COMMUNITY REPORT

From February 27 to March 9…

…volunteer leaders hosted 80 events from coast to coast to coast and began creating a shared vision for change, and building a foundation for action in the 2015 election and beyond.

We’re excited to share what we heard.

People are concerned that Canada’s government and democracy don’t represent them well. Many want to work to change our democracy so that it becomes more representative and participatory. Again and again, we heard from people who are excited about “connecting” with others in their communities, and about a national plan for action that focuses on working across party lines.

Our Plan for 2015

We shared our plan for 2015

In general, people think the plan is smart, well thought-out, realistic and exciting – there’s lots of energy around “doing something effective,” taking local action that is tied to a national strategy, and holding MPs accountable after the election.

People think the 2015 election is important and want to push for key reforms after the election. We heard concerns about some parts of the plan, including questions about cooperation and endorsements. We’re taking all of the detailed feedback we received and working to create an updated plan and answers to key questions.

Our Community’s Priorities

We heard inspiring ideas from Connect events across the country. In the coming months there will be another major opportunity to give feedback on the priority areas before we create the shared vision and community platform for the 2015 election. For now, we want to share the major trends from the Connect conversations and ask you if they reflect your conversation.

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OPEN DEMOCRACY

You told us you want to…
  1. Reform our broken electoral system …by moving beyond the first-past-the-post system to make sure all votes count, while reducing partisanship, limiting party discipline, and promoting cooperation.
  2. Open up government to citizen participation …through participatory budgeting, referendums, online consultations and town hall meetings, so that people can be involved in the decisions that impact them.
  3. Limit the power of big money in politics …with measures to limit corporate lobbying, reduce corporate influence, and reform campaign finance regulations.
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FAIR ECONOMY

You told us you want to…
  1. Create a fair tax system … by introducing progressive tax reforms and fairer corporate taxes, and bringing in new measures that help the middle class.
  2. Ensure a minimum income and living wage … and other comprehensive measures to reduce inequality, so that no one is trapped by poverty and rising debt, and everyone has the opportunity to live a safe, healthy life.
  3. Invest in people and communities … by supporting employment and local economies, providing robust and accessible public services, and only entering into transparent, fair trade agreements that protect the environment, human rights, and workers’ rights.
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CLIMATE JUSTICE

You told us you want to…
  1. Build a clean energy economy … by ending subsidies to dirty energy projects, and investing in renewable energy, efficiency, public transit, and sustainable agriculture.
  2. Take bold action to stop the climate crisis … by restoring international commitments and environmental regulation, respecting Indigenous rights and treaties, and using science-based policy to reduce climate pollution and price carbon.
  3. Protect water from dirty energy … by taking measures to phase out and stop the expansion of fracking, pipelines, tar sands, and tankers, and imposing strict measures to hold polluters accountable.

+ A new focus on Indigenous and migrant rights.

Did we hear you?

Tell us what you think of these priorities, and if we missed anything major from your conversation:

complete our survey

What’s next?

Connect in your community

We heard from many of you that you want Connect in your schools, churches, communities, etc. The goal of Connect is to have increasing numbers of people talk about the challenges we’re facing and what we can do about them together so while we are no longer coordinating events through this website, we would be thrilled to have you host an event on your own! It’s easy:

  1. Check out the Resources
  2. Invite your friends!
  3. Send us your Results

Note: Hosting an event on your own should be similar to hosting during Leadnow’s coordinated events – all the resources and guides are the same. The major difference is that you would be responsible for inviting people you know, rather than Leadnow inviting community members. Email us at organize@leadnow.ca for support.

Immediate Next Steps

Connect was just the beginning of our campaign to make change during and beyond the 2015 election. If you’re looking for more ways to be involved, there are some great ways to take action in the coming months and their directly related to connect.

  1. We’re standing up for democracy by delivering Stop Voter Suppression Petitions to Conservative MPs offices and support locations across the country. You can learn more and find a location near you here: leadnow.ca/let-people-vote
  2. We’re Organizing to Defend our Climate, and with a country-wide coalition, we are planning a national day of action on May 10th. We know that the energy industry isn’t only harming our climate – it’s also polluting our democracy and eroding our economy. Even if climate isn’t the priority area you care most about, we encourage you to get involved in the May 10th day of action – we know that each Leadnow priority area is connected to the others. We’ll be sending out more information soon!
  3. Leadnow’s plan to elect a better government in the 2015 federal election will only succeed if people work together across party lines. If we want political parties to take our campaign seriously, we need to show that our community would will work across party lines for progress on priority areas. Please fill out this survey to help us get a sense of where our community is at with regards to working across party lines: take our poll

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