I attended the anti-Bill C-51 rally in Kelowna on Tuesday night, along with about 120 others.
The bill basically makes disagreeing with the government a crime, and everyone seemed to agree that it’s a clear attempt by Harper to kill Canadians’ right to dissent. My message: The number one job of Canadians who care about this country is to unseat Harper in the October election.
Justin Trudeau made a strategic decision to support the intent of the bill, which was to reassure fearful Canadians, while offering amendments to fix its huge flaws. Trudeau said Harper could accept the amendments or run against them in the election. And he promised to revamp the bill if elected. When asked last week on Global television if he would rescind Bill C-51, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said, if elected, he would fix it.
There is no real difference between Trudeau and Mulcair on this. Both want to win the election. Each has his own strategy. In October Canadians will face the most important choice in a generation. We must remove Harper and rebuild the Canada he is dismantling. To the NDP: Trudeau is not the enemy. To all Canadians: Please give to and actively support a progressive party. And, above all, vote because a low turnout means another win for Harper.