And what Our Canadian PM Stephen Harper still cannot understand that if he does not give a positive alternative to Canada's news media to do their jobs they will give more good publicity to his opponents, with more bad publicity for him causing his own election defeat next too? Our Canadian PM Stephen Harper is already undeniably giving the Liberals much too much publicity and ammunition with his dictatorial management approach. He should stop being an ostrich and also not forget that the Liberals are there to kick our Canadian PM Stephen Harper out of office now as well
We need really to also get the real governmental accountability we all were promised. Canada's PM Harper quest for “total message control ” where even his cabinet ministers have been muzzled to the party line followed up by an attempt to muzzle, control the press as well are all still an unacceptable, undemocratic and immoral dictatorship management style.Harper’s demonic strategy is nothing new, one could easily surmise that the press freeze is the greatest injustice perpetrated by a Canadian leader since the War Measures Act of 1970. The press corps’ anger is entirely justified; the prime minister’s attempts to dictate the daily message serve his interests to the detriment of the public good. We all need also to want to look at what can be done to give Canadians real access, output to and from the decision-makers, elected officials, members of parliament, cabinet ministers in reality. We need now, ASAP really to also get the real governmental accountability we all were promised by Harper and the Conservatives and not this farcical, pretentious one.
Interim Liberal Leader Bill Graham accused the Conservatives of anti-democratic information control.Graham compared the Harper government to foreign regimes that limit the free flow of information to gain control over their constituents. "We've all seen other governments that have not wanted to have press conferences," Graham said, wading into the ongoing dispute over access to cabinet ministers. "All I can say is that in Canada that is not our tradition." Rather than be kept out of sight, cabinet ministers should be encouraged to talk to the public so that Canadians understand government policies, Graham said.Isn't it also real nice to know that Harper and his boys are just the same lying, no good politicians.. and some things do not change? for example:
"Ex-Tory staffers lobby despite Harper's vow Globe and Mail OTTAWA — Two Conservative staffers have already left jobs working for cabinet ministers to lobby the federal government, despite Prime Minister Stephen Harper's pledge to bar former ministerial staffers from lobbying for five years. The two, Kevin Macintosh and David Salvatore, left their government jobs this month and started signing up private clients, but the Tories say they broke no rules because they worked as parliamentary aides, rather than ministerial aides, for cabinet members Rob Nicholson and Monte Solberg. A number of staffers who served the Tories in opposition have become lobbyists. Several of them were on Mr. Harper's staff. Mr. Harper came to power promising to enact strict ethics rules, including a five-year cooling-off period before ministers, ministerial staffers and senior officials can start lobbying the government. Last November, he pledged that a new Accountability Act will be his government's first legislation. "If there are Hill staffers who dream of making it rich trying to lobby a future Conservative government, if that's true of any of you, you had better make different plans, or leave," Mr. Harper said then. Those restrictions apply only to minister's aides, however, and not to aides to backbench MPs, so those who worked for the Tories in opposition are not hampered by them. And according to government spokesmen, the restrictions do not apply to the staff working in a minister's parliamentary office rather than at the department the minister leads. "He was not on the ministerial staff. He was on the staff of an MP who happened to become a minister," Geneviève Breton, a spokesman for Mr. Nicholson, said of Mr. Macintosh. "Working in the member of Parliament's office, he would not be privy to government information." Duff Conacher, co-ordinator for the ethics watchdog Democracy Watch, said the cooling-off period should apply to a minister's parliamentary staff -- and one should be added for aides to all MPs. "It's a gaping loophole. There are no rules for MPs' staff, and there should be, because of this phenomena of governments changing," he said. Mr. Macintosh, a former executive assistant to Mr. Nicholson, who said he worked only on parliamentary matters before he left this month to join Fleishman-Hillard Canada Inc., has registered to lobby MPs and departments, including the Privy Council Office, the central department that supports the House Leader, the Intergovernmental Affairs Minister, and the Prime Minister. His clients include oil and mining firms, a firm that bids for billion-dollar government relocation contracts, and the Canadian Payday Lenders Association, which wants Ottawa to change the Criminal Code prohibition on charging high interest rates. Five of Mr. Macintosh's eight registered clients were previously represented by Sandra Buckler, who left Fleishman-Hillard in February to become Mr. Harper's communications director -- something Mr. Conacher called an example of the "revolving door" between lobbying firms and political staffs. Mr. Salvatore, who left Mr. Solberg's staff this month to work for Prospectus Associates, has registered two clients, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Porsche Cars North America Inc. He has registered to lobby many departments, including on labour matters such as employment and training, but not the Immigration Department where Mr. Solberg is now minister. "I've followed the rules, and that's important," he said. "I'm not lobbying my former boss, either." But other former Conservative opposition staffers have registered to lobby departments headed by their former bosses. Tara Baran, legislative assistant to MP Vic Toews for five years, left his office when he became justice minister, and is now a Strategy Corp. consultant registered to lobby several departments, including Justice Canada. She is one of several Conservative opposition aides who became lobbyists after the Tories took power. Kristin Anderson, a public-affairs officer in Mr. Harper's office until last summer, started registering lobbying clients on Feb. 15 and now has 19, including oil firms such as Petro Canada, on her roster at Global Public Affairs. Aides with older party ties, such as former Preston Manning aide Lisa Samson, have also started lobbying. Ms. Baran also worked in the Tory election campaign headquarters, as did her husband, Yaroslav Baran, who left the Mr. Harper's office last year to join Tactix Government Consulting, and Ken Boessenkool, who left Mr. Harper's office in 2004 to work for Hill & Knowlton. More than two dozen lobbyists who were once Tory staffers but worked as lobbyists before the Conservatives took power have signed up new clients since, including Mr. Baran, Mr. Boessenkool, and several of the Tory's election-campaign TV "spinners:" Mr. Harper's former communications director, Geoff Norquay; Tim Powers, a long-time Conservative whose new clients include Bell Globemedia, owner of CTV and The Globe and Mail; Bill Pristanski, a Brian Mulroney PMO staffer; and Goldy Hyder, a former chief of staff to Joe Clark."