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Protest against bill C-38 in Regina

Citizens gathered to try and change MP's minds on the bill
Reported by Lisa Schick
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A group of people in Regina met at Lumsden-Lake Center MP, Tom Lukiwski’s office Wednesday evening to ask him to change his mind.

It’s part of larger demonstrations across the country at over 75 offices of Conservative members of Parliament to try and convince them to either abstain from the vote or vote against the omnibus budget bill Wednesday night.

“We’re encouraging 13 of them to become what we’re calling “pro-democracy heroes” by stopping this bill splitting it apart and then allowing Canadians, inviting them in to work with them to start over and build laws that will work better for all of us,” said the executive director of Leadnow, Jamie Biggar.

Leadnow is the group which helped organize the demonstrations.

Groups of people showed up to designated MPs offices with their signs, took a photo, and sent it to MPs in the house to demonstrate just how many of their constituents are against bill C-38.

“We’re focusing in particular on MPs who we know, in some cases, have had more pro-democracy stances on various issues, and we’re also focusing on MPs who won with less than 50 per cent support within their riding… we’re asking them to represent all of their constituents.”

Biggar said the group’s concern about the bill is that it encompasses several different actions and would make changes to many different laws which don’t have anything to do with the budget directly.

“(The bill) actually contains changes to over 70 different laws. It is in fact a sweeping agenda that will fundamentally alter many different aspects of our country.”

Biggar said one part of the bill rolls back a lot of Canada’s environmental protections including water and fish. Other portions raise the age of old age security, it will allow companies to bring in workers from other countries at 15 per cent the regular wage, and a part will pave the way for American law enforcement to arrest people on Canadian soil.

Biggar said the bill is anti-democratic and should be split apart so that each issue can have sufficient debate in the house.

Voting and debate on over 800 opposition led amendments will begin Wednesday night and is expected to take more than 24 hours to complete.

All opposition parties have expressed that they’re against the bill and they need 13 of the Conservative MPs to side with them to stop the bill from going through.