It may seem like the fight to stop Bill C-51 has run its course since it recently passed in the House of Commons, but it's not a done deal yet.
Dylan Penner's blog
Yesterday was a busy day in the fight to defend democracy. We held a press conference in Ottawa with the Canadian Federation of Students to announce that we’ve filed over 2,000 pages of powerful evidence with the Ontario Superior Court demonstrating the dangerous effects of the Fair Elections Act on Canadian democracy.
Is voter suppression becoming the new normal in Canada? Unfortunately, it looks like the short answer is yes.
The Harper government took the opportunity on Wednesday to commemorate International Human Rights Day by introducing new legislation that could make it much more difficult for Canadian citizens living abroad to exercise their right to vote.
Just like the so-called “Fair” Elections Act, this legislation could be unconstitutional.
“CITIZEN VOTING ACT” AN ABUSE OF POWER
Civil society organizations have written to Prime Minister Harper today – International Human Rights Day – calling on the Canadian government to take decisive action to prevent torture.
The letter from 50 organizations including the Council of Canadians urges the Canadian government to “take a long overdue step in addressing the continuing grim and harrowing crisis of torture around the world” by ratifying the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture.
I recently wrote in Canadian Perspectives about why we're launching a Charter challenge of the "Fair" Elections Act and what's at stake.
This morning, we held a press conference in Ottawa announcing the formal filing of the Charter challenge, in partnership with the Canadian Federation of Students. You can watch the video of the press conference below, which is followed by a sampling of media coverage.
Here's a sampling of the media coverage so far:
The Council of Canadians is supporting the launch of a hard-hitting new video from OpenMedia.ca today.
According to OpenMedia.ca, "The video reveals how information collected by government spy agency CSEC (Communications Security Establishment Canada) can expose intimate details about Canadians’ private lives, including their financial status, medical conditions, political and religious beliefs, and even their sexual orientation. CSEC was caught red-handed spying on thousands of innocent Canadian air travelers earlier this year."
The Peoples’ Social Forum has created many opportunities to change the precarious course our society is on. One promising strategy the democracy assembly agreed on is the proposal to produce a Peoples’ Platform to articulate a common unifying vision that reflects the aspirations of social movements and communities.
First, the good news: organizing works.
While the Unfair Elections Act passed third reading in the House of Commons this week, it could have been much worse. The campaign to stop the bill has already made a difference and we’re not done yet.