From Government to Campaign Trail: Harper’s Control Tactics Continue

When Stephen Harper’s Conservative government was in power, one of the tactics Harper used was to carefully control everything that went on in his government. That means that he prevented government scientists from talking to the media, fired senior bureaucrats in watchdog posts who dared to disagree with him, frequently muzzled Conservative Members of Parliament and Ministers, and much more. In case there was any doubt in anyone’s mind about who was in control, he even went the extra step of rebranding the “Government of Canada” as “Harper Government.”

Now that the government has fallen and Canadians are in election mode, Harper is continuing to run a tightly controlled ship. The Globe and Mail summarized some of the control tactics the Conservatives are using to shield Harper from any possible public criticism or debate:

There is no question Conservatives are closely controlling access to their leader. Those attending Mr. Harper’s rallies must pre-register and then produce identification at the door. Mr. Harper is not doing any door-knocking or main-streeting, where he might meet voters who don’t support him. National media travelling with Mr. Harper on the tour are limited to asking him roughly four questions each morning, with a fifth allocated for a local reporter in whatever city or town he’s visiting.

Will control tactics like these do more harm than good in the end? Only time will tell, but reporters and the other parties are certainly going to do their best to let Canadians know about this issue. Take, for example, the following video created by the Liberal Party of Canada to illustrate the approach that Harper’s government has used to keep potential non-supporters out of their rallies:

Can Canadians trust someone who will not freely answer questions and debate the issues? Can the bureaucracy withstand another term of being forced into silence?

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106 comments

John M.
John Mccarthy5 years ago

Please, save our Country - vote ABC (Anybody But Conservative)

Robert G.
Robert G.5 years ago

And destroy the country completely?

Past Member
Past Member 5 years ago

WE CALL HIM 'KING HARPER' and then we also have 'PRINCE MCGUINTY' and we're pretty darn sure that they are in bed together! LET'S GET RID OF THEM BOTH IN THIS ELECTION---VOTE NDP!

kurt klingbeil
kurt klingbeil5 years ago

http://compellingcomics.justsomeguy.com/CanadaVotes2011/Canada.html

Nora J.
Nora J.5 years ago

There is no question Conservatives are closely controlling access to their leader. Those attending Mr. Harper’s rallies must pre-register and then produce identification at the door. Mr. Harper is not doing any door-knocking or main-streeting, where he might meet voters who don’t support him. National media travelling with Mr. Harper on the tour are limited to asking him roughly four questions each morning, with a fifth allocated for a local reporter in whatever city or town he’s visiting.

A politician should not be able to pick and choose these things. If you are going to be the leader of a country, you have a duty to ALL its citizens, not just those who agree with you. That is how a democracy is meant to be run. Vote this evil prima donna out now before he does any more damage to your beautiful country who once had an enviable and impeccable international reputation.

kurt klingbeil
kurt klingbeil5 years ago

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/tories-misinformed-parliament-g8-fund-may-broken-law-20110411-065615-932.html

kurt klingbeil
kurt klingbeil5 years ago

http://compellingcomics.justsomeguy.com/CanadaVotes2011/Canada.html

kurt klingbeil
kurt klingbeil5 years ago

Harper may be the latest autocrat, but the firstest, in
all of parliament-dumb to be found guilty of contempt
of parliament. He is guilty of treason, of undermining
Canadian sovereignty, of dismantling those remaining
elements of this Country (OK, well, actually, technically
it isn't a country but a bankrupt corporation traded on the
US Securities Exchange, but for the purposes of this
discussion let's just pretend it is still a Country)
that are unique and distinct and not yet obnoxious.

An examination of many Harperist Bills (such as the C51/52 ->
C6 -> C36 serial Trojan Horses which intended to give Health Canada HomeLandSecutiry(TM)/TSA(TM) grade street-muscle against Natural Health Products businesses contained provisions which would allow future changes to be made, including the incorporation of foreign legislation, without going to parliament for approval.

If Harper had his way Nelson Mandela would still be rotting in a South African Jail run by a lovely white supremacist regime.

I believe that good government should encourage and support business, including BIG business. I am not anti-business.
I am against the common practice of BIG business externalising as much of their costs into the public as they can with the complicity and collusion of government officials.

http://presscore.ca/2011/?p=1980

http://rabble.ca/news/2011/01/ten-reasons-oppose-harper-candidate-your-riding

http://pushedleft.blogspot.com/2009/09/stephen-harper-northe

Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley5 years ago

Control tactics only highlight what Harper doesn't want people to see. It would make me very suspicious if I were a voter.

Paul T.
Paul Thandi5 years ago

I would rather have a coalition government than have a Harper Conservative government!!!