In protest over Stephen Harper's decision to prorogue parliament, over 30 rallies are currently being planned across Canada - including Halifax. The Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament Rally in Halifax, Nova Scotia will be held on January 23rd at 1:00pm at Province House (1726 Hollis Street).
The rally has received support from elected officials, such as Megan Leslie, MP for Halifax, and Geoff Regan, MP for Halifax West, as well as organizations, such as the Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council, which represents approximately 24,000 workers, and the Council of Canadians. The rally began as, and remains, a grassroots effort. The Facebook group for the national effort has reached over 100,000 members, and in just two days, the Facebook group promoting the Halifax rally has reached over 600 members.
But Canadians are not just settling for armchair activism. "I will be attending my local protest on January 23rd. I love this country too much not to," writes Lanny Ferreira. "It will be my first protest, and weather permitting, my 4 year old son's first as well!"
The effort is also multi-partisan. "Our core planning group for the rally in Halifax represents people from every part of the political spectrum and a diverse sample of professional backgrounds," says Brenden Sommerhalder, the rally's organizer. "Predictably, there are people who identify as Liberals or New Democrats on the team, but also people who identify as conservatives or Conservative voters, or who do not identify with any party at all. Our group ranges from university students to business leaders, young parents to retired adults. Harper's actions have generated an anger that blurs demographic lines."
The rally is peaceful and family-friendly. For more information about the rally, or to get involved, contact the organizers at NoProrogueHFX@gmail.com, or visit the rally's page on Facebook by searching "Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament (Halifax Chapter)".