100+ Reasons Not to Vote for Harper
1. Calling an early election, breaking a legislated promise to have the next vote in 2009.
2. Writing ineffective laws, which do not apply to him.
3. Apparently Canadian laws do not apply to him either, ask Elections Canada, a number of other quasi-judicial bodies or Cadman’s biographer.
4. Turning a record budget surplus into a deficit in 3 years.
5.Running the biggest spending Canadian government ever and increasing spending at twice the rate of inflation and revenue
6. Losing 2 billion plus dollars of tax revenue due to an ill conceived income trust policy.
7. Cutting Canada’s Food Safety Inspectors just prior to a major food poisoning outbreak (Listeriosis) that has killed 15 people so far.
8. Adding a personal hair stylist and image consultant to the PMO staff and billing the taxpayer for her services
9. Fudging the costs of government jets used by Stephen Harper and his ministers after blasting Liberals for the same thing.
10. Kicking out Garth Turner for communicating with Canadians.
11. Firing Mp Bill Casey for doing his job and standing up for his constituents
12. Producing a 200 page “Manual of Dirty Tricks” to deliberately disrupt parliamentary committees and parliament.
13. Conservative committee chairman following that advice and walking out whenever a contentious issue is raise or they might lose a vote.
14. Parliamentary secretary Pierre Poilievre’s hand gestures in Parliament and F-word comments in committee.
15. Firing Conservative Senators Hugh Segal and Michael Meighan from committee work for independent thinking.
16. Muzzling Conservative MPs and banning them from unauthorized media interviews.
17. Spending more money in a single year than any other government in Canadian history, stoking inflation and threatening higher interest rates
.18. Broken promise on taxing income trusts.
19. Deporting hardworking, tax-paying resident Portuguese drywallers.
20. Conservative MP Colin Mayes writing a column saying journalists who disagree with Harper should be jailed.
21. Doing nothing about climate change or the environment for more than a year, and until forced to by the polls.
22. Making a former lobbyist for military arms dealers the minister of defence, in charge of $15 billion in spending.
23. Orchestrating a secret dirty tricks campaign against Bob Rae inside the Liberal leadership convention.
24. Preaching Senate reform, then appointing Michael Fortier to the Senate so he could be made an unelected cabinet minister.
25. Setting Jim Flaherty loose to attack Ontario’s economic policy (after he led them into deficit) and succeeding in driving away business and investment.
26. Failing to have any effective policy to help Ontario’s struggling manufacturing sector, other than tax cuts for the ones enjoying a profit.
27. Refusing to allow media coverage of the return home of our Afghan war dead, without consulting the families.
28. Broken promise on providing a health care waiting time guarantee.
29. Threatening Conservative MPs with loss of party status if they talked about funding cuts that affect their constituents.
30. Running the most secretive and least accountable government in Canadian history after running on a platform of accountability
31. Attempts to block access by the Parliamentary Press Gallery to the prime minister and cabinet. Secret timing of cabinet meetings to avoid press.
32. Trying to dismantle the Canada Wheat Board and sacking its president. Quote: “One Way or Another…”
33. Supporting Calgary Conservative MP Rob Anders’ bogus nomination process, later overturned by the courts.
34. Trying to buy the 2007 Quebec election with a 34% increase in transfer payments.
35. Refusal to even consider honouring the Kyoto Accord, or come up with a credible alternative, until forced to by Parliament.
36. Appointing Liberal MP Wajid Khan as a mid-east advisor to write a public report for Harper, then refusing to release it after he defected.
37. Claiming the Air India inquiry depended on anti-terrorism act amendments that opposition MPs opposed, when lawyers said it did not.
38. Blacking out pages which supposedly provide proof of tax leakage as justification for taxing income trusts when released under a Freedom Of Information request and stating that it was done in the “Interest of National Security.
39. Refusing to apologize for wiping out $25 billion in private savings with one tax measure, a great deal of it belonging to seniors.
40. Raising personal income tax rate for the lowest bracket to help pay for record government spending.
41. Vowing to dismantle gun registry after fatal shooting in Montreal with registered weapons.
42. Cabinet minister Peter Van Loan botching the electoral reform commission hearings.
43. Cutting the Energuide program for low-income homeowners and replacing it with a new one for higher-income homeowners.
44. Cancelling the Kelowna Accord, cutting off talks with first nations’ leaders and refusing to deal with the Caledonia crisis.
45. Saying opposition MPs have “more passion for Taliban prisoners” than they do for Canadian soldiers.
46. Spending $150,000 per weapon to arm border guards.
47. Constant campaigning, rather than governing.
48. Not a single new child care space after promising 125,000 would be created in first Conservative mandate.
49. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty spending $400 on a pair of skates while bringing in budget for “working families.”
50. Promising a lean government, and then bloating the cabinet by six more people, with cars and drivers
51. Snubbing two of the world’s fastest-growing economies and most promising trading partners, China and India.
52. Firing acclaimed conservative candidate Mark Warner for daring to talk off issue about social issues concerning local residents.
53. Breaking a Conservative Blue book pledge to Prevent party leaders from appointing candidates without the democratic consent of local electoral district associations.
54. Spending millions attacking Stephane Dion as “Not a Leader”. Why? because he is the kind of open leader that Canadians respect and he fears.
