Organizers using social media to help coordinate pro-democracy demonstrations, recalling 2010 anti-prorogation rallies.
TORONTO – A Canada-wide protest against fraudulent and voter-suppressive ‘Robocalls’ during the 2011 election campaign will take place March 11, 2012, and the logistics-planning for Toronto’s rally is happening 6 p.m. Friday, March 2nd, at Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church’s Garden room. Various people from community organizations and online activist groups, including Canadians Against Fraudulent Elections, Occupy Canada, and Democracy Canada are endorsing the national rally campaign.
Ordinary people not generally associated with, or even aligned with, the activist community have expressed a desire to see the resignation of Stephen Harper, along with by-elections in each riding affected by the nefarious “RoboCalls” (automated phone calls intentionally meant to steer voters to non-existent polling stations). This initial planning meeting is expected to draw people from across the political spectrum.
The anti-democratic tactics of marketing companies RMG and RackNine, both of which worked for the Conservative Party during the 2011 election campaign, might have suppressed and otherwise obstructed voters from reaching their actual voting stations. Such actions are punishable by up to five years in prison.
As such, Canadians would like to see accountability, up to and including the firing of the Prime Minister.
Toronto rally organizer Jon Allan is deeply concerned about the ramifications about these calls, saying “Harper has lost the confidence of the country. His government has lost legitimacy; he has not been legitimately bestowed with the authority to govern. He stole the 2011 election.”
Mr. Allan, a business owner, was also one of the chief organizers of the successful Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament anti-prorogation rallies that occurred in January 2010. The anti-prorogation campaign occurred when Harper undemocratically shut down parliament in the face of opposition.
The media is invited to come observe the initial planning meeting the March 11th rallies.
WHAT: Initial planning meeting to organize the Toronto Rally Against Voter Suppression.
WHERE: Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto – GARDEN ROOM
WHEN: Friday March 2nd, 2012 at 6pm.