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Petitioning Marc Garneau, Bernadette Jordan, Justin Trudeau, Jonathan Wilkinson

Save the Orca Families from Extinction!

Our oceans are the home to families of orcas who are now hungry and living in noisy and polluted waters. The Southern Resident killer whales (orcas) are endangered and require immediate protection, or they will disappear forever. These iconic, intelligent beings live in family pods their entire lives and contribute to the fragile balance of marine ecosystems. There are now only 74 Southern Residents remaining and the time to act is running out. This petition urges Fisheries and Oceans Minister Jonathan Wilkinson and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to take immediate action and implement an emergency order  to protect the endangered Southern Resident orcas who live off British Columbia and Washington State. They are responsible for taking action to implement an emergency order under the Species at Risk Act for these orcas who have been facing imminent human threats to their survival and recovery. They can make a difference and save the orca families from extinction! The three major causes of their rapidly declining population is lack of food, vessel traffic/harassment, and pollution. The emergency order should:  Guarantee Safe, Abundant, and Healthy Food - Moratoriums must be implemented to rebuild the presently broken ocean food chain. Harmful fish farms, that threaten wild salmon, must be closed; Stop Vessel Traffic Noise and Harassment; Prevent and Clean up Pollution;  Enforce Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) - MPAs must restrict activities, such as fishing, that interferes with and threaten orca’s lives. They must be increased in Canada and the US;  Stop Invasive Experiments and the Cumulative Impact of Research on Orcas - As other orca populations are also at low numbers all satellite darting (spearing) and skin biopsies, that permit a pathway for infections and cause deaths, must be stopped. The Southern Resident orcas are counting on us to take action. Please sign and share this petition to ensure their survival.  You have signed this petition and you want to take further action? You can contribute to protecting these orcas through making a donation to Lifeforce Foundation through  Paypal.

Lifeforce Foundation
260,586 supporters
Petitioning Stephen Harper

Don't let Canada Post end door to door delivery / Sauvons la livraison à domicile

(Le français suit) AUGUST 20, 2015 - UPDATE: Since the election has been called for October 19, the 5 federal party leaders have been added as recipients of this petition because this is now an election issue. I wonder, has anyone at Canada Post ever tried to to push a stroller or a wheelchair or a walker through the snow? I don't think they realize the impact of ending door-to-door mail delivery when it comes to the parents of young children, to the disabled, and to the elderly, especially in winter.  What about the sweltering summers? Or miserable thunderstorms and heavy rain? The garbage that is going to happen around them and who is going to clean it up? Millions of Canadians were surprised and angry to learn they may have to travel kilometers to get their mail. I am the mother of two young boys. My youngest has cerebral palsy and uses a walker or wheelchair to get around. For me, Canada Post’s decision would mean having to bundle them up and struggle through the snow with a wheelchair just to get our mail.  And I am just one of thousands of Canadians who must already overcome mobility challenges on a daily basis. On top of that, 8000 employees are going to lose their jobs because of this decision! And, we’re hearing that these new “superboxes” might not be very safe. My grandfather, god rest his soul, was a WW2 veteran and became a mailman. They take their work very seriously otherwise they would not brave the weather. My current mail carrier is also proud of the service she provides for the community. Why change something that is working well for communities across Canada? This has to be stopped. A lot of people need home delivery because of their circumstances. Please sign the petition and share this with as many people as you can. The more people we get, the more solid the chances will be that Canada post and the government hear our voices!!  --- Je me demande, est-ce que quelqu'un à Postes Canada a déjà essayé de pousser une marchette, ou faire avancer une chaise roulante, ou marcher avec une canne, dans la neige? Je ne pense pas qu'ils ont conscience de l'impact de la fin du service postal à domicile sur les parents de jeunes enfants, sur les personnes aux prises avec des handicaps et sur les personnes âgées, particulièrement en hiver. Des millions de Canadiens ont été surpris et fâchés d'apprendre qu'ils devraient se déplacer parfois sur des kilomètres pour aller chercher leur courrier. Je suis la mère de deux jeunes garçons. Mon plus jeune souffre de paralysie cérébrale et doit utiliser une marchette ou une chaise roulante pour se déplacer. Dans mon cas, la décision de Postes Canada me force à habiller mes deux enfants et à me démener à pousser une chaise roulante dans la neige seulement pour pouvoir aller chercher mon courrier. Et je ne suis que l'une parmi des milliers de Canadiens qui doivent surmonter des défis de mobilité à tous les jours. De plus, 8000 employés vont perdre leur emploi en raison de cette décision! En plus, on entend parler du fait que ces "superboîtes" ne sont pas très sécuritaires. Mon grand-père, Dieu ait son âme, était un vétéran de la Deuxième Guerre Mondiale et est devenu facteur par la suite. Ces gens prennent leur travail très au sérieux, sinon ils ne braveraient pas les conditions météorologiques. Ma facteure est très fière des services qu'elle fournit à sa communauté. Pourquoi changer quelque chose qui fonctionne si bien pour les communautés locales partout au pays? Il faut arrêter cela. Nombreux sont ceux et celles qui ont besoin du service à domicile en raison de leur réalité particulière. S'il vous plaît, signez la pétition et partagez-la avec le plus de gens que vous le pouvez. Plus nous en parlerons, plus nos chances seront bonnes que Postes Canada et le gouvernement nous entendront!!

