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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I feel like Charlie Brown's football 

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Every time I start to think that maybe the Harper Cons aren't so bad, I find out that actually, they're worse.
When disaster strikes somewhere in the world, like now with the recent Philippines storm, our government routinely now announces it will match Canadian donations.  Pretty generous, I've thought.
Remarkably generous.
But now I find out that even though I am giving my donation to a charitable group, the Harper Cons are maybe not:
The Conservative government has severed long-standing ties with many of Canada’s largest and oldest aid organizations over the past few years, and instead focused its efforts on mining companies and other private sector actors.
Mining companies?
Yes it turns out to be true -- see here and here.
As usual, I'm the last to know.
Sigh.

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3 Comments:

.. Well Said .. Very Informative .. thanks !

.. and how you feeling re our Harper Government's collusion & conspiring so that the National Energy Board was de facto .. a partner with CSIS, RCMP & PMO & Stephen Harper to spy on individual Canadians, environmental advocates prior to the review of Northern Gateway pipeline ..

Don't recall Joe Oliver mentioning that he knew about this ..

Don't recall Stephen Harper mentioning this was the new normal in Canada.. an omnibus budget item, or election promise.. Hello Joe Flaherty ?? You part of this? If so, you are toast..

Who else was in on this complete travesty & scam ?
Hello Nigel, Jenni Byrne, Ray Novak, Arthur Hamilton

Where is the outrage, shock.. lashback ?
That our current Harper government, the BC & Alberta government, the RCMP & CSIS.. are busy with such obvious illegal actions ?

Mayor Ford.. he's a dazed peon ..

Stephen Harper is on the road to complete meltdown.. trying to take Canada down with him

Hello Canada ?? .. ?? .. Eh ?

By Blogger the salamander, at 5:08 am  

I thought I was always the one last to know. But apparently, it's you! Thanks for removing that load from my shoulders Cathie ;)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:27 am  

Harper initiated the project to convert the CIDA into a funding agency for corporate social responsibility programs of the “Canadian” resource sector some time ago. Given the production of noise, distraction and unprecedented disruptive activity in which his government has engaged, anyone who missed it can be excused for the oversight.


See also:

http://www.miningwatch.ca/news/poor-mining-companies-parliamentary-committee-report-calls-cida-giveaway-canadian-corporations

Nov 08, 2012

“[A] report, by the Conservative majority House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, proposes to reconfigure CIDA to better serve Canadian corporations as they go abroad, starting with the mining sector.

“The report prioritizes public-private partnerships, such as controversial projects with multi-million dollar mining companies that are already being piloted in countries such as Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Peru, as an ‘important tool of [CIDA’s] development programming’.”


http://o.canada.com/2013/06/27/cida-officially-no-more/

June 27, 2013

“The Conservative government budget bill that merged the federal aid agency with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade received royal assent on Wednesday, effectively creating the new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development — or DFATD, for short.”

By Anonymous John B., at 9:05 am  

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