LETTER: Stephen Harper ‘right out of a dystopian novel’

Reader Andre Piver: "Only two women have refused to remove their niqab and show their faces for citizenship ceremonies since 2011."

Only two women have refused to remove their niqab and show their faces for citizenship ceremonies since 2011.

This is like Stephen Harper lying that many people had refused or complained about the compulsory long form census, when there was no evidence of any complaints; this to create an excuse for his taking apart the only source of reliable real data about the state of the nation, just as he has systematically been tearing apart the capacity and role of science to inform us.

Our media has failed to maintain an informed citizenry. Harper, et al are right out of a dystopian novel of the future with well managed disinformation supporting their ideological dogma.

This election campaign is a horrifying joke using fear, since the economy has not been doing well enough to count entirely on greed, as well documented in Susan Delacourt’s book Shopping for Votes, where promising (a loss leader special like Walmart does) a last-minute special tax incentive or equivalent little perk to a targeted swing vote sub-group based on polling data, wins the election in our completely undemocratic first-past-the post electoral system.

Andre Piver

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