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WHY CANADIANS MUST REJECT HARPER: CANADIAN WOMEN SPEAK OUT

On June 28, 2004, Canadians face a starker choice than in any election in our lifetimes. Dissatisfaction with the years of Liberal government is driving voters toward the so-called new Conservative Party and its new leader, Stephen Harper. With only weeks to go until election day, we fear many members of the public will not have time to adequately assess the sharp and clear differences between the major parties.

In fact, the Conservative Party is not a known and trusted alternative. The Right Honourable Joe Clark, former Prime Minister and a life-long member of the Progressive Conservative Party, made it clear that he prefers Paul Martin over Harper. The Harper agenda scares him. Many leading former Progressive Conservatives feel the same. So do an increasing number of non-partisan Canadians.

The party Harper leads has little in common with the former Progressive Conservative Party. But there is a way that Canadians can learn more about Harpers unknown party: We can look south, to George Bush and the U.S. Republican Party.

Like the Bush Republicans, the Harper Conservatives would take Canada into dangerous territory:

Harper, like Bush, favours Canadian involvement in the ongoing U.S. war on Iraq.
Harper would take Canada into deficit in order to pour billions into the military. Bush has already taken the U.S. into trillions of dollars of debt to fund militarism.
Harper, like Bush, denies the reality of climate change and the threat to the whole planet, and especially Canada, from our continued reliance on fossil fuels.
Harper, like Bush, rejects the Kyoto Protocol. Harper has said he would rescind and not implement this international treaty which Canada has already ratified. Harpers actions could place the entire international regime to avoid catastrophic levels of climate change at risk.
While Bush is far more socially conservative, Harper would not defend the Charter of Rights and would allow for open votes. His caucus is largely made of the socially conservative Reform and Alliance Party supporters who would defeat many hard won rights. Charter Rights protecting women, gay and lesbian Canadians, and actually all Charter Rights protecting all Canadian citizens and residents would be at risk. The impact of Harper policies on these issues would not differ from those of Bush. Harper has said he would consider using the notwithstanding clause to limit the application of Charter Rights. No Prime Minister has ever said using the notwithstanding clause would be considered.
Harper, like Bush, would challenge a womans right to choose. Harper has said he would allow the issue of access to legal abortions to be re-opened through an open vote in the House of Commons.
Bush was responsible for more executions than any other U.S. Governor of recent times. Harper has suggested the prohibition of capital punishment would be re-opened in Canada.


We must not sleep walk into electing a Canadian version of George W. Bush. Challenge Stephen Harper on these positions.

Harper tells Canadians we should Demand Better. First, Canadians must Demand the truth about the new Canadian Republican Party, masquerading as the Conservative Party of Canada.

We do not have much time.

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