Heroes and Zeros - here’s how your Senators voted on Bill C-51
Yesterday we witnessed how the Senate passed Bill C-51. Once again, the government used its majority to ram the unpopular legislation through the Senate by 44 votes to 28, a much closer margin than many expected. The legislation - opposed by a whopping 56% of Canadians with just 33% in favour - will now become Canadian law. But many are wondering who were the Senators who sided with Canadians, and who were those who sided against them.
Canadians from all political stripes have come together against reckless, dangerous, and ineffective Bill C-51, and top privacy and security experts have spoken out about the serious threat this Bill poses to our democratic rights. Bill C-51 underlines just how worrying Canada’s privacy deficit has become, in addition to undermining our constitutional rights in many other ways.
But the government decided to disregard the many voices against it. All Conservative Senators and two Liberal Senators voted in favour of Bill C-51 with 48 votes. The brave 28 were mostly Liberal appointed Senators, who unlike Liberal MPs, said a loud no to the unpopular legislation, as well as Independent Progressive Conservative Senator Elaine McCoy and Independent Senator Anne C. Cools.
Here is how your Senators voted :
SENATORS WHO VOTED FOR BILL C-51
SENATORS WHO VOTED AGAINST BILL C-51
All in all, this was a much closer margin than expected and it shows the impact our campaign is having. When every Liberal MP voted in favour of C-51, few would have expected Liberal senators to vote so overwhelmingly against. It's clear that at least some decision-makers in Ottawa are listening.
That's important - because the fight over Bill C-51 is far from over. Ottawa leaders now need to listen to Canadians & commit to full repeal of C-51. We’ll continue fighting, Canada! Together we can #KillC51. Speak out at KillC51.ca and tell all party leaders that we won't stop fighting until this reckless Bill is dead and buried.