Stephen Harper and the tyranny of majority government

Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrives in Paris on June 6, 2012.

By Gerald Caplan, The Globe and Mail, 15 June 2012

Concerned Canadians have tried to assess the magnitude of the government’s attack on dissenters and Voices–Voix, a coalition of organizations and individuals “united in defence of democracy, free speech and transparency in Canada” has tried to publicize it. In a list compiled before the 2011 election, intrepid researchers Judith Szabo and Pearl Eliadis came up with what they called “Harper’s Chopping Block.” 

Something entirely different was going on here. In the words of Amnesty International Canada’s Alex Neve, this was part of the government’s systematic “campaign against advocacy and dissent,” a campaign that has only deepened since last year’s majority election. And the message Stephen Harper was sending home from Europe was that there’s more to come. Your government is after dissidents, folks.

For those who believe I’m exaggerating, you owe it to yourselves to read Alex Neve’s recent brief-but-comprehensive report of the Harper government record to date when it comes to democratic rights and values. It’ll shake you to your roots.

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Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press