Posts Tagged ‘Canadian Constitution’

Defeating ISIL Will Be A Hollow Victory Indeed, If The Price To Be Paid Is The Loss Of Canada’s Democracy Or Worse At Its Own Hand

me.jpg2In Canada being ignorant of the law is no excuse for breaking it.  This rule applies to all Canadians including the government.  This means that if you break a law that you do not know about this will not stop you from being arrested for said crime, because it your duty as a Canadian citizen to keep reasonably informed and up to date about the laws that you live under. If you are planning to do something in business for example and you are not sure of the laws governing the legality of you are considering, you are required to seek out professional legal advice to ensure that you are not in violation of any laws of Canada before you begin whatever venture you are considering getting involved in. So I would ask what is up Canada with this strong, stable majority Conservative government’s inability to understand either Canadian or international law, or their out right refusal to adhere to either one?

I ask this  because in my opinion the Conservative Party of Canada which has a majority government and holds a majority in the senate believes that neither body of laws applies to them.  They have repeatedly forced through laws that will not pass constitutional mustard, because they violate the both the international safe guarded rights of all citizens of the world as well as the constitutional rights of  all Canadians. These court battles not only represent billions of wasted tax payer wasted dollars that could be avoided if the government first sought out and then took some legal advice before ramming legislation through parliament and into law, but also highlights their view that their majority status puts them above the laws of Canada and in fact entitles them to disregard it totally and change it according to their whim. Of course this attitude and method of creating policy has seen a record number of their new laws and changes to Canada’s old laws  stricken down on appeal to the Supreme court of Canada and also in the courts below it. Since there are a staggering amount of cases in which this has happened to this majority Conservative Party of Canada government, I will just offer these few examples of the latest in a string of key legal defeats for the government:

  1. The Federal Court of Canada ruled that cuts to health care for rejected refugee claimants were “cruel and unusual.” and gave the government four months to reverse the changes introduced in 2012.
  2. June: Supreme Court upholds privacy rights, ruling that internet service providers must not disclose names, addresses and phone numbers of their customers to law enforcement officials without a warrant. This expected to force the government to change bills on cyber bullying (C-13) and digital privacy (S-4) currently before Parliament.
  3. April: In a unanimous ruling, the high court affirmed that offenders can receive extra credit for time spent in custody before they are sentenced, a blow against the government’s Truth in Sentencing Act, which attempted to curb the practice by allowing it only in “exceptional” circumstances. The ruling, which was precedent-setting but did not strike down the law, gave judges the right to apply the extra credit for time served but did not reject the government’s limit of a 1.5 credit.
  4. March: March:  The Supreme Court strikes down section 10(1) of the Abolition of Early Parole Act, which tried to retroactively abolish accelerated parole for offenders who had already been sentenced as a violation of the offenders’ charter rights.
  5. September 2011: The Supreme Court ordered the federal minister of health to grant a Vancouver supervised injection clinic an exemption under Canada’s drug laws so it can remain open. The ruling gave the minister discretion to approve or deny future requests for exemptions, but required the government to balance public safety and charter rights when making the decision.

Is it so hard to believe that Canadians who used to believe that the idea of “democracy” and the phrase, “rule of law” really meant something are now becoming cynical of both and see neither really applying to the governance they are receiving from this government of Canada? Unfortunately in today’s Canada it would seem that the present government feels that the rules, principles and spirit of democracy can be sidestepped, ignored and rendered moot simply by their creation of new legislation. I believe that when a government continually rams through legislation that is constantly in violation of its citizens constitution and charter rights as this government is constantly trying to do that  it is guilty of leading its country away from it being able to lay claim to being  a democratically governed and a law-abiding country, because it is not enough to simply declare to be, a nation must also demonstrate their democracy and rule of law through its actions and treatment of every citizen equally and without prejudice. These are a few of the things that concern me and have me beginning to wonder if  Canada’s boast of being a supporter of democracy, human, civil and religious rights are still true:

