Earlier this week, the NDP and other Federal opposition parties released the findings of their Canada-wide public consultations on Stephen Harper’s Budget Implementation Act, Bill C-38. Yesterday, the parties submitted 1,300 amendments to the behemoth omnibus bill. Now a new opposition front, straight out of Harper’s Conservative world, is gathering strength.
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After 85 days on a hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s new “Safe Streets and Communities Act” (crime Bill C10), it’s with great pleasure, gratitude and emotion that I announce the end of the protest. I’ll end the protest at 11.59pm today. I made the decision to end the peaceful protest after my final push for a response from Harper in the last two weeks, and my meeting with NDP MP and justice critic, Francoise Boivin (with me in the pic), on Parliament Hill this afternoon.
I just got back from the doctor’s office and was told that I’ll be back on my feet within two weeks. My health is my immediate priority. I’ll focus on recovering the 34kg (74.8lbs) I lost during the protest, and on bumping up my Vitamin D levels from the current critical-low of 20 to the normal of 76+.
The hunger protest was one hell of a life-changing journey through the soul of my beloved adopted country! There are no words to express how grateful I’m for your support, solidarity, advice and criticism. I couldn’t have done it without you.
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.