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New report says federal government “dismantling democracy”

16 June 2015 (Ottawa) — In a hard-hitting report that documents federal government tactics that undermine Canadian democracy, a coalition of citizens’ groups calls for a fundamental shift in actions and attitudes to promote healthy debate, dissent and diversity.

Voices, a volunteer-led coalition of more than 200 citizens’ groups, has developed more than 110 case studies that ‘connect the dots’, showing a pattern of actions by the federal government to silence critics, stifle debate, diminish knowledge, and dodge accountability.

Selective Scrutiny of Charities in Canada Poses a Threat to Free Speech, Democracy

New case study adds to growing concerns over “disturbing pattern” of CRA audits

Montreal, Dec. 11, 2014 – A new report is warning that the Conservative government's ongoing selective scrutiny of charities poses a threat to free speech, democracy and government transparency in Canada.

Canadian government enemy list: Voices-Voix letter to PM Harper

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper

Prime Minister of Canada

Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A2

By fax: 613-941-6900

July 24, 2013


Dear Prime Minister,

Voices-Voix calls on political parties to respect democracy and human rights

After years of diminishing democratic space for dissent in Canada, Voices-Voix – a non-partisan coalition of over 200 Canadian organizations – is proposing 8 clear ways to defend democracy and human rights, and ensure that the voices of Canadians are informed, heard, can speak, and are respected. ...

Letter to Leaders of the G20

... We urge the G20 to make a commitment to recognizing, respecting and supporting the role and independence of civil society organizations, within all member states. We call on the G20 to ensure that G20 summits, ministerial meetings and other aspects of its work include meaningful opportunities for civil society participation. We look to G20 members to raise the concerns laid out in the VOICES-VOIX Declaration about the eroding respect for democratic principles and human rights advocacy in Canada in discussions with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other Canadian officials. ...

Government called on to respect democracy, free speech, transparency

A new coalition, Voices-Voix, is sounding the alarm that the quality and health of democratic life in Canada is under serious threat. Voice-Voix will be speaking out against the silencing of dissent by the government. ...