Susan Dixon
230,545 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau

Kassidi's Law: Support sexual assault survivors

We start this petition in memory of my sister Kassidi Coyle. Kassidi was just 20 years old when she took her own life, four months after being sexually assaulted. Following the assault, Kassidi suffered with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She had repeated nightmares and wasn't able to go anywhere by herself following the attack. Kassidi, who was once a bubbly and vibrant girl, was gone. It was like night and day. Support services were not readily available for Kassidi; she was placed on a four month wait list for counselling. She waited for help that wouldn’t come soon enough -- she took her own life on 1 November 2016, just weeks before her first appointment. Anyone who knew Kassidi would tell you how big of a heart she had. She would go the extra mile for someone even if she didn't know them. Kassidi was an organ donor and through her donations she saved eight lives. We don’t want anyone else to go through what Kassidi went through. Please sign our petition calling for: Increased support for sexual assault survivors including free, timely counselling and legal advice. No one should have to wait four months for help, like Kassidi did. Sentencing that reflects the devastating impact sexual assault has on survivors. We need to raise awareness of this growing problem and prevent someone else from losing their sister, aunt, daughter, or friend, because of the faults of the system. Please show your support by signing and sharing this petition. About the trial: There is currently an ongoing trial for the accused. With Kassidi no longer here to testify, we feared the case would no longer be able to proceed. My Mom fought to have Kassidi's name released so that we could share her story. With enormous public support and media attention, the trial is underway. We are praying that justice will be served and we will keep you updated. Thank you for standing with us, for Kassidi and for sexual assault survivors everywhere.

Chelsea Coyle
173,044 supporters
Petitioning Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations)

Get Canadian humanitarian out of North Korean prison!

