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We worry that we have underestimated just how far Stephen Harper is prepared to go.
Stephen Harper is entrenching his personal power -- even if it means attacking our very democracy and fair elections. And now, he is making his next move -- and it's absolutely frightening.
Is Harper getting ready to steal the next election?
We are very serious. Harper is forcing through a new law that will make it easier for his party to engage in dirty tricks that confuse voters and bars people from voting -- and no one will even know when he's done it.
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They have been tracking Harper's so-called "Fair Elections Act" which is being pushed through Parliament. Most of the corporate media's coverage of the act has been focused on stiffer voter ID requirements for people to be able to vote. Those are worrisome enough.
But what our own Ottawa political correspondent, Karl Nerenberg, reported, is chilling:
"That's not what the 'Fair Elections Act' is, in truth, all about," reported Karl, referring to the voter ID issues. "But Harper's team may have suckered those with grave doubts about [the act] -- into focusing on the ID and vouching issue."
Buried inside Harper's bill are more powerful provisions that serve as a "sneaky and malicious attack on investigators' chances of ever catching the robocall culprits, or any future similar cheaters."
In fact, it prevents Elections Canada from even alerting Canadians about voter fraud when it comes to its attention.
Our rabble.ca president, Duncan Cameron, agrees, "The party that practised voter suppression has introduced voter suppression legislation: the Cheat to Win Act."
This is the brilliant analysis that makes rabble.ca so essential. This is how we can uncover what's really behind Harper's schemes.
This week we are launching our annual appeal to support media democracy in Canada. We have a plan -- and we want you to be a part of it.
We will counter Harper's threat through our own approach to investigative journalism, and inform as many Canadians as possible. But we need your help. Here's why.
According to polling information about Harper's "Un-Fair Elections Act," three out of four Canadians are unfamiliar with the Conservatives' proposed legislation, including one out of four who had never even heard of it. This is something that we have to change -- we need to reach many more Canadians to expose Harper's plan.
Because if we do, according to the polling data -- resistance will grow. The more people know about Harper's changes to the election act, the more people will be opposed to them. This gives us hope.
But there is so little "media democracy" in the country: who can Canadians trust?
Where can people turn for the essential media coverage of these issues, when almost all of the information being provided to the public comes through corporate-owned media conglomerates, such as Bell and Rogers?
We can't forget that these corporate media powerhouses -- which own the Globe and Mail, CTV, and almost every daily newspaper -- all backed Stephen Harper in the last federal election.
Just look at what has happened. Since taking power in 2006 he has brought the corporate media into line, worked to silence environmental and citizens groups by cutting off funding and launching investigations, attacked unions and their very ability to organize workers.
Harper is targeting our democracy next -- let's not let him get away with it. Will you join us?
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