Harper Watch – July 13 to August 22, 2015

Harper Watch

COMMENTARY

National Post – John Robson: I can’t vote for the Harper Conservatives. I just can’t

Elections are such infuriating spectacles that sometimes one doesn’t know which obscenity to utter first. But I’ve decided to aim my initial outburst at the Harper Tories.

I cannot vote for them. I just can’t. They should be my natural choice but their coarse, vindictive, proudly unprincipled cynicism must not be rewarded with electoral success, regardless of the consequences.

Let’s start with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s first major campaign pledge: to make the home renovation tax credit permanent if he is reelected. If it were economics, it would clearly be bad economics, aiming to “stimulate” one of the few sectors of the economy doing so well it already has the government worried about a bubble.

New York Times – The Closing of the Canadian Mind

Americans have traditionally looked to Canada as a liberal haven, with…

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Memo puts a chill on public servants’ use of social media: unions | Ottawa Citizen

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/politics/memo-puts-a-chill-on-public-servants-use-of-social-media-unions

“Daviau said public servants’ duty of loyalty ensures they don’t criticize the policies or programs of the departments they work for but this doesn’t extend to “blind loyalty to the Harper government.”

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The Closing of the Canadian Mind – NYTimes.com

But the nine and half years of Mr. Harper’s tenure have seen the slow-motion erosion of that reputation for open, responsible government. His stance has been a know-nothing conservatism, applied broadly and effectively. He has consistently limited the capacity of the public to understand what its government is doing, cloaking himself and his Conservative Party in an entitled secrecy, and the country in ignorance.”

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/opinion/sunday/the-closing-of-the-canadian-mind.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0&referrer=

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