On December 16, 2015, North Korea sentenced a Canadian pastor on a humanitarian mission to hard labor for life for "crimes against the state." Hyeon Soo Lim, a Korean-Canadian pastor from Toronto in his early sixties, was given the sentence after a swift 90-minute trial. He has been in detention since February 2015.  Pastor Lim traveled to North Korea on January 31, 2015 on a regular humanitarian mission.  Since 1997, Rev. Lim has been supporting where help is most needed, including an orphanage, public schools, and a nursing home in North Korea. He's made more than 100 trips to North Korea during the last 20 years, supplying food, textbooks, and agricultural tools to civilians. His trips were not political in nature. He was charged with "crimes" including harming the dignity of the supreme leadership, trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system, and helping U.S./South Korean authorities abduct North Korean citizens, along with assisting North Korean refugees escape the authoritarian regime. Rev. Lim admitted to these charges, which were most likely forced (other foreigners detained in North Korea and then released have said they were coerced into making similar statements and confessing guilt).  North Korea has very strict rules against any missionary or religious activities, as they are threatening to the supremacy of totalitarian leadership. Merely leaving a Bible in a public place can lead to arrest and severe punishment. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed "tremendous" concern with the sentence and noted that Canadian consular officials have not been allowed access to Lim while he's been in custody. "We certainly hope to be able to engage with this individual and stand up for his rights," Trudeau said. Diana Khaddaj, a spokeswoman for Canada's Global Affairs Department, said Canada is "dismayed at the unduly harsh sentence [...] particularly given his age and fragile health." But the Canadian government needs to express more than mere hope and dismay. How will Prime Minister Trudeau and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon respond to a humanitarian imprisoned - and most likely abused and tortured - in the world's most atrocious regime?  What we are asking for is more than possible. Last year, North Korea released Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American missionary who was convicted of anti-state crimes and had been serving a 15-year sentence.He was freed along with another American detainee after a secret visit by James Clapper, a top U.S. intelligence official. The Canadian government and the United Nations need to take strong, affirmative action NOW. If there is political will, Pastor Lim can be rescued. Few of us have the courage and dedication to jeopardize our life and liberty for the sake of those in need. But all of us can help #freepastorlim #bringlimhome. Please sign and share! The petition is available in these languages on separate pages as well:French/français Korean/한국어 Chinese/中文 Japanese/日本语 This petition was created by Ji-Soo An (U of Alberta Law School) and Hyun-Soo Lim (Yale Law School). We started the petition after reading this disheartening story on the news. For inquiries or comments, please contact us at

Free Pastor Lim
185,380 supporters
Petitioning Council of the European Union, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau, Theresa May MP

