Land Grabbing Corporations and Canadian Dairy Farming's Dangerous TPP Connections

The Toilet Paper Plan is another free trade scam brought to us by The Dictatorship Of The Corportariat, they are tyranny. Yesterday's peek at the pharma boondoggle shows how what's not talked about by, in our case Harper, but generally speaking, the captured governments promoting their benefactors interests. At the bottom you'll find a list of links to much more about how Free trade deals enable land grabbing...

Free trade deals drop tariffs the govt. touts, it opens 'markets', cash crop markets that is. After a free trade deal the land the peasants have lived sustainably on for generations becomes worth actual money especially after it gets 'consolidated'. So the bankers spread out like a virus explaining to the newly 'rich' peasants that the best and only way to compete is to borrow on their imaginary equity to buy a tractor for instance, maybe a free sample of GMO seeds and some of the chemicals they need to live.

Sure enough, sooner or later the tractor dies. It happens, for a big Agri-Biz outfit its no big deal, but for our indebted one tractor operation it means borrow more or lose everything. The debt noose. Soon the peasants are bankrupt and the higest bidder is some pack of scumbag investment fund vultures.

It's the road to the barrio, the road to starvation wages in some hell-hole job making crap that for the crapitalists to export now that there's no tariffs, eh. Even if a govt passes more just laws the foreign investors can challenge them through the secret tribunal process.

“Unlike agribusiness, peasants do not treat food as a commodity for speculation profiting out of hunger. They do not patent nature for profit, keeping it out of the hands of the common man and woman. They share their knowledge and seeds, so everyone can have food to eat.” - La Via Campesina

Tackling the trade law dimension of ‘land grabbing' by the International Institute for Environment and Development

Food, Water, Health, Life: UN Experts Warn of Threats Posed by Secret 'Trade' Deals

Biofuels, Food Riots and Land Grabs

The Road to Disaster in Bangladesh Paved by 'Free Food' Donations and Land Grabbing Corporations

Free Trade - the Rich's Global Corporate Weapon, Fair Trade - the People's and Gaia's Defense

Sir James Goldsmith's indictment of Big Ag as it relates to "free trade" agreements


Mulcair and/or Trudeau Must Contrast Fair Trade vs. Free Trade to Refocus the TPP Progressively

But the way it looks right now, the hero of the battle to stop the damned TPP is gonna be Bernie Sanders. See Bernie has been on the anti-TPP barnstorming circle since day 1. Bernie has been so loud about his views and has already seriously eroded the unstoppable Hillary juggernaut causing the announcement that Hillary Clinton does not support the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), rejecting a central tenet of President Barack Obama’s strategic pivot to Asia. This, along with many who oppose it in Congress already, could spell the end of  it.

When asked, 'Why so much secrecy about the TPP deal?',  Dr. Jack Rasmus, Professor of Political Economy at Santa Clara University in California answered "We are going to see the continuation of big problems with the pharmaceutical industry and price gouging,"

Rasmus went on to explain: "There are leaks that have come out here. And I think one of them that is really important is that this treaty may turn out to be a kind of a ‘killer’. And by that I mean, specifically, if you look at the provisions that have been leaked on the generic drug agreements. Generic drug agreements will protect the pharmaceutical industry in the US that is already price gouging American consumers raising prices for life-saving drugs by thousands of percent now and creating quite an issue in the US in possible legislation. This treaty, what it does, protects those pharmaceutical companies. It allows them to continue to charge for up to five to eight years those high prices and prevents generic drugs from providing lower prices."

"So, it is really a big concession to the pharmaceutical industry. And it will allow… pretty much because this treaty prevents legislation that contradicts the treaty if it goes through, we won’t be able to pass this legislation in the US. And the treaty has its own courts, so, you won’t be able to issue regulations. It allows corporations to challenge in those treaty courts and sue governments who try to regulate it. So, we are going to see the continuation of big problems with the pharmaceutical industry, price gouging and causing problems. And then, of course, there is the tobacco industry as well."

