Across the country, citizens gathered today at 25 MP offices to deliver
a petition on behalf of 80,000 Canadians
OTTAWA, March 25, 2014 /CNW/ - Canadians rallied at over 25 Conservative
MP offices today to oppose the government's proposed changes to
election law and tell their MPs to "Let People Vote!"
Citizens delivered an 80,000-strong petition that opposes the
unnecessarily strict voter ID requirements that could stop hundreds of
thousands from voting in the next election, and calls for election
fraud investigators to be given the power to compel political
operatives to testify.
The "Let People Vote!" national day of action was supported and
facilitated by Leadnow.ca, the Council of Canadians, and the Canadian Federation of Students.
"People are worried that the changes to the elections law are
politically motivated," said Jamie Biggar, Executive Director of Leadnow.ca. "We've seen politicians use similar tactics in the US to
disenfranchise people if they think they will vote for the other
A recent poll shows that a majority of Canadians oppose the provisions in the Unfair
Elections Act that would eliminate the voucher system, prevent
Elections Canada from publicly reporting on election fraud, and cancel
Elections Canada's research and public education programs.
"The Unfair Elections Act proposes dangerous changes that undermine the
rights of young voters and will ensure a continued decline to already
low voter turnouts," said Jessica McCormick, National Chairperson of
the Canadian Federation of Students. "Students stand united with
Canadians across the country to oppose the Unfair Elections Act."
"The Unfair Elections Act does nothing to bring to justice the people
behind the widespread election fraud in 2011 and would actually make it
harder to catch perpetrators of election fraud like Pierre Poutine,"
says Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians.
"Canadians have the right to know when election fraud has been reported
and if it is being investigated. That fact that this bill would prevent
that is deeply troubling."
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
Leadnow.ca - Jamie Biggar - 778-847-8205 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Council of Canadians - Dylan Penner, 613-795-8685 - email@example.com
Canadian Federation of Students - Vanessa Hunt - 613-232-7394 - firstname.lastname@example.org