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Damn it, Janet! It’s not the Harper Government. It’s the Government of Canada. And so it shall forever remain.
You know the power of a dictator-style personalty cult is at work when a federal agency rebrands a country in the name of the great and Dear Leader, Stephen Harper. A news release the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) posted online earlier today carried the Harper-centric headline:
“HARPER CANADA INVESTS IN INFRASTRUCTURE FOR MUNICIPALITY OF ARGYLE”
RCMP and CSIS treat peaceful protest actions and questioning the Harper Government as ‘forms of attack’, label activists involved “national security threats”, documents reveal.
The Harper Government is intensifying its attacks on environmental and other activist movements in Canada, according to documents released under freedom of information laws, the Guardian (UK) reports.
For the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), Canada’s national police force and chief spy agency, respectively, monitoring environmental activists and labeling them a “threat to national security”, has become the “new normal”.
Source: Toronto Star
Keeping Canadians in the dark by muzzling scientists is undemocratic; governing in the dark is reckless.
Apparently Stephen Harper is unmoved by the embarrassment of international reprobation.
It has been a year since Nature, one of the world’s leading scientific journals, chided the federal Conservatives for their antagonism to openness and declared, “It is time for the Canadian government to set its scientists free.”
Since then, other major international publications, including the Guardian and the Economist, have followed suit, calling on our government to take a more enlightened, democratic approach to scientific findings. Yet clearly not much has changed: the federal information commissioner is now considering a request to investigate the persistent and worsening problem of the government’s so-called muzzling of Canadian scientists.