These secret corporate courts are one of the worst aspects of the TPP. It's throughout the whole deal as part of the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision, which permits multinational companies to sue governments over allegations that profits were lost due to local regulations. According to The Economist, ISDS gives foreign firms a special right to apply to a secretive tribunal of highly paid corporate lawyers for compensation whenever the government passes a law … that [negatively impacts] corporate profits — such things as discouraging smoking, protecting the environment or preventing nuclear catastrophe.

Free trade, this deal particularly, isn't just words to be parsed, it's a whole globe girdling, planet pulverising, paradigm. As Maude Barlow puts it, " I'm referring to those awkward facts about free trade, like that Canada lost 334,000 manufacturing jobs in the first five years after the Canada-U.S. deal was signed -- a decline that continued under NAFTA and continues to this day. Good paying full-time jobs are more often than not replaced by precarious part-time work, which contributes to Canada's stagnating middle-income wages over the past 20 years. It's a harsh reality of the free trade era that most of the new wealth created -- and free trade does create wealth -- went straight to the top, to the richest one per cent in Canada and globally."

So the obvious answer to 'Why so much secrecy about the TPP deal? is that if people, the non-corporate scumbag people, knew what was being left secret they'd...well who knows what...right now though, 12 days from Canada's most important election ever, the way the TPP is seen by the voters will be a huge factor in the voting booth. Free Trade is a weapon of the 1%, Fair Trade is a tool of the 99% That stance, taken by either Trudeau or Mulcair would IMO change the TPP conversation immediately.


TPP - the Toilet Paper Plan - Designed by the Corporations to Wipe Out Inconvenient Democracy

Today's announcement that the TPP - The Toilet Paper Plan that has been carefully planned to end democracy - has been a-greed to will be regurgitated by the MSM and the government stooges captured by corporate money won't mention is the worst aspect of the deal - the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision - which permits multinational corporations to sue governments over allegations that their imaginary profits were lost due to local regulations, for instance those that protect the environment from the destruction caused by the myth of endless growth and endless greed.

Like all 'free trade' agreements designed by the multinational corporations and agreed to by our captured governments in secret, the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision, permits multinational companies to sue governments over allegations that profits were lost due to local regulations. The main objective being that these criminal agreements allow governments, including Canada's, to bypass all the messy, inconvenient rights FNs and others have and until now allowed to those right's holders to challenge the bastards in court. Here's the best explanation i've read of how and the ISDS provision, id adopted, will be the end of democracy.

As Ellen Brown says, "the ISDS gives foreign firms a special right to apply to a secretive tribunal of highly paid corporate lawyers for compensation whenever the government passes a law … that [negatively impacts] corporate profits — such things as discouraging smoking, protecting the environment or preventing nuclear catastrophe."

The battle to stop the TPP isn't over yet, yesterday Tom Mulcair, leader of Canada's official opposition party the NDP, seemed to find his legs when he railed against the harm he sees to Canada's economy posed by the TPP [though no mention was ever made of the ISDS] and vowed to not be bound by it if elected in the election in 2+ weeks.

Harper will do anything and everything to serve his masters and benefactors including undermining the ability of future governments as Murray Dobbin article about how the 'Poison pill' strategy ties hands of future governments explains. Will Mulcair and/or Truteau ever actually stand up on their hind legs and 'just say no' to the corporate NWO wet dream that the TPP is so much a part of? Who knows. But no law, no treaty, no contract is absolute. If/when a truly revolutionary government comes into being they will throw out the immoral traitors and their concentration camp laws just as those who overthrew colonial rule did [and are still doing].


