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Harper Government’s War on Environmentalists

Harper Government’s War on Environmentalists
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This week, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver lashed out at environmentalists opposing the Northern Gateway pipeline as “billionaire socialists from the United States who are trying to undermine the Canadian economy.”  In an open letter, he wrote that “environmental and other radical groups” are trying “to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological agenda.”

Mr. Oliver’s tirade is just the latest in a series of moves intended to squelch opposition to the Conservative government’s determination to ignore environmental concerns if they slow its economic agenda. In a democracy, power rests in the hands of the people. An informed electorate will examine, question and challenge. The Harper government paints those who take that responsibility seriously as a lunatic fringe of “left-wing ideologues.”

Environmentalists and Radical Groups on the Chopping Block

The Harper government is using its majority to stifle opposition from an informed electorate. By limiting debate, threatening funding cuts and reducing staff that produce reports independent of corporate influence, they clear the path for their pro-industry agenda.

Environmental artist Franke James discovered the consequences of objecting to government policies when her international tour had to be canceled because of the Canadian government’s pressure on her sponsors.  Apparently the Harper government was sensitive about her questioning Canada’s environmental record. In Dear Prime Minister she had posed questions a lot of Canadians are asking, such as, “Why are you making us choose between the economy and the environment?”

The Canadian Environmental Network also experienced the government’s intolerance of “environmentalists and radical groups.” Last fall Environment Canada pulled more than a half million dollars in funding from the 34-year-old national organization that has been instrumental in drafting significant environmental legislation. They were notified in May 2011 that they could expect funding to be renewed. In October 2011 funding was denied, and Canadians lost the networking link between 640 small environmental groups and the federal government.

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1:50AM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

We have a demonic dictator as a leader who childishly must have his own way at all costs and will do anything to get it. Are these the qualities of a mature and reasonable man? What an embarrassment to Canada for Canadians and for his family! Somehow there must be a way we can remove him from office (insanity?) before the country and the planet has suffered beyond repair by his hand. Does he not realise he is digging his own grave as well as ours? Certainly no rational thought has gone into his plans and unfortunately he has brainwashed all his cronies to think the same and threatened them to not oppose him. Despicable!!!

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3:37PM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

I am sure that I am not the only Canadian infuriated by our Federal Govt. Words coming out of some of the conservative mouths are demeaning anyone wanting to keep watch over the environment of our beautiful country, especially after the budget cut back on the Environment with their 400 + page amendments package (just to confuse a lot of us...they think). Canada we are on a slippery slope downhill in our image to the rest of the world.
'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change our country (world). Indeed it's the only thing that ever has'. Margaret Mead.

6:46AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

LEFT WING IDEOLOGIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I belong to the Mother of us all the Mother who recognises no boundaries, no ownership of land, no animal as above any other, no politician, no company, no wealth except the wealth of her beauty, no environmentalist.

We are temporary guests here and as such we should respect the rights of our host and leave everything as we found it or better.

To continue as we are doing is to commit suicide!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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6:04PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

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11:45AM PST on Jan 19, 2012

Canadians brothers and sisters,
It's all our fault!!! Less than 60% of the people voted in the last election. Shame on us!!! I just can't get over this one: Less than 60% Canadians actually voted!!! We're becoming a country of idiots!!! In a democracy, people get the governement that they deserve. We deserve Harper... as a punishment!

The result of the poor turn-out at the election: Harper is in charge, and we all know his motto "If people voted for me, it means that they're OK with absolutely everything I do." Then, he goes ahead and thrashes nature.
Yes I do realize that the majority of people WHO VOTED didn't vote for him... I didn't vote for him... But I still feel guilty. Maybe I could have done a little more to make sure EVERYONE I KNOW goes to vote. Maybe I could have been a little less sarcastic, when talking about canadian politics, because being sarcastic make people around me even more unconcerned about the election. Maybe... I don't know... But we got to do somethign about this!

We have to realize, as a country, that we are very lucky to live in a democracy. Just think about the long list of people who were molested, jailed, even killed to have that right. Think about Nelson Mandela, about Aung San Suu Kyi, about Liu Xiaobo, and all the others... Think about their struggle, and VOTE!!!

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