Council of Canadians National Chairperson Maude Barlow will join opposition leaders and civil society organizations on Parliament Hill today at the rally organized by Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament.
In a media release to be issued shortly, Maude highlights:
– “People right across the country are taking to the streets to show Mr. Harper that when you trample on democracy there are political consequences.”
– “Canada is increasingly being seen as a human-rights-denying eco-outlaw, most recently in Copenhagen, against the wishes of the majority of Canadians.”
– “The protests across the country this weekend are not just about the prorogation of Parliament. They are a response to a Prime Minister who has shown contempt for democracy at every opportunity, and hundreds of thousands of people from coast to coast are saying enough is enough.”
– “When it comes to the wide range of issues Canadians are concerned about – climate justice, the need for a national water policy, fair trade and greening the economy – this government is simply not listening.”
– “Like the majority of Canadians, I am deeply concerned that the Prime Minister prorogued Parliament to inhibit the questioning of whether his government knowingly allowed civilians to be turned over to torture.”
– “It is time for electoral reform and proportional representation in Canada, and this should be a top priority once Parliament resumes.”
Maude’s speech on Parliament Hill will be videotaped and posted to the Council of Canadians website as soon as possible.
Council chapters are organizing or participating in many of the 40+ anti-prorogation rallies taking place today.