Thursday, August 27, 2009

Stephen Harper and More Broken Promises

Aaron Wherry at MacLeans discusses briefly Harper's plan to name 8 new senators next week, all patronage appointments.

He discusses the 2006 platform of the Conservative Party and the hypocrisy of a group who came to power claiming they were going to end this kind of family and friends rewards system.

Yet since then they have:

Consistently given top jobs based on patronage

Proven that nepotism is alive and well

Already rewarded friends with senate seats

Took cronyism to new levels

Hired Republican buddies to stay connected to George Bush

But let's peruse a few more lies from their infamous Standing Up For Canada platform:


Stand Up For Families:

Better health care for Canadians.......................................................................30
Real solutions for health care – a Patient Wait Times Guarantee....................30
The Liberals have delayed or failed to take action
on many other health issues
over the last twelve years.....................................31
A new Choice in Child Care Allowance...........................................................31
Security for seniors.............................................................................................32
Support for students and families with students................................................32
Promoting health and wellness..........................................................................32
Giving MPs a free vote on marriage...................................................................


Stand up for Our Communities

Improving Canada’s national infrastructure......................................................36
Building more affordable housing......................................................................37
Fight congestion through public transit.............................................................37
A cleaner, healthier environment......................................................................37
An immigration plan that works for Canada.....................................................38
Opportunity and respect for aboriginals.............................................................38
Promoting arts, culture, and competitive sport..................................................39
Supporting charitable giving .............................................................................39


Stand up for Canada

Open federalism–strengthening national unity.................................................42
Fiscal imbalance.................................................................................................42
Protecting and promoting official languages......................................................43
Enshrining property rights in the Constitution.................................................43
A better democracy............................................................................................44
Ensure fairness in party nomination races..........................................................44
Advancing Canadian values and interests on the world stage..........................44
Defending Canada..............................................................................................45
Creating jobs through international trade.........................................................46

Accountability: A Conservative government will:

Give the Public Service Integrity Commissioner the power to enforce compliance with the Public Servants
Disclosure Protection Act.
• Ensure that all Canadians who report government wrong doing are protected, not just public servants.
• Remove the government’s ability to exempt Crown corporations and other bodies from the Act.
• Require the prompt public disclosure of information revealed by whistle blowers, except where national
security or the security of individuals is affected.
• Ensure that whistle blowers have access to the courts and that they are provided with adequate legal counsel.
• Establish monetary rewards for whistle blowers who expose wrongdoing or save taxpayers dollars.

Of course there are a lot more broken promises. Like the respect of the parliamentary budget officer and truth in reporting. Same Old, same old.

But the most important ones are below:

Tories Break Law in Cadman Affair

The "In and Out" and Their attempt to Defraud Taxpayers

Does Stephen Harper Have the Legal Right to Govern?

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