Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, and the Canadian Federal Conservative Party are leading a horrific and devastating charge against nature and democracy. Although 60% of Canadians voted against them at the last election, they still managed to obtain a majority of seats and have now started a war on nature with bill C-38 (the name of the bill is a joke: Jobs, Growth and Long Term Prosperity Act). This is a budget bill that contains numerous measures that attack long standing legislative protection of the environment. From killing the Kyoto protocol to repealing the National Round Table on Environment and Economy to reversing the protection of the Fisheries Act and closing the Polar and Atmospheric Research Laboratory. It also greatly reduces the length and scope of the environmental assesment process of any project with a potential impact on nature. The list goes on and on. At the same time, additional funds are being given to enhance the Canadian Revenue Agency's ability to audit environmental groups. All of this packed in a budget bill that will not be afforded the expert review of an environmental committee at the Canadian Legislative Assembly. It will only be reviewed by the finance committee.
If this is not a declaration of war on Nature and Democracy, I wonder what is? Please sign the petition at: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/286/802/967/
Chantal Plamondon, Co-Owner