STEPHEN HARPER - FINDING NEW WAYS TO WASTE YOUR TAX DOLLARS
RadioTMI - July 27, 2014
Surprisingly a $51,000 focus-group study commissioned by the Harper government in late 2010 found strong resistance to naming a volunteer award after the prime minister, but it didn't stop Harper from quietly killing the Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award, first given out in 1982 as part of the Constitution celebrations, and replacing it with the PMVA (Prime Minister's Volunteer Award).
Therese Casgrain was a Quebec Feminist who fought for the right of Quebec women to vote, which they finally won in 1940. She also became the first female leader of a political party in Canada, heading the CCF (predecessor to the NDP) in Quebec, and was appointed to the Senate in 1970. Ms. Casgrain was on the back of our $10 bill until she and four other pioneering Feminists were replaced by an Ice Breaker last year.
Of course other elements of Canada's past have gone uncommemorated under Mr Harper's leadership, notably the 25th and 30th anniversaries of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the repatriation of our Constitution from Britain, but that's probably because celebrations for the War of 1812, The Great War and World War II have been far more relevant to the average Canadian then our Rights, Freedoms and a Constitutional event that most people alive now were witness to, particularly since the "Conservatives" have been doing everything possible to whittle away those rights with overreaching, partisan, Omnibus laws.