The Harper chill effect is a by-product of an extreme Conservative running ademocratic country in which freedom of expression, as well as belief in a welfarestate that ensures government exists for the greater public good over individualbenefit, are still strongly held social values. The chill effect is a reflection of Harperthe man: authoritarian, controlling in style, distrusting of public institutions, andideological to the bone.
Prime Minister, Harper has taken a few pages out of the American Republican playbook, where the leader of the country behaves like“father knows best” and does what it takes to bring dissenters in line
The Harper Record
, downloadable .pdf, 2008, Canadian Centre forPolicy Alternatives, pp.52-3What does King Harper do to suppress dissent?
Any time a politician attempts to subvert freedom of expression, it is a matter thatshould be of concern to every Canadian… Reporters are appalled, but again notsurprised.
The reporters on the Hill are used to the PM’s bully tactics by now.
, “Media centre under PM's control would take a page from the Republican handbook,” National Press Gallery President RichardBrennan,http://www.harperindex.ca/ViewArticle.cfm?Ref=00106, October 16,2007[I]t is the voices that are at risk — that are being punished for the message they bring.
Voices are being defunded, sidelined, derided, fired, punished.
Not becausethey have wasted money or done their job poorly. Not because they have spread lies.
But simply because they speak out about things the government does not want tohear
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, “Basic freedoms of speech and advocacyare now under siege,” a periodical of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives(CCPA), Alex Neve, March 2011, p. 7Harper’s vision of government, the extreme conservative vision, is one of retribution, order, and civil obedience. It is more authoritarian in nature, lessdemocratic and more divisive: The kind that says you’re either with me or you’reagainst me.
Harper also isn’t keen on open political debate. His government finds public debate a threat to its goal of majority government.
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The Harper Record
, downloadable .pdf, “Chill Effect,” CCPA, Trish Hennessy,September 22, 2008, p. 42
Is there a better alternative?O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!—Psalmes 119:5, original KingJames 1611 version16: And behold, one came and said unto him, Good master, what good thing shall Ido, that I may have eternal life? 17: And he said unto him, Why callest thou me