This week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Public Safety Minister, Vic Toews, attacked the Internet and Canadians through Bill C-30. He insulted Canadians, and threatened their right to online privacy and a host of individual freedoms. But Canadians employed the muscle of the social media and hit back! Via Twitter & Facebook, here’s what they had to say…
Way back in 2001, Elections Canada charged a certain Paul Bryan for violating section 329 of the Canada Elections Act. Stephen Harper, then President of the National Citizens Coalition, a conservative lobby group that has campaigned against public services, the Canadian Wheat Board, the Canada Health Act, the Canadian Labour Congress and the admittance of Vietnamese refugees (“boat people”) to Canada, wasn’t too happy. Especially mind-boggling is Harper’s pretense to caring about individual freedom, freedom of speech, the Internet and the “free flow of information.”
As Prime Minister Stephen Harper leads a high-powered Team Corporate Canada to China, there’s justifiable speculation that the PM will not question China’s appalling human rights record. At least not publicly. Once, powerful western democracies placed human rights at the centre of their international relations. In fact, human rights were once the cornerstone of Canada’s foreign and other policies. But times have changed. In the Harper Conservative majority era, Canada coddles dictatorial regimes that persecute their own populations. For example, China, our new best friend.
But now that the Asian powerhouse is fast emerging as the next global “super power”, is it far-fetched to suggest that Chinese President Hu Jintao quiz Harper on Canada’s human rights record during the visit? The Yinka Dene Alliance, a group of five First Nations that represent several thousand people in north-central B.C., doesn’t think so.