ABC and Strategic Voting Set to Determine the Outcome of Canada's Oct. 19th Election

The number one thing all of the polls and prognosticators agree on is the at least 2 out of every 3 Canadian wants Harper defeated. Even the meaningless day by day national horce polls show the same picture. But...because of Canada's antiquated first past the post voting system [still used in only the US, UK and Canada in the 'developed' world] Harper sits today, 17 days before the vote, on the verge of 'victory' and Canada sits on the verge of being openly acknowledged as a faux democracy.

But there are still many routes to seeing Harper's exit. In many ridings across the country. According to even the Globe and Mail "there are dozens of ridings across Canada where the ABHers will determine the outcome." ABH = Anybody but Harper. Another prominent and power group of veterans who disagree with Harper's policies is rallying under the banner "Anyone But Conservatives -- Canadian Veterans Campaign 2015.

Vote ABC is cutting into Harper's base in many areas. The organization is asking Canadians to vote for any alternative to the current government, citing Conservative decisions such as replacing lifetime pensions for injured vets with lump-sum payments, cutting 900 jobs from Veterans Affairs Canada since 2006, and closing offices around the country saying: "[The Conservatives] saved $3.9 million by closing nine Veteran Affairs offices while having the gall to spend $4.5 million for Hockey Night in Canada TV ads to tell Canadians how great a job they are doing to help veterans." Many veterans have declared war on Harper.

For those who need reminding, Robyn Smith's 'The Harper Abuse of Power Compendium' is a can't miss election read. It covers seventy scams, smears and stings. For example, did you know the Harper government was the first in Canadian history to be found in contempt of Parliament? Or that the Conservative party has violated elections laws or ethics at least 17 times? Or that Harper's team defied a court order demanding it share info how tax money is spent, denying it to Canada's independent budget watchdog 170 times? Or that the Conservatives outraged the Canadians Taxpayers Association and others by spending some $750 million in public money on partisan ads to promote their own party?

The stage is set, the tension of this weird balance is mounting, it appears that the question of whether voters in the critical swing ridings will vote with their brains for the best possible anti-Harper candidate or not will the deciding factor.

There has been though in the last couple of weeks a crack in the neck to neck to neck numbers and the NDP has chosen to lead from the rear [preferring the view of the horse race from there]. If this momentum in preference for Trudeau and the Liberals continues for another week or so i hope and expect to see Trudeau pushing his 'legalize it' stance loud and proud because legal marijuana could bring out a big youth vote for him plus it distinguishes the Liberals from the NDP's wishy-washy stance on this and provides a positive economic benefit that Trudeau hasn't yet taken much advantage of.

i'm still predicting a Liberal Minority govt. on Oct 20th and that that outcome will happen because the Cannabis question combined with the strategic votes of Canadians will carry the day.


North Island-Powell River Local Polling Results - the NDP's Rachel Blaney Leads by 14 Points

Leadnow's Vote Together Campaign today released the results of the Environics local polling done between September 18-21. While the 31 ridings are spread across the country, they do not include any ridings in Quebec. A detailed list of the results in all 31 ridings is available here. An explanation of their methodology is available here.

The North Island - Powell River riding where i live is detailed here. Basically Rachel Blaney of the NDP leads by 14 points in North Island-Powell River.  But the details are very interesting. The NDP's present 41% hasn't changed much since the writ was dropped. But at that time Harper's Conservatives were very close and both the Liberals and Greens were far behind. In the mast month the NDP has stayed steady but the Conservatives have dropped to 27% while the Liberals are now at 18% with the Greens at 14%. When looking at it graphically it sure looks like the huge drop in the cons numbers since the 2011 election [[from 46% in 2011 to 26% today] mirrors the climb in Lib/Green fortunes not a change in NDP numbers.

This is good news for the Heave Steve Day campaign and for all the strategic voters in Canada whose #1 goal in the Oct 19th election is dumping Harper and his neo-con ilk. It also goes along with a trend towards Trudeau and the Liberals that's being felt on the street across Canada.

