Update: Eleven Things Stephen Harper Does Not Ever Do

parliafire1Humans vs Harper is updating our Ten Things post to add an 11th point on women along with a bonus video (see below) on Harper’s record on women’s issues. Everybody gets that, right?

In our first Ten Things post, we wrote:  Here it is September and we’re moving into the last six weeks of the election campaign. Well, now it’s October and there are  just four days left.  And, as he worked his way through September, Harper kept on doing the kind of things that have always appalled so many Canadians. In less then a month, Harper

Sought to deport a convicted terrorist by misusing that person’s dual citizenship as a rationale for the deportation thereby introducing the notion of “two-tiered” citizenship to our country. Noting, that provision of Bill C- 24 is unlikely to survive a Charter challenge.

Sought to violate the Charter rights of a women seeking to vote while wearing a niqab. The courts twice ruled the government moves illegal. His campaign against the niqab sparked violence against Moslem women and  led many in the Moslem community to charge that Harper was targeting them to win votes. Many thought it racist.

Taken his greasy fear campaign to some B.C. and Ontario ridings warning those communities they will be overrun by drug addicts and dotted with brothels if another party is elected. Harper has no concern for Canadians who suffer from addiction, and, no surprise, we see that his rhetoric about protecting sex workers because they are victims is as thin as his conscience.

  1. He does not fill us with wonder.
  2. He does not respect the value of First Nations cultures, heritages and languages and the justice of their land and self-government rights.
  3. He does not forge genuine relationships between Aboriginal peoples and other Canadians to fight against the attitudes that inspired the Indian residential school system and perpetuated its racist norms.
  4. He does not act as if all communities, families and individuals deserve an equal opportunity to be strong and secure.
  5. He does not govern as if he has a duty of care and compassion to people who seek refuge from persecution and violence.
  6. He does not warn us that global warming is a critical and urgent problem now verging on a catastrophe for the planet.Image from HvH post: Celebrating Canada Day Slide Show
  7. He does not support women’s equality.  In November 2006: Harper removed the words “equality,” “advocacy,” and “action” from the mandate of Status of Women Canada, the most important government department on women’s equality.
  8. He does not understand the necessity or value of truth telling and ethical conduct.
  9. He does not value nuance, respect for others, collaboration and cooperation.
  10. He does not foster free speech, open parliamentary and public debate or equal citizen access to justice and information.
  11. He does not make us proud of our country’s policies and actions or of our government’s commitment to public accountability.

12 thoughts on “Update: Eleven Things Stephen Harper Does Not Ever Do

  1. As a Canadian citizen, I do not want more taxes. I do not want my children to be subject to a dictator who does not believe the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is an inherent right that belongs to EVERY individual living in this beautiful country of ours. I believe nepotism and bureaucratic/political patronage in public service positions is ruining our country from the inside out. And although I am sad that we do not have enough choices when it comes to our elected officials, I also recognize that no one is perfect. Still, Harper has worked toward goals that I appreciate and value …

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    • Harper has worked to help his cronies get rich. Not a goal I admire. He has put corporate interests above the interests of ordinary people and the environment. Not my values. Judging by the tone of your response, I don’t think you would be disrespectful to anyone the way he is disrespectful to women, First Nations, veterans, and immigrants. And while Harper is not the first politician to indulge in nepotism and political patronage, he is certainly bringing as many people to the trough as he possibly can.
      And he is much more than simply “not perfect.” He is intelligent, a brilliant strategist, and keeps tight control over all his people. He knows what he is doing, and he does what he wants to do. There are no apologies for him.

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  2. So what the hell is Stephen Harper all about? I hope he loses the election and if he does, we must find a way to get him out of Canada. He does not belong here.

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    • Hey Renegade, we have a lot in common. We also keep wondering about Harper and we also want him to lose badly. However, as long we no longer have him as prime minister, HvH doesn’t care if he stays or goes. He may very well win his seat, but then he would have to set in his seat as an opposition member watching as all of his truly damaging policies are repealed. And, all his appointees would soon lose their jobs. But, if he loses, he’ll resign as an MP or his long bullied party will force him out.
      HvH

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  3. These are 10 relevant points which address clearly why I get knots in my stomach and sweaty palms every time I hear Mr. Harper speak. He is shifty – eyed for a start, and when he’s being interviewed bis body language speaks volumes. Everything he says is based on half-truths and vague “action plans “. He talks down to people while promising stuff that is never delivered. He fools around with our money; crazy spending sprees amounting to billions – totally wasted! And he refuses to be accountable, as if we – the long suffering tax payer – are too stupid to understand anyway. I would not want to have him at a social gathering – the guy’s a dud – boring! While this is not the ultimate in desirable characteristics in a head off state; I’m tired of being of being embarassed as a Canadian because my government’s policies are so out of sync internationally. I’ve probably rambled on a bit, but my government pension has been cut way back, so I’m getting it out there while I still have the strength.

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    • We love your list, Ursula. We count eight distinct notes on his character, personality and purpose, and that’s just one count
      You could pioneer the Eight Point Harper Dud List. And, you seem to us to have a lot of strength.

      HvH

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  4. I’m confused by “1. He does not fill us with wonder.”. What does this mean, and which party leader measures up? I suppose it could be Trudeau, because I often wonder what he is talking about. For the record, while I have voted Conservative in the past, I’m not comfortable with that choice at the moment. Call me undecided for now.

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    • Well, he doesn’t and we’re just pointing that out. History has brought us leaders who do fill us with wonder – and hope – Harper is not one and we have no expectations that he could ever become such a leader. It doesn’t seem that he would even be interested in aspiring to that level of leadership and we doubt that he has the capacity.

      It seems many former Harper supporters are re-considering their support. Just saying that at HvH, we’re non-partisan, so we aren’t recommending alternatives to Harper. It’s such an important decision this time around – all the best with figuring itout.
      HvH

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    • He fills me with wonder, as in “I wonder how this mean-spirited right-wing radical ever got to be Prime Minister of a country like Canada in the first place.” I always thought we were better than that.

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      • And you thought right, djangoboy We are better than Harper, but the bar is not all that high. All we have to do is respect one another and believe things go better when we work together valuing openness and inclusion.

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