Canadians to Harper Government: Keep Your Hands Off Our Values

The Canadian federal budget will be unveiled March 29th. If rumblings prove true, it will pour dollars into programs the majority of Canadians do not support, such as the Omnibus Crime Bill and increased military spending, and slash programs that exemplify Canadian values.

CBC May Be on the Chopping Block

Two programs being threatened with major cuts are the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) and OAS (Old Age Security). Friends of Canadian Broadcasting point out that cuts already made have resulted in “reduced quantity and quality of service” and argue:

Over the past fifteen years, while overall government spending has risen by more than 50% in real terms, the value of the Parliamentary allocation to the CBC has fallen by more than 15%.

CBC is the connective tissue that weaves together a population scattered over a large geographic area. As the nation’s only public broadcaster, it provides a critical voice whose independence is already threatened by the Harper government’s sensitivity toward opposing voices.

Changes to Old Age Security

Changes to the second program, Old Age Security, are likely to raise the age for eligibility from 65 to 67. The Harper government claims OAS is unsustainable because payouts will rise from $36.5 billion in 2010 to $108 billion in 2030.

However, Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page points out that by 2030, the higher amount will only increase spending to 3.2% of Gross Domestic Product, versus the current 2.2%. In addition, the bulge of seniors will be dwindling by then so the higher percentage is temporary.

Subtracting two years from OAS eligibility would hit lowest-income seniors hardest, making the 2012 budget a reverse Robin Hood. Instead of stealing from the rich to give to the poor, the Harper government is likely to offer less to the country’s neediest in exchange for more corporate tax cuts, higher military spending and more prisons.

Budget Counter to Canadian Values

Polls show just how out of synch those shifts are with Canadian values. According to an Ipsos Reid poll, 70 percent disagree with the government’s position on OAS. A Harris-Decima survey showed a similar percentage support maintaining or even increasing CBC funding.

The Conservatives are moving government to the right, a direction not supported by the majority of Canadians. As former Prime Minister Jean Chretien warned in December 2011:

Unless we are bold. Unless we seize the moment. Everything we built will start being chipped away.

The Conservatives already ended gun control and Kyoto. Next may be a woman’s right to choose, or gay marriage. Then might come capital punishment. And one by one, the values we cherish as Canadians will be gone.

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59 comments

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M5 years ago

All I can say is that the next election cannot come soon enough!!!
Harper's head gets bigger every day, and he seems to be doing whatever he likes and doesn't care what the Canadian people would like. I disagree with his changes to the OAS, as those who need it most will have to wait.
Thank you Cathryn for this post.

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Doreen Agostino
Past Member 6 years ago

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Doreen Agostino
Past Member 6 years ago

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Doreen Agostino
Past Member 6 years ago

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Doreen Agostino
Past Member 6 years ago

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LD B.
LD B6 years ago

"Unfortunately, we have a gouvernement elected by Canadians, Canadians who actually went to the polls and voted."

Is not the Harper administration in fact a MINORITY one?

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Lynn C.
Past Member 6 years ago

@Doreen A, thank you for your contributions!

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Past Member 6 years ago

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Past Member 6 years ago

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