July 24, 2019
Yesterday, we made history. For the first time, a Canadian court ordered Elections Canada to review its refusal to change the election date to avoid the Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret.
Now, the community needs your help. The right of Jews to vote on the same terms as other Canadians and the right of observant Jewish candidates to compete properly in this election: It all depends on YOU, and it will only take 2 minutes of your time.
We need YOU to send an email to Elections Canada CEO Stéphane Perreault at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Please copy email@example.com so we know how many emails have been sent.
After you’re done, please SHARE this with everyone else on your email list and urge them to do the same.
Suggested subject line:
Observant Jews Deserve to Vote and Compete on Equal Terms
Suggested email content:
Dear Mr. Perreault,
Along with thousands of other Canadians, I am asking you to do the right thing and recommend to the Governor-in-Council that the upcoming federal election be moved from Oct. 21 to Oct. 28.
Otherwise, Orthodox Jews will see their potential voting hours reduced from 60 to 17. Observant Jewish candidates like Chani Aryeh-Bain will be forced to fight this election with a massive and unfair handicap. Jewish election volunteers will also be hamstrung.
Please give effect to our community’s freedom of religion and democratic rights, and recommend that the election be moved from Oct. 21 to Oct. 28.