Stop Animal Cruelty and Abuse in China

   Animals have been with us since the beginning of time. They have lived amongst side of us for centuries either in the wild or domesticated. Being so a part of our lives, it would be hard to see the world without them. After years of research, humans discovered that a majority of animal species are not as different from us as they seem, in the way that they can feel emotions like we do and pain as we do too. Developing a sense of respect for animals, we have as a community treated them with consideration and have given animals rights like humans. Over time we have developed a sense of love for animals as well, loving them as much as loving ourselves, even driving us to not include meat in our diets. This love is not shared by all as some in the world choose to believe that animals are the less dominant species compared to us mankind, therefore reasonable to treat them inhumanely.     Whilst in most parts of the world, animals are protected under laws and policies, in China that is not the case. Among the top 10 most industrialized nations, China is the only one that does not have a law against animal cruelty. This is surprising as the rapid development of China in the last few decades should have ensured that the issue of animal protection is brought up at least once. And at least twice it has, once in 2006, when Zhou Ping of the National People's Congress introduced a proposal for a nationwide animal-protection law in China, and second in September 2009, when the first comprehensive Animal protection law of the People's Republic of China was drafted, both ended up not brought into real consideration and left behind by the leaders. The lack of laws prohibiting animal abuse and animal protection has caused countless sadistic stories of animal cruelty to occur all over China. The news articles and stories are so horrendous, many include graphic images and videos displaying the acts of cruelty. Some existing examples of cases of animal abuse and cruelty include the Yin Yang fish, being deep-fried while it is still alive, some food markets in China include live animals, such as live scorpions, in Beijing, vendors sell fish, turtles, and amphibians as key rings and mobile-phone decorations and also stories of two dogs being boiled alive for the taste of adrenaline-soaked meat.The actions of such brutally were only met with minimal punishments such as fines instead of serving prison time and probation which would be the consequences of animal abuse in any other country. This has been met with outrage from the rest of the world and animal-rights activists in China either verbally or online. Protest, group lobbying, and public speeches have taken place all over China by animal-rights activist expressing their anger on this issue. Although they are noticed by the government, media and animal abusers, the issue has no been defused yet as no legal action has taken place yet. As a person who has first hand witnessed animal abuse in China, I am not willing to stay silent and allow such cruelty take place.      It was at a new years flea market where I first witnessed the acts of animal cruelty. There were hundreds of stands lined on the sides of the street selling various items ranging from cheap souvenirs to cooking tools. However, at the entrance of the market, there was a large crowd surrounding a single stand. Curious to find out what the fuss was about, I walked over to peek at what product the vendors were selling that attracted so much attention. It turned out that the stand was hosting a carnival game of sorts requiring participants to throw a ring around caged bunnies and birds on the floor. Disgusted, I could not see how these people thought it was ethical to do such things. What amazed me as well was that there were policemen nearby and they never even bother batting an eye in the direction of these remorseless animal abusers. When asked about whether or not the animals were still alive as the cages were as small as the size of our palms not allowing much room to move at all, the owner would use a stick with a pin attached to the end of it to poke these animals, making them flinch as a sign of life. Completely scarred from this experience, I later on also passed quite a few stalls selling animals displaying them like puppets on a string. Not understanding why this behavior is acceptable, I would like to petition that legal actions take place.     I propose three points, firstly that the government of China starts bringing the draft law drafted in 2009 into actual consideration, implementing laws on animal protection before the year of 2019 month of May. Secondly, the governments of other countries should show their support for animal protection by funding nonprofits like PETA and WAPA and local organizations like Guardians of Chinese Animal Protection 守护者 with whatever resources they need. Lastly, by showing their disapproval of the lack of legal action done about this issue, other countries will cut trades of products with China that involve the process of animal cruelty.      In 2009, a draft law was proposed to fine up to 6,000 yuan and two weeks of detention for those who are found guilty of animal cruelty and abuse. "The proposal will be submitted to the State Council by the end of the year," Chang Jiwen, director of the social law research department of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said in the year 2009, it is now 2018 and nothing has no actions have been taken. Unsure why the government of China has chosen to completely disregard the idea of animal protection, prolonging the lacking of animal protection for almost a decade. Next year marks the 10th year the government of China has decided to push aside the idea of implementing laws regarding this issue, and it has gone on for too long. If by the month of May next year this outdated draft has not gone through the process of becoming a law, which includes through the State Council and then receives three readings at the National People's Congress Standing Committee, then other countries should step in and take charge of the situation.      The differences that nonprofit organizations like PETA, WAPA, and Guardians of Chinese Animal Protection 守护者 have made in the world is drastically ranging from building animal shelters to save animals from slaughterhouses. This is why these organizations are so vital to the protection of animals as they are in some ways doing what the government of China is not doing. However the problems that these organizations face are also very similar, resources, they need money, manpower and the governments support to truly make a permanent change in the world we live in today. I am aware that the government of China is funding organizations like Guardians of Chinese Animal Protection 守护者 with resources, but they are very limited. Failing to implement new laws concerning the protection of animals, the governments of France, United States, Canada and the prime minister of United Kingdoms should feel obligated to fund nonprofits with whatever resources they need in order to minimize the problem.     Many countries across the world do have laws and policies ensuring the protection of animals from abuse and brutality, however, these laws only ensure that they don’t happen in their own countries. While governments claim they stand up for animal rights and protection, they are also trading livestock and other products with China that may have undergone the process of animal abuse. There have been cases where thousands of chickens being trapped in a hen house, not only tightly packed that they barely have space to move but also never cleaned and so unhygienic the floors of the hen house are covered in feces. This calls for the halting of trades and purchasing with companies in China who do not meet international animal protection laws, as it although not directly contributing to the cause, but allowing it to get steadily worse.     Although some of these proposals are far-fetched, these are the only ways that we can stop these brutish and unmerciful ways of animal treatment in China permanently. Like you I love animals, and I do not agree with some of the ways they are treated in the industry today, however, what is happening in some parts of China today should be our main priority because as human beings, we can tell their actions are simply not morally correct. Together we can make a difference and gain the attention of a higher authority who will impose legal actions stopping this train wreck in its tracks, saving the countless animals around the corner awaiting their demise. Please sign this petition to show your support on this issue. Thank you.

