Election 2008 and Canadians with Disabilities
COUNCIL OF CANADIANS WITH DISABILITIES
September 10, 2008
Canadians once again are being asked to go to the polls. For Canadians with disabilities that is a challenge in and of itself. Accessibility of the electoral process for Canadians with disabilities remains a concern. CCD calls on all Parties and all Candidates to make Election 2008 the most accessible election ever. This means:
Building an Inclusive and Accessible Canada starts with ensuring that all, regardless of disability, are able to exercise their democratic right – the right to vote.
Election 2008 presents an opportunity for Canadians with disabilities to raise their issues. Presently, at the federal level, social policy appears to be homeless. CCD wants all Parties to present their social policy platform and vision for Canada. This vision must ensure Canadians with disabilities have equal access to the goods and services of our great country.
CCD, as Canada’s largest self help association of persons with disabilities, has identified its priorities. CCD calls on all Parties to commit to:
For more information on these issues see the National Action Plan on Disability at www.endexclusion.ca This Action Plan is endorsed by over a hundred organizations from across Canada.
Canadians with disabilities and CCD will be watching to see if Parties are committed to Building An Inclusive and Accessible Canada.
For more information contact:
Marie White, CCD Chairperson - 709-739-8233
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