Pardon my ignorance, but who is Stephen Harper? What did he do?
He’s the Prime Minister (the equivalent of the President of the USA) of Canada. He’s been in power 8 years now.
He’s one the worst politicians that Canada has ever produced.
He blindly supports everything israel does (which is why he’s been nominated for a noble peace prize by a pro-israel group). He even actively blocked a request to treat Palestinian kids who were injured or dying in Canadian hospitals (the Ontario government and Toronto Hospitals all agreed to help).
He made Canada leave the Kyoto protocol; the only country in the world to do so.
Also under Harper’s control, environmental regulations have been slashed and the entire government’s focus seems to be on promoting the oil sands in Alberta; AKA one of the most energy and water intensive methods of oil extraction plus it is poisoning the environment and water supplies locally.
He doesn’t care about aboriginal rights in this country. He’s declined to do anything concrete about the epidemic of aboriginal women who continue to go missing or murdered in this country.
He is anti-science and muzzles government scientists from talking about their work. Most of this work is environmental in nature or related to climate change. The government has also been radically changing the National Research Council; now it only focuses on profitable science; no longer is basic research considered. Oh yeah and they defunded several world famous environmental research facilities in Canada.
The government is the only one in the entire british commonwealth’s history to be found to be in ‘contempt of parliament’. It has never happened anywhere in any of the former british colonies until Stephen Harper prorogued parliament to save face.
He’s been involved in numerous major scandals; including cheating during elections, allegations of robocalls to mislead voters and paying off canadian senators in a secret cover up.
I can’t even list all the terrible things he’s done, but here is a quick list of just what I could think of off the top of my head.
Here’s some more info on why Stephen Harper is bad news for Canada:
Not sure what part of Canada you're in, but I have to ask someone: what is the national attitude in Canada (or specifically Alberta) regarding Enbridge expanding capacity through the Great Lakes region? I never know if it's just the US that has a few powerful oil mongers, or if I'm not alone in hating what these few powerful imbeciles are doing to my country.
Alberta is generally for expanding pipelines because oil makes that province super rich.
I’m from BC and Enbridge’s Northern Gateway is strongly opposed here. I know there are plans in the works for an ‘energy east’ pipeline which would go from Alberta all the way through Ontario to the coast. But its not heavily known because its still in the theoretical/planning stage. Some groups have come out to oppose it this early, though.
Canada has a HUGE oil lobbying scene in Alberta’s oilsands. The government is in deep pockets with the industry and big oil companies from other countries have put huge investments into the oil in Canada, despite how energy intensive, difficulty of transport and dirty this oil can be.
In the summer at least:
*Checks the well water level*
4.5 inches (11.4cm)
Welp. I can’t shower until the water table feeds into the well enough to raise the water level or it rains a hell of a lot (which in the summer here is really unlikely).
How does the unemployment system in Canada work?
If you’ve worked at least _____ # of hours a year you can be eligible for employment insurance (EI). Which is a lump sum payment every 2 weeks while you’re unemployed. The amount and how long it lasts depends upon how many hours you worked in the previous year and how much you made. You need to report any income earned during this entire period and any change in employment every 2 weeks. I’ve been on EI while job searching this past 1+ years.
There is also income assistance for low income canadians (basically welfare in the US) but I’ve never been on it.
Healthcare is provided for everything medically necessary regardless of employment. If you have a job and get extra medical coverage stuff like the dentist/prescriptions/etc will cost less or almost nothing (because I have no extra coverage dentist bills can now cost me dozens to hundreds of dollars depending but medically everything else is covered).
If you have any other questions, let me know. Your ask was vague so I listed everything I could think of.
Just because I was bored and decided to look up some canada crime statistics, I came across the page on Canadians who have firearms licenses. I’ve always wondered just how many canadians owned guns because I’ve rarely known people who have said they own one and Canadians have a reputation of not owning/carrying firearms vs the US.
Essentially ~5% of Canadians own a gun. Or ~2,000,000 people out of ~35,000,000 population of Canada.
Now you know. :P
Generally. Are there a lot of conservative people? How's the weather? Is it generally nice? :)
Canada is currently governed by Neoconservatives (The conservative party is Canada’s equivalent to the republicans). They’re in power with only about 39% of the vote, but they got into power because of vote splitting amongst left leaning parties and general political apathy. 2/3 of the country did not vote for the conservatives but because of archaic voting laws we’re stuck with them and have been for the past 8 years. Most canadians are left leaning (and more left leaning than the democrats in the US).
Weather depends where you live. Where I live it gets around -5 at the coldest in the winter and at the hottest 35 degrees. This is in Celsius by the way. Other parts of the country get -30 winters, and cooler summers. Generally most places are 20-35 degrees in the summer.
Its a beautiful place and the people are nice and friendly for the most part. I like it a lot. I’m just annoyed with the way the government is transforming the country.
Sweet Sagan, man. I thought Canada was a pretty swell place with it's free healthcare and college and whatnot. How did we americans get such a warped and distorted view of you?
Stereotypes and lack of media coverage of canada and canadian issues is my best guess. Most Americans don’t know a lot about what goes in Canada, but most Canadians are informed of American affairs, sometimes even more so than our own.
But this is mostly a recent problem. Its only in the past decade or so that things have really started to go downhill (though we also have had many problematic things in the 20th century as well). We’ve had Stephen Harper and his neoconservative party in power for the past 8 years; which is basically the closest thing Canada has to the Republican party. They also have what’s called a majority government, which essentially allows them to pass whatever bills or policies they want because they have enough members of parliament and don’t need to convince other parties to support their legislation. Basically if they want a law passed almost nothing but public outrage can stop them.