Anger over Elections Canada warning is vindication for Stephen Harper
Many Canadians—particularly on the left side of the political spectrum—are outraged by warnings from Elections Canada that talking about climate change could be considered “partisan speech.”
The warning came because the People’s Party of Canada has cast more doubt on human-caused climate change than the other parties, which means federally registered charities could be considered to be pushing partisan rhetoric by discussing climate change, since that may be contradictory to the message of a registered political party.
A new poll has shown that more than 50 percent of Canadians think that 2019 was a bad year for Canada, according to Global News.
The poll captured the opinions of Canadians on a wide range of subjects, including climate change and the economy, along with other minor issues. The most pressing issues, however, were subjects like climate change and wealth inequality, which Canadians are particularly pessimistic about.
on top of this, a significant amount of Canadians (29 percent) said that they were lonely “most of the time.” Another cause for concern was global warming, where 75 percent of Canadians expected global temperatures to increase.
Despite these results, the Vice President of Ipsos still thinks Canadians are feeling positive about life in Canada: “You know, while some things that Canadians are worried about have met these negative predictions … I do think that on the whole, they are feeling positive.”
This accompanies the sentiment of positivity that Canadians feel about 2020. Over three-quarters of Canadians feel that the new year will produce better results than the last year.
Nevertheless, the majority of Canadians feel that under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the economy will get worse in 2020. This negativity pales in comparison to other countries, who have expressed a far more negative outlook.
The Receiver General, responsible for making payments to the Government of Canada each fiscal year, lost over $1.4 million in taxpayer money from sending incorrect wire transfers and cheques.
According to Blacklock’s Reporter, the $1.4 million loss came after a “failed 2012 campaign by the Department of Public Works,” wherein they would require Canadians to submit sensitive information including bank data to accept payments from the government.
The Receiver General announced the losses in a Public Accounts notice, stating that they “misdirected direct deposits” 10,552 times.
A total of 5,713,290 was paid out incorrectly. Thankfully for the Receiver General, $4.2 million was returned. $1.4 million was permanently lost and is not expected to be recovered at any point.
Turning to electronic payments was intended to be a way for the Canadian government to move to a paperless world, aiming to make all payments electronically.
In 2013, the cost of processing an electronic payment was 69 cents less than using paper cheques.
The move to an electronic world, though, would have gone against the wishes of up to 37 percent of the country, who when asked, were “wary of surrendering” bank information to the federal government.
Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced that he will resign from his position on the board of the Conservative Party of Canada’s fundraising arm. The sudden resignation comes amid a scramble for organization within the party according to a recent article in Maclean’s.
Top Conservative sources have told Maclean’s that Harper’s resignation is allow him to block Jean Charest’s campaign for the party leadership. Although the two once worked closely in the early days of Harper’s reign as Prime Ministers they had a falling out over Charest’s use of funds in Quebec. In 2007, Charest transferred $2.3 billion federal dollars to the Quebec government to pay for tax cuts in the hope to increase his chances for reelection. Harper became suspicious of Charest who ran the Quebec Liberal Party for 15 years.
Charest was formally the premier of Quebec and leader of the Progressive Conservative party from 1993-1998. Charest asked Harper for his blessing to run before Christmas but Harper refused, claiming the party of today was not that of the one Charest had lead in the past. Charest is still likely to run and Harper has decided to get involved in the campaign according to sources.
Harper had already been urged to resign by friends and party officials since the resignation of former party leader Andrew Scheer. This comes at the heels of the dismissal of executive director, Dustin Van Vugt, over Scheer’s expenses. Most conservatives had expected Harper to make a quiet exit eventually but instead he resigned this week without notice while on a trip to India. Harper was attending a forum on international relations and security.
The Conservative Fund Canada handles the finances for the Conservative Party. Since the merger was formed between the Progressive Conservatives and the Canadian Alliance back in 2003, the fund has been enormously successful.
“The Fund’s in disarray,” said one Conservative senior veteran.
Despite leaving the fund Harper will remain closely involved with the party one source said. Fund members have to stay neutral during leadership campaigns and Harper wants for more “latitude” than the rule permits another source said.
Stephen Harper was among 120 Canadians named to the Order of Canada this week by Governor General Julie Payette.
Harper, who served as Canada’s 22nd prime minister, will join the exclusive club of notable countrymen that according to Payette’s office, “honours people whose service shapes our society, whose innovations ignite our imaginations, and whose compassion unites our communities.”
The former Conservative PM joins film director James Cameron, retired diplomat Raymond Chretien, philanthropist and founder of McDonald’s Canada George Cohon and optical physicist and Nobel Prize winner Donna Strickland in receiving the highest honour, Companion of the Order of Canada.
Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the order’s advisor council. Friday’s announcement also include 38 nominations for ‘Officer of the Order of Canada’ and 77 for ‘Member of the Order of Canada’ status.