This is Canadian political dissent like never seen before. For two reasons.
First and especially, the dissent is taking place on Canada’s Independence Day. Second, it’s directed against a prime minister supposedly elected with a majority just over a year ago, on May 2.
Once again, Canadians are using the social media, especially Twitter, to voice their democratic grudge against Stephen Harper, the “Harper Government” and government dictatorship-style policies. The most popular hashtag at the moment is #DenounceHarper, followed closely by #HappyCanadaDay.
Across the Great White North, activists, led by the Occupy movement, are engaged in “Stop Harper Day” vigils. Some Canadians are boycotting Canada Day altogether.
Canadians’ laundry list of grievances against Harper is staggering. Here’s a partial list:
- The ongoing robocalls election fraud scandal
- The democracy-defeating 2012 Budget Bill C-38
- The draconian crime Bill C-10
- Government’s mishandling of the F-35 fighter jet program
- Dictatorship-style attacks on civil society and activist groups, especially: environmentalists, Occupy activists, Aboriginals groups and political opponents
- Cuts to refugee health care and other essential social services
- Rampant job cuts in the public service
- Back-ward looking changes to Canada’s immigration laws and policies
- Economic policies favoring Big Oil and human rights abusers, such as China
- Muzzling of government scientists and experts.
For many of the Tweeterers, the regime has lost the moral authority to govern.
— Shannon (@shananigins15) July 1, 2012
Enjoy Canada Day while you can, Canadians. Next year Harper will have it renamed “Harper Day”. #DenounceHarper
— @KnorthernKnight (@KnorthernKnight) July 1, 2012
I #DenounceHarper for trumpeting war while abandoning veterans and military families. $Billions for toy jets, nothing for soldiers.
— Grant Neufeld (@grant) July 1, 2012
— Nickie(@MuskokaMoneybag) July 1, 2012
#DenounceHarper I *refuse* to celebrate Canada Day this year!! This is *NOT* my Canada.When Harper is jailed,it will be time to celebrate!
— Louise McKinney (@Proud_Libtard) July 1, 2012
— jimbobbysez (@jimbobbysez) July 1, 2012
— Brandon Laraby (@BCLaraby) July 1, 2012
This Canada day, the true love for our country is shown in the #DenounceHarper twitter trend. It is because we DO care & now the world knows
— Michelle Mainwaring (@LuvLaffen) July 1, 2012
#denounceharper Happy Canada Day – please take the time today to denounce Harper. Canada needs it’s democracy back!!!!
— Jamie Athey (@soniiice) July 1, 2012
— AQLPA (@AQLPA) July 1, 2012