Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Canadian Libertarians oppose 'anti-terror' Bill C-51

Bill C-51 Under Scrutiny | Windsor Square - Tim Moen, Leader, Libertarian Party of Canada:

February 14, 2015 - "The Conservative government, with the support of the Liberal Party, is seeking to pass new anti-terror legislation with Bill C-51.

"The Libertarian Party of Canada opposes this legislation wholeheartedly. Although everyone wants to stop terrorism, this bill represents a huge step backwards. It is yet another example where Canadians are being forced to sacrifice privacy for what is being called security.

"The Bill will give Canada’s spy agencies more powers and more jurisdiction over the private information of innocent Canadian citizens, with no increase in civilian oversight. It also significantly increases the domestic powers of CSIS, and the ability to place people on a no fly list.

"What makes this Bill especially concerning is the fact that there is lots of room for interpretation. It significantly and arbitrarily limits free expression, subjects Canadians to ever increasing privacy breaches, and raises questions about foreign travel data, which is being shared with foreign surveillance agencies.

"Violent ideologies, such as Islamic extremism, are a threat to Canadians. That being said, US foreign policy over the last three decades has contributed to the rise of this threat and following their prescription is unlikely to do anything but make the problem worse."

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