  1. This government’s chipping and stripping away of more and more of our rights and freedoms that are the corner stones of Canadian democracy.
  2. This government’s mocking of  our democratic processes with its altering of the Canadian law with its creation of its “ministry of democratic reform.” I believe that this ministry was created by this party to change existing Canadian law that made the governments  continued violations of Canada’s election laws (which were  landing them in hot water). Instead of seeking all party consensus this government did as it has done on so many other occasions and simply rammed the legislation into law, by virtue of the majority they hold in all committees. (senate and parliamentary) The Canada Election Act of old was put in place to ensure fair elections for all political parties; this is not the case with the changes the Conservative Party of Canada has forced into law with their strop, stable majority government.
  3. This Conservative Party of Canada majority  government uses its majority  to force closure and shut down debate using time allocation at least 75 times in this parliament alone.
  4. I see this Conservative Party of Canada majority government refuse to consider and adopt even one amendment from any opposition party into any of their legislation.
  5. I see this Conservative Party of Canada use its majority to make irrelevant and fire the heads of parliamentary oversight agencies like, the head of Elections Canada, the Parliamentary Budget Officer, The Privacy Commissioner, the Auditor General of Canada, just to name a few for doing their jobs.
  6. I see this government refuse to be transparent on anything that it is trying to accomplish, even withholding the cost of the war to degrade and eventually defeat ISIL which we as Canadians are paying for and have a right to know, but something that our allies freely given to their citizens and I great detail.
  7. I see the government passing laws that ask judges who are supposed to uphold the constitutional rights of all Canadians to ignore them if they are to by the police  the RCMP or CSIS

Some would argue that in  order to protect ourselves from terrorist attacks and the loss our, values, religion as well rights and freedoms that we must we must be willing to pay the price for this protection, namely:

  • Some loss of our right to privacy.
  • Some loss of legal rights for example (a)the right of an accused to face one’s accuser, (b)the right to have a judge examine all of the evidence of a case before him or her and decide on its merit and its legality and (c)the right to know that the judge has not allowed for the violation of you civil, human, Canadian Charter or constitutional rights.

I would suggest however that if the price of victory over ISIS is the loss of our rights and freedoms guaranteed us under the Canadian Constitution and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and all international act and treaties that Canada is supposed to be a willing participant in, then the price tag is too high. What good is there for Canadians if in saving Iraq from ISIL for instance and bringing democracy of a sort to that region for another we have to violate and ignore the fundamental principles of our own democracy? These principles that this majority Conservative government of Canada are doing an end run around  are the core values that comprise the very bedrock that supports and allows for our way of life for any governing party in Canada to try to do away with any of this core is to make us the same as any other people governed by a dictatorship, or authoritarian regime.

Canadians are allowing the Conservative Party of Canada to capitalize on the fear they are guilty of inciting in this country.  I believe that the Conservative Party of Canada has nothing against Muslims and could careless about the plight of Jews or Israelis whether in Canada, Israel or anywhere else in the world; both of these groups are just a means to a political end for the Conservative Party of Canada. I believe that the Conservative Party of Canada has and is still exploiting those fears to such a dangerous level. Canadians are suspicious  and leery of other Canadians and  so divided that the majority of Canadians are willingly being led down the slippery slope of  going along with things that we know are racist, non democratic and in fact have a lot in common with those of Adolf Hitler’s Germany and Joseph Stalin’s Russia.

Since the war on terror began after 9/11 I feel that it is us who call ourselves the civilised nations who have become more like the terrorist we claim we are fighting rather than they becoming more like us.  We are more like them than they have been made to be like us, for instance:

  • The RCMP,CSIS and the police will soon be able to  legally pick up a Canadian citizen and hold said person in a secret location for 7 days without charge, on the suspicion that they may be going to commit a terrorist act at sometime not known and somewhere not known against some one or some thing, again unknown. Does this not sound like what happens in those regimes that we are supposed to be trying to change and the others as strong or stronger than us militarily that we very vocally criticize?
  • The RCMP, CSIS and the police will now be able to spy on Canadian citizens, take down whatever they believe not posted in the best interest of the country without the knowledge of said citizen.  This to me smacks of anti freedom of speech and expression the, like we see in China and Russia for example where the state controls what is seen publicly and what is okay to express publicly.

