Day for democracy rally

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm


Human Rights Monument
Elgin and Lisgar Streets
Ottawa, ON
45° 24' 41.6592" N, 75° 41' 53.4984" W

The Voices-Voix Coalition team behind the April 6 Day for Democracy rally in Ottawa confirms that this event will go ahead , but at the adjusted time of 12:30-1:30pm .

(Note: The evening public forum has been postponed for later in the federal election period, to allow for more time for its organization.)

The rally will start at 12:30pm at the Human Rights Monument at Elgin and Lisgar streets . At that location will be a couple of short speeches recapping the Government of Canada's serious ethical violations in recent years - attacks on individuals, attacks on groups, attacks on dissent, withholding critical information from parliamentarians and the public, unfounded proroguing of Parliament and more.

From the monument, the rally will proceed north to outside the Prime Minister's Office, at Elgin and Wellington, for 1:00. At that location will be an additional speech on what the Voices-Voix Coalition has recommended to address these issues. Representatives from the five main federal parties are being invited to be part of the rally and to speak about their party's intentions regarding these issues, should they form or help form the next government.

The rally should be finished by 1:30pm.

This election presents a special opportunity to demand and hold all parliamentarians to a much higher standard of behaviour than what we've been seeing in recent years. It is also a time to stand up for democracy and human rights in Canada and abroad. We have all been deeply concerned about the state of democracy and space for human rights advocacy in Canada in recent years. Now is our chance to do everything we can to make sure these issues get proper attention during the federal election.