"Aspirational goals" for greenhouse gas reduction invite ridicule
Technological approach an excuse for inaction.
Abortion debate could be reopened despite Harper protests
In spite of controlling tendencies, PM has never quashed anti-abortion Caucus members.
American Right has a scary strategy on health care
A view from South of the border
Angry Prime Minister
Frigid relations with Ottawa media highlight Stephen Harper's reputation for being angry and controlling.
Arar report censorship meant to protect American security establishment
Harper likely involved in decisions meant to protect allies - Arar lawyer.
Arctic frame for sovereignty should be cooperation, not confrontation - Byers
Harper's combative attitude could undo years of cooperation, while credibility is undermined by social conditions in the North.
Artists need long-term support for infrastructure – Charlie Angus
Juno nominee MP gives Harper credit for singing, but says Canada's edge in arts industries continues to be undermined.
Blocking public documents has become a pattern
Harper cannot blame previous government for undermining his own inquiry.
Brodie, Ian – Former Harper chief of staff takes job with top lobby firm
Could violate Conflict of Interest Act – Democracy Watch.
Budget warning signs raise doubts that announced money will get spent
Leaks over-hype stimulus spending – economists.
Cabinet shuffle all about public and internal "messaging" – pollster
Afghanistan "tag team" is main event but third shuffle in 18 months also sends message about who's in charge.
Cadman affair dramatically changes election timing scenarios
March 17 by-elections likely to go ahead, and Liberals could bring down government this spring if Conservatives sink in polls.
CanWest bolstered as Conservatives allow media monopolies to grow
Open support from owners of Canada's leading media company could be a political liability for Harper.
Casey at the bat: three swings and out
Harper Conservatives can't say they weren't warned in vote against Budget by well-liked Nova Scotia MP.
CBC would be damaged by Conservative recommendations in committee report
Calls for public broadcaster to do more with resources currently acknowledged as insufficient.
Colombia corporate trade push meets Canadian citizen resistance
Uribe stonewalls on tough questions from Bloc and NDP.
Colombia deal halted – for now – as Canadians rally against it
Human rights situation in Colombia "is truly alarming today" – daughter of murdered trade unionist.
Corporate tax cuts to go to US Treasury as Obama closes loophole
US will tax its companies the difference between foreign taxes and domestic ones to slow outsourcing.
Crime bill, now stalled in Senate, will actually make us less safe
America's "War on Drugs" and "three strikes" laws are both deemed massive and interconnected failures.
Culture wars continue with cuts to small magazines
Funding for artistic launching pads diverted to Conservative-friendly constituencies such as snowmobiling and fly fishing.
Democracy threat countered by Youtube and indie media – union leader Dave Coles
Agents provocateurs only the tip of Montebello story.
Dow suit puts NAFTA Chapter 11 to the test
Dow Chemical claims pit rights of communities to ban pesticides vs rights of companies to sell them.
Economic management draws failing grade from observers
Harper has repeatedly choosen politics over sound management - retired Finance official.
Economy being hollowed out by resource sell-offs, despite PM's jokes – Watkins
Value of US buyouts of CDN companies in first half of '07 more than four times value of CDN buyouts of US firms.
EI changes needed to prevent disaster in the making — CCPA
Canadians face greater vulnerability than at any time since the 1940s
EI reform the Harper way: only some will qualify
Canada, a wealthy country by any standards, leaves its unemployed to fend for themselves.
Election strategy for Conservatives focuses on Quebec and Ontario
Pollsters discuss the Harper campaign and ways to counter it.
Ethnic strategy undermined by racial slurs
Immigrant-bashing attitudes and a growing economic gap for racial minorities neutralize political outreach efforts to new Canadians.
Fiscal update shows there is no new Harper
Cut-throat plan to end democratic financing features lack of financial recovery plan.
Flaherty, Jim – "One of nature's hard-liners" and a key player on Harper's team
Affable style enables finance minister to skate past $6B deficit he helped leave Ontario.
Gun registry became a symbolic issue
Canadian right borrowed from National Rifle Association and the gun lobby in the USA, framing the debate.
Harris was less dangerous than Harper is – former "hack"
Ontario premier was a "thug" but did not operate by stealth, says reader who served in Harris government.
Health care defence intentionally vague
Harper attempts to avoid debate over Canadian system because he despises it.
Hidden agenda of cuts could follow Harper win
Funding for public services will dwindle due to corporate tax cuts - CLC economist.
Hidden-agenda concerns keep Conservatives from majority
Only ten percent in poll think Harper has told them the whole truth about his plans.
HST is another step to choking off funding for federal programs
Extending consumption taxes while cutting income and business taxes transfers tax burden to those least able.
Human rights platitudes contrast with lack of Canadian action
Canada falling down on commitments, disappointing international observers.
Inexperience could explain current problems of Harper government
Is lack of training, parliamentary experience, and real life showing?
Israel continues to get unshakable support from Harper
Problematic nature of promises takes on a new dimension with intense attack on Gaza Strip.
Land claims progress questionable: analyst
Apparent progess in first months of new tribunal has to do with which claims were processed, not how.
Letters and notes
Recent reader comments and feedback.
Lies and name-calling blow up on Conservatives
Separatist-bashing could undo all Harper's efforts to win Quebec over.
Majority government would move faster and farther
Social conservatives could call shots if Conservatives faced fewer constraints, predict most surveyed.
