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Go vote! Ottawa next in line for cross-country public forum

Time for a change

OTTAWA – With a fixed election date and the longest pre-election period in history, this fall’s federal election is promising to be the most watched ever. But with voter turnout on a nearly 30-year decline, especially among young voters, how will this translate into real change?

The Council of Canadians has teamed up with the Public Service Alliance of Canada, Unifor, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and the Directors Guild of Canada to host a series of public forums across the country with one message: Go vote!

"This is a watershed election that could be a real fork in the road for Canadians,” said Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. "After nine years of job losses, health care privatization, falling wages, environmental neglect, and austerity, it's time for change. But that will only happen if we get out and vote for it."

As part of the tour, Canadians are urged to take a Voter's Pledge where they can commit to vote in the next election and encourage at least two others to do the same.

The Ottawa event is organized by the Council of Canadians in partnership with PSAC, Ottawa ACORN, and Unifor.

WHO: Speakers include:

  • Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians
  • Jerry Dias, National President, Unifor
  • Michael Blais, President and Founder, Canadian Veterans Advocacy
  • Christine Jones, Co-Chair, Canadian Peace Alliance
  • Larry Rousseau, Regional Executive Vice-President, PSAC National Capital Region (moderator)
  • Grace Iyabosa, Ottawa ACORN leader

WHEN: Thursday, May 7 at 7:00 pm

WHERE: All Saints’ Anglican/First United Church, 347 Richmond Road (at Churchill) map

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