We have a duty this week as Canadians who value our freedoms to educate our family, friends, and neighbours and stamp out Bill C-51. Brent Rathgeber has a duty to the citizens he represents to speak against this secret police bill which is reckless, dangerous, and ineffective.
The bill is reckless because it turns CSIS into a “secret police” force with little oversight or accountability. The bill is dangerous because it opens the door for violations of our Charter of Rights including censorship of free expression online. The bill is ineffective because it will lead to dragnet surveillance and information sharing on innocent Canadians that even Stephen Harper has admitted is ineffective.
To make matters worse the government is trying to push this law through parliament in record time. Before Canadians knew what was in Bill C-51 17 per cent opposed it. Three weeks later, they found out. Now 50 per cent oppose it.
If the bill passes, your sensitive, private information would be shared between no fewer than 17 government agencies and even handed over to foreign governments. This includes sensitive information that can reveal everything from your financial status, to your medical history, your sexual orientation, and even your religious and political beliefs.
Victims of these privacy breaches wouldn’t even be informed – that means the government could spy on anyone, at anytime, and we wouldn’t even know when we’ve been a victim.
Do we really want the government to create a shadowy and unaccountable police force that will trample on innocent Canadians’ freedoms?
Please join the 100,000 Canadians who have already spoken up and make a quick call to the office of your MP. It will make all the difference in defeating this unconstitutional bill.
I encourage Canadians to learn more about how we can work together to stop Secret Police Bill C-51 at: StopC51.ca
Radelle Rombough, St. Albert