A death by 1000 cuts

Despite his power being somewhat shackled by a minority parliament, Stephen Harper has still had plenty of opportunity to enact his social agenda on the country.

Dennis Gruending presents the list of agencies that have seen funding cut or shrunk since the Conservatives gained power. Some definite anti-woman and anti-choice trends start to emerge, and taken in context with increased funding to evangelical organizations like Trinity Western University and Winnipeg’s Youth for Christ, start to paint a picture of what a Harper majority would enact.

Highlights (really, see the entire list):


·       Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (Linda Keen, chair)

·       Parliamentary Budget Officer (Kevin Page) (funding cut)

·       Rights & Democracy  (International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development – Rémy Beauregard, President)

·       Statistics Canada (Munir Sheikh, Deputy Minister)

Community organizations, NGOs and research bodies reported to have
been cut or defunded [see note 1 below]

·       Association féminine d’éducation et d’action sociale (AFEAS)

·       Canadian International Development Agency, Office of Democratic Governance

·       Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women

·       Centre de documentation sur l’éducation des adultes et la condition feminine

·       Climate Action Network

·       Court Challenges Program (except language rights cases and legacy cases)

·       Department of Foreign Affairs, Democracy Unit

·       Feminists for Just and Equitable Public Policy (FemJEPP) in Nova Scotia

·       First Nations Child and Family Caring Society

·       International Planned Parenthood Federation

·       Marie Stopes International, a maternal health agency – has received only a promise of “conditional funding IF it avoids any and all connection with abortion.”

·       Native Women’s Association of Canada

·       Pride Toronto

·       Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

·       Status of Women (mandate also changed to exclude “gender equality and political justice” and to ban all advocacy, policy research and lobbying

·       Womanspace Resource Centre (Lethbridge, Alberta)

·       Workplace Equity/Employment Equity Program