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  1. QP Reform

    CAPP member Katie Skinner is quoted in regard to the CAPP Question Period Reform campaign. Read the full article here.

    Katie Skinner of Canadians Advocating Political Participation is also unyielding. Her organization campaigns for more decorum in Parliament and has supported a bill by Conservative MP Michael Chong that would force MPs to behave better in the Commons.

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  2. The deadlines for joining BCs two main political parties, the Liberals and the NDP, are fast approaching.

    Ashley Fehr, with the group Canadians Advocating Political Participation, says they are trying to get voters out of their apathy and into the political process, "British Columbians, for the first time, can have a say in the Provinces political leadership in both the...

  3. The final months of 2010 saw the political landscape of B.C. tossed about like a rowboat up against a tempest. The resignations of the leaders of the two major parties—first Gordon Campbell in November, then Carole James in December—was an unprecedented event in B.C. history, making provincial politics suddenly dangerous and sexy. But now it seems the only thing left to do is wait to see who...

  4. Canadians Advocating for Political Participation (CAPP) launched a new video campaign this month aimed at politicians and voters alike. It calls for MPs to conduct themselves with more civility during Parliamentary question period. This 45-minute daily window when the media get to “seek information from the Government and call it to account for its actions” (Canadian House of Commons...

  5. Thursday, December 2nd 2010 - Ever since the 1970s, Canadians have been able to view the proceedings of the House of Commons in Ottawa live on television.

    For some, the daily question period has been a daily source of...

  6. London Free Press: Rhetoric a turnoff for young people

    Friday, December 3rd 2010 - If federal politicians don't turn down the rhetoric, young Canadians will stay turned off of federal politics, says a UWO student who has organized a petition for greater civility in the House of Commons.

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  7. Ajax News Advertiser: Ajax resident wants question period to be reformed.

    Saturday, December 4th 2010 - The daily scraps during question period may be alienating voters and one group wants to see more civility brought back.

    Katie Skinner, who grew up in Ajax and lived there until recently, is spearheading the campaign for question period reform through an...

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  8. Eye on the Hill: Do Canadians deserve better?

    Wednesday, December 1st 2010 - Grassroots group Canadians Advocating Political Participation has launch a campaign in support of Tory MP Michael Chong ...

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  9. Thursday, December 2nd 2010 - Forget global warming, the robot apocalypse and the fact that Ron Weasley looks 35 years old in the new Harry Potter movie: we’ve got bigger problems. People have noticed the lack of civility in the House of Commons and are actually trying to do something about it .

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  10. Nov 9th 2010 - A non-partisan group of young Canadians want to see more from parliamentary democracy not less. Canadians Advocating Political Participation is the successor to the online protest movement Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament. CAPP launched a campaign this past week calling for the reform of question period. The activists want to see more respect for the...

  11. Epoch Times: Advocacy Group Rallies Support for Question Period Reform

    Nov 2nd 2010 - “Local CAPP chapters across the country will be heading out and doing face-to-face interaction with Canadians, getting folks to sign the petition so that we can show there really is strong pan-Canadian support for Question Period reform,” says Katie Skinner.

    Skinner believes Canadians are firmly behind improving Question Period, citing a poll earlier this year in which 66 percent supported reforms.

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  12. October 28th 2010 - A group of Canadians who say they are embarrassed and insulted by the antics in the House of Commons have launched a campaign in support of a motion by Conservative MP Michael Chong that aims to make the daily Question Period more functional and less hostile. Mr. Chong is...

  13. Oct 7, 2010 - A recent opinion poll indicates a majority of Canadians are fed up with the uncivilized antics occurring with alarming regularity during Question Period on Parliament Hill. But what goes on in Question Period is the norm, not the exception, of our political debate, and boorish behaviour is not limited to our elected officials....

  14. Sept 27, 2010 "In the last federal election, only 62 per cent of eligible voters actually voted. That's kind of sad. We're trying to talk to people who may not usually vote and have them realize that every vote matters," she said, as she passed out flyers to members of the fast-moving crowd. "To get a responsible government, it all has to stem from responsible voters and widespread participation."

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  15. Sept. 27th, 2010 - Lewis draws a parallel between the prorogation issue and the lack of political involvement being noticed nationwide, opining, "I think prorogation was a real wake-up call. There is something wrong with the state of democracy in our country when the prime minister thinks there is no political risk in shutting down Parliament to evade democratic accountability. That for me was when the message sunk home. There are consequences of a disengaged citizenry."