The big national polls and pollsters are calling the 3 way race dead even statistically. Every day almost a new poll comes out but each of them is within the margin of error of the polls' methodology. So, as it has been from day 1, it's to close to call by the pollsters but from the feeling in the air and the vectors of change in most graphics the Liberals have the wind in their sails and look ready to peak at the right moment. Consequently, as of now - 26 days from Oct 19th - The Mud Report is predicting a Liberal Minority Government.

Many polls agree that over 2/3 of Canadians want the Harper regime defeated and that over 60% of them are willing to vote strategically to accomplish that result. The problem for strategic voters is the lack of detailed riding by riding information upon which to base their strategic vote. That's where Leadnow's Vote Together Campaign comes in. Leadnow saw this problem and started raising money and organizing volunteers to do those all important riding polls and the results are now rolling in. Please check out Leadnow's efforts and results [so far, another round will be done just before voting day]. Every riding, every vote counts in this election. Canada's future will probably be decided by a small percentage in the key swing ridings across the country.

Let's all vote together and Heave Steve on October 19th.


Harper's Appeal of Niqab Ruling to SCOC Another Chunk of Red Meat for His Anti-Muslim Base

Beverley McLachlin -
Vendetta leader or Heroine
Despite his disastrous record in his past attempts to use the SCOC as a tool in his fear of Muslims and terrorists campaigns, Harper has asked for a 'stay' [which would put the pro-Niqab wearing ruling on hold and stop the practice immediately] as well as appealing the ruling by the Federal Appeals Court. The whole thing will certainly drag out until long after the election on Oct. 19th. That's all Harper's team wants, they'll lose of course, but Harper gets to use it as red meat for his base of anti-Muslim evangelical, Tea Party like fanatics.

The National Post published 'A scorecard of the Harper government’s wins and losses at the Supreme Court of Canada' in it they say, "In one of starkest examples in Canadian history of two branches of government openly turning against one another, the red robed members Supreme Court of Canada have spent months systematically shooting down virtually every issue the Conservatives hold dear. Court boosters say the Tories simply have a fondness for unconstitutional legislation. Harperites, meanwhile, allege that they are the target of a weird vendetta from their down-the-street neighbour."

Vendetta eh. Goes right along with the new book out by Globe and Mail journalist John Ibbitson, among the issues covered in the book is Harper’s distrust of the courts and legal community and his unprecedented public criticism last year of McLachlin, which critics said was an effort to intimidate the court.

Harper has privately fumed to his inner circle that under the leadership of Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, the Supreme Court of Canada has become a “sociology seminar” that emasculates the power of Parliament. Further Ibbitson says the staff convinced a seething Harper not to launch full-on public assault on Supreme Court. Ibbitson writes that Harper’s criticism of the chief justice Beverley McLachlin set a “dangerous precedent”.

Given Canada's constitutional setup Harper is right, Beverley McLachlin and the SCOC are the last chance there is to stop Harper and the corporate juggernaut's lock-step march with it's NWO criminal brethern. The Niqab ruling is supported by Mulcair, Trudeau and May hopefully on broader moral grounds than narrow political ones.

Harper's agenda must be stopped, remember on Oct 19th that Beverley McLachlin, hated and feared as she is by Harper, is our heroine right now but unless Harper is stopped by Canada's voters the corporations will win.


Tonight's Canadian Economy Debate Will Be About the Capitalist Myth Endless Growth

In a few hours the Globe and Mail, will host a debate among three of the Federal Parties Leaders on their slightly different versions of how to keep the wheels of consumer capitalism eating up the globe's limited resources growing. None of them, including the only real progressive leader Elizabeth May who wasn't invited just in case she might speak up for the 'great unwashed' even accidentally, dares confront the inescapable fact that the endless growth of consumption of resources is impossible in a closed system - like the Earth.

They all will refuse to mention the phantom menace of their growth dreams. All of the political parties are captured by one arm or another of the Bankers and Billionaires Club, all of them dance to the same irrational economic tune. What the capitalists and their captured politicians refuse to refer to is that their is another way - slow degrowth driven by mild deflation - which is nothing but common sense because there are no profits, no good jobs, no dreams for your children on a dead planet.