Ethan Lau
126,607 supporters
Petitioning Alamos Gold Inc.

Alamos Gold Kaz Dağları'ndaki Projeden Çekilsin

English Kanada merkezli altın madenciliği şirketi Alamos Gold, Inc. Kaz Dağları’nda altın aramaya başladı. Şirkete altın arama faaliyetleri için tahsis edilen toplam alan 3500 hektar (6540 futbol sahası büyüklüğünde). Söz konusu proje Mart 2019’da onaylandığı halde çevre üzerinde şimdiden büyük hasar yarattı ve bu hasar büyümeye devam ediyor. Alamos Gold’un ekosistemin ve bölge insanlarının sağlığı konusundaki duyarsızlığı ve Türkiye’deki yetkili mercilerin ihmali 180.000 insanın temiz su kaynaklarını tehdit ediyor, çünkü şirketin proje süresince altın aramak için 20.000 ton siyanür kullanacağı öngörülüyor. Ayrıca madencilik faaliyetlerine ayrılan alanın %98,7’si el değmemiş ormanlarla kaplı ve bu ormanlar 18 memeli, 41 kuş, 10 sürüngen, 117 böcek, ve 283 bitki türüne evsahipliği yapıyor. Üstelik Truva antik kentinin yalnızca 65 kilometre uzağında bulunan maden alanı aynı zamanda mitolojik ve tarihsel öneme sahip. Bu kadim ormanlar şu anda vahşi bir saldırı altında. TEMA Vakfı'nın incelediği uydu görüntülerine göre bölgedeki maden arama etkinliği 195.000 ağacın yok edilmesine yol açtı ve bu sayı artmaya devam ediyor. Kaldı ki, halihazırda kesilen ağaç sayısı projenin onaylanmasından önce yayınlanan çevresel etki raporunda belirtilen sayının 4 katından daha fazla. ŞİMDİ harekete geçme zamanı! Alamos Gold’a çevresel sorumluluklarını tanıması, projeden geri çekilmesi, ve Kaz Dağları ormanlarını rahat bırakması için baskı yap!

Simge Topaloglu
142,139 supporters
Petitioning Doug Ford

Fines for people calling 9-1-1 to complain about Amber Alerts.

Ever since the Emergency Broadcasting System was brought to our phones, people have started to complain about being woken up in the middle of the night by said alerts, mostly Amber Alerts. One of those times I remember very clearly. It was the abduction of 11-year-old Riya Rajkumar, from Brampton, ON. She was abducted by her father, Roopesh Rajkumar.  Her mother decided to call the police after he failed to bring her back home in time and also because he threatened to harm the little girl and himself. The Amber alert woke me up that night but, all I remember was being worried about the girl and praying she would be found safe (as it happens in most Amber Alerts cases). Unfortunaly, that wasn't the case for poor, innocent Riya. While this was happening, some people (a lot of people) decided to start calling the emergency lines to COMPLAIN about the Amber Alert because it woke them up and  "they couldn't do anything about it anyway" or they were "too far" from where the Amber Alert had originated. These people went on living their lives which were disrupted for all of two minutes, while the little girl was no more. They were never fined for taking time away from real emergencies.  The father had been found THANKS to the Amber Alert, but it was already too late.  More Amber Alerts have been issued since and more calls and complains have come through the emergency lines.  This is ABSURD. This has to STOP.  People have to understand that when they dial 9-1-1, they are taking time and personnel away from actual emergencies and that these actions could COST LIVES!  Please, take a moment to sign this petition and make sure these non-emergency callers get fined for their crime! Thank you. 

