Harper wants to control Canada by keeping Canadians ignorant and afraid, scientist says

Stephen Harper is muzzling scientists and bringing legislation like Bill C-51 because the Prime Minister wants to keep Canadians ignorant and afraid, according to Simon Fraser University Professor Lynne Quarmby.

“I was arrested for an act of civil disobedience,” the University’s Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry said referring to her arrest during the Kinder Morgan protest on Burnaby Mountain. “That was before Bill C-51. With Bill C-51 in place, that would make me a terrorist.”

Bill C-51, which was passed in the Senate with 44-28 vote and now awaiting royal assent before becoming law, makes any activity “interference with the capability of the Government of Canada in relation to intelligence, defence, border operations, public safety, the administration of justice, diplomatic or consular relations, or the economic or financial stability of Canada,” an act of terrorism.

“Who’s Harper trying to protect from me?” Quarmby, who is the Green Party candidate for the newly created riding of Burnaby North—Seymour at the upcoming federal elections, asked. “Ordinary Canadians? I don’t think so. He’s trying to protect multinational corporations.”

Efforts by multinational resource corporations and pipeline companies to encroach on indigenous lands have met with strong resistance by First Nations groups and environmentalists.

RCMP has labelled such activists and those who advocate for renewable energy as “anti-petroleum extremists” and experts fear that Bill C-51 will be used to intimidate and silence opponents of Harper government’s economic agenda.

The scientist has a theory as to why Harper is passing legislation to protect corporate interests.

“It’s because of his ideology,” Quarmby said. “He’s so strongly driven by his ideology that he is blind to the basic facts of reality.”

“He believes he can control the future of Canada,” she added. “He’s unable to hear anything different from that.”

That, according to the professor, is why Harper is muzzling scientists and ratcheting up fear mongering with propaganda.

“He wants to keep us afraid and ignorant,” she said. “And that’s why he reacts so strongly to someone like me. So strongly, that he’d label me a terrorist.”

“It’s because I can find a little bit of courage and a little bit of wisdom,” she concludes. “And I’m willing to say, I’m sorry, the emperor has no clothes.”

3 Responses to Harper wants to control Canada by keeping Canadians ignorant and afraid, scientist says

  1. Anonymous says:

    The question becomes; what can we do about it besides the obvious. It is becoming more and more clear to me that buying a piece of land in the bush, opting out of the system, and living my life out in peace is the solution. Our system is so broken.

    • Anonymous says:

      Right up until a natural disaster, fueled by climate change comes and wrecks your home. Or, some multi-national company comes and wrecks it in their search for profits.

  2. LouisaRose says:

    Sorry professor Quarmby, you profess your ignorance to Canadian law by ignoring a court order to allow the people who were just attempting to do their every day job proceed in completing their assigned task. Their work is important to all of us to ensure safe standards and to provide all of us with the life we enjoy here in BC and it allows you to work at your university which was built on the same mountain (if you work at SFU). You put those workers and the people supporting your crusade at risk of injury. Shame on you! I for one was not happy that you were shown such lenience as you clearly did not learn anything from being arrested. How would you like to be affronted in the same manner at your work place by the students you teach your ideology to? Was that a paid work day or paid leave you used, paid for by the taxpayers of BC? I know we, the taxpayers of BC footed the bill for the many police officers required and you took our valuable police resources away from other areas.

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