ISIL, Boko Haram, al-Qaeda and all the other organizations referred to as barbaric terrorist organisations do commit atrocities against women like kidnapping them and forcing them into marriages and the like, but these atrocities that I agree are despicable and need to be stopped unfortunately are all that separates them from the America led coalition, including Canada, this is what I mean:

  1. Both sides do violent, deplorable things to their captives  in order to extract information, or for some other advantage from them and both side have killed their captives.  ISIL out in the open and bragging and the American led coalition in secret and denying everything like in Guantanamo Bay.
  2. Both side knowingly target innocent civilians and consider their deaths and suffering as collateral damage again one side openly acknowledging and even bragging about and the other denying they do it at all.
  3. Both side say that they are right and are being threatened by the other and are only defending themselves and their very existence.
  4. Both sides now believe that it is okay to enter and cause war in a sovereign country without legal grounds. Although the prime minister and Jason Kenney  seem to believe that it is unlikely that Canada will be taken to court over violating international laws and that it is okay to do because the USA has been ding it for months without legally being  challenge by any international body where crossing over into to Syria to wage war on ISIL is concerned, does not make what Canada is doing legal, it simply puts them in the same illegal place as the terrorists they seek to degrade and defeat.(defiantly refusing to abide international law that gets in their way of accomplishing the political agenda)

What a hollow victory we Canadians will have won if we must lose all of what makes us Canadians to win the mission to degrade and hopefully defeat ISIL.


In Canada Democracy And Democratic Rule Are Nothing But Empty Words

Where democracy ends in Canada

Where democracy ends in Canada

In Canada democracy and democratic rule are nothing but empty words. These empty words only guarantee that the people of Canada will get to choose who will lord over them without caring what they want for a predetermined amount of time and whether they will have total unchallengeable control, or not. Trying to find consensus has ceased to be a realistic policy whether in a majority government, or a minority, whether you or the governing body, the official opposition, or the 3rd party opposition, because Canadian governance is based on a bunch of lies and procedures that allow for the Canadian government in any number of situations to abuse the democratic process and there by alienate the spirit of democracy. The very nature and unchallengeable power given to a prime minister elected with a majority government is proof enough to understand that this situation is not democratic in spirit, or practice, but is democratic only by a morphed Canadian perversion of the democratic process which states, “That as long as your right to vote is given to you as a Canadian citizen, in other words their was an election called, then it  does not matter if the results reflect the will of the majority of the population, or if campaign promises are kept, or the governance of the winner is in keeping with democratic principles, because you the people of Canada have no process by which you can remove a government legally until you have suffered for four years of corruption, constant scandal, loss of fundamental rights and freedoms and you get to vote again your right to vote.

  • There is no right to protest anymore, Police usually move in and shut down protests that do not conform to civic bylaws and rules and regulations by all levels of government to make them ineffective. Civic leaders use by-laws to stifle peaceful protests when there is no violence and no real crimes being committed. Look at the peaceful Occupy Montreal Protest for example, eventually shut down by some city by-law,  when the protestors could not be tricked of forced into violating their vows to remain peaceful by the civic authority.  These attempts by government to make their actions appear legal only work for a little while, but eventually everyone begins to understand these actions to be what they really are and that is to be nothing less than a crackdown on anti government protesting.  Provincial governments handle protest by creating laws to make it next to impossible to legally strike effectively. a person need look no further than Quebec and its  anti-protest legislation, or Bill 78. The UN condemned Quebec saying in essence that the government of Quebec’s Bill 78 of all Quebecers to lawfully assemble in peaceful process and restricted the movement of protestors.  Federally one need look no further at the G 20 summit and remember all of the security to prevent Canadians from being seen or heard at the G 20 summit starting with the orders of how policed were to deal with the protestors and the unprecedented arrests and the fact that most of them were illegal, brutally done and without justifiable cause.
  • There is literally no longer a right to strike, or fair collective bargaining in this country to demand fair working conditions, equitable pay, or safe working conditions from employers, because the government has proven will legislating striking employees back to work by declaring just about anything and everything an essential service. (Postal strike, Air Canada strike)

If there is no mechanism for removal of corrupt governance, by the people (referendum, court challenge, petitioning how can this system be within the spirit of democracy which is supposed to have the government serving at the behest and desire of the people?

