Obert Madondo312 Cumberland Street, Apt 610Ottawa, ON K1N 1B3May 29, 2012The Right Hon. Stephen Joseph Harper, P.C., M.P.Prime Minister of CanadaLangevin Building80 Wellington StreetOttawa ON K1A 0A6Dear Prime Minister,
Re: My Demand Your Response To My Indefinite Crime Bill C-10 Hunger Strike
My name is Obert Madondo, an Ottawa-based activist and progressive political blogger.
I’m writing to f
ollowup on my earlier letter regarding
my indefinite hunger strike against Canada’s new draconian crime law, the
deceptively christened "Safe Streets and Communities Act", formerly omnibus crime Bill C10. The letter,addressed to your office, the Parliament of Canada, the leaders of all elected parties, all MPs and senators, wasdelivered through Ottawa Centre NDP MP, Paul Dewar, on March 27. It explained my hunger protest and askedParliament to repeal of Bill C-10, and fulfill four other demands. As of today May 29, 2012, the 77
day of myhunger protest, only Liberal senator Joan Fraser has responded.
I’ve no choice but to engage in a
“final push” for your response.
Starting today, from 12pm to 5pm, I will carryout my peaceful protest by the steps to Parliament. If necessary, on Monday, June 4th, I'll escalate the protestby switching to a water-only hunger protest.My health has deteriorated significantly since I started the protest on March 14. Tests done just over twoweeks ago revealed that my Vitamin D level has deteriorated to a critical level. My doctor recently
recommended that I take 5000 units of Vitamin D a day for the next three months. I’ve lost more than 35lb.
Every time I look into the mirror, I do not r
ecognize the person I see there. For the past two weeks, I’ve been
experiencing severe chest pains. But this emotional and physical pain is nothing compared to the pain resultingfrom cruel silence.
Mr. Harper, I’m profoundly hurt and disappointed. I fee
l oppressed, abandoned and devalued.
I’m searching for
the meaning your cruel silent treatment.I
n my protest narrative, I’m not re
-inventing the wheel.
I’m merely echoing
the progressive voice of ordinaryCanadians, elected representatives and expert witnesses, which was suppressed during the Bill C10 hearings.
ely continuing the conversation.Please help me understand the meaning of your oppressive silence. If I was a distressed dog lying by the sideof the highway and you were driving to the cottage, would you still ignore me? If I was a Canadian soliderwounded while fighting another costly and ill-defined war overseas, a war that kills thousands of innocent local
unarmed men, women and children, wouldn’t
you pay attention? Is my peaceful sacrifice too radical a form ofprotest for Canada that you would rather let me starve to death? Are you deliberately ignoring me todiscourage Canadians from considering a hunger strike as a viable and peaceful form of protest?I fear that this
, even as your government prepares to repeal the Kyoto ProtocolImplementation Act and other progressive legislations
, is replacing Canada’s fine art of democratic