Around 25 protesters took to the sidewalk outside of MP Alex Atamanenko’s office in Castlegar on Wednesday afternoon to protest Bill C-38.
The House of Commons in Ottawa is currently voting on the government’s 425 page sweeping budget bill which includes more than 800 proposed opposition amendments.
“Everybody here is a volunteer who has gone on the www.leadnow.ca website,” said Traci Goertzen, one of the organizers. “We’re part of a Canada-wide movement with people gathering in front of their conservative MP’s officse and urging them to speak out.”
“We’re here about the omnibus budget bill – C-38, which in it’s original form had some 40 odd pages. It has some 400 plus pages of amendments which tear apart approximately 70 laws that would change environmental protection. Protection of our water, nature, all our environmental overseers will be torn apart.”
The protesters are also upset about the way the bill is being put through the House.
“It’s being put through by stealth – which means everything is passed in there and they’re trying to put it through as fast as possible without people knowing what’s really going on,” said Goertzen. “It will affect our social programs as well. It will affect unions and non-profit organization’s ability to speak and stand up. It is an attack on democracy.”
Goertzen says that they are hoping for 13 heroes to get up and take a stand during voting which started today (June 14).
“We’re hoping for 13 Conservative heroes,” she said. “There are already NDP and Liberal MP’s that are against this. There are Conservative MP’s that have voiced their dislike for this. But what we need for them to do is stand up to (Prime Minister) Harper and either not show up to vote or stand up and say ‘No’.”