Opposition parties who face the political will and political power  of a majority government have been rendered moot in the Canadian democratic system.  They are a body of government without mandate, or power and therefore serve little purpose. When facing a majority government this powerless entity claims that they are the eyes, ears and voice of the people, responsible holding the government to account.  These politicians would have you and I believe that they are acting in the best interest of Canadians, by being the conscience of the government and reminding them of their duties and obligations to uphold the rights and freedoms of all Canadian people  under the laws of Canada and not only for those who voted for them.  I find though that they usually feel that the reason the people sent them to parliament  it to disrupt, delay and find fault in all legislation put forward by the majority government and Canadians can count on them to vote against anything that the government in the majority puts forward solely because they are the party in opposition.

Majority status for a governing party in Canada is like being an emperor/empress. There is literally nothing that can see you removed from office, because you can vote down the very suggestion of it in most instances.  In a majority position there is no need to seek consensus, because you can simply use the power of your majority to force into law whatever you like.  I think that this majority government under Stephen Harper’s guidance has proven just how non democratic I spirit this type of majority government can be.   Political parties in Canada have decided that a majority mandate is a mandate to get as much done as possible while you have the chance, foregoing all debate and ignoring all advice from opposition and independent sources that do not represent your view.  Although in the beginning this seems more time efficient and cost efficient, but we have seen time and time again that this is rarely the case in the long run. (dismantling of the Canadian Wheat Board, nomination of Nadon to the Supreme Court of Canada, the F-35 jet fighter fiasco. Minority status government usually lead to an earl election being called when it becomes obvious that the losers in the election are going to take advantage of  the fact that they can out vote the winning party if they get a little help from the 3rd party, or the winning government with a minority status realises that they can not get anything done and decide to cut their losses call and early election and hopefully be in a better position to get the majority.

I have heard so much about democratic process and rule of law and what it all amounts to as politicians in opposition status explain it, is being allowed to put on a good show so that the Canadian voter thinks that democracy is being served.  In other words the opposition party in a majority government would like to debate until they feel that they have convinced the majority to do things their way even if at the end the majority does not have to make one amendment, because they can simply use their majority vote to do it their way.   will have to find consensus with opposition parties.  Democracy and the democratic rule of governing for most democratic countries ends at the ballot box on election day and at best is a popularity contest, because there is: No obligation by the leader of a political party or his party to keep the promises made to the voter in their campaign, because once elected they cannot be removed by the people, because there is no mechanism for it,  (referendum, petition, or court challenge) and in Canada and the USA military coups are considered non democratic although a few so called democratic governments have come to power through them and have been accepted as democratic nations I think that it is very important that all the governments making the assertion that they are democratic have one of their great decision-making meeting and decide exactly what being a democratic nation is so that all countries claiming this type of governance are following the same rules and spirit of the word. We have the USA with its own version of democracy and democratic way of governing that as far as I can see works about as effective as our governance when Canada is being governed by a minority government and that means that as we have seen this year the supposedly elected government of the people by the people can not govern, make any decisions and is often held hostage by the opposition parties or in the case the other house, because the other side (the opposition) feels that their only purpose left is to make the other government look stupid and in effective no matter how good for the people whatever the governing body is trying to achieve.

I will not dwell on the lack of proportionality of our democracy, or the fact that our electoral system is constantly being rewritten in a way that disenfranchises the poor and less fragile of Canadian citizens, or finally that Canadians for the most part do not trust government period to do what they say they will and take it for granted that all politicians are corrupt so that corruption is not necessarily enough reason to switch governments, because all of these things would keep me writing forever and a day. I do however think that when you can not stand up in the House of Commons and tell one of you colleagues that he or she is lying, or when protocol and rules of conduct say that a fellow MP has deliberately lied but are by rules of decorum to put aside what you know to be true and publicly while in the House of Commons accept the liars words as an honest mistake, a non intentional misquote, or slip of the tongue, than there is no place for honesty, integrity, or  transparency in the Canadian system of governance, as I see it.  Perception of transparency, honesty and integrity can never replace the real thing, but yet this is what the code of conduct in the House of Commons rules dictate that all members adhere to. I ask you, “If the whole system of governance and democracy in Canada is based on a lie, then how can this be a fair and democratic system that we in Canada are governed by?

Bill C-23 Fair Elections Act Proves That Stephen Harper’s Majority Status Means Dictatorship In Canada

The Fair Elections Act Is fair because we say so and our majority status allows for it!

