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Do you Recognize The Canada That Harper Has Shown Us To Be To The World?


ConfederationLibertyCover nWe seem to be a nation of mixed messages of late and it is mainly because our government says we as a nation believe in one thing and then turns around and does the exact opposite. This is going in every file whether it is international policy, or domestic, humanitarian, or environmental. The government of Canada in short has changed so much of what Canada used to stand for in word and deed that we no longer seem to stand for anything that does not make sense economically. I believe that if it is possible we as a nation could have been said to be too giving as a nation by conservative’s in Canada, both internationally and domestic, but never have we in the history of this great nation been accused of not doing even a minimal part of the things that we have promised to do internationally and falling short of the bare minimum of what is required to be in compliance on files like children’s rights and aboriginal affairs and now helping refugees get out of refugee camps.

Take for example our statement that all children should have the right to grow up safe from abuse and no child should go to bed hungry; sounds good doesn’t it? The problem has always been that we did not always live up to this, but we were always trying to, but the policy of this government and this country as a result is the we talk a lot but do nothing to improve the lot of children, but in fact we do a lot to hurt children instead.  In Quebec we had a very prominent surgeon murder his two bay children stabbing them repeatedly in their sleep, because he was depressed that his wife left him for another man.  He was found not guilty by reasons of temporary insanity and the judge told the jury what a great job they did.  He was looking to be released within 6 months of his treatment and if not for over whelming outcry from citizens the doctors and board responsible for his release would have done so.  They held him a little longer, but this murderer of children is now free to carry out his life, kill again, but what of the rights of his 2 children? Is this the new protection of them that we can expect in Bill C-4: An Act to amend the Youth Criminal Justice Act, where the main purpose of the bill  is to protect society from the dangerous children they we are producing, because of continuing poverty, and the physical abuse that children in this country suffer everyday.  In Bill C-4: An Act to amend the Youth Criminal Justice Act it is ordered that children be tried as adults and sent to adult prisons right at the same time this government decided that it is okay to double prisoners. Imagine what could happen if a minor charged as an adult is put in a cell over night with an adult criminal?

Where the environment is concerned on an international level Canada sends another mixed message we 1st are instrumental in bringing forth the initiative to fight climate change and the depletion of the ozone layer by helping to create the Kyoto Accord and no sooner does Steven Harper come to power we become the 1st country to officially withdraw from the Kyoto Accord saying that we will be seeking made in Canada solution.  On a domestic level we have altered old laws and created new laws that do not allow for the time of proper environmental impact studies, taking the position that they are too long and are bad for companies looking to invest in things like oil and gas exploration and production and the building of pipelines to cross through agricultural, or land designated as protected wildlife or wilderness regions.  This country under this government has changed so many laws that only a small percent of our waterways remain protected from man-made disasters such as oil spills and the like, because Steven harper is afraid to lose investor money or revenue of any kind generated by such activity.

I think though where the Harper government has hurt Canada’s reputation in the world the most is when we look at our foreign policy file.  Take for example C-4,(41-1) An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Balanced Refugee Reform Act and the Marine Transportation Security Act,  or its short title, (Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration Act).  This was supposed to be a series of laws that protected refugees from being exploited, but as everyone now knows it had little to do with human smuggling, but its main focus was to deter refuges with no money and not able to do for themselves from entering Canada.  What happened to the over 400 refugees of the Sun Sea, who is in jail still, the refugees, or the smugglers?  What of the lie this government told to avoid having to take any of Syrian refugees living in refugee camps in Turkey?  Every time there was a crisis in the world, be it brought on by war, drought, storm, or earth quake Canada was one of the countries that the desperate could count on financially as well as in terms of restructuring, but not anymore.  We now ask how we are gong to be paid for our aid, or what does the country have that we might want. This government now sees disasters as a way to further its economic plan.  For those who can not pay for their aid we ask their relatives living in Canada to donate and offer to equal what they can raise in a specific time frame usually approximately 2 weeks. The wost thing by far though is what this government has done lately, is when we as a country chose to not participate in the United Nations convention that fights drought in Africa and elsewhere. I read online in an article by the CBC News, Posted: Mar 28, 2013 1:30 PM ET, titled: Conservatives defend withdrawal from UN drought ‘talkfest’ 

I quote, “The Harper government says it is pulling out of the United Nations convention,  because it claims it is not interested in supporting a bureaucratic “talkfest.” It should be noted that Canada was the only country represented in the United Nations to do so. The opposition NDP accused the government of turning its back on Africa, and of diminishing Canada’s international standing”.

This is, or at least was not the Canadian way any of these things, but this is who this government wants us to tink we are.  They would also have us believe that the most important priority for this country is to be debt free by 2015.  This government would have us believe that so important is this task of erasing the budget that all of our core values must be put aside and we must for the moment put down our desire to help others, whether it be at home, or abroad and allow nothing be it be the deaths of millions dying of starvation, or thirst, or our children right here at home going to bed hungry and ending up juvenile delinquents in adult prison.  We seem to be a nation of mixed messages of late and it is mainly because our government says we as a nation believe in one thing and then turns around and does the exact opposite. This is going in every file whether it is international policy, or domestic, humanitarian, or environmental. The government of Canada in short has changed so much of what Canada used to stand for in word and deed that we no longer seem to stand for anything that does not make sense economically. I believe that if it is possible we as a nation could have been said to be too giving as a nation by conservative’s in Canada, both internationally and domestic, but never have we in the history of this great nation been accused of not doing even a minimal part of the things that we have promised to do internationally and falling short of the bare minimum of what is required to be in compliance on files like children’s rights and aboriginal affairs and now helping refugees get out of refugee camps.

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  1. April 4, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Love the post, and well said! 🙂

    • April 4, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Thanks, too bad it has to be that way and it has to be said. As Canadians we all deserve more from our leaders and those in the government put in office to speak and act on our behalf. Have a great day!

      • April 4, 2013 at 2:20 pm

        Every day I find myself saying, “I can’t wait for the next election!” I’m hoping we’ll be proud again … 🙂

      • April 4, 2013 at 7:42 pm

        :). And you too!

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