Today, Wednesday, May 30, 2012, is Day 2 of my “final push” for Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s response to my ongoing hunger strike against Canada’s new draconian crime law, the deceptively christened “Safe Streets and Communities Act”, formerly, crime Bill C-10. It’s also the 78th day of my peaceful protest. It was an “interesting” day on Parliament Hill.
Some key developments:
- I shared my letter to Stephen Harper with the following MPs and appealed to them to ask the PM why he continues to ignore my protest: Elizabeth May (Saanich-Gulf Islands); Ms. Francoise Boivin (Gatineau) and NDP Justice Critic; Craig Scott, (Toronto-Danforth) and NDP Deputy Justice critic; Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre).
- Two passionate young women visiting Ottawa from the Montreal student protest movement joined me in solidarity for more than two hours.
- Senator Jane Cordy, Liberal (Nova Scotia) stopped by for a chat.
- Independent MP Bruce Hyer (Thunder Bay-Superior North) stopped by just as I was leaving. We chatted briefly. He shared his insights on our antiquated electoral system.
- I didn’t have any money for a taxi or bus fare and so I walked to and from Parliament
In the meantime, it was really interesting to watch some familiar MP/senator faces pass by without looking my way, as if I was invisible.
My letter to Harper is a follow up to the one I delivered to Parliament on March 27, which was addressed to the prime minister, the Parliament of Canada, the leaders of all elected parties, and all MPs and senators. Delivered through Ottawa Centre NDP MP, Paul Dewar, that letter explained my hunger protest. It appealed to the prime minister and Parliament to repeal Bill C-10 and fulfill four other demands. But as of today May 30, 2012, the 78th day of my hunger protest, the prime minister is yet to respond.
I’ve informed the prime minister that, if necessary, I’ll escalate the protest by switching to a water-only hunger protest.