Read: An open letter to editor Meagan Perry and blogger Michael Laxer

It's not over.

Welcome to The Real Vote! We're a brand new, grassroots coalition that is part of a national movement to promote civic literacy and engagement in Canada. We want to elect a majority of MPs in 2015 who are committed to repealing Bill C-51, and who will implement ambitious, meaningful democratic reforms while rolling back the overreaching post-9/11 security state.

This year's election is perhaps the most important in a generation. We have an important opportunity to set a historic precedent—not just for Canada, but for the entire world—to send a message to unaccountable governments and undemocratic institutions that it can't be business as usual anymore. The real vote in the coming election is for democracy, and against the police state.

We'll be launching officially soon, but in the meantime, sign up for updates using the form below:

If voting changed anything, it would repeal the police state.

C-51 has passed in the Senate. It will become law in the next few weeks after it receives royal assent. We're not giving up, and we're not giving in. We're going to fight this bill until it's repealed, and this repressive police state is dismantled once and for all.

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What's next?

Read: Constitutional lawyer Rocco Galati Plans to challenge Bill C-51 in Federal court

Our allies at have published this summary of the next stage in their campaign

Both the NDP and Green Party have committed to a full repeal of Bill C-51. You can read about their respective commitments here:

NDP - Mulcair vows to repeal Bill C-51 at NDP rally in Surrey
Green Party - Elizabeth May makes impassioned speech against Bill C-51

It will be part of our task to hold these parties accountable for their promises on C-51.

Orange and green: committed to a full repeal

LeadNow: Stop Supporting the Liberals

An open letter to LeadNow

To Jamie Biggar, LeadNow Campaigns Director:

We, the undersigned Canadians, insist that LeadNow stop presenting the Liberal Party of Canada or its candidates as a vote for change in 2015. The real progressive vote, and the real vote for change, is a vote against Bill C-51. The Liberal Party voted unanimously for the bill in our House of Commons and has no intention of repealing it.

For those of us who value democracy and don't want to live in a police state, excluding Liberals is strategic.

The campaign against C-51 has united an inspiring and vast coalition of individuals, civil society organizations, and movements to oppose this repressive legislation and the dangerous shift in our national politics it represents. We thank LeadNow for helping in this effort. However, the Liberals are on the opposite side of Canadian history and democratic politics, and LeadNow should not be lending them credibility by including them in its election campaign.

The Liberals have proposed weak amendments to C-51 that leave dangerous powers for our security agencies intact. We cannot settle for amendments. We need it to be fully repealed, which means we need to elect a majority of MPs who are committed to doing so. LeadNow cannot continue to speak in solidarity with the Stop C-51 movement or with progressive Canadians if they do not adequately confront and acknowledge that. You simply can't have it both ways.

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Read the statement about our petition from a founding member of LeadNow:

"I helped create the first board of directors for LeadNow. My support has been unwavering in every area but this."

Read: Bill C-51 and the Challenge to Civil Society

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