We are well into the life of the Conservative Government of Stephen Harper. In the early days we were warned of a hidden agenda. They are morphing into an ultra conservative government. I haven’t always agreed with their policies but I appreciated and supported a number of policies that were different from the previous Liberal Government. Lately they have been playing to their core support and started pissing off a lot of us that supported them in the past elections.
I am finding that they are starting to implement actions which I have trouble supporting. My problem and perhaps theirs is that the number of issues are growing quite rapidly and I am not willing to continue my support of the Conservatives.
The issues that I am having problems with are:
1. The treatment of our Veterans is not acceptable. They argued that the Country doesn’t owe them anything, yet the Country asked them to go into harms way and risk their lives, we lost 158 service personnel and with thousands of personnel having served over 10 years we have a large number of people who were wounded/disabled and/or affected (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). After WWII, Korea, UN and NATO service we had service personnel who needed help. We are failing to help them.
2. They seem to be hung up on gun registration and certification.
3. They are reneging on agreements for government retirees.
4. Their treatment of the First Nations people, they need dignity and solutions to improve their life situation, we can’t just throw money at them but we should say we are doing something and doing nothing. We should be ashamed of how we have treated first nations people.
5. They are pushing tar sands development and pipelines but they are saying fuck the environment. It’s all about resources and forget the rest of the country’s manufacturing and let’s screw the unions and non union workers.
6. Can we believe them? They say there is a crime problem and we need stiffer sentences yet crime is down. The Law and Order agenda is bogus and appeals to the conservative base.
7. Much as I dislike what the 3 senators are accused of, they are owed due process and the PMO doesn’t have the right to deny it just for political expediency. This stinks to high heaven. So the Prime Minister wants to have a “good” Conservative convention and he will deny “innocent until proven guilty” rights to 3 senators. If the Senate rules were crystal clear there wouldn’t be an issue but they seem to be very loose and open to interpretation. Stephen Harper is a bully.
8. They have declared war on public servants. They don’t trust the people who work for them and are removing hard won rights from contracts, such as removing ability for groups to seek arbitration and force them into conciliation/strike. Destroying the sick leave provisions replacing it with short term disability yet they support and allow senior management to abuse their employees. The work environment is poisoned by lack of trust and understanding. It’s no wonder that there are so many workers suffering from stress related illness. The Government has removed any negotiation over which employees are deemed essential and they can make it impossible for a strike to put any pressure on the government. They are the judges, jury, and executioners and if they don’t like the solution they can pass a law to give them what they want.
9. We have seen Stephen Harper throw everyone under the bus and say he isn’t responsible for anything. The PMO has fucked up the 3 Senator situation. The Prime Minister would have us believe that everyone acted without his knowledge yet it wasn’t that long ago that he said the Paul Martin as the leader of the Government and Liberals was responsible for Shawinigate. Can’t have it both ways.
10. The Canadian government is dodging fire over the revelation that more than two-thirds of all requests to a group tasked with burying impoverished war veterans are rejected.
The Canadian Press reported the Last Post Fund turns away two-thirds of all the applications it receives for a federal burial fund. And those that it does help are limited to a government stipend of $3,600 — less than most social assistance programs.
more to come.