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  16. Sept. 20th, 2010 - According to pollsters, a great many Canadians believe this country's federal political discourse also could use a collective angioplasty — opening up blocked communications channels, draining the bile and pumping in a little more oxygen. Hand-wringing over the lack of decorum in the daily question period is again in the news. "Canadians are not happy with the behaviour in question period and in the last election, more than four out ten Canadians refused to vote,"...

  17. Macleans: Protests continue over G20 drama

    July 16th, 2010 - Large protests over civil rights violations at the G20 continue to happen in Toronto. Last week, people “took back” the intersection of Queen and Spadina where riot police famously held people for hours in the rain. On July 17 th , Canadians Advocating Political Participation (CAPP) have rallies planned in three cities – Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver.

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  18. 680News: Hundreds come out for Canada Day rally to demand public G20 inquiry

    July 1st, 2010 - Canadians Advocating Public Participation (CAPP) is calling for an independent public inquiry in response to last weekend's security preparations and policing during the summits in Huntsville and Toronto.

    "We're also looking to have Chief Bill Blair resign," Jonathan Allen of CAPP told 680News, "and it's actually quite sad, because honestly, with all due respect to the police, we love them. Police are generally great people. It's the fact that under his direction,...

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  19. May 20th, 2010 - Canadians Advocating Political Participation (CAPP) Vancouver hosts a dialogue on the state of democracy in Canada with Maclean's magazine national editor, Andrew Coyne.

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  20. April 13th, 2010 - I remember those heady days of January. The prorogation. The protests. Canadians were furious over the actions of Harper and the situation in Ottawa, and decided to take action.

    Over 2,000 people took to the streets in Vancouver alone. But the passage of time took the teeth out of the issue, especially as it drew nearer to the resumption of Parliament. Once the MPs were back in their seats and the prorogation was over, why care? It would be like getting upset...

  21. March 3rd, 2010 - CAPP has re-invented itself as Canadians Advocating for Political Participation . In i nterviews on CBC , CAPP spokespeople said they were continuing to organize now that Parliament was back to ensure that people across the country, whatever their politics, continue to demand accountability from...

  22. March 2nd, 2010 - Canadians Advocating Political Participation (CAPP) is a nationwide grassroots organization dedicated to fostering increased participation of Canadians in our democratic processes.

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  23. March 2nd, 2010 - Do you remember that Facebook group Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament – the one that, at last count, had 225,392 members? With federal politicians returning to Ottawa on Wednesday, it has rather lost its raison d’etre. But the organizers say they will continue to fight democratic apathy under the banner of Canadians Advocating Political Participation. And they will hold a news conference Tuesday to discuss launch a new website ...

  24. Marking the transition between Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament & Canadians Advocating Political Participation.

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  25. Jan. 25th 2010 - While elected officials were set to go back to work this week, Harper's prorogue suspends Parliament until early March, killing 37 bills and ending committee work on many issues, including torture of prisoners in Afghanistan. Over 50 rallies took place across Canada, with estimated crowds of over 7,000 in Toronto, 4,000 in Ottawa and 2,000 in Vancouver. Canadian expatriates also gathered at embassies and consulates in the United States and Europe.

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  26. Wikipedia: 2010 Canada anti-prorogation protests

    On 23 January 2010 - There were numerous protests opposing the the prorogation of the 40th Canadian Parliament. The prorogation had occurred a month earlier on 30 December 2009 on the constitutional advice of Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper and was officially carried out by Governor General Michaëlle Jean.

    Protests were held in over 60 cities and towns in Canada, and internationally in New York City, San Francisco, Dallas, London, Oman, ...

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  27. Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament (CAPP) National Day of Action:

    Barrie, ON Rally

    Belleville, ON Rally

    Calgary, AB Rally

    Charlottetown, PE Rally

    Halifax,...

  28. National Post: Thousands turn out at rallies to protest proroguing of parliament

    Jan 22nd, 2010 - Frustration with the Harper government’s decision to prorogue Parliament spilled from the Internet onto the streets Saturday, as thousands of demonstrators gathered at rallies across Canada.

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  29. CBC: Flanagan lays into PM's prorogation defence

    Jan 12th, 2010 - In a panel interview on Power & Politics with Evan Solomon, Tom Flanagan, former chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, doesn't mince words on the prime minister's suggestion on Monday that the instability of the current minority Parliament hurts the markets..."Well, I don't know that there's much strategy behind it. I think his problem is that the government's talking points really don't have much credibility. Everybody knows that Parliament was prorogued in...

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  30. Dec. 30th 2009 - Prime Minister Stephen Harper has shut down Parliament for two months, killing a pesky inquiry into Afghan detainees, stalling government bills and allowing the Conservatives to take control of the Senate.

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