New Canadian Parliament is elected with strong majority of MPs who committed to support passing a Canadian with Disabilities Act - We look forward to working with the new Canadian government and all parties on developing and passing a strong and effective new National Disabilities Law promised to over four million Canadians.
We Have Made History!
Barrier-Free Canada looks forward to working with the new Federal Government, to be headed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and with all federal parties, on developing and passing the promised Canadians with Disabilities Act.
We can be very proud of the non-partisan campaign we spearheaded over the past weeks and months to try to secure all-party commitments to support enactment of the Canadians with Disabilities Act. Against the odds, during this election campaign, we won commitments in support of a Canadians with Disabilities Act from the Liberals, the New Democratic Party and the Green party. Between all of them, some 229 MPs of the 340 Members of Parliament who will go to Ottawa, have committed to support passage of the Canadians with Disabilities Act.
We thank all the many wonderful people around this huge country who helped us wage this blitz. Attention now turns to the next important steps that we will need to take to turn this election commitment into action. Our aim is to get a strong and effective Canadians with Disabilities Act enacted by Canada's 150th birthday in 2017.
To help with this process, Barrier-Free Canada's Steering Committee has asked David Lepofsky to co-chair Barrier Free Canada along with its founding co-chair Donna Jodhan.
David Lepofsky is the chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, and led the ten-year campaign from 1994 to 2005 that resulted in the enactment of that provincial legislation. Donna Jodhan fought a successful case against the Federal Government under the disability equality provision of the Charter of Rights to force the Federal Government to make all its websites accessible to people with disabilities.
We will have lots more to say about our next steps in the coming days and weeks.