On the environment, Stephen Harper’s record is appalling. Rick Smith summarizes the damage he has done:
The Fisheries Act no longer protects most fish.
The Navigable Waters Protection Act no longer protects most lakes and rivers.
The federal Environmental Assessment Act was repealed in its entirety and replaced with a law . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: The Law Of Unintended Consequences
The Conference Board of Canada — not a left leaning think tank — has released a report on Canada’s environmental health. The news is not good:
The study ranks Canada 15th out of 17 developed nations on environmental performance, ahead of only The United States and last place Australia.
The bottom three are . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: Near The Bottom
Canada’s native peoples understand how toxic the Harper government is for the environment. So does the Toronto Star:
Bill C-38 included more than $160 million in cuts to environmental spending, significantly impairing our ability to measure or mitigate our impact on Canada’s wilderness and wildlife. Yet it was never put before the Commons environment . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: A Bad Year For The Environment
Canadians have long held that Church and State are separate entities. Pierre Trudeau and Brian Mulroney — both Catholics — were instrumental in legalizing abortion. Perhaps they felt, like many Catholics, that they were not bound by each and every papal pronouncement. Or perhaps they personally held to the tenets of their faith, but . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: God On His Side
Canadians were quite happy not go to war in Iraq — even though Stephen Harper said we had a moral duty to be there. And they were shocked this summer when the prime minister suggested that Canada should take on Iran. But, when Canadians learned during last week’s budget that Mr. Harper had declared . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: Harrper’s War On The Environment