As the days count down to General Election 42, the misdirection, the obfuscation, the blurring of party and government gets ever more pronounced. The program to fundamentally change Canada into some semblance of Emperor's mindset is almost a decade old. Hundreds of millions of tax dollars wasted trying to convince Canadians how wonderful things are. Hundreds of millions of tax dollars wasted in courts fighting Canadians who seek their rights to be upheld. Hundreds of millions of tax dollars given to corporate media for compliance and propaganda.
Emperor's Government shows no regard for legality of legislation, no regard for the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, no regard for the esteem of the Supreme Court. They simply carry on criminalizing dissent, auditing opponents and creating bogeyman enemies at home and abroad. The litigation record of this administration is zero wins against double digit losses before the highest court in the land. And yet they persevere. Is this democracy? Or has the combination of government brute force and corporate power crossed that line nobody wants to see?
Stephen Lautens is a writer, lawyer and entrepreneur with an extensive background in communications and business. He currently has a private consulting practice in investor relations, communications and governance. Stephen is also a political commentator and dedicated Twitterer. He served two terms as president of the Toronto Press Club and served for seven years as a Governor of The National Newspaper Awards. For 16 years he wrote a weekly column for The Calgary Sun. He has also been a weekly columnist for The National Post, The London Free Press and Toronto Sun. His articles have also appeared in numerous other publications.
Stephen joins us to talk about the heavy-handed tactics to militarize the public consciousness, the political capitalization of fear, security, patriotism and historical revisionism. And the one institution fighting it.