Is 2015 a Year of Change in Canada?
At cStreet Campaigns we work with progressive campaigns around the world. We’ve helped bring a major Australian union to NationBuilder, revamped the UK-based digital campaign to ban unpaid internships, and worked with a wide spectrum of US progressives.
That international work will never stop, it’s essential to our organization; but I wanted to take a moment and put something in writing about the importance of 2015 for Canadian progressives.
This year we’ll have a federal election that will act as a referendum on 9 years of Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party rule. Either Canada will embrace more of the same or opt for something new. The stakes are clear; this is an administration that’s ignored climate change, deepened income inequality, feuded with First Nations and spied on Canadians coast to coast to coast.
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Faced with this regressive agenda, Canadians across the country are salivating at the idea of 2015. The year 2015 has come to represent something greater than a single election year.
- 2015 is when we put childcare & climate change back on the national agenda.
- 2015 is when we repair Canada’s reputation abroad.
- 2015 is when we bring fairness back to elections and democracy through proportional representation.
In the years since Amy Leaman and I founded cStreet Campaigns, we’ve taken on an ongoing stream of what we’ve called ‘themed’ projects. 2012 was all about labour and working families; In 2013 we focused on First Nations - the year of Idle No More & Respect Chief Spence and helping to crystallize a movement-moment. In 2014, municipal elections helped us put progressive solutions front and centre in the lives of working families.
In 2015, there is no doubt; Harper & the Conservatives have to go. That’s why we’re so excited to work with a diverse group of campaigns to realize the potential of 2015. In the coming weeks we'll be announcing a series of exciting projects lined up that squarely target the Harper Conservatives and aim at galvanizing the progressive majority.