Friday, June 26, 2009

Are Harper and his “conservative” government hypocrites?

“Individual freedom is something Conservatives value…
What exactly are those conservative values?
I think we all instinctively recognize them when we see them, although it is sometimes difficult to define them. I like to summarize my idea of conservatism in three "Fs" --freedom, family and faith.” Stephen Harper [1]

Mr. Harper says he believes in “freedom,” yet his government sided with the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) and was an intervenor with others 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).

The words “reasonable restriction on freedom of speech” have become a weapon to punish decent, law-abiding Canadians for daring to have an opinion in a so-called “free society.”

Free speech is either free or it is not free. We already have laws on the books if people libel or defame others. I believe cowardly politicians have abdicated their responsibilities to unelected, appointed “Human Rights Commissions.”

Mr. Harper is on record as saying this:
“Human rights commissions, as they are evolving, are an attack on our fundamental freedoms and the basic existence of a democratic society,” says Stephen Harper, president of the National Citizens' Coalition. “It is in fact totalitarianism. I find this is very scary stuff.” [2]

Mr. Harper also says this: “Human rights commissions, as they are evolving, are an attack on our fundamental freedoms…” Yet, his government is an intervenor against free speech, and sides with the CHRC and powerful special interest groups, rather than defending freedom for the people of Canada. Meanwhile decent people across Canada are being dragged before these Stalinist commissions and have to pay their own costs while their accusers get a free ride. If this is “freedom” in Harper’s Canada then I believe it is a farce.

Mr. Harper says he believes in “family.” Yeah sure! His government recently gave $400,000 dollars to the Toronto Gay Pride parade where men and women have been known to march naked and make obscene gestures. The Gay and Lesbian newspaper Xtra of Toronto June 16, 2009 said this:
“In what is surely an effort to make Toronto's Pride festival as fabulous as possible Canada's federal government has announced a plan to dish over $400,000 to Pride Toronto.” [3]

Life site News of June 24, 2009 had this headline:
“Formerly Pro-Family Finance Minister Jim Flaherty Expresses Support for Homosexual Agenda.” The article stated,
“Maclean’s magazine reported on June 18 that Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, once supported by pro-family advocates, has expressed support for the homosexual agenda in a congratulatory letter to Conservative strategist Jaime Watt. Watt was awarded Egale’s inaugural Leadership award for homosexual rights at Egale’s gala last week….” [4]

But hey, Mr. Harper and his government believes in “family!” And yet, he and his government did not have the courage to defend the traditional family on the nonsense called, “same-sex marriage.” Oh sure, he and most of his government voted against it in a lukewarm motion in Parliament. The truth is so-called “same-sex marriage” was never in the Charter and is an invention of nonsensical words. Mr. Harper and his government could have used the not-withstanding clause. But, Mr. Harper is on record as saying the following regarding this nonsense called same-sex marriage, “I will never use the notwithstanding clause on that issue”[5] (Lifesite News December 16, 2005.)

And on the greatest moral issue of our time, the killing of the innocent child in the womb, Mr. Harper is on record as saying this:
“The Conservative government won't be initiating or supporting abortion legislation, and I'll use whatever influence I have in Parliament to be sure that such a matter doesn't come to a vote…” [6] Lifesite News, January 17, 2006

And we thought we lived in a democracy!

Still, Mr. Harper has “faith.” Unfortunately, based on the evidence, thinking people must surely have little faith in Mr. Harper or his government. Somebody once said, “By their actions you will know them.” Therefore, I ask the question, are Harper and his “conservative” government hypocrites?

Stephen J. Gray
June 26,2009.



[2] B.C. Report, magazine article by Terry O’Neill)