Re: It Was The Man So Many Loathed, Not His Record (Aug. 27)
Many loathed both Stephen Harper and his record. The child-care community loathed his cancellation of the 2005 national child-care program and decade-long refusal to recognize child care as a 21st century societal necessity.
Beyond child care, recollect Mr. Harper’s record: vilification of data and science, denigration of climate change, undermining food and rail safety, his approach to criminal justice, foreign policy, women’s equality, indigenous Canadians, tax policy etc.
Did I mention disregard of parliamentary democracy, centralization of power, weakening the public service and shrinking the role of the federal government?
Reducing distress about the decade-long undermining of Canada to mere loathing of “the man” trivializes profound objections to the Harper record.
Martha Friendly, executive director, Childcare Resource and Research Unit
-reprinted from Globe and Mail