BETRAYED: Stephen Harper's war on principled conservatism, is a new book by FreeDominion’s Connie Fournier. The book is fantastic and well worth reading.
From the backrooms in the Reform / Canadian Alliance, Connie Fournier details how Stephen Harper seized control of the Conservative party of Canada, and the inside story on what happened with Stockwell Day during the leadership run.
The book also painstakingly details how the Conservative government attacks and silences its critics using draconian legislation such as Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. (This shameful piece of legislation that was repealed by Parliament in 2013)
Betrayed gives chapter and verse on how the thought police work; starting with the Canadian “Human Rights” Commission’s complaint-less investigation and attempts to shut FreeDominion down, using so-called “Hate Speech” provisions.
After detailing how FreeDominion was under attack, Connie Fournier pivots to examine current censorship legislation such as Bill C-51; Stephen Harpers “Anti-Terrorism Act”. C-51 is a disgrace and can easily be abused by the corrupt spy-masters at the Canadian Security “Intelligence” Service and the Communications Security Establishment. CSIS is Canada’s thought police, and has been used to infiltrate peaceful groups and movements over the past 20+ years.
I recommend Betrayed. It is a worthwhile read. You can order a copy at: http://www.betrayedbyharper.ca
As co-founder of Free Dominion, an internet forum dedicated to principled conservatism, I have many experiences that I could — and probably should — write about.
Free Dominion was launched before the advent of the blogosphere, and long before there was anything in existence that resembled our current social media. The evolution of the media, its application to politics, and our many trials and tribulations as internet pioneers could fill several volumes
Yet, it is those very trials and tribulations — FD's experiences of "disruption" as practised by a government that has now given itself the power to impose it on us all — that qualify me to warn my fellow Canadian conservatives of what our continued support of the Harper government may mean.
Now, with an election looming, I find that the thing that is weighing on me most heavily and begging to be put into words, is this, my plea to other conservatives to step up and defend our values from the very people we have worked so hard to elect.
I know that this book is not going to make me popular in some Conservative quarters. In fact I suspect that there will be people I have long considered friends who will feel hurt and betrayed by my words. For that I am deeply sorry.
But, there is no way around the fact that the Canadian conservative movement has lost its way. The same people who were motivated to infuse our country with the principles of freedom and democracy, and willing to stand on Parliament Hill to defend those values against the Liberals, have become obsessed with the politics of personality. They are willing to turn a blind eye to anything that Stephen Harper does, because keeping "our team" in power is now the most important thing in the world. Even if "our team" is now behaving worse than the dreaded Liberals.
There is no doubt that conservatives have an uphill battle in this country. When they are in power, there is no external force pushing the Conservative Party to remain conservative. Other political parties are left-leaning, so nobody in the House of Commons is going to be opposing moves by the Conservative government that run counter to the conservative principles of the grassroots.
We understood that when we founded Free Dominion. From the very beginning we said that the site would never be a "Conservative Party" site, but that it would stand for non-partisan, principled conservative values, and that it would hold right-wing politicians accountable.
Unfortunately, as the Conservative Party became more entrenched in Ottawa, and Stephen Harper consolidated all of the power by winning a majority, then silencing Members of Parliament and stacking the Senate, the grassroots members of the Conservative Party became less and less important, and less and less vocal.
In retrospect, it was almost inevitable that a ruling Conservative party willing to ignore and ostracize its base would begin to create laws that were obviously not conservative, in the principled sense. The Harper government began to completely disregard the most cherished rights of all Canadians, those of freedom of speech and personal privacy.
Instead of taking responsibility for what we have unleashed on our country, most conservatives have chosen to blindly dismiss the warnings of privacy and constitutional experts and stand behind their guy. American president Franklin Delano Roosevelt justified his support for a Central American dictator by saying "he might be a bastard, but he‘s our bastard". Current Canadian Conservatives appear to have taken FDR's rationalization to heart.
The last time we had a Conservative Prime Minister who went off the rails, the Party was split and remained so for many years. Brian Mulroney did a lot of things that infuriated the conservative base, and conservatives reacted strongly by withdrawing their support and voting, instead, for the new Reform Party.
This time there is no major alternative conservative party to attract the votes of conservatives who are disillusioned with Stephen Harper. And, I don‘t really think there is an appetite for creating another Party split even if there was. But, the fact remains that the misdeeds of Brian Mulroney pale in significance when compared to the gross attacks on our freedom that have been perpetrated by Stephen Harper and his Conservative government.
In this book, I will be making the case that conservative Canadians have a responsibility to keep our government in check. When a leader that we have elected goes off the rails and begins to dismantle the very fabric of our democracy, we have a duty to send our own people into the political wilderness until they learn to handle the unfettered power of a majority government with the care and respect it deserves.
Perhaps you are thinking right now that I am not giving Stephen Harper enough trust. You might think that he is not the type of man to abuse legislation that allows warrantless government access to our personal information, or legislation that allows judges, in secret trials, to give CSIS permission to do virtually anything but rape us or kill us.
His record tells a different story as I detail in Chapter ten.
But, even if you do trust Stephen Harper and discount my reading of events, he is not going to be the Prime Minister forever. You have a responsibility to ask yourself if you trust the level of power that Harper has consolidated in the PMO in the hands of every potential new government that this country ever elects.
If the answer to that question is "no", then we must accept that Stephen Harper, by ramming through some very perilous legislation --most notably Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act -- has put future generations in danger. For that reason alone he must be stopped. I will be talking in this book about Free Dominion's history and about some of our experiences with censorship and "disruption" that have occurred already, under the watch of our Conservative government. Unfortunately, there will be holes left in our story because, at this time of this writing, we are bound by an extremely broad court injunction that could literally land us in prison for contempt of court if we share certain details of our journey.
Despite this impediment, I will share what I can, and I hope I will give my fellow conservatives some important things to think about. What is our responsibility as party grassroots? As Canadians? Should we hold our own leaders accountable? If so, how?
All of these are critical questions that must be asked and answered by Canadian conservatives. We took the bull by the horns in 1993 and we showed the Conservative government of the day what kind of values we expected them to exhibit. Now it seems we have come full-circle and we are back at that same crossroads.
What do we do? Do we put on our blinders and satisfy ourselves with the fact that, after many years of work, "our team" is finally in the driver‘s seat? Or do we remember all of the things were fought for... indeed, all of the things that our forefathers fought and died for... and get back in the game?
I hope that by the time you finish reading this book, you will be ready to choose the latter.
Our chance to act is coming soon. Election day is October 19th, 2015. Let's make it count.
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BETRAYED: Stephen Harper's war on principled conservatism
Authored by Connie J Fournier
Contributions by Mark J Fournier
Longtime Canadian conservative activist Connie Fournier makes the case that the Conservative government in Canada has lost its way and that party members have a responsibility to hold their leadership accountable in the 2015 federal election by voting against Stephen Harper.
Publication Date: Aug 03 2015
ISBN/EAN13: 1515399400 / 9781515399407
Page Count: 154
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Color: Black and White
Related Categories: Political Science / Privacy & Surveillance