The main problem for our environment and the economy that rides on its back is the continued and increasing demand of energy to satisfy production and consumption patterns in the Global North. It is, in sum, the economic system based on exploitation, extraction, industrial production and expanded consumption. The capitalist model itself is the main cause of the current climate crisis. In this way, the solution lies in a fundamental change of the system, based on new non-exploitative ways of relating between humans and nature. Harmonious relations with nature, but also just relations within society, are key to change the anthropocentric paradigm that has put humans and growth at the centre of society. - Resilience .org

my stake in capitalism
One of the big reasons why our western democracies have been so successfully captured by the Banker and Billionaires Club is some decades ago the few contrived to rob the many of not only their common sense but the future of their descendants in the service of more short-term profit for the Club's gluttonous members. The elites somehow convinced the middle classes that their future well being was tied to the speculator's myth of endless growth. Now so many people have bought into this disastrous scheme where their pensions, their mutual funds, their tax free savings accounts, their 'portfolio' are all tied to the growth myth through the 'market' that they believe that they have a stake in capitalism when the reality is that, other than the elites, the common person gets to fight over a few fallen crumbs best.

The unavoidable truth is that the economy is a small subset of the environment. For instance, just as the stock market rises on the sale of industrial agriculture's 'growth' of soil killing fossil fuels through fertilizers, equipment manufacture, shipping and supporting infrastructure while in reality those very actions are killing the biosphere that underlies everything, so too does all parts of the mythical endless growth economy exist only as long as the living world that supports them does too.

We milk the cow of the world, and as we do We whisper in her ear, "You are not true."
- Richard Wilbur, 1950


Harper's Phantom Budget Surplus a Pack of Lies and Broken Promises, by Mogs Mogilo

Now let's talk a little about Steve's 'phantom budget surplus' rumored to be $1.4 billion as of April 21 2015. This is coming from a government that has the worst performing economy of the G-7 and has had 7 budget deficits in a row. How did the harper-con government manage to rearrange [cook] the books to get a deficit in a recession?

Simple arithmetic tells us how. "...the Harper government transferring $ 57 billion from the old Employment Insurance Account to the Prime Minister Office’s general revenues in 2010. ..." "...By excluding the $ 57 Billion in the current budget, for the first time in Canadian history a prime minister has been able to circumvent the parliamentary system of budget scrutiny for such a large amount of money...."

"...What is Mr. Harper going to do with it? Will the PMO “Account” become
his very own hedge fund? Or might Canadians pressure his government to
finance an economic strategy to fight underemployment? The answers to
these questions remain unclear at the moment, but one thing is very
clear to me of what should be done; the money collected beyond what the
law permitted should be returned to where it came from in the first


"What is Mr. Harper going to do with it?" Dirty tricks, election cheating, fund Pierre Poutine etc a slush fund for harper?

It is obvious what harper did with the money he stole from the unemployed who cannot get qualified for EI even though they lost their jobs through no fault of their own but through Harper's mismanagement of the economy he made the vulnerable pay for his own sins. There is no money for them because harper took it. If a president of a company did a similar thing transferring employee benefits or payroll deductions [employee paid] into the companies general account there would be hell to pay.

Further Oliver was lose with the budgetary books [April 21, 2015]:

"...Finance Minister Joe Oliver delivered a federal budget that boasted a
narrow $1.4-billion surplus, scoring a politically critical goal just
six months before a scheduled election in October.

To get there, Oliver took the unusual step of draining $2 billion out
of the budget's $3-billion rainy-day reserve, which is supposed to be
set aside for unforeseeable events like natural disasters. ..."


Now we have $59 Billion to play with stolen from funds that were allocated for different purposes not for balancing a serial seven year budget deficit. Then of course that was not enough for the Harper gang.

