Pros & Cons: Policies for People and the Planet

  • June 29, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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A teach-in presented by Common Causes

IMPORTANT: This is a free event, but due to limited seating, registration is required at

• Maude Barlow (National Chairperson, the Council of Canadians)
• Chief Theresa Spence (Chief, Attawapiskat First Nation)
• Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois (Quebec student leader, former spokesperson for CLASSE)
• Crystal Lameman (Beaver Lake Cree Nation)
• Andrew Nikiforuk (Author and journalist)
• Steven Shrybman (Lawyer, Robocalls election fraud case)
• Ricardo Acuña (Executive Director, Parkland Institute)
• Dave Coles (President, Communications, Energy & Paperworkers Union)
… and more!

From June 27-29, the Conservative Party of Canada will descend on downtown Calgary for the party’s first national policy convention since 2011. In the wake of the court decision that found widespread voter suppression during the 2011 federal election, the deepening Senate scandal, the impacts of the omnibus budget bills, along with ongoing environmental devastation from policies based on extraction and export, this convention will set the Conservative agenda heading into the next election.

At the convention, Conservatives will debate policy resolutions that would:
• “move to a less progressive tax system"
• “support the sale of public assets”
• restructure the CBC with the aim of the “elimination of all public funding of the corporation”
• “integrate our foreign policy with policies on trade and national defence”
• support “right to work legislation” while severely limiting how unions can spend members’ dues
• gut public sector benefits and pension plans
• unilaterally change how land on First Nations’ reserves is governed
• push for even more so-called public-private partnerships

Join us for a free teach-in to learn about the potential impacts of these policies. Hear from a range of provincial and national speakers about a different vision, one that focuses on progressive policies for people and the planet.

The teach-in will be followed by a rally starting at 12:30 p.m. at Calgary’s nearby City Hall, and we encourage everyone to join us in the streets!

This free event is brought to you by Common Causes, an assembly of social movements dedicated to defending democracy, the environment, and human rights. For more information, visit

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