Mandatory minimum sentences proposed while US states repeal them
Liberals cave, so Canada will face the kind of swollen prison populations that have forced states into crisis, with some contemplating mass releases.
Manley's advice should be called the Ostrich Report
It's a pipe dream to think the Americans and British will be willing to stay and fight for the long term in Afghanistan.
Media centre under PM's control would take a page from the Republican handbook
Reporters appalled by attempts to subvert freedom of expression - Press Gallery president.
Medicare would end with Harper majority - Mike McBane
Even now, the system is under extreme threats, with privatized clinics opening the door to trade challenges.
Mining companies should uphold Canada's standards abroad – Bill C-300
Corporate social responsibility advocates in fight with industry lobby.
A report after one year after Stephen Harper's Conservatives came to power.
Mission vs. war – How Afghanistan conflict is framed
Canada's military involvement has been marketed as a noble cause, with help from Hillier, Horton's and hockey.
Mulroney's causes have done well under Harper government
Former prime minister's directorships tie in closely with with major policies of Harper government.
Mulroney, Brian – Former PM shaped current PM's thinking on Quebec and his politics
Advice was to reach out to Quebec, "ditch all the yahoos", and move to the centre.
Mulroney-Schreiber investigation puts Harper in conflict of interest
Fully impartial inquiries needed to clean up ethical questions about federal government activities.
Native rights stance in UN vote lost allies for Canada
Massive support for Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was a stunning defeat for Canada.
Obama strategy in Afghanistan constrasts with Harper approach
Troop buildup likely intended to strengthen negotiating position.
Obama visit invokes closed doors
Stephen Harper may have opted to avoid unflattering comparisons with visiting American president.
Obama visit puts Canada on the defensive
President could be concerned Canada is free-riding on the coat-tails of a U.S. recovery initiative and may pressure PM to do more.
Obstructionism from Canada blocks global climate change progress
Australian scientist, best-selling author Tim Flannery urges Canada to be part of the solution.
Out of Parliament, 1997-2002
Stephen Harper left politics only in terms of job title.
Parliamentary democracy disdained under new rules
Conservatives campaigning to disarm institutions of Canadian government and replace them with a regime based on plebiscites.
Partisan government ads put Conservatives – deliberately – on thin ice
Controversial giant cheques are censured in public and probably sanctioned in private.
Pay equity spin gives women the kiss-off
Labour steps up campaign to stop attack on rights.
Playbook for election looks like vintage Alberta politics
Name-calling is about mobilizing the base and creating distraction.
Playing for an election in budget perilous - Laxer
Harper guided by the orthodox economics that landed the world in its present grave crisis.
Poison food crisis shows Harper's contempt for government
How many more people must die before the Harper government realizes that public health and safety must always transcend the boundaries of ideology?
Polling of Afghans open to a lot of interpretation
Report of high approval rating of Canada among Afghanis contradicts poll last year that showed no awareness of Canada at all.
Poverty fight wins unanimous consent
Advocates can measure government action against its call for income security and social infrastructure.
Public opinion, July 2007 – Poll numbers near majority for Harper
The great mystery is whether Green voters are committed or merely parked.
Public opinion, June 2007 – Harper has not learned to broaden the base
Pollster evaluates public response to Stephen Harper in wake of end of Parliamentary session.
Public opinion, September 2007 – What the Quebec by-elections do not mean
Repeated polling shows political sea change is unlikely.
Public understanding of Harper's extreme agenda keeps him from total power
Hidden agenda is no longer an issue, which is what keeps Cons stalled in low 30s in public opinion.
Rae steps aside, giving Liberal leadership to Ignatieff
He insists coalition will go ahead despite new leader's equivocation on the subject.
Raitt "insults Canadians"
Plumping for nuclear industry takes priority over health and safety for resources minister - anti-tritium activists.
Rally supports Colombian trade unionists, opposes trade deal
Union leaders and MPs say Canadians will have to compete against people who face death if they try to improve working conditions.
Refugee board patronage appointees will follow political directives
Recent IRB appointees include anti-gay evangelical and brass from CLAC, the anti-union union.
Religious conservative vote is becoming an electoral factor in Canada
Sixty-four per cent of weekly Protestant church attendees voted Conservative in the last election, the question is whether such votes are blips or an emerging trend in Canadian politics.
Religious Right, a major part of Harper's coalition, surfaces over film censorship
Charles McVety's clout over Telefilm illustrates rising influence of Canada's "Theo-Cons".
Religious rightists get Harper promotions
Faith conservatives get two senior positions in the Prime Minister's Office.
Retreating, improvising and squabbling shake Harper team
Spirit of compromise unlikely to last long, with new Commons seats a hoped-for source of Conservative support.
Sale / leaseback of federal buildings a bad deal for Canadians – PSAC president
Government "shedding" federal buildings while banks benefit from sell-off; land claims talks save taxpayers millions.
Secrecy is a Harper trademark – journalists
Conservative government wins top marks again in reverse competition.
SPP is built around secrecy and US military command – law expert
Sovereignty rhetoric contradicted by turnover of controls on military and immigration.
Stimulus spending does not match claims from Harper at G20
Government chose least effective ways to create jobs and slowest ones to get money out the door.
Turner, Garth – Lifelong Conservative, turns Liberal because of Harper
"I am staring in amazement at what Stephen Harper has done to the party that my family embraced, supported, financed and, indeed, helped to build."