“We’re in safe hands with Stephen Harper” and other Conservative lies

“We’re in safe hands with Stephen Harper” and other Conservative lies

02/16/2011 By

Since Canada’s Conservative Government took power in 2006, significant budget cuts have been made to Canadian gender equality, political justice, social policy and research programs including the virtual elimination of a Canadian government department devoted to Women’s equality and women’s issues.

      2011 Federal Conservative Government Cuts (to date)

Canadian Teachers’ Federation’s International Programs – FUNDING ELIMINATED

2007-10 Federal Conservative Government Cuts

KAIROS – working for 30 years with Women in Dev Countries – FUNDING ELIMINATED

Alberta Network of Immigrant Women

Association féminine d’éducation et d’action sociale (AFEAS)

Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW)

Centre de documentation sur l’éducation des adultes et la condition feminine

Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)

Conseil d’intervention pour l’accès des femmes au travail (CIAFT)

Feminists for Just and Equitable Public Policy (FemJEPP) in Nova Scotia

Gay pride parades

International Planned Parenthood Federation – 31 million women & children helped each year.

Maternal health agency, Marie Stopes International – which has received only a promise of “conditional funding IF it avoids any & all connection with Abortion.

MATCH International

National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL)

New Brunswick Pay Equity Coalition

Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH)

Réseau des Tables régionales de groupes de femmes du Québec

Womenspace Resource Centre – Lethbridge, AB

Women’s Innovative Justice Initiative – Nova Scota

2006 Federal Conservative Government Cuts (November 2006)

Canada Policy Research Networks – ELIMINATED

Canada School of Public Service – FUNDING REDUCTION

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation – FUNDING REDUCTION

Canada Revenue Agency Visitor Rebate Program – ELIMINATED

Canadian Heritage Centre for Research and Information on Canada – FUNDING ELIMINATED

Canadian Heritage Support to Canadian Volunteerism Initiative – ELIMINATED

Canadian Labour Business Centre – ELIMINATED

Canadian Policy Research Networks – FUNDING ELIMINATED

Canadian Volunteerism Initiative – ELIMINATED

Community Access Program, internet access for communities at libraries, post offices, community centers – ELIMINATED

Court Challenges Program – ELIMINATED

Court Commission of Canada – ELIMINATED

Environment: Youth International Internship Program – ELIMINATED

First Nations and Inuit Tobacco Control Program – ELIMINATED

Foreign Affairs and Public Diplomacy Program – ELIMINATED

Foreign Affairs Youth International Internship Program – ELIMINATED

Health Canada – $28.1 MILLION REDUCTION

Health Canada Policy Research Program – ELIMINATED

Health Canada Medical Marijuana Research Program – ELIMINATED

Human Resources and Skills Development – SIGNIFICANT FUNDING REDUCTIONS

HRD Adult Learning and Literacy programs – REDUCED AND ELIMINATED

HRD Youth Employment Programs – REDUCED AND ELIMINATED

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada – FUNDING REDUCTION

Industry Canada Programs including Technology Partnerships Canada – FUNDING REDUCTION

Industry Industrial Programs including Technology Partnerships Canada – FUNDING REDUCTION

LAW Commission of Canada – ELIMINATED

Mountain Pine Beetle Initiative – ELIMINATED

Museum Assistance Program – FUNDING REDUCTION

National Defence High-Frequency Surface Wave Radar Project – ELIMINATED

Natural Resources and Environment Climate Change Programs, including the One Tonne Challenge, 40 public information offices across the country, and several scientific and research programs on climate change – 40% BUDGET CUT

Natural Resources Programs for Studying Concrete and Other Materials – ELIMINATED

Public Works and Government Services Canadian Identity Grant and Contribution Program ELIMINATED

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Drug Impaired Driving Program Training Budget – ELIMINATED

Statistics Canada – SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS

Status of Women Canada, SIGNIFICANT BUDGET CUT

Status of Women Canada mandate CHANGED; EXCLUDES “gender equality and political justice”

Status of Women, advocating, policy research and lobbying – TOTALLY BANNED

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada – FUNDING REDUCTION

Workplace Equity/Employment Equity Program – SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION

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Dirty playbook tricks to pass around and to reference
by Mediia and political spin, Find it post it ,educate othere on Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 8:46am
Have someone call another cell phone in a crowd to make it ring when the opposition is on Camera or radio , this distracts from the anti Harper speal !

Have radio stations play spots for NDP , LIB AND GREEN at half volume
use neagative intonation on all but PC items !

An assertion is an enthusiastic or energetic statement presented as a fact, although it is not necessarily true. They often imply that the statement requires no explanation or back up, but that it should merely be accepted without question.
State what party is best at without providing evidence for this, they are using an assertion
The voter, ideally, should simply agree to the statement without searching for additional information or reasoning.Bandwagon:
Bandwagon is an appeal to the subject to follow the crowd, to join in because others are doing so as well. Bandwagon propaganda is, essentially, trying to convince the subject that one side is the winning side, because more people have joined it. The subject is meant to believe that since so many people have joined, that victory is inevitable and defeat impossible!
Since the average person always wants to be on the winning side, he or she is compelled to join in.Or The subject is to be convinced by the propaganda that since everyone else is doing it, they will be left out if they do not.Card stacking:

Card stacking, or selective omission, Involves only presenting information that is positive to an idea or proposal and omitting information contrary to it. It is extremely effective in convincing the public. Although the majority of information presented by the card stacking approach is true, it is important to omit information that will negate the effort to stack information in our favourGlittering Generalities:

