Conservatives are only party not to take democracy pledge: advocates

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By the Winnipeg Free Press, 5 April 2011

OTTAWA - A coalition of groups says all major political parties except the Conservatives have committed to renewing and strengthening democracy. [...]

Voices Voix wrote to the leaders of the Conservatives, Liberals, NDP, Greens and Bloc Quebecois, asking them to commit to eight pledges about democracy and human rights. [...]

Alex Neve of Amnesty International says despite repeated requests they have not received a response from the Conservatives. The other four parties agree with the coalition about renewing democratic principles. One overarching recommendation from the coalition is to launch an independent and public process to examine and make recommendations on the state of democracy and human rights in Canada. [...]


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