Vilification/Smearing

Adil Charkaoui

Adil Charkaoui

The federal government accused Adil Charkaoui of being a terrorist and detained him without charge for two years. He was required to live under restrictions for more than six years. The government claimed to have evidence against him, but his lawyers could not see it.

Steven Schnoor

Steven Schnoor

Steven Schnoor, a communications professor in Montreal, made a film that showed dirty deeds of mining companies in Guatemala against local indigenous people. He was slandered by a Canadian Ambassador and won damages from the government for behaviour the judge deemed reckless, spiteful and oppressive.

George Galloway

George Galloway

Galloway participated in two successful speaking tours in Canada in 2005 and 2006 without incident. In 2009 Galloway was invited to Canada by a coalition of Canadian NGOs and anti-war organizations for a third speaking tour in March and April. 

Rights & Democracy

Rights & Democracy

Rights & Democracy was a respected government organization. Its reputation and effectiveness were undermined by political appointments and bullying designed to prevent support for three small projects that helped Palestinians. The projects represented less than 1% of the organization's budget.

Kairos

Kairos

KAIROS was abruptly denied funding by CIDA in November 2009. Bev Oda, the Conservative Minister for International Cooperation, was accused of tampering with the wording on a funding document and then lying about it to Parliament. Speaking at the Global Forum for Comabting Anti-Semitism in Jerusalem, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney defended the defunding by accusing KAIROS of anti-Semitism and of taking a leadership role in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against so-called Israeli apartheid. KAIROS says both accusations are false.

Kevin Page

Kevin Page | Parliamentary Budget Officer

On March 25, 2008, Mr. Kevin Page was appointed Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO), a position created under the Conservative government’s Federal Accountability Act of 2006. Upon his appointment, Mr. Page discovered numerous discrepancies in the government’s spending estimates. He reported on them and found himself in the public spotlight as a result. The Harper government undermined Kevin Page’s work to hold the government accountable, cut the PBO’s funding, tried to limit Page’s mandate as well as his reporting to Parliament and the Canadian public, and failed to cooperate with his investigations.

Arthur Carty

Arthur Carty

Dr. Arthur Carty advocated open sharing of information across borders and institutions. His role as National Science Advisor was undermined by the federal government, which cut off his communication with the Prime Minister, failed to ask him for his professional advice, and excluded him from science strategy discussions.

Rémy Beauregard

Rémy Beauregard

Rémy Beauregard died on January 8, 2010, at age 66, from a heart attack. His death came after months of conflict at Rights & Democracy with Tory-appointed board members who were ideologically opposed to the organization's grants, and accused Beauregard of improper management and of associating with "terrorist" organizations.

Richard Colvin

Richard Colvin

Richard Colvin was personally attacked and his credibility questioned by the government for having raised concerns about the Canadian military transferring Afghan prisoners to Afghan security forces, despite the Canadian military knowing that those prisoners might be tortured.

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