Press Releases

Civil Society Joint-Letter on C-59: New National Security Bill Fails to Reverse the Legacy of C-51

Voices-Voix joins over 40 organizations and individuals from across Canadian civil society in issuing a joint letter to government that lays out overarching concerns with Bill C-59, An Act respecting national security matters. Bill C-59 makes some meaningful and necessary improvements to Canada’s national security regime, but it fails to reverse the legacy of its unpopular predecessor, Bill C-51, and introduces serious new problems.

Your chance to protect civil liberties and get rid of C-51

From Oct. 17 to 21, we'll have a great chance to call on parliament to act to protect the right to dissent, when the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security will be holding in person consultations in 5 cities across Canada. Click for all the details.

CRA consultation welcomed by Voices-Voix Coalition, but concerned over limited scope and continuing political activities audits

September 30, 2016 (MONTREAL)—The Voices-Voix Coalition welcomes Wednesday’s announcement by the Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier of the government’s intention to hold public consultations to modernize the rules governing charities’ political activities. 

Have your say on electoral reform in Canada!

All through October, there are opportunities across the country to have your say on how to fix our voting system to make it more fair, equitable & representative. Until Oct. 7, 2016, an all-party committee on electoral reform will be traveling the country to get our input.

UN Special Rapporteur joins prominent Canadian, Quebec and Indigenous speakers to discuss state of dissent and free expression in Canada

MONTREAL (5 Aug. 2016)–An important discussion on the state of dissent and free expression in Canada is set to take place on Aug. 11 at the 2016 World Social Forum in Montreal.

Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association will be joining three prominent Canadian, Indigenous and Quebec speakers in conversation about the state of free expression in the country.

Mr. Kiai will be joined by:

Canadians speak out for dissent and democracy

May 14, 2016 (Ottawa) – A coalition of Canadian organizations is calling on the federal government to take immediate, concrete action to uphold free expression, protect dissent and strengthen democratic rights in the country.

Tell Prime Minister Trudeau to consult with Canadians now, while there's still time to undo C-51

09 November, 2015—Today, Voices-Voix joined Open Media and 20 organizations in calling on the Canadian government and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to consult in an open, clear and timely manner with Canadians about how to undo the reckless, dangerous, and ineffective spy powers created by C-51 while there’s still time. Will you join us? 

To send the letter below, go to