Harper boasts of accomplishments for 2012, NDP has different take

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper is ending the year by listing his government’s achievements in 2012, but the Opposition is pointing to several low-lights.

In a statement, Harper says Canada will enter 2013 with some of the strongest economic growth among the Group of Seven richest nations.

And he says the world has taken note, with Forbes magazine ranking Canada No. 1 in its annual review of the best countries for business.

The Opposition New Democrats, however, are pointing to what they see as the Conservative government’s worst moments.

One of them, they say, was Harper’s decision to allow the $15-billion takeover of oil giant Nexen by a Chinese state-owned company.

The NDP says that decision was the worst Tory low-light from 2012.

But the prime minister says his government helped Canadians by aggressively pursuing trade and investment agreements and streamlining the review process for major economic projects.

Critics have called that code for gutting environmental protections.




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Harper boasts of accomplishments for 2012, NDP has different take

  1. I see why I couldn’t find it, it was part of the omnibus list of Conservative failures.

  2. I’d love to know what Harper’s idea of gutting is then, if he calls his pitiful bull dozing of existing environmental law just… “streamlining”

    • Typical Liberal histrionics. Next year when when there’s more “streamlining” happening, you’ll be left trying to explain how environmental regulations can be “gutted” again, when they were “gutted” the year before, and people will realize that the sky is simply falling, again.

      • Tell me Einstein, just why you would wrap up, what according to you amount to mere “streamlining”, in a pair of bills that totaled over 900 pages and allowed for not one single acceptable amendment. If the changes were so innocuous there would have been no need for all the theatre…a working environmental committee could have sorted it out.
        Please don’t p*ss down my back and tell me its raining.

        • Well first of all, not all 900 of those pages were dedicated to the most efficient possible destruction of the Canadian wilderness, as you’d have us believe. As for the reasoning, it’s to AVOID the theatre of the absurd that has become the opposition. Harper’s made it very clear over the years he’s more interested in governing than entertaining the Parliamentary Press Gallery with endless “debate” on issues that everybody will agree upon eventually anyway. The fact that 99% of the opposition to the bill is that fact that it contains so much, and not to any of it’s actual contents is proof enough.

          • “The fact that 99% of the opposition to the bill is that fact that it contains so much, and not to any of it’s actual contents is proof enough”

            . “Harper’s made it very clear over the years he’s more interested in governing than entertaining the Parliamentary Press Gallery with endless “debate” on issues that everybody will agree upon eventually anyway”

            I rarely go to the trouble of calling someone an outright liar here, but you really are too much.
            You really aren’t capable of opening your mind even a tad are you? Partisan to the core!I isn’t necessary to agree with Ms May for instance to easily conclude that she has done her homework. Contrary to your imbecilic claim the objection to changes or outright repeal of over 70 different laws [ many of them relating to the environment]is both detailed and clear, and rest on the objection to open debate, as much as objection to the length of the bill.
            In case it escaped your keen gaze it was the govt that evoked time limits on scrutiny and debate of the effect of so many changes; this sparked the theatre of the absurd. By your logic a govt of your preferred flavour should be free to conclude in ADVANCE that ALL and ANY opposition to its agenda is entirely without merit, and it’s therefore entirely justified to shut down debate and refuse ALL amendments. I think i’m right in saying taken to its logical ends this is a form of insanity. It would be more honest to hold a national lottery rather than elections in this case and let them go at it with no opposition to the winning agenda at all on the other side of the house.

  3. “the Opposition is pointing to several low-lights”….. and then go on to list ONE “low-light”, which entails a Canadian company being sold for $15 Billion. If a $15B success story is the NDP’s top “low-light”, I’d shutter to think of what they view the highlights to be.

  4. Harper’s biggest accomplishment in 2012 was to permanently torpedo, once and for all, the Neo-Con mantra that the private sector can be trusted with no regulation or oversight. Despite the Conservative Gov. being put on notice by the Listeriosis scandal, and vowing to hire more inspectors, instead we found out that inspectors were TOLD TO IGNORE CONTAMINATED MEAT!!

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