Canada is one of the richest countries in the world but under the Harper government Canadians will now have to work 2 years longer to get old age security. Even though spending has increased 22% with Harper government important social programs are on the steady decline. That means health care cuts, senior cuts, education cuts all the while the government is wasting $83 million dollars to promote their Economic Action Plan, $28 million to commemorate the War of 1812, $10 million to rent pandas, over $1 million to fly Harper’s car to India and these are only a few of the wasteful spending incidents of the Harper regime. http://www.dominionpaper.ca/articles/3763
The crime rate has continually decreased in Canada in the last 10 years, yet Harper’s government has built 22 new provincial prisons, and 15 new special handling units (SHU). The Conservatives have taken austerity measures on most social programs while Correctional Services budget has increased 54%.
Stephen Harper claims there is transparency in government and yet will not allow debate on any of the bills and acts mentioned below that will change Canada’s freedom forever.
January 31, 2011 Harper passed Bill C-3, which allows individuals, who were previously unable to obtain Indian status due to reasons within the act or were omitted from obtaining status because of marriage, can now be added to the band. They do not have to have had any connection with the band or the land. http://openparliament.ca/bills/40-3/C-3/ http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=4340270&Language=E
December 5, 2011 Harper passed Bill C-10 which is a massive piece of legislation of roughly 100 pages that rolls nine laws from organized and drug crime, to pardons, to child sex offenders, to migrants entering Canada and young offenders into a single omnibus law. Bill C-10 created mandatory minimum sentencing for minor offences such as giving a friend some marijuana. It amends sections on terrorism and the support or the inciting of terrorism, making simple acts an act of terrorism. http://openparliament.ca/bills/41-1/C-10/ http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=5465759
June 18, 2012 Bill C-38 replaced the current Canadian Environmental Assessment Act with new legislation which decreases the opportunity for First Nations’ involvement in Environmental Assessments as well as ending environmental assessments for minor projects, referred to as “screening”. Bill C-38 guts environmental legislation and ‘streamlines’ the environmental review process to pave the way for rapid approval of industrial mega-projects like the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline. Bill C-38, violates the federal government’s obligation to consult with First Nations and accommodate First Nation Treaty and Aboriginal rights. canada.com/courierislander/story.html?id=5cc6ec8a-7d3f-4220-9208-5ac2429c452a (broken link – I haven’t been able to track down this particular source -Lojo)
December 14, 2012 Bill C-45, a massive 450 page document passed into law, taking from our social programs, environmental protection, and research infrastructure and amends over 74 pieces of legislation in a single bill.
The Navigable Waters Protection Act was hidden in C-45 has reduced the protection of 2.5 million protected lakes and rivers in Canada to 159 lakes and rivers protected. These amendments would change the statute’s name to the Navigation Protection Act (NPA), a change that reflects the government’s desire to completely separate navigation from the environmental component that enables it. In other words, the law will no longer protect navigable waters — it will only protect navigation. The NPA would exclude 99.7 per cent of Canada’s lakes and more than 99.9 per cent of Canada’s rivers from federal oversight. Meaning all our fresh water is available for corporate use and pollution. Construction of bridges, dams and other projects will be permitted without prior approval. Pipelines are exempt from this law and will no longer be considered for environmental assessments. This puts us all at great risk. Water is our most vital resource and should be protected. http://www.ecojustice.ca/files/nwpa_legal_backgrounder_october-2012/at_download/file http://parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=5765988
September 19, 2012 Harper passes Bill C-309 Preventing Persons from Concealing Their Identity during Riots and Unlawful Assemblies Act, which states anyone wearing concealment or mask over their face without any lawful excuse is guilty of an offence and you can be arrested and thrown in jail up to 5 years. http://openparliament.ca/search/?q=bill+309 http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=5151861
Now Harper Government is pushing for the Bill S-212 and the First Nations Private Property Act (FNPPA) which will give the government the power to divide all native lands equally between band members and band members will have the power to sell their allotted piece of land to anyone who is wishing to buy the land, including mining, drilling and fracking companies. http://parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=5809101
This is where Bill C-3 comes into play. These new band members that have never had connection to the band or land will under Bill S-212 and FNPPA will be allotted equal share of band land. These new members will have the power to sell the allotted land to whomever they chose, for mining, for forestry, anything the corporate world wants it for. If the other band members protest against these sales and corporations under a new clause in Bill C-10 they will be inciting terrorism. With the minimum sentencing also in Bill C-10 everyone will receive prison term. In the end this will lead to the sell out of reserve land. How is this in the best interest of Canadians?
Bill C-30 will also allow the government to access anybody’s computer they wish. Our right to privacy is gone. http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=5380965
Bill C-11 makes it illegal to copy and download any music or video to your computer, cell phones, IPod, IPad etc. With Bill C-30 they will be able to see that you had download music and movies to your computer, IPod, I Pad or phones and you will be charged and sentenced to up the 5 years in prison. Under Merging Sentencing they could possible sentence you for music and then movies under separate charges so 10 years for downloading some music and a movie. http://www.parl.gc.ca/About/Parliament/LegislativeSummaries/bills_ls.asp?ls=c11&Parl=41&Ses=1
Harper is planning to sign a FIPA agreement with China the worst human rights, animal rights and environmental offender in the world. FIPA gives the ability for corporations to sue foreign governments in private courts, called “investor-state arbitration,” is a controversial practice built into many trade deals like NAFTA that has cost Canada millions and over-ruled democratic decisions, but none impose the level of secrecy as in the Canada-China FIPA Under this system, Canada has already been sued more than any industrialized country in the world. We are selling out our companies, resources and public health. The people of Canada should be questioning the integrity of our government. These are not the actions of a government that is concerned about the future generations of Canada. Please share this information with groups, unions, co workers, family and friends to bring awareness everywhere.