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Harper, Serial Abuser of Power: The Evidence Compiled

  1. PMO Tied to Senate Hush Money Scandal
  2. Harper Found in Contempt of Parliament
  3. Against Court Order, Refusal to Share Budget Info
  4. Conservative Cabinet Staffers Granted Immunity from Testimony
  5. Conservatives Falsify Reports and Documents
  6. Repeated Duplicity in Afghan Detainees Controversy
  7. Repeated Duplicity on Costing of F-35 Fighter Jets
  8. Harper Minister Lies, Blames Statistics Canada for Killing Long Form Census
  9. Conservative MP Admits He Lied to Parliament
  10. Conservative House Leader Admits to Mockery of Question Period
  11. Harper Maligns the Supreme Court Chief Justice
  12. Conservatives Engage in Abuse of Process with Omnibus Bills
  13. Auditor General Sheila Fraser said that "Parliament has become so undermined that it is almost unable to do the job that people expect of it."
  14. Harperites Deliberately Sabotage, Stymie Committee System
  15. Harper's Own MPs Protest Muzzling
  16. Conservative Bill Rewrites History to Protect Mounties from Potential Criminal Charges
  17. Harper Minister Caught in Advertising Scam with Public Funds
  18. Corrupt Conservative Cronies
  19. Access to Information System Impeded
  20. The Silencing of the Public Service
  21. Loyalty Oaths Imposed on Public Servants
  22. Integrity Commissioner Christiane Ouimet sat on more than 200 whistleblower files before quitting. Her style? 'Gross mismanagement,' concluded the auditor general.
  23. Harper Government Sued by Justice Department Whistleblower
  24. Conservatives Block Accreditation for Opposition MPs
  25. Tactic Borrowed from North Korea's Dear Leader
  26. Clampdown on Freedom of Speech of Diplomatic Corps
  27. Marine Science Libraries Decimated
  28. UN Blasts Canada's Treatment of Immigrants
  29. Harper Government Denies Khadr Basic Rights
  30. Illegitimate Prorogation of Parliament, Twice
  31. Undue Interference with Independent Agencies
  32. Billions Borrowed without Parliament's Permission
  33. Lapdogs Appointed as Watchdogs
  34. PMO Attempts to Cover up Video Leak Putting Troops at Risk
  35. The 'Harper Government' Labelling Deception
  36. Conservatives Place Party Logos on Government of Canada Cheques
  37. Record Amounts of Partisan Political Advertising, on the Public Purse
  38. Conservatives Stack Their Own Ridings with Infrastructure Funds
  39. $50 Million Spending Deception as Documented by the Auditor General
  40. Patronage Run Amok
  41. Undermining Statistics Canada, Killing Data
  42. Government Muzzles Science Community
  43. Death of Evidence rally in Ottawa
  44. Like Never Before, Limits Placed on Media Access
  45. Harper's Team Tries to Ban Journalist for Asking Question
  46. Harper Minister Sucker Punches CBC Budget
  47. Suppression of Research
  48. The Vic Toews Porno Smear
  49. Harper's Fallen Soldiers Blackout
  50. Protesters Put under Blanket Surveillance
  51. Rights and Democracy, Other Groups, Dismantled
  52. Harper Government Spied on Aboriginal Critic, 'Retaliated'
  53. Revenue Canada Loosed to Attack Charities
  54. Conservatives Use Unheard of Tactic to Force through Anti-Union Bill
  55. Harper Smears Liberal Sikh MP, Insinuating Tie to Terrorism
  56. Veterans' Advocates Smeared
  57. Conservatives Run Undercover Sting Operations
  58. Conservative Convicted on Robocalls Scam
  59. Harper's Ex-Parliamentary Secretary Jailed for Breaking Election Law
  60. 'Reprehensible' Dirty Tricks Campaign against Irwin Cotler
  61. Conservatives Bar Crosbie Candidacy
  62. Election Violations Prompt Resignation of Cabinet Member
  63. Conservatives Attempt Election Campaign Frame-up
  64. Harper's Office Deploys Interns for Dirty Tricks
  65. Citizens Ejected from Conservative Rallies
  66. Conservatives Make Campaign Event Attendees Sign Gag Order
  67. Conservatives Unfix Their Own Fixed Date Election Law
  68. Guilty Plea on In and Out Affair
  69. Cons' Elections Bill Strips Power from Elections Canada
  70. Harper Minister Smears Head of Elections Canada
  71. Copyright Grab for Attack Ads
  72. Conservatives Use Terrorists' Propaganda in Attack Ad
  73. Record Use of Personal Attack Ads


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