Many of you will remember the Count Me Out Campaign protesting the outsourcing of the Canadian census software to the American arms maker Lockheed Martin.
Though many joined in the campaign it seems most, like me, were supportive right up to the point of threats of incarceration. Stelmach and Findley however are standing firm.
Findley, 59, said she first heard about Lockheed Martin’s potential bid for the software contract in 2003 and immediately got in touch with Statistics Canada to voice her displeasure.
“(Lockheed Martin) makes billions of dollars through the business of killing people, and destroying the environment in the process of killing people,” Findley said from her home in Saskatoon.
“So there’s no way that I’m going to see my tax dollars go to help enrich them.”
Stelmach’s decision to protest the company’s involvement in gathering Canadian data was quite different.
image from Count Me OutThe 32-year-old Kingston, Ont., resident actually filled out his form before he and his wife heard about a census opposition group called Count Me Out.
“We discovered Lockheed Martin was outsourced by (Statistics Canada) to upgrade their software and do a lot of the processing of the 2006 census,” said Stelmach.
“This just shocked me and at first I thought it was a bit of a hoax.”
Though we may not have the courage of Stelmach and Findley to put our ideals where the state jailbars are, we can start campaiging against a re-do of this horrendous decision. Bidding is currently underway for the next census. Contact the
Minister of Industry
C.D. Howe Building
235 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H5
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
And write letters to the Editor.
Harper was quoted as saying, “Protecting national sovereignty, the integrity of our borders, is the first and foremost responsibility of a national government, a responsibility which has too often been neglected,”
Lets hold him to that responsibility nationwide.