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Federal Liberal party Promises to Introduce Canadians with Disabilities Act

Time for Federal Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois to Make the Same Promise

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

October 5, 2015

SUMMARY

Below we set out a major announcement from Barrier-Free Canada.

Barrier-Free Canada/Canada Sans Barrière
http://www.barrierfreecanada.org
info@barrierfreecanada.org

A Non-Partisan Campaign for a Barrier-Free Canada for All Persons with Disabilities

Liberal Party Promises to Introduce Canadians with Disabilities Act – Our Efforts Now Focus on the Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois, the Only Federal parties that Havent Promised in This Election to Introduce This Legislation

On October 5, 2015, the Liberal Party of Canada posted on its website that it would introduce a Canadians with Disabilities Act. Its website states:

To eliminate systemic barriers and deliver equality of opportunity to all Canadians living with disabilities, we will consult with provinces, territories, and other stakeholders to introduce a National Disabilities Act.

Barrier-Free Canada congratulates the federal Liberal Party for making this important pledge. To see the Liberal Party of Canadas announcement on the Canadians with Disabilities Act, visit http://www.liberal.ca/realchange/a-new-health-accord/

Earlier in this election campaign, the Green Party promised to support passage of the Canadians with Disabilities Act. Last week, on September 29, 2015, the New Democratic Party of Canada also promised to support passage of the Canadians with Disabilities Act. To see the NDP announcement supporting the Canadians with Disabilities Act, visit http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/09292015.asp

The national campaign for the Canadians with Disabilities Act that Barrier-Free Canada is spearheading is yielding results. We thank everyone who has helped with this grassroots blitz.

The only two major federal parties that have not pledged in this election to support passage of the Canadians with Disabilities Act are the Conservative Party of Canada and the Bloc Quebecois. In the 2006 election, the Conservative Party of Canada promised to enact a national Disabilities Act. Since then, it has not passed one, or introduced one into Parliament for debate.

In the last two weeks before Voting Day, efforts will now concentrate on getting commitments from those two parties. Barrier-Free Canada calls on the federal Conservative Party and the Bloc Quebecois to meet or exceed the promises from the Greens, NDP and Liberals. It calls on all parties to endorse the 14 principles for a strong and effective Canadians with Disabilities Act that Barrier-Free Canada has put forward.

Barrier-Free Canada does not support or oppose any party or candidate. The goal of the non-partisan Barrier-Free Canada is to get all federal parties to pledge in this election to support passage of a strong and effective Canadians with Disabilities Act that fulfils the 14 principles for it that Barrier-Free Canada has established. To learn more about Barrier-Free Canadas proposal for a Canadians with Disabilities Act, and its 14 principles for that law, visit http://www.barrierfreecanada.org

We encourage one and all to:

* Widely publicize this new commitment by the federal Liberal Party, and the earlier commitments by the Green Party and the NDP.

* Urge the federal Conservative and Bloc Quebecois party leaders and candidates to meet or exceed the Liberals, NDPs, and Greens commitment.

* Let your local media know about this new development.

* Re-tweet our many tweets on Twitter using the hashtag #CanadiansWithDisabilitiesAct No doubt our Twitter campaign so far has really helped secure the Party commitments we have secured so far. Indeed, in the days leading up to this Liberal Party pledge, several Liberal Party candidates individually tweeted us that they personally support the Canadians with Disabilities Act.

Our tweets will now focus on getting commitments from the parties and candidates that have not promised their support of this law in this election.

* Use a great new online tool for instantly generating and sending letters on the Canadians with Disabilities Act to the candidates in your riding. To find the new online tool for generating letters to your ridings candidates, visit http://www.barrierfreecanada.org/campaign/

* You can also watch the archived video of the September 29, 2015 Toronto All Candidates Forum on Disability Issues (which pre-dated the Liberal partys commitment to the Canadians with Disabilities Act) Watch the September 29, 2015 Toronto All Candidates Disability Issues Forum by visiting https://ryecast.ryerson.ca/72/Watch/9491.aspx

Please keep up your efforts as the election campaign continues. For other great ideas on how you can help with this non-partisan campaign, check out Barrier-Free Canadas Election Action Kit, which is available at http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/08262015.asp