“Let us understand that what happened at the residential schools was the use of education for cultural genocide—and what that really means is that we’ve got to offer aboriginal Canadians, without any shadow of a doubt, the best education system that is possible to have.”
— Paul Martin, April 2013
“Democracy has to be protected, defended by every generation. No battle ever stays won. Every generation must learn over again how to preserve democracy and make it in our nations.”
— Premier Tommy Douglas, 28 December 1960
The integrity of Canada’s democracy is at risk. The Harper government is seeking to ram through an election reform bill that will make it more difficult for Canadians to vote, cover up the election fraud of 2011 and silence the Chief Electoral Officer of Elections Canada.
Bill C-23, the “Fair” Elections Act is one of the most destructive things the Harper government has ever tried to do. It is far more serious than proroguing Parliament at whim, curbing the rights of MPs, or centralizing power in the Prime Minister’s Office. It’s even more serious than muzzling scientists, statisticians and others who disagree with the government.
That’s because the Act is an attack on the most fundamental right of all citizens in a democracy—the right to cast a ballot in an election that is fair and free from corruption and dirty tricks.
‘Unfair Elections Act’ looks more and more like a cover-up
Find out more at saveyourvote.ca.
“Aboriginal levels of incarceration are worse per capita for the black population than during apartheid South Africa. This is a living and breathing example of codified bigotry. So we look away. We don’t want to know.”
— Australia’s indigenous incarceration rates are a national shame
While you remember the life of Nelson Mandela, keep in mind that his vision for a world of justice and equality is still unattained in many parts of the world. Racial inequality and marginalization did not end in 1994. The fight for justice is not over.