Open letter from civil society and experts calling for public consultation on C-51

November 20, 2015

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C.
Prime Minister of Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6
Email: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca

To the Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,

Re: The Urgent Need for Debate on Bill C-51’s Legacy

Recent events in France have left people around the world, including Canadians, understandably shaken. It is difficult to see our friends suffering, and to imagine their lives under attack. However, as we look toward how we can best help our stricken friends, we are also calling on you to lead our country in helping Canada stay true to its values.

After ten years of abuse, Canadian democracy needs an overhaul

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

By Voices-Voix, iPolitics.ca, 24 November 2015

For a generation of young and new Canadians, their only experience of government is that of the past ten years. Simply reversing the worst of the Harper record isn’t enough

Luis Solano speaks at McGill

By Anne-Cécile Favory, The McGill Daily, 16 Nov 2015

On November 12, the McGill Research Group Investigating Canadian Mining in Latin America (MICLA) hosted an event with Guatemalan journalist Luis Solano. The talk centred around the criminalization of land defenders in Guatemala, the role of the Canadian mining industry in the destruction of the land, the violation of human rights, and the persecution of environmental activists.

How Trudeau plans to undo Harper’s legacy, brick by brick

By Susan Delacourt, iPolitics, 18 Nov 2015

Some Conservatives are marking the one-month anniversary of the election this week with an early dose of nostalgia for the former prime minister.

A photo of Stephen Harper, emblazoned with the caption “Miss Me Yet?”, has popped up on the blogs and Facebook posts of some core Conservatives. A new website, strongandfree.org, has declared that Justin Trudeau “is already letting Canada down” and is vowing to “bring conservatism back to Ottawa.”

Bold is the best way forward for a chastened NDP

By Duncan Cameron, Rabble.ca, 3 Nov 2015

For the first time since 1988, the NDP is back to a familiar role in Ottawa: third party in the House of Commons.

The Liberals Just Restored Canada’s Long-Form Census. Here’s Why That Matters

By Carol Linnitt, DESMOG CANADA, 5 Nov 2015

Canada’s new Minister of Innovation, Science and Development, Navdeep Bains, told reporters on Parliament Hill on Thursday that the federal government is restoring the mandatory long-form census just in time for its next rollout in 2016.

Canada conducts a census every five years by sending an eight-question form to Canadian households. However, one-fifth of those households traditionally received a mandatory 61-question census that provides the government with much more insight into the lives of Canadians.

BREAKING: Federal government unmuzzles scientists

By Charles Mandel, National Observer, 6 Nov 2015

Ottawa is unmuzzling the scientists.

Alain Vezina, regional director of science for the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, confirmed Friday morning that scientists at the institute are allowed to openly speak to media.

Vezina held a meeting this morning to brief staff on the change.

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