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Protest targets Conservative MPs
Colin Mayes office was one of more than 80 locations across the country where Canadians gathered Wednesday to call for 13 “Hero” Conservative MPs to stop the Budget Bill, split it, and start over.
The action follows the June 2 Blackmark Day of Action, and organizers estimate thousands of people took part in the cross-Canada rallies.
“We saw people from all walks of life come out, young and old, across political lines, and many who have never been to a demonstration before,” said Jen Kuhl, Leadnow.ca’s community relations coordinator. “These are people who are ready and willing to stand up for our democracy, many who have been two demonstrations in less than two weeks, and they are telling us that they want to do more.”
Demonstrators were united by concerns that the Omnibus Budget Bill, Bill C-38, is eroding their democracy by wrapping changes to 70 laws together with an already controversial budget and rushing them through Parliament. Many were concerned about the gutting of environmental protections, while others said aspects of the bill would hollow out our economy and damage institutions Canadians value.
Thousands have sent photos into a 13 Heroes Online Vigil to give courage to MPs in Parliament who might stop and split the bill. Most are sending the following message: “Heroes Defend Democracy: Stop C-38”
“The tone of the demonstrations was strikingly positive. Turn-out was up all across the country, and we heard many participants say they thought these events were the beginning of a new pro-democracy movement in Canada. People are organizing,” said Jamie Biggar, executive director of Leadnow.ca
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