I’ll get straight to the point here – I believe that Stephen Harper is a threat to democracy in Canada. The choice in the upcoming election is simple: do we want one-man rule, or don’t we?
Instead of trying to persuade you to believe as I do, I have provided a list of links to articles describing the events that have led me to believe what I believe. I have tried to use the most neutral news source possible in all cases (most of these links are to Globe and Mail articles – the Globe endorsed Harper in both 2006 and 2008).
Please take the time to make an informed choice, and please vote. Your country needs you.
The Conservative government is the first government in Canadian history to be found in contempt of Parliament (for refusing to reveal the cost of its planned crime bills):
Are cabinet ministers misusing federal government resources for partisan purposes?
Internal government directives insist that the Government of Canada be referred to as the “Harper Government”:
In Parliament, Conservative cabinet ministers often are not allowed to answer questions:
The government is spending millions of dollars on Economic Action Plan ads, which are thinly disguised partisan advertising. More taxpayers’ money has been spent on ads in three months than major advertisers normally spend in a year:
The Conservatives recently attacked Michael Ignatieff’s father:
In the current election campaign, Stephen Harper is limiting the press to five questions per campaign stop, and is not explaining why:
The Conservatives are proposing harsher punishments and more prisons, even though the crime rate is falling and “tough on crime” measures have proven ineffective:
Dona Cadman, Conservative MP, alleged that two Conservatives offered her late husband a million dollar life insurance policy to vote to bring down Paul Martin’s Liberal government:
In response to the Cadman incident, Harper sued Stephane Dion and the Liberals for defamation of character – the only time a prime minister has ever sued a political opponent:
In recent campaign speeches, Harper has repeatedly raised the spectre of a “Bloc/NDP/Liberal coalition”, and has implied that a coalition not containing the first-place Conservatives would be illegitimate. However, he was himself in favour of a coalition in 1997:
The Conservatives claim that the new fighter jets that they plan to purchase will cost $15 billion. The Parliamentary budget watchdog says that the cost is actually $29.3 billion:
The Harper Conservatives want to make the long-form census voluntary. Here’s why the mandatory long-form census is important:
Here are details from Wikipedia on the “in and out” election scandal, which may have made the difference in the 2006 election:
The government lobby in the House of Commons contains numerous photographs of Harper:
Elizabeth May accused Harper of cheating during the 2008 election debate:
The view from Australia (written by a Canadian): “Canada watches its democracy erode”:
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