Once again Canadian citizens are witnessing the dishonesty and deflective blame of a government gone mad. Harper's conservatives would have had us paying $10 billion more for fighter jets than we were told.
They lied to Canadians and Parliament for years while knowing the true costs. Now they cry "no harm, no foul." They tell us that the deal wasn't actually signed, and they're mending their ways by freezing spending on the F-35 program, so all is OK.
Well, it's not OK. How this justifies their contemptible and consistent lying and misleading of Parliament and the Canadians who elected them is beyond belief.
We can add this to a long list of assaults on our democratic process and, indeed, on the average citizen of this country.
The billion dollars spent on the G20 weekend, the largest mass arrest of legitimate citizen protestors in our history, the $50 million improperly spent in Tony Clement's riding, the contempt of Parliament order issued against the Conservatives for withholding information from the public and parliament, the advancement of the omnibus crime bill and the massive buildup of prison construction in the face of falling crime, the pushing of the costs of this insane crime agenda on the provinces in the face of advice from American critics who say mandatory minimums don't work, the killing of funding for at-risk youth programs such as Katimavik and the YEAH program in Langley, the weakening (and, dare I say, crippling) of the environmental process to get the Northern Gateway pipeline pushed through so that Big Oil can ravage northern Alberta and the world with high-carbon dirty oil, the demonizing of Canadians and other organizations who oppose it as "environmental radicals," the attempted institution of an incredibly invasive internet surveillance bill that would have tread all over our rights of privacy in an Orwellian fashion and the subsequent demonizing of anyone who opposes such interference in our privacy as "siding with the pedophiles," the intentional destruction of the civil rights and democracy agency that was created to further the message of democracy around the world, the creation of a religious freedom agency in a country that already has freedom of religion as one of its core values, the defunding and attacks on the CBC, the continuous dismantling of social programs and programs related to education, women, and children_ the list goes on.
Just what will it take for Canadians to say enough is enough?
Marshall Neuman, Langley
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