Friday, March 8, 2013

Are These the Actions of a Political Hypocrite?

Recently Stephen Harper announced a newly created “Office of Religious Freedom.” He  was praised for this and was quoted as saying these words:

“Around the world, violations of religious freedom are widespread and they are increasing,” (Ottawa Citizen, February 20, 2013) [1] They certainly are, including here in Canada. Some examples of religious freedom and non religious freedoms under attack in Canada can be seen here [2]

In Canada religious freedom and other freedoms have been under attack for some time. Yet the Harper government seems to have ignored what is happening in its own backyard.
Recently, in the Whatcott case, a case that could affect religious freedom and all our other freedoms in Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada in a unanimous decision said truth is no longer a defence even if it is true. Whether one agrees with Whatcott or disagrees, this ruling could affect us all. Our rule of law and evidence in courts are based on truth. Those giving evidence can swear on the Bible or take an oath.
“A person may, instead of taking an oath, make the following solemn affirmation: I solemnly affirm that the evidence to be given by me shall be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” ( )
Yet, our Supreme Court judges say truth is no longer a defence even if it’s true. Therefore if truth is no longer a defence how can the Harper government say this:

“The Office [of Religious Freedom] will be an important vehicle through which Canada can advance fundamental Canadian values including freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law worldwide,” said a background document released by the government.
Ottawa Citizen, Feb. 20, 2013. [1]

These are very nice and uplifting words from the Harper government but are they really just BS to disguise what is really happening in Canada to “fundamental Canadian values?” Let’s look at the words used by the Harper Government in its document.

Free speech has been dead in Canada for some time. The Whatcott decision is the final nail in its coffin delivered by judges, some were appointed by Stephen Harper. His government along with powerful special interest groups has also sided with the Canadian Human Rights (CHRC) against free speech.

“The Attorney General of Canada, the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Canadian Jewish Congress, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre and B'nai Brith Canada will be intervening in the Lemire case in support of Section 13, arguing that it is a reasonable restriction on freedom of speech” (Canadian Constitution Foundation Letter of April 28, 2008.

Stephen Harper said this about Human Rights Commissions and free speech.
“Human rights commissions, as they are evolving, are an attack on our fundamental freedoms and the basic existence of a democratic society … It is, in fact, totalitarianism. I find this is very scary stuff” (Stephen Harper). [3]
Based on his own words can anyone believe what this guy says?

The Harper “freedom document” also mentions “democracy”   If only that were true in Harper’s Canada. This is a government that prorogues Parliament.
“Three times in three years and twice within one year, the prime minister takes this extraordinary step to muzzle Parliament. This time it’s a coverup of what the Conservatives knew, and when they knew it, about torture in Afghanistan. So their solution is not to answer the questions but, rather, to padlock Parliament and shut down democracy.” Ralph Goodale quoted in CBC news Article December 30, 2009. [4]

The Harper government has also passed omnibus bills with little debate and announced changes to old age security in Davos  to a gathering of the world’s elite before discussing it in the Canadian parliament. Is this “democracy” in Harperland?

Human Rights:
Stephen Harper voted against discussing when human life begins. Is on record as saying this: “As long as I am prime minister we are not opening the abortion debate,…” Stephen Harper quoted in Globe and Mail, April 21, 2011.
One would think that in a so-called democracy any issue should be allowed debate. But it appears that in Harper’s Canada this issue is verboten or forbidden by the “great leader.”  See also the article, “Canada’s Charnel Houses” where 491 babies were born alive after abortions but were left to die. [5] Could we call these atrocities “fundamental Canadian values?” But hey, according to the Harper government we have “human rights!” It is a wonder most of these politicians don’t choke on their own hypocrisy!

Rule of Law:
Are the words “rule of law” just mere cynical words from the Harper government? I mentioned earlier, 491 babies were born alive after surviving abortion In Canada but were left to die. So far no charges have been laid in these atrocities. And Mr. Harper is quoted as saying this:
“‘I think all members of this House, whether they agree with it or not, understand that abortion is legal in Canada and this government, myself included, have made it very clear that the government does not intend to change the law in this regard,’ he said during question period Thursday” [6]
Still Mr. Harper has sympathy for dead ducks. A headline stated: “Dead ducks tar Canada's image, PM says” by John Cotter the Canadian Press, May 2, 2008. The article went on to quote Mr. Harper as saying: "I'm not here to make any excuses for the particular event that occurred over the last few days. It is a terrible event. It is not going to do anybody's image any good," (  )

In closing one can only say based on the evidence on what is happening here in Canada hypocrisy appears to be the forte of this supposed “conservative” government and many other politicians in Canada.   Freedom, democracy, human rights and rule of law look good on paper but in practice they all are victims of human rights commissions, and political and judicial BS. Meanwhile most of the political class and most of the media continue to accept the abominations heaped upon our once great country and its people. God help us all, oops can you still say that, in this Country?

Now a final word from the “great leader” himself, and don’t laugh!
“In the face of these injustices and atrocities, Canada will not be silent.”
Prime Minister Stephen Harper The Epoch Times, February 21, 2013 [7]

Yeah sure, Mr Harper, the cowardly silence from you and other politicians and political parties on the issue of free speech and other issues mentioned here is disgraceful.

Stephen J. Gray
February 8, 2013.

More info at links below on the Whatcott case: