Former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff says Harper’s power-grab “is harming democracy” and he’s 100% right.With unassailable majorities in both the House of Commons and Senate, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is potentially the most powerful leader in the world. He’s much more powerful that U.S. President Barack Obama who has to content with Congress on major decisions. In addition to the power that comes with the office of the prime minister in a parliamentary system, Harper has also accumulated more power through various anti-democratic means.
Harper is undermining Canadian democracy through his iron-clad control of the Conservative caucus and parliamentary committees. Through senate appointments. Through his oil-driven foreign policy and pro-Big Oil domestic policies that are turning Canada into a petro-state. Through what Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence once described as a paternalistic approach towards Aboriginal issues. Through his diabolical First Nations termination plan.