A longtime rural resident, I use my 60 plus years of life learning to opinionate here and elsewhere on the “interweb” on everything from politics to environmental issues. A believer in reasonable discourse rather than unhelpful attacks I try to give positive input to the blogesphere, so feel free to comment upon rural issues or anything else posted here. But don’t be surprised if you comments get zapped if you are not polite in your replys.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Thank you Senator

This from Senator McCoy’s latest blog entry, reproduced in full here because we all DO need to be aware of these citizen initiatives to stop the Harper regimes slide towards increasingly non democratic manner of governance. See in particular the leaked memo (PDF) on the EPA.
The Senators remarks follow:-

We've spent the better part of the past three days sending updates to over 3,500 Canadians who emailed us about Bill C-10. I'm happy to report that many, many Canadians have told us they're determined to continue resisting changes to pay equity and the Navigable Waters Protection Act at Senate committee hearings. Contact information is available here if you're keen to join them. You can also join the Facebook groups for pay equity and for rivers which are still growing.

In the meantime, kudos to Runesmith who's started a Facebook group to support Kevin Page, the Parliamentary Budget Officer. And also to the environmentalists who outed Minister Jim Prentice's plans to rewrite the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. His plans are outlined in this internal memo. Finally, just in case you missed it, the indefatigable Kady O'Malley deserves our gratitude for liveblogging the ultra-right wing Manning Centre conference last Saturday.

Kady's reporting tends to prove the point one of my friends emphatically asserted last year, namely that the Conservatives really are committed to changing the fundamental DNA of our nation. Never mind that their credo has been convincingly discredited by the collapse of global economic systems. After all, as PM Harper assured them, that's not their fault – the US is entirely to blame and he himself plans to stick to "objectives broadly defined by our conservative principles." No wonder many Canadians are willing to keep up their resistance to travesties like the Public Sector Equitable Compensation Act and the Navigable Waters Protection Act.

Spread the word, do not let this government rule by decree and behind closed door regulation changes.

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