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May 1, 2005

Canada Census Campaign: Post 1901 Census - Help needed for Fax blitz

From: "Gordon A. Watts"

Greetings All.

A couple of years ago we conducted a short, concentrated
effort by fax machine to bring the Post 1901 Census issue to
the attention of then Industry Minister Alan Rock. It did
not then give us the immediate public access we sought to
Historic Census records, but it did get his attention.

We hope that in the next few days we can duplicate the
success of that effort, but this time by faxing the Prime
Minister, Minister of Industry, Minister of Canadian
Heritage, and all House and Party leaders. If you have a
fax machine at your disposal you can help to encourage the
rapid passage of Bill S-18 in the House of Commons.

Your message should be short and to the point, entailing no
more than a single page. It must be sent separately to the
individuals listed above, and your own Member of Parliament.
For those who would entail long distance charges, rates are
normally lower in the evenings, and possibly even lower
after midnight.

I copy below the message that I myself will be faxing. I
have printed it off in larger than normal font size, in this
case 16 point, to make it stand out. Feel free to use the
wording here for your message. Make sure to date it, and
include your full name, mailing address, and telephone
number as I have done here. Otherwise your fax will likely
be ignored.

30 April 2005


Prime Minister Paul Martin
Industry Minister David Emerson
Minister of Canadian Heritage Liza Frulla
All House and Party leaders
All Members of Parliament


We urge all House and Party leaders, and all Members of
Parliament, to please join together to expedite passage of
Bill S-18, An Act to amend the Statistics Act, by foregoing
Committee and Report stages. We seek your cooperation to
immediately pass Second and Third Readings of this Bill in a
single day. We are concerned that this Bill must be passed
and given Royal Assent prior to the possibility of an
election being forced upon us.

An estimated 7.5 million genealogists and historians
(voters) in Canada wish to spend their summer, and beyond,
researching the long overdue records of the 1911 Census of
Canada, rather than having to continue the fight to see them

Thank you.

Gordon A. Watts
Co-chair, Canada Census Committee
1455 Delia Drive
Port Coquitlam, BC, V3C 2V9

Tel: 604-942-6889
Cel: 604-312-7447
Fax: 604-942-6843


Fax numbers for the Prime Minister, Industry Minister,
Heritage Minister, House leaders and Party leaders are as
follows: Where more than one number is shown the first
number shown is their personal office fax, while the second
number is their departmental fax number where available. In
some cases they are one and the same, or only one fax number
has been found for them.

Prime Minister Paul Martin
(613) 941-6900

Tony Valeri - Government House Leader
(613) 992-7764 - Department fax (613) 952-4940

David Emerson - Minister of Industry
(613) 943-0219 - Department fax (613) 992-0302

Liza Frulla - Minister of Canadian Heritage
(613) 995-6404 - Department fax (819) 994-1267

Stephen Harper - Leader of Opposition (Conservative)
(613) 947-0310

Jay Hill - Opposition House Leader (Conservative)
(613) 947-4527

Jack Layton - NDP Leader
(613) 995-4565

Libbie Davies - NDP House Leader
(613) 995-7412

Gilles Duceppe - Bloc Quebecios Leader
(613) 954 2121

Michel Gauthier - Bloc Quebecios House Leader
(613) 992-9954

Parliament resumes sitting on Monday 2 May. To make this
effort effective, it is important that your faxes be sent in
the next couple of days. Should you experience a problem
connecting with the receiving fax machine it probably means
that it has run out of paper. Try again the next day to
give staff a chance to replentish the paper. Thank you all
for your support.

Happy Hunting.

Gordon A. Watts
Co-chair Canada Census Committee
Port Coquitlam, BC
en francais

Permission to forward without notice is granted