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Federal Liberal Delta-Richmond East candidate Dana Miller says she wasn't comparing the Harper administration's propaganda to that of the Nazis. At issue: on September 5, in a blog posting entitled "John Cummins' Propaganda Part I," Ms. Miller wrote the word propaganda is defined by the Canadian Gage Dictionary as the "systematic efforts to spread opinions or beliefs, especially by distortion and deception: The Nazis were experts in propaganda." The candidate then detailed how the Harper administration has broken three of its 2004 campaign promises, accusing Mr. Cummins - the incumbent Tory candidate - of being "complicit with the distortion and deception of this Conservative government."

Asked for comment, Ms. Miller stated, "I think my intention is fairly clear. I gave a Canadian Gage Dictionary definition of what propaganda is - as per their definition - in quotes. And they happened to illustrate that the Nazis were good at propaganda. At no point in time did I ever suggest or associate any other activity of the Nazis with John Cummins or his party. I am a woman of Jewish-German descent. And so I clearly understand the murderous atrocities of the Nazis and I clearly stated I was only using the Gage definition with respect to propaganda. No offense was ever intended. And I apologize if there was an offense."

In a separate posting, Ms. Miller also accused then future prime minister Stephen Harper of using "racist words" when he told The Report's Kevin Michael Grace in 2004 that "west of Winnipeg the ridings the Liberals hold are dominated by people who are either recent Asian immigrants or recent migrants from eastern Canada: people who live in ghettoes and who are not integrated into western Canadian society." She then added, "Harper's world is a cold world, as cold as his heart toward any person different from what he believes the person should be based upon his religion and values."

But, speaking with Public Eye, Ms. Miller said, "Again, I think I clearly state those particular words could be understood by Canadians as classist and racist from Stephen Harper. But I am not, in any way, suggesting that he himself is a racist."

Since we spoke with Ms. Miller, she has removed the aforementioned blog posts. The reason: "After reviewing the posts I concluded that I could have chosen my words more carefully, and they did not accurately reflect my intent. My intention in this campaign is to debate the issues and I do not want anything to distract from that goal. I have taken down the posts in the event that my words may have offended. In the spirit of openness I make this commitment: should any citizens or media be interested in the original posts please contact my office and I will make them available. Again, I am sincerely sorry to anyone that may have been offended."

The following are complete copies of Ms. Miller's original blog postings.

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John Cummins' Propaganda Part I
Posted At : September 5, 2008 11:46 PM | Posted By : Dana
Related Categories: Conservative Propaganda
Propaganda: Is defined as the, "systematic efforts to spread opinions or beliefs, especially by distortion and deception: The Nazis were experts in propaganda." (Canadian Gage Dictionary)

Conservative MP John Cummins has been complicit with his silence, compliant in following Stephen Harper propaganda.

During the 2004 federal election Cummins' literature stated that the Conservative Party would be:

1) "Giving more power and teeth to independent watchdogs such as the Auditor General and Ethics Commissioner, protecting whistleblowers from reprisal, and strengthening access to information laws to give citizens the right to know."

The truth is...this Conservative government attempted to censor the independent watchdog such as the Auditor General's authority. Sheila Fraser would not permit censorship, filtering or screening information from her office through the Conservative government, as Harper planned.

The truth is...citizens have been denied "the right to know" information by this Conservative government because Harper has delayed briefings sent to other party MP's and committees for review.

The truth is...Linda Keen, president of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, was subjected to reprisal when she was fired from her job by this Conservative government for whistleblowing information regarding safety concerns.

The truth is...Conservative MP's that continued under Harper were complicit with the distortion and deception of this Conservative government.

Only the honourable, honest and brave MP's resigned from this Conservative government, decided to run as a candidate with another party, run as an independent, or not run in the upcoming 2008 federal election.

As of September 3, 2008, a total of 12 Conservative MP's have decided not to run under Harper's direction.

Cummins must be aligned with Harper and complicit with the distortion and deception to continue as the Conservative candidate. Perhaps 14 years of almost $2 million in taxpayer money for no accomplishments is such a good gig Cummins' doesn't want to give it up? It is written in the Bible that greed is a sin. Sin often marches one step ahead of scandal and we know this Conservative government has plenty of scandals.

Perhaps the public relations practitioners working on Cummins' campaign will weave a webbed message, a way out of his conundrum? The question begs, why after numerous examples of broken promises, betrayals, irresponsibility and more, does Cummins continue to follow Harper?

During the 2004 federal election Cummins' literature stated that the Conservative Party would create:

2) "Tough new lobbying rules and an end to the revolving door that allows former ministers, political aides, and top bureaucrats to turn around and lobby the government."

