Yes to Democracy! No to Bill C-23

March 20, 2014

Read the CTF Brief presented to the Parliamentary Committee reviewing Bill C-23 

View the CTF presentation on the Parliamentary channel ParlVU (fast forward to 1:09:03)

View the Thunderclap.it campaign which reached over 75,000 people on social media

What’s the issue?

  • The Conservative government’s Bill C-23, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and other Acts and to make consequential amendments to certain Acts.

Why?

  • If passed, this legislation will end Elections Canada’s civic literacy program in Canadian schools (including Student Vote’s mock election program which has involved over half a million students and teachers), undermine electoral participation and stifle public debate.
  • C-23 is a travesty which fundamentally changes the way we vote and elect our representatives.
  • C-23 is being pushed through the House of Commons without debate.
  • The Canadian Teachers’ Federation echoes the concerns raised by all opposition parties and key public officials including Marc Mayrand, Chief Electoral Officer.

What we need to do?

  • Let’s mobilize and raise the teacher voice against C-23.

What are the activities:

Sample tweets – feel free to create your own:

Why is fed gvt afraid of educating youth about democracy, citizenship & voting? Teachers against #UnfairElxnsAct #TeacherVoice #cdnpoli #cdned

Teachers say no to #UnfairElxnsAct , yes to civic literacy. Instill civic engagement among Cdn youth through Elections Canada’s public outreach. #TeacherVoice #cdnpoli #cdned

Why so fast to push #UnfairElxnsAct through Parliament? Why stifle debate democracy? C-23 Cttee should hear all voices #TeacherVoice #cdnpoli #cdned

Ignorance is costly – C-23 committee should hear all voices on #UnfairElxnsAct . #TeacherVoice for # democracy #cdnpoli #cdned

Canada would no longer provide get out and vote campaigns or civic education for students. Really? #TeacherVoice #UnfairElxnsAct #cdnpoli #cdned

Why does Conservative gvt want to prevent many Cdns from voting & keeping youth ignorant about civic duty? #UnfairElxnsAct . #TeacherVoice #cdnpoli #cdned

Healthy democracy = civic literacy. NOT #UnfairElxnsAct . Let’s hear the #TeacherVoice #cdnpoli #cdned

Election reform should strengthen NOT weaken Cdn democracy. What’s up with C-23? UnfairElxnsAct . #TeacherVoice #cdnpoli #cdned

C-23 hurts Cdn democracy. UnfairElxnsAct . Let’s hear the #TeacherVoice #cdnpoli #cdned

Teachers say yes to civic literacy and no to UnfairElxnsAct . Let’s hear the #TeacherVoice #cdnpoli #cdned

Teachers cheer for @Rick Mercer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqpW2Wnjcpg UnfairElxnsAct . #TeacherVoice #cdnpoli #cdned

#unfairelxnsAct would deny vote to thousands: http://www.cbc.ca/1.2536884 #TeacherVoice #cdnpoli #cdned

Sign Lead Now PETITION: Stop US Style Voter Suppression From Becoming Canadian Law #UnfairElxnsAct #TeacherVoice #cdnpoli #cdned

Council of Canadians PETITION: Investigate and prevent electoral fraud with a truly fair Elections Act #UnfairElxnsAct . #TeacherVoice #cdnpoli #cdned