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Harper’s vision of government, the extreme conservative vision, is one of retribution, order, and civil obedience. It is more authoritarian in nature, less democratic and more divisive: The kind that says you’re either with me or you’re against me. Harper also isn’t keen on open political debate. His government finds public debate a threat to its goal of majority government. Canadians have seen this kind of ideological fervour at the provincial level under the Ontario Mike Harris government, the Alberta Ralph Klein government, but never before on the national stage.

Harper continued to ignore her until the other reporter chose not to ask his question. ”18 48 The Harper Record After that incident, full-fledged press conferences in Ottawa became a rarity. 20 Even bureaucrats who normally help to answer media questions have been forbidden to do so under Harper. but the motivation... ”23 In an emotional eulogy for his daughter, the father of slain Canadian soldier Captain Nichola Goddard issued a stern rebuke to the Prime Minister for barring the media from his deceased child’s homecoming.

Keen has made enemies in the nuclear industry because she has imposed tough new international standards on any new reactor built in Canada, in doing so hurting AECL’s ability to sell new reactors to the government of Ontario. She has also ended “pre-reviews” of new reactors, a process that warns operators if there are fundamental barriers to them being granted operating licences. ”10 And yet, in its harshest assault on a public agency to date, the Harper government has launched a law-suit against Elections Canada for supporting a search warrant to raid Conservative party headquarters to make sure the party’s advertising financing is on the level.

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