Sunday, April 20, 2014

Brigette DePape staged an unprecedented protest on the floor of the Senate chamber, walking out into the red-carpeted centre aisle carrying a red “Stop Harper” sign that she’d pulled from beneath her skirt as Gov. Gen. David Johnston read the new government’s speech from the throne.

She is calling upon Canadians to act creatively in protesting Harper, like she did with civil disobedience in the Senate chamber. Although this won’t start a revolution, her invitation to join social movements will certainly raise awareness of those movements who oppose Harper’s ideas.

Very smart too, she had a press release emailed while she was still in custody.

DePape, from Manitoba, has been working in the Senate for a year. A statement issued in her name said she opposes the agenda of the Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government, which won a majority mandate on May 2.

This country needs a Canadian version of an Arab Spring she said. Things lies not with Harper but in the hands of the people, when we act together in our streets, neighborhoods and workplaces, the statement said.

She went on to give a series of media interviews. She explained she feels the Conservative government’s policies on the environment, social programs and the military are destructive, and that civil disobedience is needed to try and stop them.

DePape grew up in Winnipeg, was a member of a local baton-twirling team until she was 13 and graduated from College Jeanne Sauvé.

She volunteered at the Siloam Mission, raised more than $100,000 for a village in Senegal and was a member of the group Students Without Borders.

In 2007, she won a prestigious Loran scholarship from the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation. The prize includes up to $75,000 over four years and help finding summer internships in public policy.

Last summer, DePape interned at the Manitoba office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, where she penned an essay on the G20 protests in which admitted she was crushed when her father told her protesting was unproductive and ineffective.

“Extreme circumstances call for extreme measures,” Ms. DePape said in an interview. “I think that everywhere is the right place to resist the Harper government.”

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Stop Harper Placard

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper said during the campaign a Conservative majority government would bundle crime legislation into one bill and push it through Parliament within 100 days of taking office.

These crime bills will result in the lengthy incarceration of hundreds of additional offenders under harsh conditions.

Many Canadians approve. Fine, they say—whatever it takes to get the crime wave under control.

But there is no crime wave. Crime is down in virtually all categories, including violent crime. It has been falling steadily for 30 years…

The Conservative platform notes that under the Criminal Code, courts are to impose a victim surcharge on convicted criminals to help fund victim support services in every province. Yet in a majority of cases, that fine is not imposed.

Tougher penalties do not help women fleeing abusive relationships find safe shelter or enhance services in the community that can prevent re-victimization

So lets let slash 80 000 public servants to build more jails ? Harper is an intelligent tactician who united the right. This shift in policy is enabling the consolidation of right wing institutions to the detriment of public services…  Another right wing conservative promise to change the face of our democratic institutions.

 

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Conservative Bills To Be Brought Up Soon

Harper Conservatives vow comprehensive tough-on-crime legislation

 

The crime package is back, combined in a complex, 53-page document containing hundreds of amendments to the Criminal Code that are designed to shift some of the focus from rehabilitation to retribution.

The government will introduce its promised omnibus crime bill, which will require a warehouse cart to move around since it will amalgamate no fewer than 18 separate bills that died on the House order paper with the dissolution of the last Parliament.

The bill which the Harper government is trying to implement is neither novel nor unique. In fact critics of the bill argue that this kind of legislation has been implemented elsewhere and failed.

Bill S-10

With Bill S-10 the Conservatives want to impose a minimum sentence of six months up to two years on certain crimes which currently have no minimum sentence when certain ‘aggravating’ factors apply.

The bill is being met with a lot of opposition, and for good reason. That’s because minimum sentencing bills such as these don’t work or make much sense. They don’t make legal sense because they don’t act as the deterrents that they’re suppose to be, and they don’t make fiscal sense because they end up costing taxpayers millions of dollars with no visible benefit to show for it.

Bill C-51

Bill C-51 – Clause 5  provides that the offences of public incitement of hatred and wilful promotion of hatred may be committed by any means of communication and include making hate material available, by creating a hyperlink that directs web surfers to a website where hate material is posted, for example.”
For simply posting a link to a website that has material someone else deems hateful, you could go to jail for two years and be branded a criminal.

This is another attack on the tax paying middle class, who have to pay for all of this while at the same time losing public services.

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