Rogue in Power: Why Stephen Harper is Remaking Canada by Stealth

Rogue in Power: Why Stephen Harper is Remaking Canada by Stealth

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Overview

Canada has always been known as a good place to live: a tolderant, prosperous, stable country that treats its citizens fairly and protects the weakest in society. Yet during the past seven years, it has started to change into a harder, more mean-spirited place. What is going on?

According to political scientist Christian Nadeau, this transformation is being engineered by Stephen Harper and the neo-con ideologues around him. The Conservatives have a clear agenda that they are implementing step by step. It is a well-planned and organized attack on justice and democracy as we have understood them to date.

Nadeau looks at how Harper and the Tories are systematically dismantling political, social, and cultural institutions--and with them, traditions and values--that many Canadians hold dear. He analyzes the wide range of actions and decisions that reflect this program: proroguing Parliament, appointing right-leaning judges, promoting a law-and-order agenda, trying to gut the gun registry, preventing the collection of impartial data through the Census, and shutting down social programs.

Rogue in Power is a compelling exploration of how Canada is being refashioned in broad daylight.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781552777312
Publisher: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Publication date: 04/04/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 685 KB

About the Author

CHRISTIAN NADEAU is a professor at Universit de Montr al, where he teaches philosophy and political ethics. He has published many articles and books, including Republicanism: History, Theory, and Practice.
CHRISTIAN NADEAU is a professor at Universit de Montr al where he teaches philosophy and political ethics. He has published many articles and books, including Guerres justes et injustes and Justice et d mocratie.
ROBERT CHODOS is an experienced author and translator who has published widely in the fields of Canadian business, politics, and transportation and of Quebec history. Among his most recent books are The Unmaking of Canada (1991), Lost in Cyberspace? (1997), and Paul Martin: A Political Biography (1998), all co-written with Rae Murphy and Eric Hamovitch, and all published by Lorimer.
ERIC HAMOVITCH is a freelance writer based in Montreal.
Trained as a lawyer, SUSAN JOANIS has been involved in legal and policy work in the area of human rights and equality rights for over twenty-five years. She is also a writer, editor and translator.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1 Why Does It Matter?
Hard Right Turn
The Road to Serfdom?
Reviewing the History 
Philosophical Explorations
The Origin of a Species: The Civitas Speech
A New Leviathan
Our Social Contract

2 Harper’s Assault on Democracy
The ABCs of Good Government
Did You Say Minority?
Prorogation as a Fine Art
The Census
The Appointment of Judges
The Senate

3 Security over Fredom
Controlling Parliamentary Committees
Fighting Freedom of Expression
An Obsession with Security
Discipline and, Above All, Punish
The Gun Registry

4 Harper and Fredom of Conscience
Religion
Sexuality
Abortion
Arts and Science

5 Harper and Social Justice
The Economy
Federalism and Resource Distribution
Poverty
The Status of Women
Aboriginal Issues
The Environment

6 Harper and International Justice 
International Assistance
Losing the North?
Iraq
Is Harper Truly a Friend of Israel?
Afghanistan
The Torture of Afghan Prisoners
A Child Soldier: Omar Khadr
The UN Security Council and Canadian Diplomacy

Conclusion

Acknowledgements
Notes
Index

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