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iPolitics: Principled conservatives want C-51 scrapped

Concerns over secret police Bill C-51 are uniting political opponents.

Article by Tasha Kheiridden for iPolitics

Bill C-51 was supposed to unite conservatives in the latest round of the War on Terror™. Instead, it’s dividing them — both on and off Parliament Hill.

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The Tyee: Steve Anderson and MP Roxanne James spar over secret police Bill C-51

"I just want to say... I found that the comments mentioned a second ago from MP James kind of insinuate that Canadians are not informed and are stupid. I find that really distasteful for a public office holder."

Article by Jeremy J Nuttall

Appearing before the House of Commons public safety committee this week was a disappointing experience, punctuated by one Tory MP's "arrogant and elitist" attitude toward the public, says Vancouver activist Steve Anderson.

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Breaking - We want a restart to flawed Bill C-51, not tinkering

March 27, 2015: News that the government will admit up to ten amendments to Bill C-51 has been given a cautious welcome by community-based organization OpenMedia, which is campaigning to scrap the bill. However the amendments will not go anywhere near far enough to address serious concerns about the impact the vaguely written bill will have on Canadians’ privacy and democratic rights.

Responding to the news, OpenMedia’s executive director Steve Anderson said: “I am happy to see the government finally admit that Bill C-51 is flawed, and that they are willing to make amendments.  Canadians and experts have been clear that the language in this bill is so vague and poorly written that the government needs to restart the process not tinker around the edges. I’m hopeful that the government will now start to have a meaningful dialogue with Canadians on this reckless, dangerous, and ineffective piece of legislation.”

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PressProgress: Firefox makers come out against C-51

The team at Mozilla have joined the growing chorus of voices united against secret police Bill C-51. Have you spoken up yet? https://StopC51.ca

Article by PressProgress

Bill C-51 will "undermine user trust, threaten the openness of the web, and reduce the security of the Internet and its users," according to Mozilla, the creator of one of the world's leading web browsers.

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Use our tool: Tell your MP to #RejectFear and #StopC51

 
Stephen Harper is trying to ram his Secret Police Bill C-51 through Parliament in the next few weeks - so it's crucial that MPs hear from Canadians. 
 
Have you ever written to your MP before? It's a lot easier than you might think - and we’ve made it even more straightforward by creating an easy-to-use tool at: https://StopC51.ca/mp
 
Just enter your postal code, type in your letter (we’ve even suggested some points you may wish to raise), and our tool will send your letter automatically to your local Member of Parliament.
 
This is a powerful way to speak out - MPs take seriously the voices of their local constituents, all the more so in an election year.
 
It looks like MPs could have their final vote on this legislation in the next few weeks - so it’s never been more important to speak out. Write to your MP today and tell them to side with Canadians and vote down this reckless, dangerous, and ineffective bill.
 
Keep speaking up, Canada!

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Vice: Government pressured firearms group to back down on C-51

Guess who the government is bullying now for standing up against secret police Bill C-51? 

Article by Justin Ling for Vice

Canada's foremost pro-gun lobby group backed down from criticizing the Harper government's anti-terrorism legislation out of concerns that the Conservatives would screw them over on changes to new gun laws, VICE has learned.

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