Kill the Messengers

Kill the Messengers

Stephen Harper's Assault on your Right to Know

Book - 2015
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Ottawa has become a place where the nation's business is done in secret, and access to information-the lifeblood of democracy in Canada-is under attack.

It's being lost to an army of lobbyists and public-relations flacks who help set the political agenda and decide what you get to know. It's losing its struggle against a prime minister and a government that continue to delegitimize the media's role in the political system. The public's right to know has been undermined by a government that effectively killed Statistics Canada, fired hundreds of scientists and statisticians, gutted Library and Archives Canada and turned freedom of information rules into a joke. Facts, it would seem, are no longer important.

In Kill the Messengers: Stephen Harper's Assault on Your Right to Know, Mark Bourrie exposes how trends have conspired to simultaneously silence the Canadian media and elect an anti-intellectual government determined to conduct business in private. Drawing evidence from multiple cases and examples, Bourrie demonstrates how budget cuts have been used to suppress the collection of facts that embarrass the government's position or undermine its ideologically based decision-making. Perhaps most importantly, Bourrie gives advice on how to take back your right to be informed and to be heard.

Kill the Messengers is not just a collection of evidence bemoaning the current state of the Canadian media, it is a call to arms for informed citizens to become active participants in the democratic process. It is a book all Canadians are entitled to read-and now, they'll get the chance.

Publisher: Toronto : Patrick Crean Editions, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., ©2015.
ISBN: 9781443431040
Characteristics: 386 pages ;,24 cm.

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ian_gorlick
Aug 27, 2015

There is an election under way. This is a good time to read this book.
The author raises many serious concerns about the Harper approach to government. We need to see if any other contenders will commit to undoing the changes Harper has wrought.
This is an important book, I just wish that a better writer had written it, or a stronger editor had gone over it. The subject matter jumps about. There is a lack of organization and structure to the presentation that gets annoying. Readers should persist and struggle through through those problems.

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rpavlacic
Mar 20, 2015

The tactics Harper has been using to silence the opposition from speaking or voting sounds so much like what Vladimir Putin does in Russia (minus the assassinations, of course). This is a must read.

avidreader2002 Mar 17, 2015

Wow, scary to learn what the people in power manage to pull off when no one is watching. Definitely a good thing to read before the next election.

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