The Fair Elections Act Is fair because we say so and our majority status allows for it!

I have listened to the debate, or non debate as you will concerning Bill C-23, (Fair Elections Act) and I now understand that the Conservative Party of Canada is not against democracy, they have merely forgotten what a parliamentary democracy entails and what the very spirit and essence of it is.  Since getting elected with a majority government it would seem that the principles of a parliamentary democracy eludes them and they have somehow become confused between democracy and dictatorship. The Conservative Party of Canada under Stephen Harper seem to have forgotten that it is under a dictatorship style of governance that a governing party  can get away with deciding what is best for its citizens without asking them, rig elections that are a mere formality done to appease those who would criticize your system of governance internationally and so feign giving the people a choice. It is only under a dictatorship that a government can pretend to give the voter a choice while in reality they are rigging and cheating the electoral system, because doing so really does more harm to your opponent then to the people who have no choice but to vote for which dictator gets to decide everything for them.  The Conservative Party of Canada is doing everything legally correct, but they are not doing everything they can do  to be morally, ethically and democratically correct, nor are they doing everything possible to  uphold the principles, or the spirit of a parliamentary democracy.

Bill C-23 in my opinion further illustrates that in a majority government situation we as Canadians are paying for a ruse.  Why pay for the members of the opposition parties when they are powerless and can be ignored as the Harper Government has proved, by ramming everything they want into law? Why should Canadians be forced to pay for salaries and all that it entails to watch an illusion of democracy in action?  Why not after a majority government comes to power do we not just send the other political parties home, end the pretense of a democracy at work, end the senseless and constant  bickering and saving ourselves a bundle of money?  When a majority government in Canada means that the governing wins every vote in committee and in the House of Commons, can and will deny every suggested amendment to all bills, or proposed laws and in reality render all opposition to whatever they want moot, what is the point of the sham and why do Canadians have to pay for it? I do not think we need to be paying salaries to and benefits to powerless MP’s who are little more than straight men and women in a comedy show with the government being the main star in the act throwing barbs and making them look foolish. I think that Canadians can decide for themselves if they want to keep a majority government that does things that we do not like and since once in a majority they cannot be stopped until a future election, why not just admit that we can do nothing for 4 years let them screw up with no one to blame, but themselves and vote for someone else in the next election?

I listened to an exchange on CPAC today concerning Bill C-23 and was surprised when a member of the Conservative Party of Canada said that he was not sure that voting for Canadians was truly one of their rights guaranteed in the Canadian Constitution, or was merely a privilege accorded to them at the whim of the government.  Elizabeth May once again had to educate the Conservative Party of Canada, telling them where to find the proof in the Canadian Constitution that states that it is not only a right of every eligible Canadian to vote, but a fundamental right and duty for every eligible Canadian to vote.  I think that the member of the Conservative Party of Canada who suggested that it was not a right, but a privilege to vote is indicative of what is wrong with the thinking of this party.

What has  also been made clear in Bill C-23 that this government thinks that all of us, you and me and the rest of Canadians are fraudsters, who if not watched will take any opportunity to cheat at the polls, like voting more than once, abusing the use of voter registration cards, and the vouching system; not bad for a government who was implicated in the “Robo call scandal.”  What really bothers me though is that the Harper government thinks its citizens are so gullible that we would not be able to see the real reason behind all of the changes in Bill C-23, (Fair Elections act).  This bill has nothing to do with Canadians cheating on elections, but rather has everything to do with the Conservative Party of Canada getting caught cheating on so many levels, like the robo calls and election spending, being taken to task for it and making sure that the next time they cheat that there will be no one able to punish them for it .  This to me is at the heart of Bill C-23, which I think should be titled the “Get Back At Elections Canada Act.”  They have fired, or gotten rid of the Auditor General of Canada, the head of Veterans Affairs, The Parliamentary Budget Officer and the Privacy Commissioner just to name a few for daring to speak the truth and expose them for the wrong doing they are engaged in.  The government led by Stephen Harper governs with intimidation; dare to speak up or stand up and show them for the cheats and liars that they are and you will be fired and if possible they will have your reputation falsely smeared as they try to cover up, deny the truth and deflect the blame and their guilt onto innocent, hard-working, honest public servants like the head of Elections Canada and his staff.

