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On Thursday May 20, most of the Liberals and NDP in the Ontario legislature voted against a private members bill, jointly sponsored by Tim Hudak (Conservative) and Mike Colle (Liberal), that would have banned BDS in Ontario.

Even though the vote to ban BDS at the Federal government level in February did not go the same way, the NDP voted against the bill and 14 Liberals abstained (44 total Liberals were absent or abstained). There is movement on this issue and we have to keep up the pressure on Prime Minister Trudeau to stand for free speech and support the rights of Palestinians.

The CLC just put out this statement supporting BDS, send them a message to let them know that you support them.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has been facing more and more repressive tactics from Israel, and therefore are demanding UN action to support the right of BDS supporters to dissent.  Sign the petition to the UN here.

It was great to see Ontario vote down this blatantly anti-democratic bill, now we must stand up for democratic expression everywhere.