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Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Budget: Harper's Backdoor Treason

Using what was supposed to be a fiscal budget document Harper slaughtered all protection for Canada's environment and Canadians. He is a traitor to our country. A tool of the resource companies who want to rip apart our nation for its oil and minerals, leaving us a wasteland to inhabit while they funnel money to offshore tax havens that he made easier and more profitable to use. He has helped them rob our countries of billions - far more than enough to have avoided  the cuts he orced upon us.

He has betrayed every Canadian and should be arrested for violating the constitution, parliamentary contempt, election fraud, fiscal mismanagement, and collusion with the enemy in an attempt to destroy our country. If we still had the death penalty, I'd say string him up.

The best we can do is make sure he doesn't get elected again. He is the most evil politician Canada has ever produced, and we've had decades of ones who forced physical, mental, and spiritual abuse to the point of death upon our natives through residential schools. Not to mention forced sterilization, concentration camps, and the exploitation of the Chinese to build our railroad. 

Harper is our most recent shame and he's doing everything to make it as wide-spread as possible. Soon all of Canada will be an open-pit mine.

Its time to stand up and stop acting like cowards. Otherwise you're as bad him. Kick the hypocrite out! Show our so-called leaders that we're not the bunch of ignorant peasant slaves that the Hypocrite thinks you are and make your voices heard for something good. Because right now, Harper is claiming that you support his evil. That he has a mandate from the people. People that he clearly believes are nothing but raw material for the profit of companies and himself.

Stand up and show the rest of the world that Canada is not falling back into evil - only our idiot leader is.

The following is a re-post of an article on Canada.com

Harper government cancels 3,000 environmental reviews on pipelines and other projects

OTTAWA-The Harper government’s budget legislation has forced the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency to cancel nearly 3,000 screenings into potential environmental damage caused by proposed development projects across Canada, including hundreds involving a pipeline or fossil fuel energy, according to published records.
Out of 2,970 project reviews that were stopped by the legislation that rewrote Canada’s environmental laws and weakened federal oversight on industrial development, 678 involved fossil fuel energy and 248 involved a pipeline, including proposals from Alberta-based energy companies, Enbridge and TransCanada.
The numbers were calculated using the agency’s new online database that is still undergoing some revisions, additions and corrections.
“Federal environmental assessment is only one among many regulatory instruments aimed at ensuring that projects do not cause significant adverse environmental effects, and it is important to note that these smaller projects will still be subject to relevant federal and provincial laws, regulations and standards,” said Isabelle Perrault, a spokeswoman for the agency.
She explained that Environment Minister Peter Kent has decided to continue a “screening-type assessment” for 18 projects that were already undergoing reviews before Parliament adopted the budget bill, which also offered new tools for the government to authorize water pollution, investigate environmental groups, weaken protection of endangered species, and limit public participation in consultations and reviews of proposed industrial projects.
Perrault was not immediately able to confirm whether all projects on the list would face a mandatory environmental review from another regulatory body.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and members of his cabinet have said their reforms would strengthen environmental protection while removing administrative delays that could harm the economy.
But Gregory Jack, the director of a Natural Resources Canada task force on energy security, said last February that industry stakeholders saw “an opportunity to use (Enbridge’s proposed Northern) Gateway (pipeline) to push for (the) need for regulatory reform.”
Jack’s assessment was delivered in a presentation, released to Climate Action Network Canada through access to information legislation, at a meeting discussing the government’s efforts to deploy diplomats to defend oil and gas companies and fight international efforts to slash the heat-trapping pollution that contributes to global warming.
“Sadly in Canada right now when the oil industry says jump, the government asks how high,” said Hannah McKinnon, campaigns director of the network, a coalition of environmental, labour union and faith-based groups. “The government must be beginning to regret this approach though, as public opinion rails against Northern Gateway and the gutting of environmental regulations.”
Kent did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Megan Leslie, the NDP’s deputy leader has asked the environment minister to consider public consultations on drafting effective regulations for the new environmental laws.
Some of the cancelled reviews include coastal projects involving seismic testing, considered to be harmful to marine species, as well as a controversial proposal to reverse an Enbridge pipeline, and the construction of a new crude oil terminal and pipeline infrastructure for TransCanada’s Keystone route.
Leslie said she understands the need to improve the evaluation process, but she doesn’t believe such a large number of projects would no longer require a review overnight.
“It’s beyond comprehension,” said Leslie in an interview Thursday. “It makes this assessment process look like a farce.”
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency reviews cancelled on July 6, 2012. Some projects cross over into more than one province or territory. The agency has said it may revise some numbers on the new database since the totals by province and territory do not appear to match up exactly with the national totals.
Alberta: 348
British Columbia: 492
Manitoba: 87
New Brunswick: 141
Newfoundland and Labrador: 152
Northwest Territories: 6
Nova Scotia: 151
Nunavut: 1
Ontario: 561 EAs
PEI: 24
Quebec: 295
Saskatchewan: 638
Yukon: 1