55. Breaking promises to provinces, including Newfoundland and Labrador and Saskatchewan, over transfer payments, while showering Quebec.
56. Politicizing the police and the military.
57. Linking a vote on pension income-splitting for seniors to taxing income trusts.
58. Cutting funding to women’s programs only to restore it after staff was fired.
59. Accusing those concerned with human rights of being soft on crime, soft on terror and bashing police.
60. Heritage Minister Bev Oda spending $5,000 on Halifax limos to arrive in style at the Juno awards.
61. Allowing one of his “advisors” John Reynolds to be a registered lobbyist for the Rick Hanson Foundation (which I think he is on the board) and giving mega bucks for research for spinal cord injuries.
62. When everyone wants an end to school yard bullying and internet bullying he sets an example to kids that it is acceptable to bully.
63. Steals Liberal policies and renames them (and lies about it) just to get votes.
64. His budget (07) is costing Canadian taxpayers each $1,000. to buy Quebec votes.
65. Using taxpayers money to deliver and solicit responses via “10 percenter’s” sent by out of riding Con MP’s to distant ridings. Thinly disguised campaigning… yet another “bend the rules” Harper contrivance.
66. The Cadman Affair, questionable and possibly illegally attempting to influence the vote of a dying MP. More “rule bending”.
67. Suing the opposition for doing its job.
68. Continually changing his story about the Cadman tape. Unanswered questions abound.
69. Normally leaving the House of Commons by the back door to avoid answering media questions.
70. Ignoring Canadian scientists who had won Nobel prizes when their science didn’t match with his views of reality.
71. Massive spending on advertising prior to an election call.
72. Rona Ambrose, as environment minister, firing a government scientist for writing a book on global warming.
73. Stacking a stem cell research advisory committee with pro-life Conservatives.
74. Breaking the Atlantic Accord after promising not to.
75. Denying all veteran’s widows extended benefits after promising to do so.
76. Snubbing Canadian United Nations High Commissioner for Human rights, Louise Arbour
77. Causing the loss of Bell Canada and dozens of Income Trusts to Private equity firms with an ill conceived Income Trust policy, resulting in reduced tax revenue
78. Stacking the judiciary with pro-Conservative judges after vowing open appointments.
79. Selling out to the Americans on softwood lumber and leaving a 1 billion dollar tip on the table.
80. Cutting funding to literacy programs, then sending Laureen Harper to a literacy event.
81 The Elections Canada raid on Conservative party headquarters, investigating the ‘in and out” election financing scheme.
82. David Emerson
83. Ignoring the advice of the Canadian Nuclear Agency on the Chalk River reactor
84. Firing Linda Keen the head of the Canadian Nuclear Agency a supposedly independent quasi judicial body hours before she was to testify a parliamentary committee
85. Hiding the Minister responsible for nuclear safety Gary Lunn, for weeks and billing taxpayer for an imagine consultants services before he would re-appear
86. Dropping his friend and valued advisor Brian Mulroney like a hot potato, when Schreiber’s allegations are made public.
87. Losing all the correspondence sent to the PMO by Schreiber over a year.
88. Resisting all calls for a public inquiry until his ex friend Brian Mulroney demanded one.
89. The Obama Leak, leaking confidential diplomatic comments to help right wing friends.
90. Vigorously attack the Liberal party plans on the economy, environment, and poverty while having no effective plan after 3 years.
91. Maxime Bernier Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister leaves top secret documents at his girlfriends’ house.
92. Not realising for weeks that he had done so (until pointed out to him), so much for taking homework home!
93. Ignoring one of John Manley’s key recommendations on Afghanistan to improve communication to Canadians on progress.
94. Dredging up anti-gay sentiments by forcing another vote in Parliament on same-sex marriage
95. Conservative MP Helena Guergis leaks details of Stephane Dion’s top secret tour to Afghanistan thus endangering his life and those of the troops protecting him.
96. Attacking Dion for pointing out that Pakistan’s support of terrorist training camps was a major problem in Afghanistan. Something that evidently had not occurred to him
97. Pushing recognition of “the Quebecois as a nation” through Parliament in order to win seats in that province.
98. Smearing MP Nav Bains’ father-in-law as being a potential terrorist, in the House of Commons
99. John Baird’s partisanship.
100. Security Minister Stockwell Day denying a former MP was bought off to secure Day a seat in Parliament.
101. Refusing to lower Canadian flags to honour our fallen military heroes.
102. Promising investors a break on capital gains taxes and then abandoning it after being elected.
103. Refusing to use the Canadian Press Gallery except on one occasion.
104. Refusing to accept questions from the press except a few carefully screened journalists.
105. Attempt to introduce a copyright act based on the Digital Millennium Act, a wish list produced by industry. Refusing to answer questions as usual.
106. Stopping public servants making statements without approval from the PMO
107. Stopping Conservative MPs making statements without approval from the PMO
108. Harper’s broken promise to rescind a ‘temporary deficit reduction tax’ on gas, in spite of the deficit having been eliminated..
109. Harper’s broken promise to reduce federal fuel taxes if gas goes over 85 cents/l, saying “get used to it” and “the reduction would be insignificant” after being elected.
110. Making this list too darn easy to write