The truth is...Harper continues patronage appointments.

The truth is...Harper ignored the objections of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and stacked an independent judicial advisory committee with police officers.

The truth is...weak lobbyist restrictions were still not brought into force as of early 2008. The truth is...Harper broke 21 election promises relating to conflict of interest.

Can Canadians trust an MP that consents with his silence on the scandals of his government?

Can Canadians trust an MP that is complicit with Harper as he systematically deceives Canadians?

During the 2004 federal election Cummins' literature stated that the Conservative Party would be:

3) "Ending the influence of big money in politics by banning corporate and union political donations, and limiting individual donations to $1000."

The truth is...Liberal Prime Minister Chretien changed the Elections Act to prevent big money in politics from corporations and unions.

The truth is...Harper changed the Elections Act so that individuals could no longer donate up to $5,000 per individual.

The truth is...Harper changed the Elections Act to reduce donations to $1,100 per individual.

The truth is...Harper changed the Elections Act to allow anonymous donations of $20(and under)from any individual.

The truth is...anonymous individuals could be corporate owners or union workers with large "families" frequenting fundraising events donating $20 per person multiple times.

The truth is...this isn't accountability, this is a loophole that needs to be closed.

The truth is...after Elections Canada found that 17 Conservative MP's falsely claimed millions in rebates, known as the "In and Out" scheme, Harper retaliated by suing Elections Canada.

Harper failed to be accountable or responsible. Cummins failed to be accountable or responsible by following Harper's lead.

In summation, I leave you with a Cummins quirky quote, "I don't dislike Mr. Harper or disrespect his abilities, but it didn't happen." (March 10, 2004 Richmond News)Cummins' doubted Harper's leadership qualities.

Flip flop...

"Harper has demonstrated real leadership on managing parliament." (Feb. 28, 2008 Straight.com)

Yet, Harper said parliament is not working. Either Cummins didn't get the directive or Harper is finally admitting what Cummins' suspected 4 years ago, that Harper is not a leader...he's just a brooding bully-boy.

Too bad Cummins joined the circus by following this Harper clown. Read the Parliamentary records of Hansard on-line to see how Cummins' voted. Also, I have multiple letters wherein Cummins supported Harper's propaganda direction.

Sincerely,

Dana L. Miller Liberal Party of Canada candidate for Delta-Richmond East

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Classist and racist words from Stephen Harper
Posted At : September 9, 2008 7:48 PM | Posted By : Dana
Related Categories: Human Rights
"You've got to remember that west of Winnipeg the ridings the Liberals hold are dominated by people who are either recent Asian immigrants or recent migrants from eastern Canada: people who live in ghettoes and who are not integrated into western Canadian society." - Stephen Harper, The Report newsmagazine, January 22, 2001

In the heartless Harper world you are an insider or an outsider and you are worthy of Harper's attention based upon his perception of your economic status. This is classism.

Harper essentially tells new Canadians, leave your culture in your birth place and integrate into Harper's world. This is racism.

Harper's world is a cold world, as cold as his heart toward any person different from what he believes the person should be based upon his religion and values.

Why should any Canadian in a position of authority be permitted to thrust their beliefs and values upon another person?

Harper's comment's are classist and racist and do not belong in the mind or mouth of Canada's Prime Minister. Fire Stephen Harper from his job.

In the world of Liberals, the rights of one person end where the next person's rights begin. The Liberal world is a far more socially just world that is compassionate and logical. Hire Stephane Dion for Prime Minister.

The writing is on the wall for what Canadians need to do in Election 2008.

Sincerely,

Dana L. Miller Liberal Party of Canada candidate for Delta-Richmond East

2 Comments

Sean: As a woman who said: "I am a woman of Jewish-German descent. And so I clearly understand the murderous atrocities of the Nazis and I clearly stated I was only using the Gage definition with respect to propaganda. No offense [Am Sp] was ever intended. And I apologize if there was an offense."...perhaps Ms. Miller is a woman who is uniquely placed to have a full understanding of another phrase of those times -"Loose lips sink ships."


Everytime some intellectual lightweight can't appropriately express him/herself, out they trot Hitler/Nazis etc.

It's a common theme for the mental midget set.

At some point, Ms. Miller might want to look at some of the weak positions her party has taken on defending Israel and the subsequent selection of insensitive, anti-Semitic lingo that I have had hurled at me by Liberal MP Joyce Murray (on national television) and the same kind of crap written by Jocelyn Coulon, former candidate in Outremont for the Grits,..

The Tories have shown a strong defence for Israel against Islamfascism.

Ms. Millar is a dud. John cummings will mop the floor with her.


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