Glittering generalities are words that have different positive meaning for individual subjects, but are linked to highly valued concepts. When these words are used, they demand approval without thinking, simply because such an important concept is involved. For example, when a person is asked to do something in “defense of democracy” they are more likely to agree. The concept of democracy has a positive connotation to them because it is linked to a concept that they value. Words often used as glittering generalities are honor, glory, love of country,

Lesser of Two Evils
The “lesser of two evils” technique tries to convince us of an idea or proposal by presenting it as the least offensive option.
This technique is often implemented during wartime to convince people of the need for sacrifices or to justify difficult decisions. This technique is often accompanied by adding blame to our oppostion. One idea or proposal is often depicted as one of the only options or paths. Name Calling
Name calling is the use of derogatory language or words that carry a negative connotation when describing the oppostion. The name calling will attempt to arouse prejudice among the public by labeling the target something that the public dislikes. Often, name calling will be employed using sarcasm and ridicule, and shows up often in political cartoons or writings. Pinpointing the Enemy:
Pinpointing the enemy will used extremely often in political campaigns and debates. We will attempt to simplify a complex situation by presenting one specific group or person as the enemy. Although there may be other factors involved the public is urged to simply view the situation in terms of clear-cut right and wrongPlain Folks:
The plain folks plan will attempt to convince the public that our views reflect those of the common person and that they are also working for the benefit of the common person. We will often attempt to use the accent of a specific audience as well as using specific idioms or jokes. During speeches,attempt to increase the illusion through imperfect pronunciation, stuttering, and a more limited vocabulary. Errors such as these help add to the impression of sincerity and spontaneity. This technique is usually most effective when used with glittering generalities, in an attempt to convince the voters that the our views about highly valued ideas are similar to their own and therefore more valid.Simplification (Stereotyping):
Simplification is extremely similar to pinpointing in that it often reduces a complex situation to a clear-cut choice involving good and evil. This technique is often useful in swaying uneducated audiences. Testimonials:
Testimonials are another of the seven main forms of propaganda identified by the Institute for Propaganda Analysis. Testimonials are quotations or endorsements, in or out of context, which attempt to connect a famous or respectable person with a product or item. Testimonials are very closely connected to the transfer technique, in that an attempt is made to connect an agreeable person to another item. Testimonials are to be used often used in advertising and political campaigns. The subject should consider the merits of the item or proposal independently of the person of organization giving the testimonial.Transfer:
Transfer attempt to make the subject view a certain item in the same way as they view another item, to link the two in the subjects mind. Although this technique is often used to transfer negative feelings for one object to another, it can also be used in positive ways. By linking an item to something the subject respects or enjoys, positive feelings can be generated for it. However, in politics, transfer is most often used to transfer blame or bad feelings from one politician to another of his friends or party members, or even to the party itself

Defund the opposition playbook trick

Proroguing shuts down investigation
Harper’s decision cut off inquiry into possible complicity in torture.

Harper has developed a reputation for being a bully.

The telephone, with voice mail commands forcing us to chase our tail, was last century’s instrument of smallification. This century it is the computer’s turn to to make us feel small, forcing us up blind alleys on corporate websites in our quest to make our complaints clear, our presence known.

How can you feel full-sized when staring at a screen that reprimands you for illegal commands, that tells you your name is unknown, that times you out

delay the announcements of caucus meetings until after a meeting was scheduled after it had already started

They want to communicate through the media, but don’t want to engage media, they don’t want to answer questions,
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“dumpster-diving” through the garbage of political opponents to retrieve embarrassing personal evidence against them

campaigning ethics, incumbency advantage,
mudslinging, personal slander, dirty tricks,
video imaging, cybersquatters, spoof sites, subliminal messages, phone banks, robo calls , push polls, stealth campaigns, viral advertising, off the record, pseudo-scandals, online polls, opponent , reality checks, gaffe patrols, quick response teams, attack Web sites,
attack blogs, propaganda, and nationalism, adwatchesRequiring media to be on a pre-approved list before they can ask the Prime Minister questions at press conferences.

Party chairpersons walking out on and thereby shutting down parliamentary committees, = manual of “dirty tricks”===
Get voters are so uneasy about leader(fill in the blank) that they’ll tolerate being kept in the dark. Reinterpreting every regulation to our advantage

The use of “Demon Dialer” on a local television news storys during the time of
election, Jams up phones so no questions get asked and the Candidate just delivers his script !

Centralize communications for the entire government in the PMO (Prime Minister’s Office). Threaten Cabinet ministers and others with pain of dismissal if they fail to keep their mouth shut, or when told to open it to speak from the centrally prepared talking points.

Economists advise that creating artificial scarcity raises the price. In this context it means that reporters will be less hostile and a little grateful for even a limited interview.

Never let the PM face a “scrum” of journalists; never let him be “ambushed” in moving from his office to the Commons, for example. There is too great a chance of saying something unscripted, hence getting him “off

Invite reporters from small-town outlets for interviews. Feed them the line of the day—near their deadline and watch them convert the press release into a major story with few changes. Have the press secretary call them later and tell them what a great job they are doing. Subtle, right?

Use the social networking media—on a limited basis to target the young. In general, make more use of the new media—like feeding the Tory bloggers who are happy to disseminate the PM’s message without questioning it. Ignore the websites listing all the PM’s lies and factually questionable statements—and which provide evidence to support their claims.Frame the opposition leaders negatively with party-sponsored ads. Reinforce with party speakers’ jibes in Question Period—all for TV news. They lap up this stuff.


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