Dalia Monacelli
114,322 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau, Ken Hardie, Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Honourable David Lametti

Make It Illegal To Eat Dogs And Cats In Canada

French | Russian | Chinese | Spanish | German | Korean | Italian | Portuguese | It is LEGAL to consume dog and cat meat in Canada. If properly sourced or killed and gutted in front of federal inspectors, a restaurant could substitute dog or cat meat without facing any criminal charges or health violations. There are also no legal consequences if a pet owner kills and eats their dog or cat. It sounds horrific and difficult to believe, but it's true. My name is James Tsai and I’m the founder of Arf Arf Bark Bark Rescue, a Canadian registered nonprofit. In December 2018, I met with MP Ken Hardie and he pledged to work with the Minister of Justice and Minister of Agriculture on this important matter. This is not about political perspectives. This is about speaking together as one voice for our beloved dogs and cats, reflecting the values of respect towards animals and most importantly, closing the loopholes that allow for the lawful consumption of innocent dogs and cats. Last year, the US became the first G20 country to criminalize the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption with the signing of the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition act. Now it's our turn to follow the lead. The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation in Los Angeles created, lobbied for and supported this historic bill. The foundation’s board chair, Barbara Gitlitz, MD and key project leader of the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition act, Mr. Vincent Sena are supporting our movement. Add your signature and share today to urge the Government of Canada to make it a federal offense to eat dog and cat meat. This petition will be delivered to the Honorable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Honorable Ken Hardie, Member of Parliament of Canada. ==== Want to do more? Can you help us continue our fight to save Canada's dogs and cats? Your donations help support our animal advocacy on regional, provincial and federal political levels. Want to volunteer? Email us at On behalf of the lives of our loyal companions, Thank You. James Tsai, FounderArf Arf Bark Bark Rescue Tracy Tien, FounderCOOGO Dog Rescue Sharon Lee, Media Relations

Arf Arf Bark Bark Rescue/Rehabilitation
114,284 supporters
Re-Open Kitsilano Coast Guard Base

The Conservatives’ sudden closure of the Kitsilano search and rescue station – despite widespread opposition from the Premier of British Columbia, the Mayor of Vancouver, many local safety experts, and the public – is appalling and completely disregards the safety and lives of Metro Vancouver’s marine community. The Kitsilano station is the focal point for safety, both on the waters of British Columbia’s lower mainland and at Canada’s busiest marine port, Vancouver Harbour, which reports over 350 incidents a year. By moving search and rescue responders 17 nautical miles away to Richmond, the Conservatives are forcing longer emergency response times with potentially dangerous consequences. We cannot wait for disaster to strike before acknowledging its grave error and the serious need for highly skilled search and rescue responders at the Kitsilano station. That is why Liberals have been clear: we will re-open a full service Coast Guard station in Vancouver, and reinvest in marine safety and oil spill response capacity on the BC coast. The Liberal Party of Canada is emphatically opposed to the Kitsilano Coast Guard closure and will continue to fight for the safety and security of our coastal communities.

4 years ago
Open Canada to Syrian refugees!

The devastating humanitarian crisis in Syria and Iraq has rightly broken the hearts of Canadians across the country, and international society at large. In Canada, municipal and provincial leaders have already taken concrete action, as have many Canadians in a private capacity. It is time for federal leaders to step up, expand current refugee targets, and do more to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian refugees who are so desperately seeking safety. We must put partisanship aside in addressing this crisis. Justin Trudeau has proposed a meeting with Stephen Harper, Thomas Mulcair, and Elizabeth May – in order to sit down in collaboration to discuss the best course of action for Canada going forward. Unfortunately, neither Harper nor Mulcair showed any interest. If elected, a Liberal government will expand Canada’s intake of refugees from Syria by 25,000 – by January 1, 2016 – through immediate, direct sponsorship by the Government of Canada. The Liberal plan is ambitious, yet attainable, and will do more to help more Syrian refugees than either Mr. Harper or Mr. Mulcair’s plan. A Liberal government will also invest at least $100 million this fiscal year to increase – without reducing standards – refugee processing, as well as sponsorship and settlement services capacity in Canada. Finally, we will immediately contribute $100 million to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, to support critical relief activities in Syria and the surrounding region. Canadians know that our country can – and must – do more to offer safe haven to the men, women, and children who are currently fleeing persecution in Syria and Iraq.

