Stop Kenney’s Unconstitutional Plan to Criminalize Protests

Kenney’s United Conservative government is using the recent First Nations blockades as a smokescreen to pass a dangerous anti-protest law. Bill 1 will see protests on “essential infrastructure” criminalized, with jail time of up to 6 months and fines of up to $200,000.

The bill is not restricted to stopping railway blockades – which are already illegal. Protesters on roads, highways, trails, bridges, and even sidewalks – whether publicly or privately owned – could be arrested without a warrant for voicing their dissent. [1] [2]

This bill criminalizes protest and shuts down free speech. It’s something we expect in an authoritarian country, not in Canada. Experts say it is “almost certainly unconstitutional” and an attack on Canadians’ charter rights. [3]

Sign the petition and urge the Alberta government to stop this authoritarian anti-protest law from going forward.

Whatever your politics may be, this legislation will impact you It gives government the authority to shut down opposing views and stifle your freedom of expression. Protests like Climate Strikes and the United We Roll convoy alike could be deemed illegal.

There is even a vague provision that could see the definition of “essential infrastructure” expanded by the government in power. [4] This overreaching power for the government to selectively define and enforce what and where you can protest is a dangerous encroachment on our rights.

Join our campaign and tell the Alberta government to halt this flagrant assault on the Charter rights of all Canadians.

 

Sources:

[1] Legislative Assembly of Alberta, 30th Legislature, 2nd Session, Bill 1

[2] Alberta Queen’s Printer, Traffic Safety Act, page 10

[3] Alberta Politics, Unconstitutional Anyone? If Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell Is Doing Her Job, She’ll Refuse To Sign Bill 1 Into Law

[4] Legislative Assembly of Alberta, 30th Legislature, 2nd Session, Bill 1 (1.A.XVI)

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Whatever your politics may be, this legislation will impact you It gives government the authority to shut down opposing views and stifle your freedom of expression. Protests like Climate Strikes and the United We Roll convoy alike could be deemed illegal.

There is even a vague provision that could see the definition of “essential infrastructure” expanded by the government in power. [4] This overreaching power for the government to selectively define and enforce what and where you can protest is a dangerous encroachment on our rights.

Join our campaign and tell the Alberta government to halt this flagrant assault on the Charter rights of all Canadians.

 

Sources:

[1] Legislative Assembly of Alberta, 30th Legislature, 2nd Session, Bill 1

[2] Alberta Queen’s Printer, Traffic Safety Act, page 10

[3] Alberta Politics, Unconstitutional Anyone? If Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell Is Doing Her Job, She’ll Refuse To Sign Bill 1 Into Law

[4] Legislative Assembly of Alberta, 30th Legislature, 2nd Session, Bill 1 (1.A.XVI)