This is disturbing, but again unsurprising. Who says Stephen Harper needs a majority to re-make this country in his own neo-con image?
As of early November, the Conservative government hadn't decided which groups across the country serving people with AIDS would get federal cash in 2008 and 2009, according to documents obtained by Capital Xtra.
Public Health Agency of Canada faxed a letter to organizations who run AIDS programming on Nov 9 saying that the AIDS Community Action Program would see a short-term extension until March 2009. It also suggests cash will only be available to groups already receiving money. And it comes with a warning.
"All Grants and Contribution programs are currently being reviewed to ensure that they are closely aligned with the Agency's priorities, current research and evidence," says the letter.
Without a majority, this is how the Tories prefer to put their socially conservative stamp on the country: by stealth. They pulled similar moves last year when they removed the word "equality" from the Status of Women mandate and shut down the Court Challenges Program, among other changes.
Just think about what legislative changes the Harper government would embrace if it had a majority...