Speak up for Dissent in Canada

Make sure the Canadian government commits to strengthening democracy and protecting dissent.

Sign on to the Voices-Voix Declaration!

Canadians join the world to speak out for dissent and democracy

Citizens around the world are mobilizing this Saturday to assert their right to speak out, organize and take action. An alliance of Canadians is joining in, launching an initiative to promote a healthy environment for debate, dissent, diversity and democracy in Canada.

To read and sign the the declaration as an individual, click here.
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Speak up for Dissent in Canada

Add your voice!

We're launching a new Voices-Voix Declaration to make sure the Canadian government knows we are watching them. The Declaration lays out immediate actions that they can take to turn the page on the last decade. Sign on to our Thunderclap campaign to help make sure that when we launch on May 14th, our call reaches tens of thousands of people, and sends a message the government can't ignore.

Sign-up for the campaign here.

Are blue skies back for Canada’s scientists?

Sunbeam on maple leaf

By Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education, 07 January 2015

Six months ago, one of Canada’s leading neuroscientists, Robert Brownstone, announced his resignation as director of research in neurosurgery at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, citing the Canadian government’s “worrisome” cuts to science funding and its shift towards applied research.

Defending Rights for All: Amnesty International’s Human Rights Agenda for a new Canadian Government

Amnesty International Canada, 10 December 2015

The change in government following the October 2015 federal election must now become the catalyst for a new approach and strengthened commitment to improving Canada’s domestic and international human rights record, Amnesty International said with the release of its 2016 Human Rights Agenda for Canada: Defending Rights for All today, International Human Rights Day.

MPs: Take action to restore democracy

"If we are vocal in our concerns, it is because we are also hopeful for change. Many of you are embarking on your first term as Members of Parliament, and you have a chance to plot a new course. The Supreme Court has interpreted Canadian democracy as requiring “a continuous process of discussion,” as well as requiring processes in which dissenting voices are heard respectfully and their concerns addressed. We hope it helps guide you in making the important decisions you will be facing over the coming weeks and months."

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