|The Harper Record: A Mixed Bag
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) advocates for lower taxes, less waste, and accountable government. This week on The Harper Decade
, CTF's Federal Director Aaron Wudrick evaluates the Conservative government's tangled fiscal record:
"Perhaps strangest of all is the persistent mythology held in some circles of the Harper government as having dramatically cut spending and emasculated government: even after controlling for population growth and inflation, federal spending is up more than $15 billion since 2006. Add in near-record revenues, and seven years of deficits which added a further $150 billion to our federal debt — whatever your take on the Harper government, the notion that they have been shrinking the state simply defies the empirical record
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Aaron Wudrick is the Federal Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, and a former political organizer, campaign manager, lobbyist and lawyer. He holds a degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Waterloo and a Law degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Harper’s 10 Year War on First Nations
“…the Harper government stands out as one of the most racist and aggressive governments that First Nations have had to work with in many generations.”
to read or listen to Mi’kmaw lawyer, author, and activist Pamela Palmater explain how the Conservatives’ abysmal relationship with First Nations has exacerbated the socio-economic gap separating Canadians and Indigenous peoples:
“Harper isn’t simply neglectful - his government knowingly allows conditions that lead to the preventable deaths of First Nations to continue unmitigated. For Harper’s majority, this is, in fact, the plan – to make conditions so unbearable on reserves that First Nations are forced to leave their communities and give up their lands for resource extraction.
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