Friday, May 16, 2014

Fw: There's still time to stop the Unfair Elections Act


On Friday, May 16, 2014 12:09:05 PM, The Council of Canadians <inquiries@canadians.org> wrote:


Stop the Unfair Elections Act

Dear friend,

First, the good news: organizing works.

While the so-called "Fair" 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.

The government was intent on passing a truly horrible piece of legislation. But because of pressure from people like you, the government has backed down on some of the worst elements of the bill.

Since February, the Council of Canadians has been campaigning to stop the Unfair Elections Act. With your help, we built a common front to stop the bill in partnership with a broad range of allies, including the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), Leadnow, human rights and civil liberties groups, peace and environmental organizations, trade unions, anti-poverty and social justice groups and more.

Together, we've taken a range of actions including:
  • Encouraging tens of thousands of people to sign the Democracy 24/7 petition.
  • Delivering the petition and getting it tabled in Parliament.
  • Taking to the streets in two days of action in March and April.
  • Engaging over 1 million Canadians through social media ads, thanks to the generous donations of supporters like you.
  • Applying pressure to Conservative MPs to vote against the bill.
  • Presenting to the Parliamentary Committee studying the bill.
  • Publishing an open letter signed by high profile individuals and organizations.
  • Jointly commissioning a public opinion poll that found a majority of Canadians opposed key provisions in the original bill, several of which were removed or weakened.
Now for the bad news.

While our campaigning has made a difference, there are still many problems with the amended bill that is now making its way through the Senate.

Tell the Senate to reject the Unfair Elections Act

The Unfair Elections Act still has the potential to disenfranchise thousands of voters and still stacks the deck in Harper's favour for the next federal election.

The Unfair Elections Act still doesn't address the widespread, orchestrated 2011 election fraud (which was allegedly the original reason for the bill in the first place) and would make it easier to get away with election fraud in the future.

Some provisions in the bill may also affect four upcoming federal by-elections in June, which are already conveniently timed to suppress votes, if it becomes law in time.

And so our work is not yet done. We still have a chance to stop the Unfair Elections Act, which means we must not relent in our vocal opposition to this dangerous legislation.

It will likely be an uphill battle to take the campaign to defend democracy in Canada to the Senate, given the institution is not the most democratic to begin with. But we've faced long odds before and won.

You can take action now by calling on the Senate to kill the bill. Our democracy depends on it.

Thank you again for your tremendous support. Together we won't stop until Canada is a true democracy.

Dylan Penner

Dylan Penner
Democracy Campaigner, The Council of Canadians

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