Canadian Government Reminded To Stop Their “Fuelish” Ways
Talented Canadian artist and environmentalist (and friend of 350orbust) Franke James has recently come out with a video about her experience of being blacklisted by the Harper government. In it, Franke examines how she got in a “pickle” for asking Stephen Harper to make polluters pay and pointing out the error of his government’s “fuelish” ways.
Franke’s case, illustrative as it is of Canadian government censorship, has been taken up by PEN Canada and the Writers’ Union of Canada:
“The government of Canada has no right to determine what is an acceptable opinion for an individual citizen, on climate change or any matter of public interest,” said Charlie Foran, President of PEN Canada, “To do so is clearly not in the spirit of the Charter and the long history of freedom of expression in Canada.”
Greg Hollingshead, Chair of The Writers’ Union of Canada, “The right to freedom of expression includes freedom from official disapproval, including the sort of bureaucratic interference encountered by Franke James.
Enjoy this video, which demonstrates Franke’s sense of humour as well as her artistic talent. Then, if you haven’t already, go to the Care2petition website and sign the “End Canada’s Attempts to Silence Artist” petition. You can also write your own letter to Prime Minister Harper (c/o House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6 – no stamp required if it’s mailed in Canada) reminding him of the importance of allowing many voices to be heard in a democracy, not just the government’s.