I do not think that the Conservative Party of Canada is afraid to ask Canadians what they think or how they feel about the changes they have made to our fundamental and democratic right to vote, or even take the show on the road out of the Ottawa bubble, because I do not think that they lose much sleep worrying about what Canadians want, or anything beyond what is immediately on the day’s agenda and the new look they, the few have decided looks best on Canada and all Canadians.  The Conservatives have proven that they believe that they no longer have to worry about the citizen until ballot casting time and seem intent on fixing that problem with the new Bill C-23. Of course the Conservative Government of Canada would think that it is a waste of time to go across Canada and ask the people what they thought of Bill C-23 since they have no intention of changing any part of  Bill C-23, for any reason.  Conservative MP Tom Lukiwski, Parliamentary Secretary to the Government House Leader said out right in the House of Commons and in committee that talking to Canadians across Canada about Bill C-23 (Fair Elections Act) would be like being on the Gong show, or participating in a circus.  I think that the Conservative Party of Canada does not wish to waste money and effort on something that they view is irrelevant and does not matter, such as our opinion. Steven Harper and his political party feel that as long as they have the majority it does not matter what Canadians want, because we are powerless to force them to do anything they choose not to do.  Ste3phen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada in my opinion are willing to take the risk that this Bill C-23   will make the election progress so advantageous to their style of cheating that they will not lose power in the next election; I believe that this is the true desire to have this bill in place in time for the next election.

Jim Flaherty Laughs And Jokes As He Introduces His Do Nothing, Hurt Everyone Budget

Let the poor eat cake!

Let the poor eat cake!

I have seen many a poor, ill-conceived budget in my day, but I have to admit that this is the first time that I have seen it delivered in such a condescending, unprofessional, sarcastic and arrogant way.  I might have been able to see why there was cheering from his party and the smiling and telling of jokes if Canadians were actually getting some good news from Canada’s Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty, but to tell Canadians that they need to continue under the austere regime and continue with the budgets cuts to services  such as health care, education, veteran’s affairs, unemployment benefits, infrastructure, senior’s care and that the retirement age still must be kept at 67 years old up from 65 years old, I find insulting. Telling Canadians that we must learn to get by with less and to expect less in the future at every turn and in all possible ways as the norm, so that a few at the top can enjoy even more prosperity, has become the trade mark of this government, but to stand there in his place in the House of Commons  and  refer to what used to be considered normal services that Canadians enjoyed as now bobbles, I find quite frankly unforgivable and disgusting.

I found nothing funny in this budget and I found nothing worthy of one standing ovation, even though the conservative’s saw the need to give several throughout its introduction into the House of Commons.  I found this to be a budget that reflects the cynicism and the arrogance of manner which this government has governed since it came to power with a majority status.  What is being offered in this budget is more of the same so I decided to look at what more of the same could mean. I say could mean because this government never gives details to it proposed programs, or changes to laws it just promises to give greater details at a later date.  What really offends me though are what this budget does to retired civil servants, veterans who have dedicated their lives to  serving this country and the freeze on EI premiums .

Freezing EI premiums for 3 years under the false pretense of saying the budget is not balanced when it actually is an inconsiderate plan to leave citizens and business paying inflated premiums and breaking an election promise in the process, is all part of the stay the course approach of Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty and Steven Harper. That Canadians like to see a balance budget I will agree, but I would disagree when it is said that Canadians do not wish to see the big banks and other big business paying their fair share of taxes rather than getting big tax breaks from Jim Flaherty and Steven Harper that they do not need.  That all political parties try to save their giving to when it does them the most political good like just before they call an election is nothing new, but to increase the hardships in hard times for the middle class and the now forgotten poor and homeless seems to be a new approach to winning an election.

Throwing money at veterans to bury themselves seems appropriate since it is this government’s policy to close down the centers where they are now getting help for all sorts of job related problems, including mental health issues. I feel that this is serious and I believe that Canada will see more of its modern-day veterans committing suicide, or dying on the streets homeless and alone, because this government sought to save money and get to a zero deficit on their backs.  In a time when the legions are losing their tax exempt status and the legions where they come together to talk, share experiences, problems and find solutions and support are being forced to close all over this country was this a good time for Jim Flaherty to kick them when they were down and have lost so much already? This is just another policy that this Minister of Finance introduced in his budget with a smile and jokes to which  his Conservative Party of Canada rose up from their seats and gave him a standing ovation and many a laughs on national television.

