Most important election in modern times
TORONTO, April 21 /CNW/ - The Catch 22 Campaign, a grassroots network
and Third Party opposing the Harper government in the May 2 election,
today announced its plans for the final 10 days of the campaign that
includes advertising in newspapers and phone calls to tens of thousands
of voters in key ridings.
Catch 22 is also expanding its activities with its in-the-ridings, on-the-ground
campaign in targeted ridings across the country.
"Catch 22 was devised more than a year ago as a campaign that would take
a pro-democracy message to voters in their communities as a central
part of a winning formula," said Catch 22 co-ordinator Gary Shaul.
"Thanks to the public's generous donations, we are using a combination
of flyers and posters, telephone calls and paid newspaper ads to reach
tens of thousands of voters."
The group is asking Canadians to vote for opposition candidates who have
the best chance of defeating a Conservative candidate in key ridings.
Meanwhile, Catch 22 welcomed the emergence of new anti-Harper campaigns
which are also using targeting riding strategies and a variety of
creative means of reaching voters including interactive websites,
videos, strategic donations, advertising, vote swapping and door
"By sharing the same goals and approach, these efforts are complimentary
with one another and are reaching more and more voters every day," said
Nick Fillmore, a Catch 22 project coordinator. "There's a common
recognition that we're not just up against Harper and his multi-million
dollar war-chest, but we're also fighting an uphill battle against a
voting system which rewards division and denies representation to
millions of voters.
Never before have so many groups - large and small - been involved in
strategic voting initiatives in Canada.
Catch 22 believes this is the most important election in modern times in
"We've seen the start of a transformation of Canada during the five
years of Stephen Harper's minority rule," said Shaul. "He is pleading
for a majority government (with as little as 37% of the popular vote)
in order to cement his power and implement a right-wing agenda that
most Canadians do not support. We are trying to do everything we can to
stop him from institutionalizing the wish list of the National
Citizen's Coalition, Reform Party and the oil industry."
Catch 22 volunteers can barely keep up the rush of people wanting to get
involved. More and more people are joining our website while thousands
of visitors are dropping by to check out our list of target ridings and
read our unique election commentary. Our Facebook "likers" and Twitter followers are also on a steep climb.
"Elections can we won or lost the last 10 days," said Fillmore. "This
election will be decided by voters in just a few dozen ridings. One of
the most important things everyone can do is to urge people to come out
on May 2 and make their vote count against Harper by helping to defeat
one is his candidates."
Catch 22 is still welcoming more volunteers and donors.
SOURCE Catch 22
For further information:
Ottawa/Quebec: Tracy Morey 613-730-0140 firstname.lastname@example.org
Toronto: Nick Fillmore 416-903-2613 email@example.com
Vancouver: Masrour Zoghi 416-830-2504 firstname.lastname@example.org