The elite of Canada’s music industry are backing a new movement calling for “a Canada based on caring for the earth and one another.”
Leonard Cohen, Arcade Fire, Neil Young and Alanis Morissette are just a few of the big names backing the Leap Manifesto, unveiled this week by author and activist Naomi Klein. It’s jam packed with all the things any self-respecting, left-leaning crooner could want: rights for indigenous people, renewable energy projects, affordable housing, subsidized day care and even a high-speed rail system.
The Leap announcement this week was aptly timed to coincide with the TIFF premiere of This Changes Everything (a doc based on one of Klein’s books) and calls for town hall meetings where communities can define what leaps of change could mean for them – “Now is the time for boldness”, it declares.
While Leap doesn’t support any specific candidate, it’s pretty obvious whom this group won’t be voting for. Proposed projects would be paid for through higher income taxes on corporations, an end to fossil fuel subsidies and cuts to military spending.
Whether you decide to sign it or not, just think how fabulous the Leap Manifesto 2015 Fundraising Concert would be. We’re already picturing poetry readings by Bruce Cockburn and a rousing duet by Gord Downie and Carole Pope. Besides, you can’t really call yourself a rock star if you haven’t got a manifesto.