22 Jan 2011

Harper abandons principles:
breaks promises in search of total power in Ottawa

The spark that led a group of volunteers to set up Catch 22 Harper Conservatives just about a year ago was Stephen Harper’s rash and heavily criticized move to shut down Parliament for 22 days. This was done to prevent the public from knowing more about who in his government knew what about allegations of torture made prisoners turned over to notorious Afghan "security" forces - NDS - by Canadian forces.

A year on, Catch 22’s concerns and fears stem from the unknown: If the Conservatives were to win a majority, how much more damage would be inflicted on the country that so many Canadians have worked hard to build since the Second World War? We should consider the democratic abuses of power and divisive right-wing policy agenda an appetizer. The main course will, as Stephen Harper promised, bring profound change to this country.

You won't recognize Canada when I get through with it"

As James Travers, one of the country’s top political columnists, points out today in The Toronto Star, Harper wants to head a majority government in Ottawa so badly that he has abandoned principles and broken promises in his quest for unchallenged power.

Travers: Majority power is minority Prime Minister’s first priority

    “Schooled by Jean Chretien, arguably his generation’s shrewdest politician, the Prime Minister piles bent and broken rules on top of Liberal dirty tricks even as he targets rivals’ groins and jugulars...

    “Those who don’t like Harper don’t like him a bit. They resent the sly, incremental recalibration of Canada as a right-of-centre country and worry what Harper Conservatives would do with the same sweeping authority Chretien Liberals abused.”

**This article originally appeared Catch-22 Harper Conservatives, the campaign worked to defeat Harper in the 2011 election.