4 years ago
Pass A Federal Act to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women in Canada

The disappearance and death of nearly 1,200 Indigenous women and girls, including those from the Highway of Tears, is an ongoing national tragedy that must come to an end. Despite repeated appeals from the families of victims, provincial governments, Indigenous communities, and international organizations, the Prime Minister has repeatedly refused to call a public inquiry. Mr. Harper is on the wrong side of history. This issue requires national leadership and action to put an end to this violence. A Liberal government will immediately launch a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada, to seek recommendations on concrete actions that governments, law enforcement, and others can take to solve these crimes and prevent future ones. Working together with experts and advocates, we will develop and implement a comprehensive federal gender violence strategy and action plan. We will give more support to survivors of sexual assault and ensure that more perpetrators are brought to justice.  We will also review current gender and culturally sensitive training policies for federal front-line law enforcement officers to ensure that they are strong, effective, and able to encourage more survivors to report incidents to police.

4 years ago
End Solitary Confinement in Canadian Prisons

Liberals understand that solitary confinement has serious psychological effects on inmates, who will be returned not just to the general prison population – but to society – at some point. The Conservatives’ “tough on crime” agenda is focused on punitive measures and ideological posturing rather than measures to keep Canadians safe. While solitary confinement is supposed to be used as a last resort, former Liberal Member of Parliament and Justice Minister, Irwin Cotler, obtained figures from the government that indicate that over 20 percent of prisoners spend time in solitary. Moreover, correctional investigator Howard Sapers has found that solitary confinement is now “a default population management strategy.” Disturbingly, the Conservative government has relied on stigma, myths, and stereotypes to develop legislation that is unlikely to have a significant impact on crime. The Liberal Party is committed to addressing mental health issues by working with victims’ advocates, provincial governments, and members of the legal and mental health communities to further modernize our system. Whether this comes through investments in early detection or the support of mental health courts, progress can be made that actually helps prevent such crimes from occurring in the first place. A Liberal government will focus on protecting Canadians and making our communities safer by pursuing evidence-based policies that reduce crime and prevent re-offending, such as rehabilitative programs that are proven to limit repeat offences.

4 years ago
Federal Legalization of Cannabis in Canada

Canada’s current system of marijuana prohibition does not work. It does not prevent young people from using marijuana, and too many Canadians end up with criminal records for possessing small amounts of the drug. To ensure that we keep marijuana out of the hands of children, and the profits out of the hands of criminals, the Liberal Party of Canada will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana. We will remove marijuana consumption and incidental possession from the Criminal Code, and create new, stronger laws to punish more severely those who provide it to minors, those who operate a motor vehicle while under its influence, and those who sell it outside of the new regulatory framework. We will also create a federal/provincial/territorial task force, and with input from experts in public health, substance abuse, and law enforcement, will design a new system of strict marijuana sales and distribution, with appropriate federal and provincial excise taxes applied. The NDP’s decriminalization-only program will keep production and distribution in the hands of gangs, will do nothing to keep it out of the hands of children or protect Canadians’ public safety concerns, and will allows gangs to collect the proceeds. A Liberal government will act responsibly and swiftly on this issue. You can find more information here:

4 years ago
Chefs de partis: Engagez-vous à participer à un débat sur les enjeux qui affectent les femmes

