When it comes to criticism of their environmental record, Canada’s federal Conservatives have a standard operating procedure: silence it. So when visual essayist and activist Franke James was invited to Croatia, they quietly torpedoed the trip.
If anyone is surprised that a democratic country would censor one of its artists, take a look at Annie Urban’s post from last April: “Canadian Conservatives Ignore, Censor, Bully and Threaten Critics”. In January 2012, I wrote about the “Harper Government’s War on Environmentalists” after Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver wrote in an open letter that “environmental and other radical groups” were trying “to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological agenda.”
That kind of petty sniping by a cabinet minister is common in the right-leaning world of the Conservatives. So the Harper government will likely wish Franke James were an organization or employee they could muzzle when they read her newest essay: “What is Harper Afraid Of?”
All graphics courtesy of Franke James
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