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Kill The Messengers: Stephen Harper's Assault on Your Right to Know by [Bourrie, Mark]
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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 attak.

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.

This paperback edition of the national bestseller has been updated and features a new chapter on the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Bill.

About the Author

Mark Bourrie is quickly emerging as the country’s leading expert and author on propaganda and censorship. He is also an award-winning writer and a respected military historian with a PhD in history. A National Magazine Award–winning journalist, he has been a member of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery since 1994. Bourrie lectures on propaganda and censorship at the Department of National Defence Public Affairs Learning Centre and periodically teaches courses on media history, censorship and propaganda at Carleton University and in Canadian studies at the University of Ottawa.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1286 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (Jan. 27 2015)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00N0XK784
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,020 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From location 4979 of the ebook. "The gags placed on public watchdogs of all sorts are frightening to anyone who believes in democracy and liberty. The concentration of power at the Center under the control of a single leader smacks of fascism. Add to that this government's fetish for military grandeur, its contempt for the democratic institutions and its attack-dog-style campaigns against its perceived enemies, including the courts, and it's plain we're on the road to a new kind of Canada, one that very few of us will enjoy."

This book should be required reading for anyone wanting to see how our democracy has been eroded under the Harper government. Everything is being sold to us in some fashion, Mark Bourrie is selling his interpretation as well - we need to have many points of view. We cannot trust our elected officials or some segments of the media to provide accurate information - it's a difficult job sifting through the propaganda presented to us. Mark Bourrie adds to the discussion in positive manor with his excellent investigative journalism.
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I'm still reading "Kill the Messengers: Stephen Harper's Assault on Your
Right to Know" and find it to be gripping, revealing and most informative; a disturbing book.
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Definitely, a book every Canadian voter should read before the next federal election in Canada. For those of you who are wise and/or motivated enough to do so; or those of you who just believe that an informed choice is essential to making the right choice, then this book is a must read. However, be prepared, afterwards, to withstand the absolutely frustrating experience of having to accept the fact that those who haven't yet read this book, or who have refused to read it on ideological grounds, or have flat-out chosen to ignore its important message, and there will be many; that they are still planning to support Stephen Harper and his party. That said, Canadians and their commitment to defending transparent, inclusive, fair, open and representative democracy is on trial because of books like this, and the courage their authors had to draw on in writing them. In the end, we are, and will be, all judged by history, by the choices we make and the by motivations behind them. God help us all; and enjoy the read!
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This book itemizes and confirms the abuses of power that are propagated by this government. The signs have been there for a while if you read between the lines in the media; scientists unable to communicate their findings to the public that pays for their research, killing the long census form so that we can't track what's trending in our society, continuous challenges of the supreme court, etc. The dealings of this government need to be brought to the light for our scrutiny and Mark Bourrie does a good job of this.
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A very detailed analysis of how PM Harper has spent the last 9 years re-shaping Canada for 30% support of Canadians by controlling what is said about him in the media. The "brainwashing" of Canadians to either believe untruths or have no access to the truth, this book could be a fictional novel like 1984 until you realize it's factual information of what is happening in Canada. Informative, scary, mind boggling - a must read for Canadians who care about truth and democracy.
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A wonderful tell-all of the self-serving corruption of our "
transparent" harper government. Honestly terrifying in that this is happening in Canada of all places.
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I have been reading a number of books this summer relating to the Canadian election. All have been very critical of the current Harper government, This one is too but it has another very valuable aspect. The writer is a journalist and thus writes very well but even more he is a knowledgable historian so you get the criticisms in the context of what other governments have done over the years and of Canadian history. For example the celebration in 2014 of the War of 1812-14 set out what really happened or didn't, in a way I don't remember hearing about in school.
Mark Bourrie belongs to one of the groups for whom freedom of speech has pretty well disappeared let alone access to government documents and research facilities. So he has both an insider's view of how this affects how he makes his living and why you get a feeing of anger and frustration in this book. But I would say especially because of his excellent setting of today's campaign in the history of Canadian politics that his book is the best one I have read on the current Canadian election even though the subject matter in most of them has been the same.
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