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article imageProtesters continue to oppose Bill C-51 Special

By Paula Kirman     Apr 19, 2015 in Politics
Edmonton - A second National Day of Action on April 18 saw protesters come out in droves in Edmonton again to protest the federal Bill C-51.
April 18 was a second National Day of Action to Stop Bill C-51. Hundreds of protesters in Edmonton gathered in Churchill Square for speakers, music, and marching.
Several of the speakers were First Nations, including an Inuit throat singer who gave a performance. A concern that was raised several times would be how Bill C-51 would potentially limit the abilities of First Nations to advocate for their land rights. Other speakers talked about the potential for Canada to turn into a police state, with CSIS having extra powers to investigate work records and finances, while the police could make arrests and detentions on suspicions without evidence.
Juno award-winning singer/songwriter Bill Bourne performed a cover of Bob Marley's "One Love," while local Chapman stick musician Dale Ladouceur performed an original song she wrote especially for the rally.
Following the speeches and performances, the protesters took to the street to march.
Similar protests took place in other cities throughout the country. Bill C-51 was developed by Stephen Harper's Conservative party, but is also supported by Justin Trudeau, leader of the federal Liberals. The NDP and the Green Party oppose the legislation.
BIll C-51 protest in Edmonton on April 18  2015.
BIll C-51 protest in Edmonton on April 18, 2015.
BIll C-51 protest in Edmonton on April 18  2015. Singer/songwriter Dale Ladouceur.
BIll C-51 protest in Edmonton on April 18, 2015. Singer/songwriter Dale Ladouceur.
BIll C-51 protest in Edmonton on April 18  2015. Bill Bourne.
BIll C-51 protest in Edmonton on April 18, 2015. Bill Bourne.
BIll C-51 protest in Edmonton on April 18  2015. Dale Ladouceur and Inuit throat singer Jenna Joyce ...
BIll C-51 protest in Edmonton on April 18, 2015. Dale Ladouceur and Inuit throat singer Jenna Joyce Broomfield perform.
BIll C-51 protest in Edmonton on April 18  2015.
BIll C-51 protest in Edmonton on April 18, 2015.
BIll C-51 protest in Edmonton on April 18  2015.
BIll C-51 protest in Edmonton on April 18, 2015.
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