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Yes to democracy! No to C-23!

by Canadian Teachers category: Politics

“Say yes to democracy by saying no to Bill C-23 - the Unfair Elections Act. #unfairelxnsact http://thndr.it/1nHcuLl

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This campaign ended on April 04, 2014 at 12PM

Yes to democracy! No to C-23!

The issue is Bill C-23,  the Fair Elections Act in Canada

While the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) agrees the Canada Elections Act should be updated to address issues such as robocalls and unsolicited phone calls, we're concerned this Bill goes well beyond of what is needed to support democratic participation. 

Throughout Canadian history, we've seen many amendments to the elections process which have helped to make voting easier and  encouraged more Canadians to take part in federal elections.  

Bill C-23 is the first that aims to restrict voting rights and unbalance elections finance. 

We also ask ourselves why Bill C-23 is being rushed through the House of Commons without proper debate and consultation with the people of Canada including those whose rights are being affected. 

If passed, Bill C-23 will end Elections Canada’s civic literacy program in Canadian schools (including Student Vote’s parallel election program which has involved over half a million students and thousands of teachers), undermine electoral participation and stifle public debate.

The right to vote is at the heart of our democracy.  Any attempt to change legislation governing voting rights must be done fairly, with great care and in a non-partisan manner. As teachers, we welcome and invite the diverse voices of children, parents and families in the education community.

Our federal government must do no less.

That is why CTF has joined the chorus of opposition to Bill C-23 along with opposition parties, pro-democracy organizations and key public officials including Marc Mayrand, Chief Electoral Officer. 

Won't you join us in this "Tweetin" starting this weekend, March 21.

Raise your voice for a democratic and transparent elections process!

www.ctf-fce.ca 



  • Thank you!!

    April 3, 2014
    We've reached our target number thanks to your support! Our social media reach is 73,218 people!

    Tomorrow, at about this time, the following message will be simultaneously shared with these people via Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr!

    “Say yes to democracy by saying no to Bill C-23 - the Unfair Elections Act. #unfairelxnsact"

    Again thank you! This social media message will also bolster CTF's position when it presents its brief before the Parliamentary Committee studying Bill C-23, on Monday, April 7th between 8 and 9 p.m. (EDT).
  • CTF to present teacher concerns to Parliamentary Cttee studying Bill C-23

    March 28, 2014
    The Canadian Teachers' Federation  has been invited to appear before the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs on  Monday, April 7, 2014, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in view of its study of Bill C-23, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and other Acts and to make consequential amendments to certain Acts.

    We don't know yet if the presentation will be live streamed, but if it is, this will be the link: 
    http://parlvu.parl.gc.ca/parlvu/upcomingevents.aspx?date=&lang=en

    CTF Brief re C-23: http://www.ctf-fce.ca/Research-Library/C-23Brief.pdf

    Tremendous online support! Thank you to everyone who has tweeted, retweeted, facebooked and registered in this Thunderbolt.it campaign against C-23.

    Let's keep the pressure!! 



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Canadian Teachers
@CanTeachersFed

About the Canadian Teachers’ Federation
The Canadian Teachers’ Federation is an alliance of 17 Member organizations which includes one Affiliate and one Associate Member representing nearly 200,000 teachers across the country. CTF’s mission is to serve as a unified voice of teacher organizations in Canada on education and related social issues by promoting high quality public education, the status of the teaching profession and the freedom to learn.

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