From Ceasefire.ca, an article warning of Bill C-59, an attack on democracy in Canada in the guise of anti-terrorism. (April 6, 2018 blog)
Minister Goodale: Bill C-59 needs further amendments
Bill C-59 was supposed to fix the myriad problems created by its predecessor, the infamous Bill C-51, now Canada’s Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015. Not so say civil society leaders Micheal Vonn and Tim McSorley:
That is why a broad array of civil liberties and human rights organizations have signed a statement outlining the most troubling aspects of Bill C-59, under three headings:
Legalized mass surveillance:
No Fly List
The no-fly list has never been shown to increase aviation safety. Yet, Bill C-59 perpetuates a scheme that severely limits the legal right of “due process” based on a mere suspicion of “dangerousness” that cannot be effectively challenged in a fair and open process. Instead, the only recourse is a deeply unfair, secret court process, where information favourable to the listed individual may actually be withheld by government lawyers.
State-sponsored hacking carries enormous risks of unleashing malware that can wreak havoc far beyond the intended target. There is also the fundamental conflict of interest when the agency mandated to protect our cyber infrastructure is “powerfully incentivised” to “hide and hoard” security vulnerabilities to use in its own cyberattacks.
Click here for the full text of the Civil Society Statement on Bill C-59.
There is still time to make your voice heard in support of key amendments to Bill C-59.
To sign a letter to your local M.P., the Parliamentary Committee studying Bill C-59 and the Minister of Public Security, Ralph Goodale, click here.