Yep, boys ‘n’ girls, yet another web blackout campaign is underway.
It appears Bill C-38 is one issue we’re not willing to let go.
Saturday is the one month anniversary of the introduction of the so-called omnibus budget bill, a 425-page bill that amends 60 different acts, repeals a half dozen others and adds three more. Opposition parties have repeatedly said that the bill is too big and includes changes that ought to be broken off and presented as separate legislation. But the Conservatives are forging ahead with it as-is.
While Canadians haven’t hit the streets en masse yet, they are showing their dislike for the bill even one month later. On June 4, 13,000 website owners across Canada, including the NDP, PSAC and even Margaret Atwood, will be darkening their websites in protest of Bill C-38 as part of the ‘Black Out Speak Out‘ campaign.
And political analysts also continue to speak-out against the bill.
Yep, even the Nasty Post’s very own Matt Gurney appears to have problems with C-38.
Here’s another one.
Last week, Dennis Drainville, the bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Quebec wrote a scathing piece about the bill and how the Stephen Harper government is minimizing the role of Parliament.
“In the last 12 months I have seen clearly the rise of tyrannical policies and the application of such mind and state control that the people of Canada , unless they soon react, will find themselves not only slaves to a corporate and political domination they never chose but they will experience the extinguishing of any of the hopes and dreams that they once had for a nation firmly based upon the foundations of compassion, justice and peace,” he wrote.
“For God’s sake, for all of our sakes, wake-up Canada.”
When will Canada wake up?
I wish we would take a cue from the Quebec students and hit the streets and protest en masse. Perhaps a #casserolesencours or something like that. However, this is a start.
And yes, David Wilks, one MP can make a difference. Bill Casey, Garth Turner and Chuck Cadman (if he were still with us today) are but a few who would disagree with your back pedalling, Mr. Wilks. The fact is, you could’ve stuck to your position and perhaps, just perhaps other disgruntled back benchers wouldn’t have joined you. If not, well, you would’ve gained a helluvalot more respect than you have today. Your back pedalling made you look like a whipped puppy running with its’ tail between its’ legs.
Come June 4, many websites are slated to go dark. If you wish for your blog/website to go black that day, click here and register. Also, you can find a list of those who are planning to go dark. Sister Sage’s Musings will be joining thousands of other websites and going dark come June 4.