Proposed bill prompts protest
Jacqui Gingras thinks its the Unfair Elections Act.
Gingras organized a noon-hour protest in Vernon Tuesday against what is being called “U.S.-style voter suppression measures” in the Conservative government’s Bill C23 Fair Elections Act.
Gingras organized the peaceful “Let People Vote!” protest at Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes’ Vernon office on 29th Street, which drew close to 30 supporters.
“We re-called the bill the Unfair Elections Act because it works to disengage people from voting,” said Gingras, representing LeadNow, one of three national groups who spearheaded the protests in 31 cities across Canada Tuesday at Conservative MP offices.
“We’re here today to make sure our voices are heard around this act which has been pushed through government.”
Protestors held signs and chanted, calling the bill a “fundamental assault on our democratic rights.”
“What we need right now are people to become more engaged (in voting), not disengaged,” said Gingras, who presented a petition with more than 80,000 signatures on it to Mayes’ representatives.
The petition opposes the strict voter ID requirements that Gingras said could stop hundreds of thousands from voting in the next election.
The other national groups involved with organizing the nationwide protests are Council of Canadians and Canadian Federation of Students.