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From the release:

Across Canada concerns are growing over the Harper Government’s legitimacy to rule and the complete disregard for our democratic rights by this government. Concerned Canadians from coast to coast to coast have stepped forward to organize several days of public demonstration against the Harper Government in response to this abuse of power. The National Stop Harper Campaign is the name of this citizen-driven movement.

So last year a few of us managed to create a National Stop Harper Day on Canada Day. Over 14 cities participated and it was a huge success despite the lack of media coverage. For example, the Winnipeg chapter had a “funeral” parade and also a table set up during the Osborne Village Street Festival where they had petitions, t-shirts and information. They sold over 200 tshirts! It was a very great day and everyone supported the event fully. Anyways, we want to recreate that again this year – a second annual event.

The main event will be held during the 2013 Conservative Party of Canada Convention June 27-29 in Calgary, Alberta. These days of demonstrations will demand Stephen Harper to step down from Prime Minister and that a fair election be called as is guaranteed in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

There will be two Canada-wide days of action for community members unable to attend the Calgary demonstrations but wanting to show solidarity and support:

June 28 is National Stop Harper Day Demonstrations calling for the removal of the Harper government from office and an election be called (Calgary and solidarity events across Canada)

July 1 is Save Canada Day and is being held on our national day of pride, Canada Day.

We have several people across the country working on press releases and other information that we are starting to collect but want INM, Leadnow and others to join us in planning and promotion. We would love to have you guys on board, for support, to advertise and to also put your stamp on this event. We are not an official organization, just a group of people who care 🙂

John Bonnar

John Bonnar is an independent journalist producing print, photo, video and audio stories about social justice issues in and around Toronto.