Harper as president of NCC (National Citizens Coalition)
here to view a copy of Stephen Harper's/NCC website which I then
pasted into a word document and later converted to pdf. That
was the best format I knew at the time on how to save actual copies.
Please note Sambrook was VP of the wheat growers (WCWGA) at
the time of Harper's joint statement. The wheat growers are an
industry (like Cargil and Agricore United formerly UGG) funded
pseudo farm organisation whose almost central role is to try an get
rid of the wheat board.
CWB electoral review panel member Greg Porozni is a wheat grower.
While a cwb director candidate in 2002 was exposed by the CBC for
having a secret contract with Monsanto towards "the positive
introduction of roundup ready wheat". These are crass
conflicts of interests, including more, which are on the public
record, yet Alcock choose to put him on the panel! Now
as per an attached email from NFU president Stewart Wells, he
personally saw Porozni at the WTO meetings in Hon Kong helping
efforts to kill the CWB!
In the properties of the attached word document you can see when I
captured the info and in the heading what the link was, however NCC
has since pulled the info down from their site.
This is my own first person documented material taken from the NCC
site at the time.
The attachment is documented support of Harper and the NCC acting as
third party advertisers during a CWB election.
Below Stewart Well's email is an article written by Murry
Dobbin as a further reminder of the depths that Harper went to in
order to defend third party advertising. In so doing, he
effectively created barriers even to the Liberal's attempts to clean
up what later became the "sponsorship" scandal, a name
likely chosen by Harper and his ilk in order not to draw attention
to Mulroney's patronage, after all, what is the difference between
patronage and the sponsorship scandal?
Sincerely, and on the record
Dobbin's article on Harper, third party advertising etc.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Murray Dobbin"
Sent: Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Subject: If it's all about trust, beware of Stephen Harper
If it's all about trust, beware of Stephen Harper
By MURRAY DOBBIN
Globe and Mail
Wednesday, November 9, 2005
Stephen Harper suggests that trust is the most important political
issue facing Canadians. If so, Canadians should be very wary of the
promises the Conservative Leader is making about introducing tougher
election spending limits if he becomes prime minister. Mr. Harper
has spent much of his political life fighting the very idea of
putting limits on corporate spending in elections, strongly opposing
efforts to ban corporate donations to political parties. For him,
now, to champion such legislation stretches his credibility and our
trust to the breaking point.
The irony in this flip-flop is hard to match. If
legislation banning corporate money from the political process had
been in place since 1984, when it was first attempted, the
sponsorship scandal might never have happened. Yet, ever since
entering politics, Mr. Harper has done everything he could to ensure
that corporate largesse would continue to play a distorting role in
The policies of the Reform Party -- co-written by
Mr. Harper and Preston Manning -- consistently opposed legislation
banning third-party spending as unconstitutional, and opposed
legislation preventing corporations from contributing to political
parties. During Mr. Harper's political hiatus from 1998 to 2002, he
headed up the corporate-funded National Citizens Coalition (NCC),
arguably the most virulently right wing of Canada's pro-business
lobby groups. Generally, he kept a low profile -- keeping the NCC's
anti-medicare and anti-Asian immigration policies on the back
burner, pursuing instead the NCC's attack on election-spending
legislation as "gag laws."
An NCC court challenge killed the 1984
legislation, and another struck down a similar 1993 federal law
restricting third-party spending. The latter was a response to
recommendations of the 1992 Lortie Royal Commission on Electoral
Reform that found that millions of dollars in corporate money spent
in the 1988 free-trade election had a definite impact. The
commission also found that 93 per cent of Canadians supported such
legislation. Mr. Harper was not impressed. He and the NCC were in
court in B.C. fighting that province's election-spending reforms,
claiming corporate spending (and NCC spending) had no effect on
election outcomes. Perhaps Mr. Harper had forgotten that the NCC
helped him get elected to Parliament in Calgary in 1993, spending
$50,000 for attack ads against Conservative Party MP Jim Hawkes, Mr.
Harper's former boss.
Mr. Harper also attacked new laws in Manitoba that
banned corporate and union contributions to political parties,
capped individual contributions at $3,000, and limited explicitly
partisan third-party spending during elections to $5,000. It was
legislation designed, in part, to keep big corporate money out; Mr.
Harper called it "the most dangerous and oppressive gag law in
On May 18, last year, the Supreme Court of Canada
ruled in favour of federal legislation restricting third-party
election spending. Last week, when replying to Mr. Harper's
new-found dedication to eradicating corporate influence, Public
Works Minister Scott Brison accused Mr. Harper himself of being an
unregistered lobbyist when he was with the NCC. He later retracted
the statement when the NCC insisted that it was a public advocacy
group that does not lobby politicians. But Mr. Brison may have
apologized too soon. NCC vice-president Gerry Nicholls's claim that
the organization is not a lobby group is hard to swallow. NCC
founder Colin Brown took Ontario Conservative premiers Bill Davis
and John Robarts on chartered flights to the Masters Golf tournament
in Augusta, Ga. The NCC was given a special meeting with finance
minister Michael Wilson in 1984 to lobby him on deficit cuts.
In 1994, NCC head David Somerville formally
lobbied finance officials on reforming the capital-gains tax. The
NCC presents position papers to public hearings. Mr. Harper knows
the NCC lobbies -- because in May, 1995, he argued in the House
affairs committee in support of the NCC, which was demanding a seat
at the table when public policy was discussed. An organization has
to spend 20 per cent or more of its budget on such activity before
it has to register as a lobbyist. But the NCC refuses to reveal
where it gets its money or how it spends it, so we have no idea how
much it spends on lobbying.
Stephen Harper's proposed "federal
accountability act" is just part of the Conservative Leader's
desperate attempt at a political makeover. Polls show that Canadians
do not trust Mr. Harper nor do they like his policies. Given his
long and sorry history of defending corporate money in politics,
there is every reason to mistrust him still. Sensing power slipping
though his fingers, Mr. Harper is abandoning his principles for
Murray Dobbin, a Vancouver-based journalist, is
author of Preston Manning and the Reform Party.