Winnipeg, May 30, 2015: Green Party of Canada candidate for Winnipeg South Centre Andrew Park spoke at the Winnipeg rally against Bill C-51, the federal government’s proposed “anti-terrorism” legislation, which would give police much broader powers, allow them to detain people on the suspicion that they might commit a crime, and give new powers to Canada’s spy agency to violate the Canadian Charter of Rights.
The Winnipeg event, organized by Winnipeg Alternative Media, consisted of a rally at City Hall, followed by a march to the Manitoba Legislature. It was part of a national day of action that involved thousands of Canadians in centres across Canada. Speakers included Josh Sigurdson of WAM, broadcaster Judy Rebick, founder of rabble.ca, and Pam Palmater, Associate Professor and the Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University.
The only other political candidate to speak, Liberal Robert-Falcon Ouellette, argued in support of C-51. It quickly became apparent that the Green position on C-51 was vastly more popular with the demonstrators than that of the Liberal Party.
To watch all of the speeches, watch this video.