Some pretty good people have been forced to step down because they were in the way of The Harper Agenda – It’s frightening to think what this list could look like after he would have 4-5 years to rule with absolute power.
Pat Stogran – Veteran’s Ombudsman – sacked for his criticism of poor treatment for veterans.
Chief Marty Cheliak – Director General of the Canada Firearms Program – sacked after defending the gun registry.
Munir Sheikh – head of Stats Can – resigned after the feds ignored his battle to keep the long-form census (my personal favorite and someone who should have received the Order of Canada).
Steve Sullivan – Ombudsman for Victims of Crime – tenure not renewed by government in 2010.
Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax offices of the Canadian Human Rights Commission (which together receive 70% of all signed complaints) closed.
Peter Tinsley – chair of Military Police Complaints Commission – had his tenure ended over Afghan detainee controversy.
Paul Kennedy – Chair of RCMP Public Complaints Commission – contract not renewed because of his defense of independent oversight of government and its agencies.
Robert Marleau – Information Commissioner – eventually resigned because of government blockage of relevant documents regarding the public interest.
Luc Pomerleau – public employee and whistleblower – fired for leaking a government memo showing threat to Food Inspection Agency.
Dr. Arthur Carty – Canada’s National Science Adviser to the PM – dismissed after advocating for evidentiary science policy.
Adrian Measner – President of the Canadian Wheat Board – fired because he stood in the way of the Conservative corporate-friendly agriculture agenda.
Justice Dennis O’Connor – had his report on Mahar Arar largely censored to avoid public scrutiny.
Alan Leadbeater – Second in Command at the Canadian Information Commissioner’s Office – dismissed after he criticized Harper government for reneging on promises to strengthen Access to Information laws.
Jean-Pieree Kingsely – head of Elections Canada – resigns after his charge that Harper government likely broke the law with its handling of donations to its 2005 national convention is stonewalled by the feds.
Linda Keen – President of Nuclear Safety Commission – fired after her agency orders the shutdown of the Chalk River reactor over public safety concerns.
And thanks to the folks at Anything but Conservatives / N’importe quoi d’autre que Conservateur on Facebook for bringing this list to my attention.