Protesters return to MP's Morden office 0
Protest organizers say people from Portage-Lisgar doubled in numbers from last week's national day of action at Conservative MPs offices and support locations by rallying at Candice Hoeppner's office in Morden Wednesday (June 13).
The second protest in two weeks was held to voice their concerns about the federal budget Bill C-38 currently before Parliament.
"We again exceeded our expectations in numbers today - it was a great success," suggested spokesperson Minnie Davis.
"Many of the riding's voters, whether they voted Conservative, NDP, Liberal or Green, have had absolutely enough of the government's undemocratic behaviour. People who voted Conservative in the last election are realizing that the Conservative party has been hijacked by Reform extremists," she said.
"One man today even apologized for having voted for what he thought was the Conservative party in May 2011. Participants are saying it's time to stand up and say stop."
The Federal Budget Bill, Bill C-38, makes changes to over 70 laws and has drawn criticism across the political spectrum including from former Conservative cabinet ministers and members of Prime Minister Harper's own caucus.
Former Conservative Fisheries Minister, Tom Siddon, when asked to comment on the cross-Canada events, called the national day of action "worthy" and "worthwhile."
"I think it's important that all possible means should be brought to bear on Bill C-38 to have these important environmental clauses removed from the bill," said Siddon.
"This is not about party politics. This is about political leadership, it's about distinguishing between a government approach which is only concerned about the pocketbook issues, and the more serious and profound value we place on Canada - the heart and the soul of the nation."
"Many Canadians don't even know what is contained within the 70 laws of Bill C-38 and how it will affect them down the road," said Davis.
"It's important that the government doesn't ram it through before there is time for proper awareness and debate. We expect every law to be properly debated, that's what we pay MPs to do!"
Participants believe that if the Bill passes unchanged, it will put a black mark on Canadian democracy.
"We are looking for 13 hero Conservative MPs who will work together to stop the budget, split it apart, and start over by inviting Canadians to help them craft laws that will work better for all of us," said Jamie Biggar, executive director of Leadnow.ca.
All local events were organized by volunteers who have signed up online to participate.