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.
- He does not fill us with wonder.
- He does not respect the value of First Nations cultures, heritages and languages and the justice of their land and self-government rights.
- 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.
- He does not act as if all communities, families and individuals deserve an equal opportunity to be strong and secure.
- He does not govern as if he has a duty of care and compassion to people who seek refuge from persecution and violence.
- He does not warn us that global warming is a critical and urgent problem now verging on a catastrophe for the planet.
- 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.
- He does not understand the necessity or value of truth telling and ethical conduct.
- He does not value nuance, respect for others, collaboration and cooperation.
- He does not foster free speech, open parliamentary and public debate or equal citizen access to justice and information.
- He does not make us proud of our country’s policies and actions or of our government’s commitment to public accountability.