by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Sept. 4, 2012:
“Stephen Harper Hates Us” banner. [Public Service Alliance of Canada]
If your progressive message is truthful but critical of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, it automatically qualifies for a “threat” and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) won’t allow it to fly over Ottawa. Let me put it another way: Ottawa is no place for legitimate political dissent. That’s the message our-scandal-ridden national police force conveyed on Saturday when it grounded a plane chartered by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) to fly a protest message over Ottawa and Gatineau.
The message, which is part of PSAC’s national protest against recent devastating federal public service cuts, read: ”StephenHarperNousDéteste.ca”, (Stephen Harper Hates Us).
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:
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.