"Stephen Harper has done what he always promised never to do – use unelected officials to counter the will of Parliament and the Canadian public," says Graham Saul, ED for Climate Action Network-Canada.
Richard Colvin, a career senior diplomat, reports to parliamentary committee that Afghan prisoners transferred to Afghan authorities are at risk of torture. The Harper government responds by publicly smearing and attacking Mr. Colvin's character and reputation. An open letter from a group of former ambassadors criticizes the government's treatment of Mr. Colvin as unfair and inappropriate. "The Colvin affair risks creating a climate in which officers may be more inclined to report what they believe headquarters wants to hear, rather than facts and perceptions deemed unpalatable," the former diplomats said.
The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL), as well as three other prominent national women's organizations, had their funding withdrawn. The Harper government doesn't agree with the legal cases these NGO's advance on behalf of vulnerable women or the advocacy they do to improve women's equality.