Protest planned over Bill C-51

Rally organized by NDP candidate targets Ottawa's anti-terrorism legislation

Calling it “rash, politically motivated and dangerous,” Jacqui Gingras is calling on North Okanagan-Shuswap constituents to add their voice to a national protest of the Harper government’s anti-terrorism legislation.

Gingras, federal New Democratic candidate for the Okanagan-Shuswap riding, has organized a non-partisan gathering Saturday in Vernon as part of a national day of action to stop Bill C-51, the Conservative government’s anti-terrorism legislation.

The event is scheduled for noon outside Conservative MP Colin Mayes’ constituency office, located at 3105–29th Street in Vernon.

Gingras said the protest is necessary because the Harper government is refusing to listen to the many experts, national security professionals and even former prime ministers who have denounced the legislation.

“It turns the Canadian Security Intelligence Service into a secret police force, makes it much easier for government to spy on innocent Canadians and all but negates many of our Charter rights,” said Gingras.

With both the federal Conservative and Liberal parties supporting the legislation, Gingras said it is up to ordinary Canadians to raise a loud cry in opposition.

“This is an issue that transcends party lines and affects all Canadians,” she said. “I encourage all who value the freedoms for which we have fought so hard and for so long to stand up and be counted.”

The National Day of Action against Bill C-51 includes events scheduled in 35 Canadian cities. To RSVP for the Vernon event, visit we.leadnow.ca/stopc51-vernon.