Kill the Messengers

Kill the Messengers

Stephen Harper's Assault on your Right to Know

Book - 2015
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Ottawa has become a place where the nation's business is done in secret, and access to information-the lifeblood of democracy in Canada-is under attack.

It's being lost to an army of lobbyists and public-relations flacks who help set the political agenda and decide what you get to know. It's losing its struggle against a prime minister and a government that continue to delegitimize the media's role in the political system. The public's right to know has been undermined by a government that effectively killed Statistics Canada, fired hundreds of scientists and statisticians, gutted Library and Archives Canada and turned freedom of information rules into a joke. Facts, it would seem, are no longer important.

In Kill the Messengers: Stephen Harper's Assault on Your Right to Know, Mark Bourrie exposes how trends have conspired to simultaneously silence the Canadian media and elect an anti-intellectual government determined to conduct business in private. Drawing evidence from multiple cases and examples, Bourrie demonstrates how budget cuts have been used to suppress the collection of facts that embarrass the government's position or undermine its ideologically based decision-making. Perhaps most importantly, Bourrie gives advice on how to take back your right to be informed and to be heard.

Kill the Messengers is not just a collection of evidence bemoaning the current state of the Canadian media, it is a call to arms for informed citizens to become active participants in the democratic process. It is a book all Canadians are entitled to read-and now, they'll get the chance.

Publisher: Toronto : Patrick Crean Editions, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., ©2015.
ISBN: 9781443431040
Characteristics: 386 pages ;,24 cm.

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donkeyhote
Oct 04, 2017

I am to read this book now, and I think it was useful in Justin winning. As for the drastic anti-constitutional and anti-democratic changes that Harper brought on in his last 2 yrs of rule, I think all of it is not exclusively his own personal agenda - it's certainly in the Conservative agenda, and Harper accelerated it, started its radical part a bit too early for the times. I would not trust the Conservatives since Harper, who has shown us their teeth. Harper said: "our prayers have been answered" (when winning his majority). They pray for a Dictatorship here and and they certainly want to re-write the Constitution to remove human rights in general. I repeat: I think all this is part of the Conservative agenda, no matter what they say now that they are re-grouping for a new comeback. But the main problem I see is that One Third of Canada's population voted for Harper even after he did his anti-Constitutional moves, and he even appealed at the Supreme Court against our Constitutional rights. ONE THIRD of our population seems to be anti-democratic, they always vote for the Conservatives, that's our MAIN PROBLEM. But "all roads lead to Rome" and so the other problem we have is over- population and various cultural conflicts, which will lead to social crisis and eventually, to Dictatorship. And our ultimate problem is Human Nature, which is like a lone wild animal (my respects to the "human" few) - they defend territory madly, and unless Human Nature is changed (genetically) there never will be peace on earth. What about the solution? Read Arthur Koestler's book "The Ghost In The Machine" which he wrote on behalf of the United Nation's "Department Of Behavioral Control" (1967), and read "Agenda 21" of the United Nations. By the next century the world's pop will be largely reduced, and relocated into reserved areas, which they will not be allowed to leave. And city life will be finished, and the present cities will be given back to Nature. Read also Dr. John Coleman's book "The Conspirators' Hierarchy" (1997) for these plans of the rather near future. There will be no individual rights, no private property, no family units and no nation states. The Great Disruption will come in the 21th Century and a new Civilization and a genetically improved, better human race is to replace us, the present aggressive wild animals we are. For the time being it's a manipulated Democracy. Whatever you vote, the planned future will come - it must come, else we destroy the Earth and ourselves. In the 1967 "Expo" World Fair in Montreal there was a movie in the Czech Pavilion - the public was allowed to vote at some points of a certain Mr. Novak's adventures, i.e. how the story should continue. No matter how the public voted, the final outcome was the same. This is our Democracy too. Just the Conservative agenda is too early and not nice, that's all.

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ian_gorlick
Aug 27, 2015

There is an election under way. This is a good time to read this book.
The author raises many serious concerns about the Harper approach to government. We need to see if any other contenders will commit to undoing the changes Harper has wrought.
This is an important book, I just wish that a better writer had written it, or a stronger editor had gone over it. The subject matter jumps about. There is a lack of organization and structure to the presentation that gets annoying. Readers should persist and struggle through through those problems.

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rpavlacic
Mar 20, 2015

The tactics Harper has been using to silence the opposition from speaking or voting sounds so much like what Vladimir Putin does in Russia (minus the assassinations, of course). This is a must read.

avidreader2002 Mar 17, 2015

Wow, scary to learn what the people in power manage to pull off when no one is watching. Definitely a good thing to read before the next election.

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