Women Leaders Demand NDP Vote to Keep Gun Registry

June 10, 2010, 8:18 AM EST

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More than 630 women leaders from across the country have issued a joint appeal to NDP leader Jack Layton demanding that his party vote against Bill C-391, which would abolish the national long gun registry.

The following is an excerpt from the June 4 letter:

The Harper Conservatives have launched an attack on the progressive foundations of our country. There are no hidden agendas. From day one, this government has attacked the very foundations of equality and well-being. They are not nation builders but thrive on the politics of division and fear.

We should not abet them in their agenda.

It began with the slashing of $4 billion in funding for child care and early learning. Then came the elimination of the Court Challenges Program, the attack on pay equity, and the cutbacks and narrowed mandate for Status of Women Canada. Canada's reputation as a consensus-builder and progressive force on the world stage has also been greatly diminished under the Harper regime and they continue to undermine efforts to reduce the impact of climate change on our planet.

Every step, every victory, has emboldened the Conservative right. Now they have their sights set on the gun registry and a woman's right to choose.

The Bill could go for third and final reading in the House of Commons as early as June 16, where MPs will be called on to vote for or against the Bill. The CAW is urging members to get in touch with NDP leader Jack Layton and NDP MPs who voted in favour of Bill C-391. To find out how, please visit: http://www.caw.ca/en/8182.htm

To read the full letter, please visit: http://www.caw.ca/en/9005.htm


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