Stephan Harper, Conservative, Federal, Prime Minister, 2006-2015

Stephen Joseph Harper PC (born April 30, 1959) is a Canadian economist, entrepreneur, and [now] retired politician who served as the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada, from February 6, 2006 to November 4, 2015. He was the first Canadian Prime Minister to come from the modern Conservative Party of Canada, which was formed by a merger of the Progressive Conservative Party and the Canadian Alliance.

Editor — It would be prudent to recall, that the Harper “Conservative Party of Canada” is most definitely NOT the Progressive Conservative Party (PC) that most people associate with the “Conservative” name. Rather the “Conservative Party of Canada” is a cobbled together merger of the Reform Party (then Canadian Alliance) and the what few surviving members of the PC Party remained after their utter and total defeat at the helm of Prime Minister Mulrooney. Merging they ingeniously pulled a slight-of-hand, preying on people’s lack of memory, that the Reform Party could win with the Conservative name attached without changing party platform. This should have given some indication of what Canadians could expect. 

Issue Kept Date Reason
Comment (as a private citizen) on the world stage, of the Liberal handling of the current NAFTA negotiations n/a Oct 31, 2017 Opinion – As a private citizen, he has no right for this comment to the media. Instead, he has the right, like the rest of us, to vote.
Senate Reform No Nov 4, 2015 Nine years, no change. Too complicated.
Bill C-51 “Anti-Terrorism” n/a March 12, 2015 Which critics say will criminalize free speech and allow government agencies to widely share personal information without any regard to privacy, while giving CSIS, RCMP and CSEC freer range to spy on whomever they choose. The law also allows these agencies to hold people up to a week in “preventative detention.”
Runs one of the most undemocratic regimes in Canadian History n/a 2011 Found in contempt of Parliament after his government refused to release costs on certain programs to opposition MPs.
Pulled out of the Kyoto Accord, the first country to do so n/a 2011 Despite that 13 of the hottest years on record have occurred since 2000 (and 2014 was the very hottest) Harper has fought every effort to impose climate change measures.
Canada Loses it’s chance for a seat on the UN Security Council n/a Oct 12, 2010 Canada’s diminished role in the International Community, in the previous decade Canada had the reputation as a UN enthusiast, leading the campaign to ban land mines, helping to establish the International Criminal Court, crafting the Right to Protect doctrine on international intervention in states that could or would not protect their citizens. But the country’s profile at the UN is a shadow of its former self.
Government Muzzles Canadian Scientists n/a Aug 1, 2006 This policy forced any journalist or scientist that wanted to talk to journalists to go through the government to ask permission first.

Resources

Assessing Stephan Harper, National Observer – Part 1

Assessing Stephan Harper, National Observer – Part 2

Bill C-51

Seaghan Hancocks

Mr. Seaghan (pronounced shawn) Hancocks works as a professional broadcast Line Producer. Between gigs he writes for his growing web clientele.

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