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Conservative Steven Harper cutting up Canada

Stephen Harper as president of NCC (National Citizens Coalition)

Please click here to view a copy of Stephen Harper's/NCC website which I then pasted into a word document and later converted to pdf.  That was the best format I knew at the time on how to save actual copies.

Please note Sambrook was  VP of the wheat growers (WCWGA) at the time of Harper's joint statement.  The wheat growers are an industry (like Cargil and Agricore United formerly UGG) funded pseudo farm organisation whose almost central role is to try an get rid of the wheat board. 

CWB electoral review panel member Greg Porozni is a wheat grower.  While a cwb director candidate in 2002 was exposed by the CBC for having a secret contract with Monsanto towards "the positive introduction of roundup ready wheat".  These are crass conflicts of interests, including more, which are on the public record, yet Alcock choose to put him on the panel!   Now as per an attached email from NFU president Stewart Wells, he personally saw Porozni at the WTO meetings in Hon Kong helping efforts to kill the CWB!

In the properties of the attached word document you can see when I captured the info and in the heading what the link was, however NCC has since pulled the info down from their site.

This is my own first person documented material taken from the NCC site at the time.

The attachment is documented support of Harper and the NCC acting as third party advertisers during a CWB election.

Below Stewart Well's email  is an article written by Murry Dobbin as a further reminder of the depths that Harper went to in order to defend third party advertising.  In so doing, he effectively created barriers even to the Liberal's attempts to clean up what later became the "sponsorship" scandal, a name likely chosen by Harper and his ilk in order not to draw attention to Mulroney's patronage, after all, what is the difference between patronage and the sponsorship scandal?

Sincerely, and on the record

Eduard Hiebert

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Segments of NFU president's email

----- Original Message -----
From: "Toews/Wells"
To: "Eduard Hiebert"
Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2005 8:45 PM
Subject: Re: Reg Alcock & Porozni Panel's feet of clay becoming exposed in
Winnipeg Free Press

Hi all,

You should also be aware that the NFU wrote to all of the election panel members about 2 weeks ago and asked them who was invited to make presentations to the panel.  The panel members are not answering our question, but rather passing the question back to Alcock.

Also, Greg Porozni, with Cherlyn Jolly in tow, took the opportunity to confront me at the Canadian reception in Hong Kong.  There was nothing that I could say that could make them understand our concerns.  I did ask Porozni directly about the NCC, an  he did not think they were invited and he did not think they made a presentation.

All for now, Stewart Wells

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Murray Dobbin's article on Harper, third party advertising etc.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Murray Dobbin"
Sent: Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Subject: If it's all about trust, beware of Stephen Harper

If it's all about trust, beware of Stephen Harper


Globe and Mail

Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Stephen Harper suggests that trust is the most important political issue facing Canadians. If so, Canadians should be very wary of the promises the Conservative Leader is making about introducing tougher election spending limits if he becomes prime minister. Mr. Harper has spent much of his political life fighting the very idea of putting limits on corporate spending in elections, strongly opposing efforts to ban corporate donations to political parties. For him, now, to champion such legislation stretches his credibility and our trust to the breaking point.

The irony in this flip-flop is hard to match. If legislation banning corporate money from the political process had been in place since 1984, when it was first attempted, the sponsorship scandal might never have happened. Yet, ever since entering politics, Mr. Harper has done everything he could to ensure that corporate largesse would continue to play a distorting role in Canadian democracy.

The policies of the Reform Party -- co-written by Mr. Harper and Preston Manning -- consistently opposed legislation banning third-party spending as unconstitutional, and opposed legislation preventing corporations from contributing to political parties. During Mr. Harper's political hiatus from 1998 to 2002, he headed up the corporate-funded National Citizens Coalition (NCC), arguably the most virulently right wing of Canada's pro-business lobby groups. Generally, he kept a low profile -- keeping the NCC's anti-medicare and anti-Asian immigration policies on the back burner, pursuing instead the NCC's attack on election-spending legislation as "gag laws."

An NCC court challenge killed the 1984 legislation, and another struck down a similar 1993 federal law restricting third-party spending. The latter was a response to recommendations of the 1992 Lortie Royal Commission on Electoral Reform that found that millions of dollars in corporate money spent in the 1988 free-trade election had a definite impact. The commission also found that 93 per cent of Canadians supported such legislation. Mr. Harper was not impressed. He and the NCC were in court in B.C. fighting that province's election-spending reforms, claiming corporate spending (and NCC spending) had no effect on election outcomes. Perhaps Mr. Harper had forgotten that the NCC helped him get elected to Parliament in Calgary in 1993, spending $50,000 for attack ads against Conservative Party MP Jim Hawkes, Mr. Harper's former boss. 

Mr. Harper also attacked new laws in Manitoba that banned corporate and union contributions to political parties, capped individual contributions at $3,000, and limited explicitly partisan third-party spending during elections to $5,000. It was legislation designed, in part, to keep big corporate money out; Mr. Harper called it "the most dangerous and oppressive gag law in Canadian history."

On May 18, last year, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favour of federal legislation restricting third-party election spending. Last week, when replying to Mr. Harper's new-found dedication to eradicating corporate influence, Public Works Minister Scott Brison accused Mr. Harper himself of being an unregistered lobbyist when he was with the NCC. He later retracted the statement when the NCC insisted that it was a public advocacy group that does not lobby politicians. But Mr. Brison may have apologized too soon. NCC vice-president Gerry Nicholls's claim that the organization is not a lobby group is hard to swallow. NCC founder Colin Brown took Ontario Conservative premiers Bill Davis and John Robarts on chartered flights to the Masters Golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. The NCC was given a special meeting with finance minister Michael Wilson in 1984 to lobby him on deficit cuts. 

In 1994, NCC head David Somerville formally lobbied finance officials on reforming the capital-gains tax. The NCC presents position papers to public hearings. Mr. Harper knows the NCC lobbies -- because in May, 1995, he argued in the House affairs committee in support of the NCC, which was demanding a seat at the table when public policy was discussed. An organization has to spend 20 per cent or more of its budget on such activity before it has to register as a lobbyist. But the NCC refuses to reveal where it gets its money or how it spends it, so we have no idea how much it spends on lobbying.

Stephen Harper's proposed "federal accountability act" is just part of the Conservative Leader's desperate attempt at a political makeover. Polls show that Canadians do not trust Mr. Harper nor do they like his policies. Given his long and sorry history of defending corporate money in politics, there is every reason to mistrust him still. Sensing power slipping though his fingers, Mr. Harper is abandoning his principles for power. 

Murray Dobbin, a Vancouver-based journalist, is author of Preston Manning and the Reform Party.

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