"Monday's report on the final 2014-15 accounting also show the government
under spent on direct program expenses by $1.5 billion last year —
lapsed funds that opposition parties say were budgeted for everything
from veterans services to transportation safety and services for the
disabled." Now $60.5 Billion.


Okay so Lac Megantic did not have to happen but Harper took the money. Vets seniors and the disabled could have been treated with dignity but no again harper took the money. Why? So he could deliver his base a stolen 'balanced budget' on the backs of the less fortunate. His budget is tainted so bad it stinks and I can smell it from here.

The modern day robbing hood harper is stealing from Canada's social fabric to support multi billion dollar industries and the wealthy who control them.

"In 2000, the Canadian federal corporate tax rate was 28%; by 2014, it had dropped to 15%. Cuts to corporate taxes since 2007 are costing the Canadian federal government up to $13 billion per year in foregone revenue."

"Canadians for Tax Fairness estimate that Canadian corporations have $199 billion stashed in offshore tax havens, costing $7.8 billion per year in lost tax revenue. A 2014 Citizens for Tax Justice study found that 72% of Fortune 500 companies operated subsidiaries in tax haven jurisdictions in 2013."

"A 2015 International Monetary Fund (IMF) report pegged global energy subsidies at $2 trillion in 2013. In Canada, the externalized cost to government of the subsidies amounts to $34 billion per year. The IMF calls these subsidies to oil and gas companies “perverse subsidies”..."

"In total, the Harper-led Conservative federal government is deliberately and knowingly costing itself over $68 billion a year, mostly to the benefit of corporations.
- It has $13 billion less income a year because it lowered corporate tax rates.
- It has $14 billion less income a year because it lowered GST / HST tax rates.
- It has $7.8 billion less income a year because it allows – or abets? – corporate tax avoidance.
- It costs itself $34 billion a year from the impacts of its perverse subsidies to the non-renewable energy sector"


So Harper steals from rainy day funds, veterans, seniors, disabled persons, medicare, EI, Transportation Safety, Science Funding, Cutting the Civil Servants workforce the list is endless and who are the beneficiaries at the expense of the Harper-Con Government being a "proactive role in the social, environmental, and economic well-being of our society"? Forbes 500 corporations and the wealthy that control them.

"The Big Heist - Canada continues to let billions leave the country tax free"



To many Canadians who have had their livelihoods ripped asunder and found zero help no social safety net that had been created over decades see harper as an immoral liar cheat and thief who only cares about the wealthy and environmentally destructive industries.

With the secrecy Harper has established around himself and his governments doings [The Harper Government not a Canadian Government] and the gag orders he has placed on scientists Cabinet Ministers his caucus and all federal employees we will not find the whole truth until we eliminate all cons from parliament do your part on October 19th to ban robbing hood harper and his ghoulish cons.

"While reviewing the latest edition of the federal government's little-known legislative bulletin, The Canada Gazette, Canadian Press reporter Jim Bronskill noticed a troubling detail: a new order is now on the table that would dramatically expand the number of current - and former - federal government employees under a lifetime gag order, potentially curbing the right to free expression for thousands of Canadians."

Why would he do that? In order to subvert all future lawsuits against his government and himself, which are in the making...


Does anybody need more compelling reasons to end this conf*ckery?


Today's post is a copy of the comment Mogs made this morning at the Tyee and re-printed here with permission by Mogs Mogilo.


Renown Canadian Nationalist Mel Hurtig Explains Why 2/3 of Voters Want Harper Out on Oct. 19th

Mel Hurtig, one of Canada’s most-celebrated economic nationalists. His latest book 'The Arrogant Autocrat: Stephen Harper's Takeover of Canada' was written as “a wake-up call to Canadians” and to convince them “to reclaim our democracy and our country before it is too late.” Mel is incensed by the sweep of Conservative legislation under Stephen Harper, in particular the recent wide-reaching anti-terrorism bill, and earlier the slashing of waterway and environmental protections, muzzling of scientists on climate change, and gutting of Canada's research libraries.

