Federal Elections Archives

Federal Elections

January 19, 2011

Accessible Election Campaigns

While a Federal Election has not been called, Canada nevertheless is moving toward an election in the next two years, and, prior to the Election, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) is endeavoring to ensure that both potential candidates and Canada's national political parties are aware of the importance of accessible election campaigns to Canadian voters with disabilities. Candidates and political parties have a responsibility to conduct accessible campaigns that are completely responsive to the needs of persons with disabilities. Read more.

January 14, 2011

Report on the Use of Assistive Voting Device for Persons with Disabilities

CCD was disappointed by the tone of "Report on the Use of Assistive Voting Device for Persons with Disabilities." The Report seems to miss the point that a human rights issue for a group of Canadian rightsholders, voters who are handicapped by print, is under discussion for the purpose of remedying a long standing barrier. Our reading of the report left the impression that the Committee took a business case approach to the question before it and it has been our experience that the business case approach does not equate well with guaranteeing that people with disabilities will have their rights upheld. Too frequently cost is used as the excuse for denying Canadians with disabilities equal access. Read more.

February 12, 2010

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Decision Safeguards Access on Voting Day

In James Peter Hughes and Canadian Human Rights Commission and Elections Canada and Council of Canadians with Disabilities, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered Elections Canada to "cease from situating polling stations in locations that do not provide barrier-free access". "CCD regards this decision as a victory, because the Tribunal's order compels Elections Canada to keep access considerations front and centre as it conducts elections," states Marie White, CCD Chairperson. Read more.

Election 2011

April 27, 2011

We Are Electors. We Are Women with Disabilities.

We are moms; we are caregivers; we experience spousal abuse; we are renters and home owners. We are also women with disabilities. Women with disabilities need to see themselves reflected in the election commitments of all Canada’s Federal Parties. DAWN-RAFH Canada and CCD are encouraging candidates running in the Federal Election to address the issues of women with disabilities. Read more.

April 26, 2011

What to Ask Federal Election Candidates about Women with Disability?

We are moms; we are caregivers; we experience spousal abuse; we are renters and home owners. We are also women with disabilities. Women with disabilities need to see themselves reflected in the election platforms of all Canada’s Federal Parties. Investment in women makes good economic sense because women are the major purchasers for their homes and families. The needs of women with disabilities do not change in response to economic trends. Because we usually live below the poverty line (or near it) 100% of our incomes are turned to local economies.

Acknowledgement: “What to Ask Federal Election Candidates about Women with Disability?” was developed collaboratively by DAWN/RAFH Canada and CCD.

DAWN-RAFH Canada is a national bilingual cross-disability organization for women with disabilities. Our mission is to end the poverty, isolation, discrimination and violence experienced by women with disabilities. 25 years in service to women with disabilities! 25 ans en services des femmes handicapees!
  Read more.

April 14, 2011

Conservative Government Has Future-oriented Approach to Disability Issues

“CCD reminds the Conservative Party that Canadians with disabilities need a government prepared to address both present and future needs. We need measures focusing on disability-related supports, labour market participation, implementation of the CRPD, poverty eradication and full inclusion and accessibility,” stated Tony Dolan, CCD Chairperson. Read more.

April 13, 2011

NDP Take Page from Disability Community's Action Plan

In 2007, the disability community launched its own National Action Plan, which over 100 groups endorsed and the Plan called for action on disability supports, poverty alleviation, labour market participation, and access and inclusion. This February, the disability community presented Canada’s Federal Parties with a plan for implementing the CRPD. The NDP have responded by including these issues in their action plan for Canada—the 2011 NDP Platform. Read more.

April 13, 2011

Green Party Includes People with Disabilities in Vision Green but NOT the Green Platform

Canadians with disabilities are not mentioned specifically in the Green Platform. For disability not to be mentioned in the Platform was disappointing to the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), a national human rights organization of people with disabilities working for an inclusive and accessible Canada. Another policy document, “Vision Green,” included people with disabilities. Read more.

April 5, 2011

The Liberal Platform--Your Family. Your Future. Your Canada.

During every Federal Election, CCD provides a disability rights overview of Party Platforms to ensure that members of the public are aware of the different approaches to disability issues that are being put forward by Canada’s Federal Parties. On 3 April 2011, the Liberal Party of Canada released to Canadians its Election 2011 Platform, “Your Family. Your Future. Your Canada.”, using live video streaming over the internet. In this edition of the 2011 CCD Election Challenge, CCD will comment on (1) the specific disability promises made by the Liberals, (2) the general commitments made by the Party and (3) how they presented their Platform to the Canadian public. Read more.

