The Voices-Voix Coalition is compiling reports that provide information about the state of democratic rights in Canada, especially the rights to free speech, transparent government, and equality. If your organization has a report which you believe would be of interest to Canadians, send us an email at communications[at]

Conference Report - Enabling Civil Society

Conference Report Now Available: Enabling Civil Society: Democracy & Dissent – Panels and Roundtable
The report summarizes the main outcomes of the Voices-Voix multidisciplinary and multi-partner conference Enabling Civil Society: Democracy & Dissent that took place on 20 October 2017 at McGill University. The event took place in partnership with the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, the Canadian Centre for International Cooperation and wide range of funders and donors.

Two Years of Liberal Government: A Voices-Voix Report Card

Decent poll numbers for Trudeau and the Liberals understandably reflect relief they get things occasionally right and equal relief that we aren’t Yanks or Brits. The anniversary of their October 2015 election nevertheless reminds us to consider their, at best, mixed record.

Submission to the Canada Revenue Agency’s online consultation on charities' political activities

Canada's rules around charitable activities are ambiguous, contradictory and harmful to charities working in the public interest. The government must take legislative action to resolve this problem.

Strengthening Oversight: Restoring and Improving Independent Commissions and Parliamentary Watchdogs

In Canada, independent commissions and parliamentary watchdogs play an important role in checking the exercise of executive power. To operate effectively, these agencies should be adequately funded, free from political interference, and afforded the powers necessary to investigate, monitor and report on the government’s conduct. In a parliamentary democracy these bodies also ensure oversight by answering to Parliament as a whole, as elected representatives of the Canadian people.

Brief regarding public consultation on national security by the SECU committee

Oct. 28, 2016

To: The Standing Committee on Public Safety & National Security

From: The Voices-Voix Coalition

Submission of brief regarding public consultation on national security

The Voices-Voix Coalition has drafted these remarks as part of the committee’s public consultation on national security (adapted from the remarks delivered at the in-person committee hearing in Montreal on Oct. 18, 2016).

The Data We Need: Open Government & Public Policy Debates

Submission to Online Consultation on “Draft New Plan on Open Government 2016-2018”