Recently The Tyee ran a series of slices of Hurtig's razor-like condemnation of Harper's economic policies: one on how Canada got less competitive under Harper, another on  how takeovers and secret trade agreements have eroded our sovereignty and self-determination, another on how the Harper government's jobs and economy growth record is the worst since the early 1930's and another on how Harper ate up a huge federal surplus and piled up six deficits.

As of today, Sept 14th, according to the CBC's poll tracker - a poll of polls designed to tell the broadest possible polling results day by day. The headline though in almost every mainstream media outlet is that it's a 3 way dead heat [within the margins of error] with the Greens and the Bloc getting about 10% between them.

What the headline either misses or doesn't think will grab enough audience is that that means 70% of Canadian voters want to dump Harper and his cohort out. The only reason it can called a 3 way horserace is because of the undemocratic First Past the Post voting system which the NDP, Liberals and Greens all promise to throw out in favor of some form of Proportional Representation if/when elected.

Harper faces an opposition divided by longtime historic hatred between the Libs and NDP and has in the past won because of the split vote in many swing ridings. The obvious solution would be for some type of co-operative effort which would give them both what they want but like Prisoner's Dilemma game theory states, they are both trapped in a negative loop by past non-co-operation. There seems little hope that these two teams of partisans can change even though Elizabeth May of the Greens has offered to be a go between.

So it's up to Canadians to come together and form a one-time People's Coalition of strategic voters who will vote for the party and candidate in their riding with the best chance of defeating Harper and his henchmen on Oct. 19th Here's a primer on why Strategic Voting is so crucial on Oct.19th - Heave Steve Day


Veterans' Anti-Harper 'Anyone But Conservative' (ABC) Voting Campaign Hurting Conservatives


In case you have forgotten here's a few Conservative attacks on Canada's veterans: pensions killed, benefits clawed, killed lifetime pensions for Afghanistan veterans, and failed to spend $1.13 billion of the Veterans Affairs budget but found money to increase advertising and ceremonies for politicians to honour veterans.

"The Harper Conservatives spent taxpayers' dollars to deny a vet compensation for losing his legs and testicles.” said Mike Blais, a volunteer at 'Anyone But Conservatives' adding, "Despite numerous reports of service failures and lack of support for veterans, the Harper government shut down nine Veterans Affairs offices to save $3.78 million and the same year increased its advertising budget by more than $4 million to buy playoff hockey ads."

A fast growing group of veterans who disagree with Harper's policies is rallying under the banner - "Anyone But Conservatives -- Canadian Veterans Campaign 2015." - a group, of veterans and supporters, who are asking all Canadians to support their campaign -- Anyone But Conservatives -- and on Oct. 19 vote to defeat Harper's Conservative government.The organization is asking Canadians to vote for any alternative to the current government.

The Veterans ABC campaign is, according to Insights West working. In their piece 'Poll Shows Treatment of Vets Could Hurt Tory Base' which found one-third of Conservative voters are considering other party and the treatment of veterans is the biggest issue.

 The new book, 'A Dirty Little Skirmish', launched on Sept. 1 in Halifax, former army sergeant David MacLeod and writer Harold Leduc which charts the battle veterans must wage to access needed benefits and services from a government in denial, as former soldiers endure waiting lists for medical care and injury claims turned down by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), won't help Conservative fortunes a bit. MacLeod is just one of many angry vetreans who are rallying under the banner of the Anyone But Conservative (ABC) Veterans Campaign 2015.

Another volunteer, Susan Clarke-Tizzard, a logistics corporal attached to the search-and-rescue team is speaking publicly about her PTSD for the first time, driven by a duty to help her comrades who are struggling with the after-effects of war and yet ignored by the Harper government, driving her to volunteer with ABC.

The results of the Oct.19th election could be determined by these deserving people who are determined to receive the justice they've earned.