Retroactively cutting the health service plan coverage to a 50 – 50 sharing plan from its original 70% government and 30% retiree sharing plan  for the already retired civil services workers which by the way includes our military who have no chance to alter their retirement savings to accommodate this increase in their budget seems unfair and   will lead to serious dangers and choices for those civil servants, who are not rich and are just making ends meet.  I heard a retired civil servant call in and say that he was living on a fixed income of $1,168.00 a month and that his room and board at the place he lived came to $1,100.00, leaving him only $68.00 a month for other things.  The government contends that it only will cost the civil servants an extra $20.00 per month with it going to a 50-50 cost sharing scheme and that isn’t so bad.  I happen to agree with the caller with the $68.00 left to get through the month, that the extra $20.00 is indeed a lot of money.  What of those who are not in homes and still have to divide that $1100.00 into room food clothing transportation and other monthly bills like heating phone and internet that they will need for everything governmental as the government goes digital and refuses to send paper? these are the real people who are getting hurt by this Finance Minister’s do nothing / hurt everyone budget.

I wonder at what point in time did  the suffering and the hardships that Canadians are being put through  by the recession and what this government is asking us to endure become a joke to Jim Flaherty, Steven Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada?  We know from the words of  Prime Minister, Steven Harper and his ministers find, (a) environmental activists to be nothing more than fear mongering terrorists, (b) civil service workers both in the past and now to be nothing more than over compensated slackers who are and were always looking for ways not to work and get paid for it, (c) organised labor unions are responsible for this country’s economic difficulties and need to be put down at any cost so that businesses can flourish and set all of the terms when it comes to benefits, salary and raises and finally (d) people who are poor, or find themselves on the street only have themselves to blame, because all of them have made bad life decisions, and that the government and society have nothing to do with their circumstance in life and therefore these poor and most fragile of our citizens should be grateful for any help that is offered them, stop complaining and should by no means be considered in the equation, because they do not contribute much in the way of tax dollars to the economy, but rather are a drain on it.  We also know that Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander has expressed the sentiment that Canada’s doors are still open to the rich Chinese and that Steven Harper himself has stated publicly that the people at Elections Canada are in his words are, “Jack asses that are going too far.”  I guess I have answered my own question, because when you take into consideration that all of the above members of  Canadian society are not thought of very highly, or with respect, by Jim Flaherty and the Conservative Party of Canada it leaves only a minority of the population that this government could honestly say it does respect. This I my opinion does make it easier to understand how Jim Flaherty could deliver his do nothing  / hurt everyone budget with such a condescending, laughing in your face you poor bastards, and I could care less how feel about it way. Jim Flaherty did not have to feel bad, or deliver his budget with respect, because I feel he does not feel bad for Canadians and he and his party have proved time and time again that he does not respect the majority of Canadians.

This is what comes of electing the only party to ever in the history of Canada and the Common Wealth to be forced from governing, because they deliberately misled  Parliament (The people of Canada), in the very next election they were forced to call.  The Conservative Party of Canada managed to convince 40% of Canadians that even though they were found guilty and removed from office for their inability to tell the truth  that they were somehow to be trusted to steer this country into a time of government accountability. What is up Canada, is that this government has been laughing in the face of Canadians and taking advantage of how gullible we are as Canadians from the moment they started to lie and we as citizens bought into it. When we bought into their ideology that it is okay to lie, cheat and steal from Canadians as long as you can say that as a government that you are not the only ones guilty of these violations of the peoples trust, nor will you be the last to do those things so we should all just see what they did as in keeping with the status quo, we had sealed our fate.  They were emboldened by the fact they not only got re-elected but did so with a majority status government with less than 40% of the voting population.  Why would they respect us, care about us  and be transparent, when all Canadians wanted was to punish the Liberal Party of Canada and to be told lies?  This do nothing / hurt everyone budget introduced by minister of Finance, Jim Flaherty and the Conservative Party of Canada is just another example of if you lie down with political dogs you wake up with the political fleas.