CCLA’s Submission to the National Security Consulation, 2016

December 12, 2016

The federal government’s Green Paper on Canada’s current national security framework, and the nation-wide, online consultation that followed it, provided a chance for people in Canada to express their opinions on controversial changes to our national security legislation introduced in Bill C-51, now the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015. 

CCLA is concerned that the Green Paper generally argues in favour of the current national security framework and defends the changes made by Bill C-51. It also reopens issues of law enforcement access to basic subscriber information (warrantless access) that the Supreme Court definitively addressed in R v Spencer, and brings forward into the national security conversation questions around compelled decryption that open up new Charter issues.

We have written a series of four posts that address some of the issues raised in the Green Paper, in an attempt to provide context for the discussion and dig deeper into the key issues raised in the consultation. We will discuss why there is no incompatibility between a strong commitment to national security and a strong commitment to our Charter rights and freedoms, and explain the concerns we raise in our Charter Challenge to the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015

We have also made a detailed submission in response to the consultation call, which goes through the Green Paper proposals more thoroughly.