Welcome to the CoffeeParty.ca movement. Not a political party, not an organization -- an organically growing, non-partisan movement brewed up by Democracy Watch.
If Canadians spent as much time writing politicians about their concerns as they spend buying, making and drinking coffee, we would have the good, democratic governments and responsible big businesses we want. Politicians get very worried if only a few hundred voters write to them.
Unlike the Tea Party movement in the U.S., the CoffeeParty.ca movement is pushing only for well-researched and broadly supported changes that will make Canadian governments and big businesses operate more honestly, ethically, openly, representatively, efficiently and effectively.
A federal election created a new federal government in May 2011, and elections were also held in fall 2011 in Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and the Yukon (and will likely be held within the next year in Alberta and B.C. and Quebec and Nova Scotia). As a result, the window of opportunity is wide open for many Canadians to push politicians and governments to make themselves, and big businesses, more accountable and responsible.
So please gather a few friends together, make or buy some coffee, and no matter what problem concerns you help make Canadian governments and corporations solve your problem by writing letters, printing and hanging up the "I'm Voting for Good Government" sign, donating and telling everyone you know about CoffeeParty.ca.
Thank you for your help!
Download, print, and hang or stick up the "I'm Voting For Good Government" sign/sticker (PDF) and the "Wake Up Your Government" sign/sticker.
Write a letter to Canadian politicians using the Corporate Responsibility Action Alert as a guide.
Send an email to key Canadian media responding to every article you see about political scandals, and in the email say: "I support the good government changes proposed by Democracy Watch" -- for media email addresses, click here.
Sign-up for email Action Alerts
Donate now to help grow the CoffeeParty.ca movement across Canada!
Volunteer to help with research and organizing events and workshops.
See details about all the problems with Canada's governments and big businesses.
Learn from the Democracy Education Network's materials how to be an effective advocate in Canada.
WEBSITE ARTICLE: Canada's Coffee Party movement brews big ideas (CTV.ca (B.C.), February 6, 2011)
WEBSITE ARTICLE: Coffee Party aims to jolt politicians into accountability (Vancouver Province, February 6, 2011)
WEBSITE ARTICLE: Strong open government laws can help stop corruption, even if some secrecy will always remain (Montreal Gazette, February 5, 2011)
WEBSITE ARTICLE: Advocacy group touts Coffee Party's initial jolt (GlobeandMail.com (Ottawa Notebook blog), February 4, 2011)
NEWS RELEASE: Tens of thousands of hits on CoffeeParty.ca movement site in first week (February 4, 2011)
WEBSITE ARTICLE: Democracy Watch's CoffeeParty.ca movement points out flaws in Canada's democracy, and need for changes (Lawrence Martin's column, Globe and Mail, February 1, 2011)
NEWS RELEASE: Thousands visit CoffeeParty.ca in first day of movement (January 28, 2011)
RADIO INTERVIEW: Democracy Watch Coordinator Duff Conacher on the launch of the CoffeeParty.ca movement (CBC Radio's As It Happens show, January 27, 2011) -- To hear the interview, click on the "Listen to Part Three" link
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Tel: (613) 241-5179