TAKE ACTION: SECURITY REVIEW CONSULTATIONS
TAKE ACTION NOW: Tell the federal government to Repeal Bill C-51 and to Reframe Security from a Culture of Fear to a Culture of Peace. The deadline is December 15.
The federal government has public consultations for a Security Review underway. The deadline for comments is December 15.
Learn more about the Security Review Federal Consultations and Background Documents here:
Review our VOW 2-page handout on the Security Review public consultations here
VOW is urging members to send an email by December 15, 2016 to the following:
- Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (PSEP) Ralph Goodale: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould: Jody.Wilson-Raybould@parl.gc.ca
- National Security Consultations: email@example.com
- With a copy to your Member of Parliament: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members
Here’s a draft letter that you can use, modify and send:
Dear Minister Goodale and Minister Wilson-Raybould,
I am writing in response to the Security Review public consultations to inform you of my opposition to Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act. Bill C-51 is a threat to our civil rights, our privacy and our democracy. I join the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW), the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group and Open Media to call for the repeal of the bill.
Like VOW, I am concerned that the current Security Review does not incorporate a gender-based analysis and does not adhere to the UN Security Council resolution 1325 on “Women, Peace and Security.” I believe that the federal government must re-frame security from the threat of “terrorism” to the urgent economic, social and environmental needs of Canadians. According to Canada Without Poverty, almost 5 million people in Canada live in poverty. An estimated 235,000 people in Canada experienced homelessness in 2014. The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has described the lack of a national housing and homelessness strategy in Canada as a “national emergency.” Food Banks Canada recently reported an increase in the number of Canadians who are food insecure and are relying on food banks across the country. In its new study, “Canada in a Changing Climate: Sector Perspectives on Impacts and Adaptation,” Natural Resources Canada shows that every sector of our society and our economy is vulnerable to climate change. Yet the federal government spends much more on militarized security than on environmental protection and nonviolent conflict prevention. Canada needs a new security policy that promotes a culture of peace, not a culture of fear.