I’m aware of Trudeau’s failings, but he’s a piker compared to the nightmare that was #Harper. There’s way, way, too much to list from those awful years. Here’s a small sampling: (very small)
~ Against court order, refusal to share budget Info.
~ Conservative Cabinet Staffers Granted Immunity from Testimony
~ Conservatives Falsify Reports and Documents
~ Repeated Duplicity on Costing of F-35 Fighter Jets
~ Harper Minister Lies, Blames Statistics Canada for Killing Long Form Census
~ Conservatives Engage in Abuse of Process with Omnibus Bills on a scale never before seen.
~ Conservatives Engage in Abuse of Process with parliamentary committees. Top Conservatives prepared a handbook instructing Conservative committee chairpersons on how to obstruct and sabotage proceedings.
~ Access to Information System Impeded
~ Loyalty Oaths Imposed on Public Servants
~ Suppression of Research
~ Like Never Before, Limits Placed on Media Access
~ Conservatives Block Accreditation for Opposition MPs
~ Clampdown on Freedom of Speech of Diplomatic Corps
~ Aquatic Science Libraries Decimated for no reason other than to destroy valuable environmental information.
~ Illegitimate Prorogation of Parliament, Twice
~ Undue Interference with Independent Agencies
~ Billions Borrowed without Parliament’s Permission
~ Lapdogs Appointed as Watchdogs
~ Undermining Statistics Canada, Killing Data
~ Government Muzzles Science Community
~ Cons’ Elections Bill Strips Power from Elections Canada
~ Harper Minister Smears Head of Elections Canada
~ Conservative Convicted on Robocalls Scam
~ Harper undercuts EC and tries to suppress vote with unfair elections act.
~ Conservative Bill Rewrites History to Protect Mounties from Potential Criminal Charges
~ Harper Government Sued by Justice Department Whistleblower
~ Time and again the Harper government proposed bills that ended up being shot down by the courts, prompting critics to say such legislation was more about making political statements than lasting policy.
~ Tactic Borrowed from North Korea. Ostensibly neutral public servants were used as stooges, falsely posing as new citizens in a staged Citizenship Renewal public relations exercise by the Immigration Department
~ UN Blasted Canada’s Treatment of Immigrants. Changes made to Canada’s immigration and refugee system under Harper were investigated by the United Nations Human Rights Committee, whose report blasted how thousands of migrants were detained indefinitely without due process, many for over a year or more, as well as poor mental health support for those incarcerated.
~ The ‘Harper Government’ Labelling Deception. Public servants were told to use “Harper Government” instead of “Government of Canada” in publicity releases. The Conservatives denied it was happening — until internal memos revealed by the Canadian Press revealed the denial to be without basis.
~ Conservatives Place Party Logos on Government of Canada Cheques
~ Record Amounts of Partisan Political Advertising, on the Public Purse
~ Conservatives Stack Their Own Ridings with Infrastructure Funds
~ Revenue Canada set loose to Attack Charities that weren’t ideologically in line with Harper’s beliefs, including environmental, animal welfare, etc…
~ Conservatives Use Unheard of Tactic to Force through Anti-Union Bill
~ Harper Smears Liberal Sikh MP, Insinuating Tie to Terrorism. He was completely wrong yet wouldn’t apologize.
~ Citizens Ejected from Conservative Rallies simply because they weren’t screened and vetted beforehand as being Conservative party members. If they were spotted, they were gone. Unbelievably, during election campaigns.
~ Conservatives Make Campaign Event Attendees Sign Gag Order