April 4, 2011

Liberal Platform Puts Disability Issues on the Agenda, CCD Challenges Others To Do The Same

Canadians with disabilities see themselves reflected within the Liberal Party Platform. CCD reminds all Federal Parties, that Canadians with disabilities are students, moms and dads, caregivers, workers, immigrants, environmentalists etc... To deliver equality of result all Federal policies, programs and services must respond to the needs of people with disabilities. CCD eagerly awaits the platforms from the Conservatives, the NDP, the Bloc Quebecois and the Green Party. CCD will apply a disability lens to the Platforms of all the major Federal Parties. Read more.

March 28, 2011

What to Ask Federal Election Candidates about the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD)

Will Your Party:

Commit to delivering on the intent of CRPD by:

1. Designing a National Action Plan to provide the vision and framework for successful implementation of the CRPD? An action plan would identify necessary mechanisms for collaboration, benchmarks for monitoring and reporting, and strategies for priority areas for action the disability community has identified, including:

  • Access to disability supports,
  • Poverty alleviation,
  • Labour force participation,
  • Accessibility and inclusion.
     

2. Naming the Canadian Human Rights Commission to monitor implementation of the CRPD?

3. Designing a robust participation strategy to ensure Canada meets its CRPD obligations to consult with and actively involve persons with disabilities through their representative organizations in implementing the CRPD?

  Read more.

March 28, 2011

What To Ask Federal Election Candidates about Access and Inclusion

Will Your Party support:

  • Accessibility regulations, instead of voluntary codes, for modes of transport in Federal jurisdiction?
  • An accessible technology procurement policy?
  • The renewal and expansion of the Social Development Partnerships Disability Program?
  • The re-establishment of the Court Challenges Program for equality rights test case litigation?
  • Amendment of the National Building Code to include Universal Design?
  • Accessible voting, including independent voting and verification for persons handicapped by print?
  • Amendment of the Official Languages Act to give ASL/LSQ official language status?
  • Establishment of a Parliamentary Committee on Disability Issues?
Read more.

Election 2008

September 29, 2008

Building An Inclusive and Accessible Canadian Transportation System

Accessibility standards are a thing of the past for Canada's federal transport system. Voluntary codes of practice are the current Canadian way. The result: travel denied. Once a world leader in accessibility, Canadian access levels fall below other developed countries. CCD seeks the adoption of the US regulatory accessibility model and utilization of US Access Board guidelines and expertise. The disability community's National Action Plan on Disability includes a focus on transportation access. "We are hoping that all the Federal Parties will commit to working with the disability community to regulate the federal transportation system for access," states Marie White, CCD Chairperson. Read more.

September 22, 2008

Access to Justice: A Disability Issue

CCD has been calling on all Federal Political Parties to commit to the reinstatement of the Court Challenges Program. To date, the Liberal, NDP, Bloc and Green Parties have agreed to reinstate it if elected. The Conservative Party has not indicated a willingness to alter its course on this issue. Read more.

September 19, 2008

Harper Announcement on Disability Falls Short of National Action Plan

The Conservatives have missed the point that Canadians with disabilities have been making for the last thirty-five years. We don't want to be looked after; we want to be contributing members of society. The Canadian community of persons with disabilities has presented the Conservative Party, indeed all the Parties, with the National Action Plan on Disability that outlines new initiatives geared to assist people with disabilities become contributing, participating members of Canadian society, enjoying their full citizenship. Read more.

September 18, 2008

Waiting to Be Tax Payers

Having a job, gives many Canadians with disabilities the financial means to develop the lifestyle they want, feelings of personal satisfaction and contribution, a personal network of friends and colleagues, as well as many other benefits unique to the individual. The disability community has created a National Action Plan on Disability, which provides a short and long term strategy, that among other initiatives will get people with disabilities working and paying taxes. Read more.

September 15, 2008

Disability in Canada Means Living In Poverty

Did you know that a disproportionate number of Canadians with disabilities live in poverty? Each of the Parties has a different strategy for addressing poverty. Read more.

September 12, 2008

Letter to Green Party of Canada

September 12, 2008

Letter to Bloc Québécois

September 10, 2008

Election 2008 and Canadians with Disabilities

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. CCD is calling on all Parties to commit to: alleviating the poverty of persons with disabilities, establishing specific participation targets for persons with disabilities within Labour Market Agreements reached with the provinces, and making Canada more accessible. Read more.