Reckless government spying is about to get legal

Freedom of expression is in danger and here's why

Article by The CJFE

This is an abridged version of a longer article that will be published in the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) 2014-15 Review of Free Expression in Canada in early May.

Bill C-51 is complex, dangerous, and poses a serious threat to free expression in Canada. If found to be in violation of the proposed legislation, citizens and visitors could wind up slapped with censorship orders, detained without due process or imprisoned for up to five years.

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This is what you have to say about Bill C-51

Canadians from coast to coast have been using our handy letter-to-the-editor tool to publish their thoughts on secret police Bill C-51. Here are some great examples of people who have spoken out.

Stop promotion of a fear society

- Midland Mirror

Conservative MPs Patrick Brown, Kellie Leitch and Bruce Stanton have a duty and a responsibility to their constituents to consult, discuss and have the people decide the legitimacy of Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorist Act, and whether the government should stop the promotion of a fear society.

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Topics: Online Spying

CJFE: C-51 will hurt free speech

Secret police Bill C-51 must be scrapped to save free expression in Canada.

Article by CJFE

Open Letter to Prime Minister Harper: Bill C-51 cannot be salvaged; it must be scrapped

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Canada

Office of the Prime Minister

80 Wellington Street

Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

Dear Prime Minister,

We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, call for the immediate and unconditional dismissal of Bill C-51: Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015. We are extremely concerned by the potential impact of this legislation, which fails to strike the balance between protecting Canadians and safeguarding our cherished rights and freedoms as protected in the Charter.

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Topics: Online Spying

We’re voting against secret police in Canada. Will you join us?

In the past few weeks, tens of thousands of Canadians have stood shoulder-to-shoulder to oppose the government’s “secret police” Bill C-51 at events across the country, while over 110,000 have spoken out online.

Together, we’re making a huge difference. Before Canadians learned about the dangers posed by Bill C-51, only 17% opposed it. But now the majority oppose this reckless, dangerous, and ineffective bill.

But we need you to join us, now more than ever. You see, MPs are back in their home ridings this week, so we’re turning up the heat with a ‘#StopC51 Week of Education’ beginning today.

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Topics: Online Spying

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