2006-THE YEAR OF THE HOBGOBLIN: We Got a Taste of What to Expect If Harper Wins a Majority
Conway, John F., CCPA Monitor
In 2006, Harper's horrible hobgoblins took over in Ottawa. Harper unleashed a nasty program of political thuggery, plunging the nation into the early phase of a new Dark Age.
Harper's victory was tainted, achieved with the help of RCMP Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardeli.
Zaccardeli sent a letter to NDP MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis on December 23, 2005, announcing that the RCMP "will be commencing a criminal investigation" into alleged leaks about the Liberal government's policy decision on income trusts, leading to possible insider trading.
It was unprecedented for the RCMP to announce such an investigation in the middle of an election. It has to be seen as deliberate. The Commissioner knew the NDP would instantly go to the press. The NDP was manipulated into playing a key role in an abuse of police power to intervene in the election to benefit the Tories.
Up until that point, the Liberals held a narrow lead. The release of Zaccardeli's letter was the turning point. The Liberals plummeted in the polls and never recovered. Harper and his hobgoblins won a minority mandate.
The fact that 63.5% of Canadians voted against Harper has not deterred him from pursuing an ideological right-wing agenda of domestic slash-and-burn and pro-American foreign war-mongering.
The national child care program is gone. The important advocacy work of the Status of Women and Court Challenges programs is gone. Federally funded youth programs are gone. Federally funded research projects into climate change are gone. Canada's commitment to Kyoto is gone. Canada's leading role in anti-HIV/AIDS programs is gone.
Harper is moving to "public-private partnerships," the latest right-wing privatization strategy. His government's vicious law-and-order campaign of fear and hysteria-fomenting fears of legions of terrorists and criminals running amok-set the stage for an attack on our civil liberties.
Harper is also on the fast track to destroying the Canadian Wheat Board, using every dirty trick in the book, the first step in dismantling every last orderly marketing system still standing in Canada.
The Canadian Radio, Television and Telecommunications Commission has been rendered meaningless as the Harper cabinet overturns decision after decision. The Tories are determined to bring full free-market anarchy to our air waves.
Overseas, Harper has turned Canada away from its international role of peace-maker and peace-keeper to an active U.S. government ally in wars of imperialist aggression. Harper increased military spending by $15 billion, with no parliamentary debate. Most of this spending was dedicated to buying military attack hardware necessary for wars of invasion and occupation.
Now Canada's troops in Afghanistan have tanks and their own transport planes (with new attack helicopters to come) to support an illegal war of aggression and occupation, supporting one side in a civil war against the other. …