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UPDATE: Harper government falls, Barlow comments on upcoming election

This afternoon, a House of Commons vote of non-confidence in the Harper Conservative government passed and we now appear headed for a Monday May 2 election.

The Council of Canadians will be fully engaged over this six-week election campaign.

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow commented this afternoon, “The Council of Canadians focuses on critical issues and highlights to Canadians our shared values, concerns and priorities for social, environmental and economic justice. We do not tell anyone who to vote for, nor do we advocate strategic voting. This enables every Canadian to make an individual choice on voting day. But, at the same time, we must highlight the negative implications of another Conservative minority government, or worse, a Conservative majority government. Most Canadians have not voted for the Harper Conservatives in the last three elections. Stopping the Conservatives from gaining power in this election will be a win in and of itself. We continue to believe that the best likely outcome is a coalition government – based on a progressive policy platform.  And whoever forms the next government, the Council of Canadians will hold them accountable to the demands of millions of Canadians for climate, trade, health care and water justice.”

For daily updates, blogs, media releases, materials, statements, action alerts and much more during this election, please visit http://canadians.org.

To read selected campaign blogs in the lead-up to this election, please see: (January) NEWS: A federal election this spring?, http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=5891; (January) NEWS: Federal election speculation continues, http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=6230; (February) NEWS: Border security likely to be major election issue, http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=6280; and (March) UPDATE: Key ridings, demographics for the May 2 election, http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=7140.