Jean Chrétien Says Stephen Harper 'Has Shamed Canada' What has happened to the advanced, peace-seeking, progressive country Canada once was? What has happened to the country that was a model for peace and stability in a tumultuous world? These questions evoke great sadness in me," Chrétien wrote. "I am sad to see that in fewer than 10 years, the Harper government has tarnished almost 60 years of Canada's reputation as a builder of peace and progress."
Recently Paula LaPierre, a woman of Aboriginal descent and representative for an Indigenous Peoples of Canada, the Kichesipirini Algonquin First Nation, challenged the ability of the existing Canadian institutions to respond adequately to important fundamental social and human rights concerns without continuing compromising the rule of law and principles of justice.