No 499 Posted by fw, June 9, 2012
The key vote on the Federal Budget Bill could come as soon as next Thursday, June 14, and the opposition parties are gearing up to use every tool they have, including a filibuster, in a final effort to slow the Bill down and split it apart.
On Wednesday, June 13th at 5:30PM local time, while our MPs gather in Ottawa for a decisive showdown in Parliament, we’ll rally their home ridings, and communities across Canada, to call for 13 “hero” Conservative MPs to work together and stop the Bill, split it, and start over.
By working together, 13 Conservative MPs can make sure Prime Minister Harper and his cabinet have to change plans or lose the support of the majority of votes in Parliament they need to pass the Budget Bill. We’re using the term “hero” because we know many Conservative MPs have private concerns about the bill, and because in our increasingly undemocratic Parliament an MP would have to be a “hero” to represent their constituents.
More and more Canadians, including many conservatives, are rallying to defend our democracy and stand together against the Federal Budget Bill. Thanks to you, last Saturday’s “Blackmark” day of action was a huge success. With 106 events, 3,000 participants, and extensive media coverage in communities across the country, your day of action helped build a wave of opposition to the Federal Budget Bill, a wave that is sweeping the country.
Let’s keep building on this momentum and show our MPs that Canadians will stand up for their democracy.
We need your help. Will you join us and attend, promote or host an event during the June 13th “13 Hero” Day of Action at Conservative MP offices and support locations across the country?
Canadians are coming together to stand against the Federal Budget Bill. The Budget Bill contains changes to over 70 laws. It’s a sweeping agenda that would gut our environmental protections, hollow out our economy and damage our society. This Bill will affect all of our lives, and it is being rushed through Parliament without time for open debate or public scrutiny. If it passes unchanged, the Budget Bill will further erode our democracy, and fundamentally change our country.
Even some traditional Conservative allies are now saying that the Harper Conservatives have gone too far. 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. It’s our job to counter that pressure, and create space for MPs to represent their constituents.
It’s time to stand up together and rally our ridings. Together, we can create a powerful call for our local MPs to be pro-democracy heroes and represent their constituents by stopping the Bill, splitting it, and starting over – while we show the Prime Minister Harper and his cabinet that there will be real political consequences if they run roughshod over our country.
Click here to find an event near you: http://www.leadnow.ca/heroes
Why “13 Heroes?”
While the opposition parties step up their efforts to slow down and split apart the Federal Budget Bill, Conservative MPs are under intense pressure to pass the bill from Harper and his cabinet. It’s our job to counter that pressure, and call on them to represent their constituents and a majority of Canadians by stopping this bill, splitting it and starting over.
1. The Opposition parties are already united against the Budget Bill, and, by working together, 13 Conservative MPs can make sure that Prime Minister Harper and his cabinet have to change plans or lose the support of the majority of votes in Parliament they need to pass the Budget Bill.
2. We will shine a spotlight on the choices being made by individual Conservative MPs, and focus the national conversation onto the fact that concern about this Bill reaches all the way across the political spectrum.
3. Finally, we will highlight the fact that our representatives have become increasingly powerless to represent their constituents in Ottawa, and kick-start a much needed debate about the need for democratic reforms and the opportunity for MPs to reclaim some independence.