Friday, April 6, 2012

Conservative Party of Canada Closes Canadian Democracy and Human Rights Agency

In a latest move to silence Canadians with different perspectives from conservatives, the Conservative Party of Canada closes Canada's Democracy and Human Rights Agency. Apparently, the Conservative Party of Canada did not like the neutral stance the Agency took in the Palestine/Israeli conflict. It is safe to assume if the Agency had a pro-Israeli agenda like the Conservative Party of Canada, the Agency would still be open.

Liberal foreign affairs critic Dominic LeBlanc sums up the Conservative government agenda:

"This Conservative government has tried to use Rights and Democracy to advance its own ideological agenda. When that failed, they drove the organization into trouble and then killed it off as a 'cost-cutting' measure," he said in a print statement.

"The Conservatives will now use the newly created Office of Religious Freedom, inside the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, to advance a narrower agenda," LeBlanc's statement continued. "This office will not be arm's length" (CBC, "Troubled Democracy and Human Rights Agency to be Closed", Posted: Apr 3, 2012 2:20 PM ET).

The silencing of critics and different points of views has been a consistent pattern of the Conservative Party of Canada, as illustrated by the Conservative Party of Canada's muzzling of Canadian scientists about global warming, and targeting Canadian charities which do not fit the conservative ideology.

Recently, in an act of policy contradiction, the Conservative Party of Canada awarded citizenship to Aung San Suu Kyi for her democracy efforts in Burma, and while being investigated for the robo-call scandal which involves over 31,000 citizen complaints filed with Elections Canada.

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