National Post: Former CSIS officer calls Bill C-51 "a threat to the rights of Canadians"

“Unnecessary, a threat to the rights of Canadians” - now even former CSIS officers are speaking out about Harper’s reckless Bill C-51. Experts are calling it "breathtakingly irresponsible" and thousands of Canadians are working together to stop it. Make your voice heard at and tell your friends!

Article by Stephen Maher for the National Post
Former CSIS officer Francois Lavigne is alarmed by the Conservative government’s new anti-terror bill. He believes the measures proposed in C-51 are unnecessary, a threat to the rights of Canadians and that the prime minister is using fascist techniques to push the bill.

The web is putting a giant JUMBOTRON in Washington D.C. as part of #InternetCountdown - Here’s how you can help.

The clock is ticking down fast to the U.S. FCC’s crucial decision about whether to allow Big Telecom to install slow lanes on our Internet. We have just over a week left to make our voices heard before they vote on a plan to stop Internet slow lanes – setting a new global standard for countries around the world.

While FCC Chair Tom Wheeler appears to be moving in the right direction, new threats have emerged. Deep-pocketed cable lobbyists and their lackeys in Congress are running a deceptive, last-minute campaign to insert massive loopholes into the new rules. The next few days will be our last chance to make sure key leaders at the FCC hear our call.

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Topics: Affordability

The Walrus: How Bill C-51 will undermine the rights of every Canadian

Here's a must-read piece by Marni Soupcoff from our Privacy Coalition partners at the Canadian Constitution Foundation. Bill C-51 will clearly have a devastating effect on our rights to privacy and freedom of expression. If you’ve had enough, please share this article far and wide, and push back at

Article by Marni Soupcoff for The Walrus

In the wake of the big reveal of Canada’s new anti-terrorism bill, which Stephen Harper unveiled last Friday, media outlets have been full of quotes and stories about the proposed legislation’s potential dangers to everything from our privacy to our safety (one line of thinking goes that increasing incarceration without implementing rehabilitation strategies will only lead to more radicalization of inmates). Many of these concerns are valid and worth thorough consideration. 

Thanks to you, Canadians are rallying to fight the government’s Spy Bill

This is all thanks to you: Huge numbers of Canadians, including key Ottawa decision-makers, are pushing back hard against the government’s Bill C-51, which proposes unprecedented new powers for Canada’s security agencies. The bill effectively turns CSIS into a secret police force and would place every Canadian under a government microscope.

Stephen Harper pretends that this full-fledged assault on our democratic rights is necessary to keep us safe - despite clear expert evidence that mass spying actually undermines our security. Like everyone, we were shocked and saddened by the violence that marred the final months of last year. However, these harsh and unnecessary new laws trouble us to our core.

Bill C-51 threatens to remove our privacy rights, criminalize free speech, and destroy due process. That’s bad enough. But according to several experts and observers, the new law won’t effectively reduce security threats. And it will even mean Canadians can be detained without charge - meaning we’re now on the verge of overturning an 800-year-old right that goes all the way back to the Magna Carta. Thanks Stephen.

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Topics: Online Spying

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