This video presents “Canadian citizens against the Conservative Omnibus Budget Bill (C-38)”
- “Since the Harper Conservatives announced their Omnibus Budget Bill, more and more Canadians are rallying against a Bill that would put a black mark on our democracy.
- Even some traditional Conservative allies are now saying that the Harper Conservatives have gone too far.
- Last week, David Wilks, a Conservative MP, told a small group of his constituents that he, and many other Conservative MPs, were deeply troubled by the Budget Bill and that he would consider voting against it if 12 of his colleagues, enough to stop the bill, stood with him.
- A day later, after receiving intense pressure from the Harper Conservatives, Wilks publicly reversed his position.
- Thirteen Conservatives are needed to help defeat Bill C-38.”
The Avaaz team is urging Canadians this week to petition all Conservative Members of Parliament and especially those whose ridings will be affected by oil pipelines to reject the omnibus budget bill — Bill C-38, which would:
- seriously compromise the health of our environment by
- allowing pipelines to be built in ridings across the country
- exposing our cherished wilderness to oil spills
- set a dangerous precedent for our parliamentary democracy and
- threatens a range of environmental and social protections without allowing for adequate public debate
- also prevent some seniors from receiving the Old Age Security benefit
- make deep cuts to the CBC and
- toughen requirements for Employment Insurance, all while the government lays off thousands of employees
At the time of this blog posting, 48,461 Canadians have signed.
Please help us get to 50,000 signatures by signing the Avaaz petition in the following letter:
” Dear friends across Canada,
The Harper government is forcing a massive “budget” bill through Parliament that secretly guts our environmental protection laws and threatens our forests, water and wildlife — we only have days to help stop this outrageous bill before it passes.
This sneak attack would overhaul our social and environmental laws in one fell swoop, giving Harper’s Cabinet complete discretion to approve oil pipeline projects regardless of their impact on threatened species or water. But a member of Harper’s own caucus has threatened to vote against it — we can create an unprecedented outcry calling on Conservative MPs whose districts would be affected by these pipelines to reject the budget. If just one MP breaks ranks, others could follow.