Ipsos Reid. "The concept of a gun registry has taken root across the country. There's a majority - 67 per cent, that's not a small majority - who believe that Stephen Harper shouldn't be doing away with all gun registries." Although opposition to the registry is strongest in the western provinces, a majority of people in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are in favour of more gun control, the poll suggests. In Alberta, 51 per cent of the people surveyed indicated the government should keep a registry system in place. The support is strongest in Quebec and Ontario, where 76 per cent and 71 per cent of respondents, respectively, said they were in favour of maintaining a gun control system.