Je suis heureux d’avoir accepté de participer à « Place au débat », et j’ai hâte d’y prendre part. J’espère que Stephen Harper et Thomas Mulcair confirmeront eux aussi leur participation à cette initiative importante. Il est crucial de veiller à ce que les intérêts des femmes soient mis en avant lors de cette campagne électorale. En tant que père, je tiens à savoir que ma fille aura les mêmes opportunités que mes garçons, recevra un salaire égal pour un travail égal et pourra prendre ses propres décisions relativement à son corps. Je tiens à savoir qu’elle aura autant d’occasions de prendre part à notre économie et au processus décisionnel que ses collègues masculins, et qu’elle bénéficiera du même respect et des mêmes droits. Les défis auxquels les femmes font face sont notre affaire à tous et, à ce titre, nous avons tous un intérêt manifeste à obtenir l’égalité pleine et entière pour les femmes dans tous les aspects de la société. Nous savons que la pleine participation des femmes au marché du travail est cruciale pour notre croissance économique. Selon Recherche économique RBC, l’augmentation du nombre de travailleuses au cours des trois dernières décennies a résulté en une contribution de l’ordre de 130 milliards de dollars à l’activité économique. Nous devons mener des débats de fond sur des questions comme le renforcement de la participation des femmes dans l’économie, les services de garde, la violence domestique, la santé et l’environnement, ainsi que l’équité salariale, entre autres choses. En ma qualité de législateur et chef du Parti libéral du Canada, je suis résolument engagé envers l’évolution des politiques qui feront du Canada un pays plus équitable pour les deux sexes. Je suis fier que notre parti ait fermement soutenu le droit des femmes au libre choix. Nous voulons que les Canadiennes et les Canadiens sachent qu’en votant pour les libéraux, ils éliront un représentant qui soutiendra et défendra les droits des femmes. De même, je suis fier d’avoir annoncé qu’un gouvernement libéral veillera à ce qu’un nombre égal de femmes et d’hommes accèdent au cabinet et au processus de nomination du gouvernement fédéral, et que nous intégrerons concrètement l’analyse comparative entre les sexes dans le processus décisionnel du cabinet et des ministères fédéraux. En outre, un gouvernement libéral prendra des mesures constructives pour lutter contre la violence faite aux femmes, y compris en lançant une enquête immédiate sur les femmes et les filles autochtones portées disparues et assassinées. Je suis fermement convaincu que notre société fonctionne le mieux quand les femmes sont à l’avant-plan, réussissant dans tous les aspects de l’économie et de la vie publique. Cela signifie également que nous devons trouver des moyens d’éliminer les obstacles qui entravent encore la pleine participation des femmes dans la société, que ce soit ici ou à l’étranger.

4 years ago
Federal Party Leaders: Join an Election Debate that Speaks to Women

I am pleased to have accepted – and look forward to taking part in – “Up For Debate”, and I hope that Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair will confirm their participation in this important initiative as well. Ensuring that women’s interests are at the forefront of this election campaign is essential. As a father, I want to know that my daughter will have the same opportunities as my sons, receive equal pay for equal work, and be able to make decisions about her own body. I want to know that she will be just as likely to be involved in our economy and in the decision-making as her male counterparts, and that she will be afforded the same respect and rights. Women’s issues affect us all, and as such, we all have a vested interest in achieving full and substantive equality for women in all facets of society. We know that women’s full participation in the workforce is crucial to our economic growth. According to RBC Economics, the increase in female labour force participation over the past three decades has resulted in a $130 billion contribution to economic activity. We need to have substantive discussions about issues like increasing women’s participation in the economy, child care, domestic violence, health and the environment, and pay equity, among others. As a legislator and Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, I am deeply committed to advancing policies that will make Canada a more gender-equitable country. I am proud that our party has taken a strong stance in support of women’s right to choose. We want Canadians to know that when they vote Liberal they will get a representative who supports and defends women’s rights. Equally, I am proud to have announced that a Liberal government will ensure an equal number of women and men in Cabinet and in the federal government’s appointment process, and that meaningful gender-based analysis will be a key part of the decision-making process in Cabinet and across federal departments. Furthermore, a Liberal government will take meaningful steps to address violence against women, including by launching an immediate inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. I fundamentally believe that our society works best when women are at the forefront – successful in all parts of the economy and public life. But this means we have to find ways to break down the barriers that still stand in the way of women’s full participation in society, both here at home and abroad.

4 years ago