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      Working Group to Stop Bill C-51 Nears 100th Weekly Action

      By Thomas Davies

      The Canadian government's phony "public consultation" on Bill C-51 and national security came to a close on December 1st with neither a bang or a whimper. In stark contrast, the Working Group to Stop Bill C-51 continued its almost 2 year long campaign of dynamic weekly actions demanding a full repeal of the controversial law.

      With the winter sun setting at the same time as the start time for the weekly actions, the Working Group got to work and made new bright lit signs saying, "REPEAL BILL C-51!" and "HONK". It was a new and very effective way of getting the attention of passersby.

      December included a banner drop in New Westminster and two busy pickets at skytrain stations in Vancouver. This led up to the 95th weekly action, a "Boxing Day Blitz Against Bill C-51" on December 26th. Time and time again, the public response to the petition calling for a full repeal of Bill C-51 confirms the importance of continuing the campaign. Especially when the Liberal government shows no real signs of following through on its election promises of respecting human and democratic rights.

      Leading into 2017, the Working Group to Stop Bill C-51 is working up to 100th Weekly Action and will continue to organize until Bill C-51 joins many other unjust laws which have been defeated by the consistent and committed organizing of poor and working people defending their rights.


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